We’ll be starting the New Year off in style by featuring one of our most requested albums ever, Carole King ‘Tapestry’. We’ve been holding off for a while to feature this classic as we wanted to coincide with the 45th anniversary of the release!
“Tapestry’ was King’s second album following on from the previous years ‘The Writer’ and featured a tracklist that was completely written or co-written by King. Some of the tracks had previously been hits for others such as Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and The Shirelles’ “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”. The albums impact cannot be underestimated, it would go on to win four Grammy’s making King the first solo female artist to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, and the first woman to win the Grammy Award for Song of the Year alongside Grammy’s for Album of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance.
As a song writer during the sixties, King was some what of a legend, alongside former husband and lyricist Gerry Goffin she created some of the defining sounds of the sixties, as well as the previously mentioned Aretha Franklin and The Shirelles, King was behind tracks for The Animals, Bobby Vee, The Cookies, The Chiffons, Little Eva, Maxine Brown, Herman’s Hermits, The Righteous Brothers, “For Once In My Life” and of course The Byrds.
Towards the end of the sixties the use of songwriters was becoming slightly stigmatised as performers were wanting more control over their albums and began to write more of their own material in a bid to be viewed as ‘artists’ in their own right and King’s solo career was born.
Writing in 1971 Rolling Stone journalist “The simplicity of the singing, composition, and ultimate feeling achieved the kind of eloquence and beauty that I had forgotten rock is capable of… No one has recently expressed its full range of feelings as well as Carole King and she has done it no where as finely as on Tapestry. Conviction and commitment are the life blood of Tapestry and are precisely what make it so fine. Of course, commitment alone means nothing; but commitment coupled with the musical talents of a genuine pop artist mean everything.
To paraphrase Pauline Kael, writing about director Jean Renoir, Carole King is thoroughly involved with her music; she reaches out towards us and gives everything she has. And this generosity is so extraordinary that perhaps we can give it another name: passion.
Classic Album Sundays NYC presents Carole King 'Tapestry' 45th Anniversary
Sunday, January 10th 4 – 7 pm
Good Room 98 Meserole, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Tickets: $8 online / $10 on the door
Presenter: Ron Like Hell (Academy Records/Wrecked), Paul Raffaele & Barbie Bertisch from Love Injection Magazine
Audio Menu: Rega Apheta MC Cartridge, Rega P9 Turntable, Audio Note UK pre-amplification and power amplification, AudioQuest Interconnects and cabling, Klipsch Loudspeakers, Klipsch SW-115 Subwoofers