ARTIST: Carole King
YEAR RELEASED: 1970
CHART ACTION: #84
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Goin’ Back, Up on the Roof – of course not HER versions. But she wrote ‘em.
LINEUP: Carole King, Ralph Schukett, James Taylor, Danny Kortchmar, Charles Larkey, Joel O’Brien, Abigale Haness, Delores Hall
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The Brill-Building writer of so many hits records her first solo album – it’s remembered, if at all, as the one BEFORE Tapestry.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Carole King has written some of the most timeless songs from the 60’s, but except for a few scattered singles never recorded much herself. This changed when she moved to LA and began performing out there.
Taking some songs she had written in the past, adding some new ones, and getting some session guys and gals together, King and John Fischbach put together this decent if not remarkable album.
The songs are good; you knew they would be. At times the arrangements are a bit busy at times, and the mix is off a bit as King is buried in there at times. King as a singer is confident and powerful when needed.
This one was released to crickets – the next one would shake up music.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: In 1968, King joined a band called The City. They released one rather unheard album and broke up in 1969.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B: The arrangements and production aren’t top notch at times, but the material is good.