1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

781. Tapestry- Carole King

Original album is tracks 1-12

Brief Background: Tapestry was recorded in January of 1971 and released in February of the same year. All of the songs were either written or co-written by King. The album is one of the best selling of all time reaching over 25 million copies world wide.

What I think: 

I really have a love of ’70s gold type rock and pop, and this album hits that spot perfectly, though I would be reluctant to identify this as something that I truly enjoy.  I mean literally half of the songs on this album were huge hits in that ’70s gold format and even if you don’t like the music, you need to respect that. It astounds me that I can pick this up and know (not just recognize) six of the songs.

I think the brilliance of the album is in the rather sparse arraignments along with King’s voice. It would have been really easy for some producer to just fill the whole thing with sappy strings the whole way through. Instead you get a simply played piano, some sparse horns, and just a bit of upbeat strings here and there.

My favorites here are mostly the usual hits, but especially “You’ve Got a Friend”, which is miles better than the James Taylor version and the upbeat and quirky “Smackwater Jack”. It seems to be King’s version of “Bad Bad Leroy Brown”.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Another no brainer, even if I didn’t like it, you can’t deny a 25 million seller. Something that captures the collective culture like that needs to be recognized.

Rating (Out of 5): 5

Tapestry Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (176/221)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 80%


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