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Original Album Classics: Writer; Music; Rhymes & Reasons; Fantasy; Wrap Around Joy Box set

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  • Audio CD (13 Oct. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: SonyBMG/Legacy/Epic
  • ASIN: B0018BF1LI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,636 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Spaceship Races
  2. No Easy Way Down
  3. Child of Mine
  4. Goin' Back
  5. To Love
  6. What Have You Got to Lose
  7. Eventually
  8. Raspberry Jam
  9. Can't You Be Real
  10. I Can't Hear You No More
  11. Sweet Sweetheart
  12. Up On the Roof - Carole King with James Taylor

Disc: 2

  1. Brother, Brother
  2. It's Going to Take Some Time
  3. Sweet Seasons
  4. Some Kind of Wonderful
  5. Surely
  6. Carry Your Load
  7. Music
  8. Song of Long Ago
  9. Brighter
  10. Growing Away from Me
  11. Too Much Rain
  12. Back to California

Disc: 3

  1. Come Down Easy
  2. My My She Cries
  3. Peace In the Valley
  4. Feeling Sad Tonight
  5. The First Day In August
  6. Bitter with the Sweet
  7. Goodbye Don't Mean I'm Gone
  8. Stand Behind Me
  9. Gotta Get Through Another Day
  10. I Think I Can Hear You
  11. Ferguson Road
  12. Been to Canaan

Disc: 4

  1. Fantasy Beginning
  2. You've Been Around Too Long
  3. Being At War With Each Other
  4. Directions
  5. That's How Things Go Down
  6. Weekdays
  7. Haywood
  8. A Quiet Place To Live
  9. Welfare Symphony
  10. You Light Up My Life
  11. Corazón
  12. Believe In Humanity
  13. Fantasy End

Disc: 5

  1. Nightingale
  2. Change In Mind, Change Of Heart
  3. Jazzman
  4. You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine
  5. You're Something New
  6. We Are All In This Together
  7. Wrap Around Joy
  8. You Gentle Me
  9. My Lovin' Eyes
  10. Sweet Adonis
  11. A Night This Side Of Dying
  12. The Best Is Yet To Come

Product Description

This is a five classic albums CD box set with the original artworked 'mini LP' CD wallets in deluxe packaging. It contains the albums Writer, Music, Rhyme & Reason, Fantasy and Wrap Around Joy.

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All Carole King recordings are dwarved by the towering success of Tapestry, which was released after Writer and followed by the other 4 disks in this set. So for content alone anything more than 4 stars aren't merited. Viewed from a value for money aspect this is a 'no brains, must buy' offer, though.

Writer (3*) suffers from an aged sound and production. Thank god they had that fixed on Tapestry. Music (4*) finds Carole in good shape as a composer but clearly lacking the lyrical talents of ex-husband Gerry Goffin. It features a good band of musicians, clean production and makes for enjoyable listening. On Rhymes And Reasons (3*) the lyrics are more bluesy, but still not much better. It is a bit of a subdued offering with the beautiful track Ferguson Road rising high above the pack. Fantasy (4*) is a much more ambitious project. The songs blend into one another on this concept album commenting on modern life. The lyrical effort is a little naive but overall the outcome is a success. Wrap Around Joy (4*) finds Carole going from singer/songwriter to almost full blown pop. The unparalleled clarity of her voice and phrasing keeps this from going sentimental and the upward trend in the lyrics is continued.

I still find her following album, Throroughbred (5*), her best besides Tapestry. But even if I'll only play the three 4-star albums in this set again, I'd still be glad that they have been re-released in this inexpensive package. Most of them had been all but unavailable for a long time.
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By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Mar. 2015
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I've given this 5 stars, purely on value for money. I paid eight pounds and got 5 Carol King albums, in a nice boxed set. What is there to quibble about! No, none of these albums are quite as good as Tapestry, but there are certainly some classy songs amongst the 61 here that could quite happily have been on Tapestry. "No Easy Way Down", "Been to Canaan", "Up on the Roof" and "Jazzman" to name but 4. Of course Jazzman doesn't fit stylistically, but its a great track, with some stand-out Sax playing from Tom Scott.

Like a lot of people people I know Tapestry inside out, but I don't know these albums very well, so a few more listens will be required to fully appreciate them. But I can already say from one listen to each that they are all good albums and worth having in your collection. Carol King was or is a talented singer-songwriter and this is a great (and cheap) way to grab a large proportion of her best work. Highly recommended.
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Thought the Track listing and details of the CDs would be of use.

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DISC 1: WRITER: CAROLE KING:
1. Spaceship Races
2. No Easy Way Down
3. Child Of Mine
4. Goin' Back
5. To Love
6. What Have You Got To Lose
7. Eventually
8. Raspberry Jam
9. Can't You Be Real
10. I Can't Hear You No More
11. Sweet Sweetheart
12. Up On The Roof

DISC 2: MUSIC:
1. Brother, Brother
2. It's Going To Take Some Time
3. Sweet Seasons
4. Some Kind Of Wonderful
5. Surely
6. Carry Your Load
7. Music
8. Song Of Long Ago
9. Brighter
10. Growing Away From Me
11. Too Much Rain
12. Back To California

DISC 3: RHYMES & REASONS:
1. Come Down Easy
2. My My She Cries
3. Peace In The Valley
4. Feeling Sad Tonight
5. First Day In August, The
6. Bitter With the Sweet
7. Goodbye Don't Mean I'm Gone
8. Stand Behind Me
9. Gotta Get Through Another Day
10. I Think I Can Hear You
11. Ferguson Road
12. Been To Canaan

DISC 4: FANTASY:
1. Fantasy Beginning
2. You've Been Around Too Long
3. Being At War With Each Other
4. Directions
5. That's How Things Go Down
6. Weekdays
7. Haywood
8. Quiet Place To Live, A
9. Welfare Symphony
10. You Light Up My Life
11. Corazón
12. Believe In Humanity
13. Fantasy End

DISC 5: WRAP AROUND JOY:
1. Night This Side Of Dying, A
2. Change In Mind, Change Of Heart
3. Jazzman
4. My Lovin' Eyes
5. Nightingale
6. Sweet Adonis
7. Best Is Yet To Come, The
8. We Are All In This Together
9. Wrap Around Joy
10. You Gentle Me
11. You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine
12. You're Something New
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Already have some of these five albums on LP but at under £6 for five this is a great bargain. Snags: No sleeve notes and the LP covers have been shrunk to CD size, leaving them nearly unreadable. The Carole King quality is evident throughout but not every song on every album is a classic. Having said that, 'Rhymes And Reasons' and 'Wrap Around Joy' are pretty nearly faultless. You can't go wrong at this price.
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either brilliant or quirky but always damn interesting, what a spectacular list of successful songs this lady has. also how many odd bands have covered her work ?
if you are a budding songwriter start here, listen to her use of words , music and any instrument she feels like tweaking, this is music from the soul buy and take the time to listen properly
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Carole King has achieved more than her fair share of awards, but these CDs show the reasons behind her fame and her unique style which encompasses many features which are too many to go into here. A "National Treasure" is too small a phrase to use!!
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