16-Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow-Some Kind Of Wonderful.mp3
15-You've Got A Friend.mp3
06-No Easy Way Down.mp3
11-It's Too Late.mp3
13-Way Over Yonder.mp3
10-So Far Away.mp3
17-(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.mp3
04-Child Of Mine.mp3
01-I Feel The Earth Move.mp3
07-Song Of Long Ago.mp3
03-After All This Time.mp3
05-Carry Your Load.mp3
1996 Carnegie Hall Info.txt
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Carole King - The Carnegie Hall Concert
Audio CD: October 29, 1996
Original Release Date: October 29, 1996
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Don't let the fact that you already have the "Tapestry" CD (presumably after wearing out two or three copies of the LP before it) make you think this album isn't worth picking up as well. While many of the songs on here were standards long before the CD was released (and the others should have been!), the performances found here have a magic all their own.
King was apparently famous for her stage fright back in those days, and her somewhat nervous between-songs chatter with the extremely appreciative audience seems to confirm that rumor. This, after all, was just a matter of weeks after "Tapestry" had suddenly transformed her into a superstar after over a decade of behind-the-scenes work in the music business - and already, each song she performs from that album here receives a hero's welcome from the audience. But if King sometimes sounds a bit bewildered by her newfound popularity (she introduces "It's Too Late," the #1 song in the country that night, with a shy "Thank you for this, by the way!" ), her performances don't suffer at all from it.
Naturally, the set list is dominated by songs from "Tapestry" - all of them are here, except for the title track and "Where You Lead" - but the combination of a stripped-down performance, an enthusiastic hometown audience and the spacious acoustics of the concert hall gives them all a refreshing sound. (The sound quality of the recording does occasionally show its age and King even runs out of breath at one point, but so what?) The much-fabled duet with James Taylor on "You've Got a Friend" is another nice touch for those of us who grew up dreaming of just such a recording.
But the best surprise here is the trio of gorgeous performances from King's 1970 solo debut, "Writer. " That album featured most of the lyrical grace of its much more famous successor, but it lacked the near-perfect subtle instrumental styling that made "Tapestry" great and sounds unavoidably dated now for that reason. The spare production at work here proves to be the perfect remedy for that shortcoming, and "No Easy Way Down," "Eventually," and especially "Child of Mine" sound just as timeless as the better-known selections alongside them. If you've only heard the original versions of those songs, this album will be a revelation! Even her short-lived late-`60s band, The City, receives a nod with "Snow Queen," a quirky but interesting number from a usually-forgotten period of her long career.
It's not exactly witnessing the emergence of a star (she had, after all, been making records for over a decade, including a few of her own), but as an intimate performance by a master musician at what proved to be the top of her game, this is definitely one of the all time great live albums of its era. ~ David A. Bede
This is a wonderful live album capitualting all of Carole King's greatest hits. Carole King was one of those singer-songwriters who provided the musical backdrop for the exploration of alternative ways of looking at, exploring, and experiencing the world around us. Her many popular anthems described her feelings, existential angst, and sentimental deliberations about life, love and the battles between the sexes in very approachable and appealing ways. Both the melodies and the lyrics are topical, memorable, and quite up beat, although she is certainly capable of delivering some thought-provoking and plaintive songs, such as an existential wail over the problems with maintaining a long- distance relationship in songs like "So Far Away".
Yet Carole always keeps the tunes within the pop realm, and packages them in a seamless production with great vocals and impeccable musical arrangements, and what is included in this classic album is a treasure for the ages. From "Tapestry" to "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", from "(You Make Me Feel) Like A Natural Woman" to ""You've Got A Friend", and from "Home Again" to "It's Too Late", the entire album resonates with her unique gift for terrific lyrics showcasing unforgettable melodies. It's all here, folks, a wonderful album that recapitulates all of the songs that this great pop star gave us as she emerges from the unbelievable sixties to prove the best just keep on singing! Enjoy! ~ Barron Laycock "Labradorman"
Carole King - The Carnegie Hall Concert Tracks:
01 I Feel The Earth Move
02 Home Again
03 After All This Time
04 Child Of Mine
05 Carry Your Load
06 No Easy Way Down
07 Song Of Long Ago
08 Snow Queen
09 Smackwater Jack
10 So Far Away
11 It's Too Late
13 Way Over Yonder
15 You've Got A Friend
16 Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Some Kind Of Wonderful, Up On The Road
17 (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman