75 Essential Albums – Day #61 – Carole King

Here goes with day 61of my countdown of 75 Albums that in my opinion should have a place in everyones music collection.  They are not in any particular order though the top 10 will be my personal take on the top 10 albums ever released.  You might be surprised at some of my picks and some of my omissions.  Feel free to chime in with your comments and let me know if you love (or hate my choices).

Carole King – Tapestry

Released in 1971 Tapestry is the second album by singer-songwriter Carole King, It is one of the best-selling albums of all time, with over 25 million copies sold worldwide. This is one of those albums that you never tire of, the only downside of this wonderful album is that it probably over exposed.  You hear the most popular songs everywhere, you know the songs even if you have never heard of Carole King.  Many of the tunes have been used in TV advertising, they are late night radio staples and without a shred of doubt this is an album for lovers.

In the years when artists would release a string of singles from and album it wasn’t unusual to score several hits from one record.  What is incredible about tapestry is that 7 of the 12 songs have become woven into the musical fabric of just about every music fan on the planet. The album might be mostly just King and a piano, but Tapestry features enough easy-listening goodness to last any listener a lifetime.

Of course I am perhaps a little odd in my musical taste because my favourite tracks on the album are two of the lesser known tracks “Smackwater Jack” and title track “Tapestry.”  Smack water Jack takes the album in a totally different direction from the other tracks on the album and as a result it stands out.  The album is generally one of love songs but this is a more upbeat rock song with a bouncing bassline and in contrast to all of the ballads this is a song of death and violence.  The title track is once again a ballad but in my view the vocal is a standout on an album of standouts.

On an album that everyone knows it would be a pointless exercise for me to go through track by track telling you what is great about them.  Lets be realistic, the songs are gorgeous, beautifully written, musically perfect, vocally flawless, with catchy choruses and filled with hooks.  It is simply one of the best pop albums ever written it is as close to pop perfection as you are ever likely to hear. This is a stunningly great late night listen.  Enjoy!

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Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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