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    Hi Everyone, After spending a lovely Sunday morning revisiting Carol King's remarkable album Tapestry I feel it's only right for me to share my thoughts just in case you were unfamiliar with this beautiful work of art! If you haven’t heard this album, the chances are you’ll be familiar with King’s legacy, having written or co-written a copious number of hits.

    Tapestry was released in 1971 and is one of the best-selling albums of all time. This doesn’t surprise me considering the quality of songwriting on show. Usually, there are always one or two tracks on an album that I don’t quite connect with, but Tapestry is left untouched from beginning to end. There are so many stunning songs to pick from including; It’s Too Late, So Far Away, Will You Love Me Tomorrow and Way Over Yonder. Unsurprisingly the list goes on, but if I had to pick a stand-out track, for me it would have to be You’ve Got a Friend.

    A timeless classic captured beautifully, delivering a selfless message to anyone in need. The stripped-back arrangement places Carol’s sincere vocals at the forefront, with only a few instruments supporting the song. According to Lou Adler, who produced Tapestry this was done intentionally wanting the whole album to sound open and honest, almost like a demo. You’ve Got a Friend was also recorded and released by another prolific songwriter, James Taylor who allegedly inspired Carol King to write the song after hearing Fire and Rain. James Taylor’s version was recorded simultaneously with Carols and interestingly featured the same players on each. I highly recommend listening to both versions, which manage to connect to the listener in their own inspiring way.

    What's your favourite from this wonderful album? Look forward to hearing your thoughts, Billy
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    billy i removed the headphones pic in title as it was activating the firewall... great album and a big favorite of mine. not sure i have a fav track tho as i just love the album as a whole piece..
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    My late partner's favourite album and played the title track at her funeral along with 'in my life' by the Beatles & 'steel river' by Chris Rea (she was from Middlesbrough).

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    I'm tempted to say Will you still Love me Tomorrow - I much prefer Carole King's to The Shirelles' version. I think her intimate vocals are better suited to the song. At times it can bring a tear to my eye.

    But really it is hard to pick a favourite - as Billy and Grant have both said, there are no duff tracks here, it's 100% from start to finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    billy i removed the headphones pic in title as it was activating the firewall... great album and a big favorite of mine. not sure i have a fav track tho as i just love the album as a whole piece..
    Hi, I was wondering why I kept getting the firewall! Thanks for sorting will remember for future posts. Yeh its in my top ten!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pigmy Pony View Post
    I'm tempted to say Will you still Love me Tomorrow - I much prefer Carole King's to The Shirelles' version. I think her intimate vocals are better suited to the song. At times it can bring a tear to my eye.

    But really it is hard to pick a favourite - as Billy and Grant have both said, there are no duff tracks here, it's 100% from start to finish.

    An essential in any collection.
    Agree 100%.
    Barry

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