Tapestry (Carole King album)


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Tapestry is the most successful album of the hitherto known primarily as the author of Rock-/Popsongs Musician Carole King.


James Taylor, companion and close friend, Carole King had persuaded their own songs to sing and present them on an album. Her solo debut was in 1970 with the acclaimed album by critics Writer, but that was only commercially very successful.

A year later, her then as a singer of the breakthrough with the based Jazz, Blues and Soul soft rock songs on the album Tapestry. Pulled were added to the recordings as well as numerous well-known studio musician Joni Mitchell and James Taylor as a background singer. Tapestry was in the U.S. charts for 15 weeks, the number one and is one of the classics of pop and rock music. Of the compilations taken the songs I Feel the Earth Move, and It's Too Late reached also in first place in the charts. Worldwide Tapestry has sold more than 25 million times.

At the Grammy awards for 1971 Carole King received four awards in the following categories: Album of the Year, Single of the Year ( It's Too Late ), Best Female Vocal Post and Song of the Year ( You've Got a Friend). James Taylor led in the same year 've Got a Friend in his version to number one in the pop charts and won a Grammy Award in 1972 for best male vocal performance, so that Carole King's songs to the big winners at the award ceremony of the Grammy Awards in were in 1972. Taylor released the song in 1971 on his album Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, which was also Carole King had cooperated.


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CD release

1999 appeared a new edition on CD. To this end, the twelve original songs, two previously unreleased bonus tracks have been added: Out in the Cold (recorded 1971) and a live version of Smack Water Jack.

Cover versions

The oldest song on the album is Will You Love Me Tomorrow. Carole King had this song together with her ​​first husband Gerry Goffin in 1960 - written for the girl group The Shirelles, whom have had one of their biggest hits - at the age of 18 years. In 1966 Cher released her version of Will You Love Me Tomorrow on her solo album Cher. Dionne Warwick took this song again on in the 1980s.

Also was ( You Make Me Feel Like ) A Natural Woman 1967 a top 10 hit for Aretha Franklin. But other singers had with Natural Woman success such as Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion or Kelly Clarkson. Already In 1971 Barbra Streisand the three pieces beautiful, Where You Lead and You've Got a Friend in her repertoire and published these songs on the LP Barbra Joan Streisand.

To an Evergreen in particular was the ballad You've Got a Friend. Many international artists recorded the song; in total there are over 100 cover versions. James Taylor had so in 1971 his only No. 1 hit and received a Grammy for his version also. As early as 1972 belonged 've Got a Friend in the repertoire of Ella Fitzgerald.

Tapestry Revisited

As part of the renaissance of the singer-songwriter genre in the 90s by singers like Tori Amos or Tracy Chapman sat one of the artist with the album Tapestry Revisited 1996, a musical monument. The twelve tracks on the album from 1971 be interpreted thereto by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart, Amy Grant or Faith Hill.