Tapestry Revisited: A Tribute to Carole King

Tapestry Revisited: A Tribute to Carole King



Carole King's 1971 album Tapestry was one of the best-selling LPs of the early '70s and has had a lasting influence on pop singer/songwriters ever since. The idea of this tribute album was to re-create the album track-for-track using other artists. Since King had begun her career as a songwriter, with songs such as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" hitting for other artists before turning up on Tapestry, it was an appropriate concept. Though each artist was asked to submit a finished track, there was some musical continuity in that several tracks -- "You've Got a Friend," by BeBe & CeCe Winans, featuring Aretha Franklin, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?," by the Bee Gees, and "Smackwater Jack," by the Manhattan Transfer -- were produced by Arif Mardin, and a couple of others -- "So Far Away," by Rod Stewart, and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," by Celine Dion -- were handled by David Foster. In such a project, casting is everything, and the best versions were turned in by artists who grew up with the original album, such as Amy Grant ("It's Too Late"), Richard Marx ("Beautiful"), and Faith Hill ("Where You Lead"). Such artists achieved a reasonable compromise between the King versions and their own sound. Artists like the Bee Gees and Stewart, who were King's contemporaries, seemed to be going through the motions, and a raft of newer artists, such as Eternal, Curtis Stigers, Blessid Union of Souls, All-4-One, and Dion, seemed to be on the album because someone at their management companies thought it would be a good idea and displayed little feel for the material. But King's music has a flexibility that allows for many interpretations, and while this album could not be recommended over the original, the new performances didn't do it much harm.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/31/1995
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075679260420
catalogNumber: 92604

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy Grant   Vocals,Track Performer
Donna McElroy   Background Vocals
Bee Gees   Vocals,Group,Track Performer
Ashley Cleveland   Background Vocals
Céline Dion   Vocals,Track Performer
Aretha Franklin   Vocals,Track Performer
Rod Stewart   Vocals,Track Performer
Manhattan Transfer   Group,Track Performer
Janis Siegel   Vocals
Chris Hunter   Tenor Saxophone
Cheryl Bentyne   Vocals
Lance Ellington   Background Vocals
David Foster   Keyboards
Bill Champlin   Hammond Organ
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Fee Waybill   Background Vocals
Curtis Stigers   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Track Performer
Ronn Huff   Conductor
Keith Thomas   Piano,Electric Piano
Eternal   Vocals,Group,Track Performer
Faith Hill   Vocals,Track Performer
Catte Adams   Background Vocals
Maxi Anderson   Background Vocals
Alex Brown   Background Vocals
Bridgette Bryant   Background Vocals
Larry Byrom   Acoustic Guitar
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Lynn Davis   Background Vocals
Delious   Vocals
Mark Douthit   Saxophone
Eddie Hedges   Drums,Background Vocals
Mike Finnegan   Hammond Organ
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Bruce Gaitsch   Guitar
Gary Grant   Horn
Tim Hauser   Vocals
George Hawkins   Bass
Scott Hendricks   Overdubs
Jerry Hey   Horn
Dann Huff   Electric Guitar
Nick Ingman   Conductor
John Jarvis   Piano,Hammond Organ
Robbie Kondor   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Paul Leim   Drums
London Session Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Nigel Lowis   Multi Instruments
Joe Mardin   Hi Hat,Toms
Richard Marx   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Herman Matthews   Drums
Chris McHugh   Drums
Terry McMillan   Percussion
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Nashville String Machine   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Gene Orloff   Concert Master
Peter Oxendale   Piano
Alan Paul   Vocals
Jeff Pence   Guitar,Background Vocals
Katrina Perkins   Background Vocals
John Putnam   Multi Instruments
Roger Rosenberg   Baritone Saxophone
Ira Siegel   Electric Guitar
Tommy Sims   Bass,Bass Guitar
Steve Skinner   Multi Instruments
Steuart Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Miriam Stockley   Background Vocals
David Tronzo   Slide Guitar
Frank Vilardi   Drums
Michael Visceglia   Bass
All-4-One   Vocals,Group,Track Performer
Blessid Union of Souls   Track Performer
Ezra Kliger   Strings,Concert Master
Curt Benton   Harmonica
Danny Louis   Organ,Piano
Eliot Sloan   Vocals
CeCe Winans   Vocals,Track Performer
Tabitha Fair   Background Vocals
BeBe Winans   Track Performer
Kenny Moore   Piano
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Horn
Thomas Timko   Tenor Saxophone
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Carole King   Composer
Janis Siegel   Vocal Arrangements
David Foster   Arranger,Producer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Curtis Stigers   Producer
Ronn Huff   String Arrangements
Keith Thomas   Producer,String Arrangements
Larry Alexander   Engineer
Chris Lord-Alge   Engineer
Jeff Balding   Engineer
Bill Drescher   Engineer
Felipe Elgueta   Engineer
Rick Ellis   Engineer
Mike Finnegan   Contributor
Simon Franglen   Synclavier Programming
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Scott Hendricks   Producer
Nick Ingman   String Arrangements
David Kershenbaum   Producer
Robbie Kondor   Arranger
Jerry Lane   Engineer
Stewart Lerman   Producer
London Session Orchestra   Contributor
Richard Lowe   Engineer
Nigel Lowis   Programming,Producer
Arif Mardin   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Richard Marx   Arranger,Producer
Nashville String Machine   Contributor
Tim O'Brien   Producer
Michael O'Reilly   Engineer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
C.P. Roth   Producer
Steve Skinner   Arranger
Jeremy Smith   Engineer
Kevin Smith   Engineer
Brian Tench   Engineer
Jerry Wexler   Composer
Bill Whittington   Engineer
Carl Wurtz   Arranger
Eric Cohen   Contributor
BeBe Winans   Vocal Arrangements
David Appelt   Engineer
Elizabeth Barrett   Art Direction
Jason Flom   Executive Producer
Ashley Shepherd   Engineer
Evan Lamberg   Executive Producer
Steven E. McDonald   Engineer

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Tapestry Revisited: A Tribute to Carole King 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The highlights of this album had to be 'I Feel The Earth Move' and 'You Got A Friend'. I particularly appreciated the creative R&B arrangement on 'I Feel The Earth Move' by Eternal -- the choir arrangement at the end of the song was also a fresh twist that any music fan would like. The noteworthy 'You've Got A Friend' was performed by BeBe & CeCe Winans and Aretha Franklin -- yes, the Queen of Soul herself! The rendition was thoroughly captivating. Bee Gee's take on 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow' was touching and brought back very fond memories for me. 'So Far Away', 'It's Too Late' and 'Where You Lead' all had very true reflections of the originals. And lastly, 'A Natural Woman' was given a distinctive diva treatment with Celine Dion giving a powerful delivery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album! The songs are all timeless classics, and the featured artists are wonderful! I absolutely love Amy Grant's "It's Too Late" and Rod Stewart's "So Far Away". Those are my favorite tracks. Wonderful tribute to Carol King!