Monday, August 31, 2009

Music Moment: Carole King's "Tapestry"

Carole King's "Tapestry" is a quiet force in my record collection.
I picked it up at a flea market in Virginia last summer for $1.
Never thought anything of it until I randomly played it several months ago.
And after doing research on the record, I didn't know how important it was to popular music. (Forgive my innocence seasoned music listeners:))
The record, which was released in 1971, immediately pulls listeners in with the first track and very upbeat, "I Feel the Earth Move."
Side A continues to flow along with soft, heart-rubbing hits like "Far Away" and "Too Late." The sound is very earthy and I like the honesty that is King's voice.
Now I've got to admit, I slept hard on Side B for a while.
King, who either wrote or co-wrote the songs on the record, also delivers on this side.
I like her versions of "You've Got a Friend," which was nicely covered by Donny Hathaway and James Taylor, and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." Aretha MADE that song, but King's lovely version shouldn't be ignored.
And neither should the entire record, which sold 11 million copies and garnered King four Grammy Awards.
After listening and hearing and feeling the songs on the record, I see why.

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  1. Oh now I wish this album wasn't in my mom's attic! "Far Away" makes me cry like a baby. Thank you for reminding me about this record. Maybe I should just get the CD so I have it with me.

  2. I'm so glad that I actually played it. It truly is a gem of an album. She's now one of my fave singer/songwriters.