by Carole King


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This is a handy double-CD set from England, containing Carole King's third and fifth solo albums, which originally appeared on Ode Records in America and A&M Records and Epic Records in England. They haven't upgraded the sound in any significant way (that privilege seems reserved for Tapestry), but the sound is still more than passable, and the pairing does capture two diverse sides of King's solo work. Music was an extraordinarily good album, quite unexpectedly a match for Tapestry, and had it not followed that album it could just as easily have defined King's career and solo persona; but it never enjoyed the earlier album's mystique or mega-sales; Fantasy had a much more lush, produced sound, rooted in soul music to a surprising degree and also offering more prominent instrumental work than any record since her solo debut, Writer. Together they sum up some of the highlights of her post-Tapestry career and her later history on Ode Records, and a time when King seemed to own an obligatory place in every record collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/2002
Label: Epic Europe
UPC: 5099750876329
catalogNumber: 508763
Rank: 71239

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carole King   Primary Artist,Piano,Celeste,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Background Vocals
James Taylor   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Curtis Amy   Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Plas Johnson   Flute,Saxophone,Woodwind
Tom Scott   Saxophone
David T. Walker   Guitar
Bobbye Hall   Bongos,Conga,Tambourine
Aarons   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mike Altschul   Flute,Saxophone,Woodwind
Oscar Brashear   Flugelhorn
Denyse Buffum   Viola
David Campbell   Viola
Merry Clayton   Background Vocals
Chuck Findley   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Ronald Folsom   Violin
William Green   Flute,Saxophone,Woodwind
Abigale Haness   Background Vocals
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Danny Kortchmar   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Charles Larkey   Electric Bass,Drums,Acoustic Bass,String Bass
Kathleen Lenski   Violin
Robert Lipsett   Violin
Charles Loper   Trombone
Gordon Marron Strings   Violin
Harvey Mason   Percussion,Drums,Vibes
Ollie Mitchell   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Judith Perett   Cello
Sheldon Sanov   Violin
Ralph Schuckett   Organ,Celeste,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Polly Sweeney   Violin
Miwako Watanabe   Violin
Ernie Watts   Flute,Saxophone,Woodwind
Ken Yerke   Violin
Joel O'Brien   Drums
Barry Socher   Violin
Susan Ranney   String Bass
Theresa Colderon   Percussion,Conga
George Bohanon   Trombone,Euphonium,Horn Section
Jeffrey Solow   Cello
Glenn Dicterow   Violin
Paul Polivnick   Viola
Alan de Veritch   Viola

Technical Credits

Carole King   Arranger,Composer,Horn Conductor,String Conductor
Bobbye Hall   Percussion Arrangement
Lou Adler   Producer
Hank Cicalo   Engineer
Roland Young   Art Direction
Chuck Beeson   Director
Drew Struzan   Illustrations
Toni Stern   Composer

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