- Album name: Tapestry
- Artist name: Carole King
- Year: 1971
- Number of discs: one
- Label: Ode Records
- Collection: Brenner / Gessner
- Distinguishing characteristics: “G” written on inside of album sleeve, indicating that my father owned it (but my mother also had a copy)
- Buy it on Amazon: $22.98
Level of familiarity before listening
I don’t think I’ve ever listened to this record before, but I’ve heard of it because I’ve always known people who cited it as a favorite. My parents also said that this was a record that everyone owned.
What I expected
Folk rock. My mother said that I might like it.
What it was actually like
Carole King had a fine voice and I guess she was a pretty good piano player, too, but I mostly didn’t care for this record.
Most of the songs on it were pretty boring and slow: So Far Away, which was ruined by the flute at the end; Way Over Yonder, which was not helped by the saxophone; Home Again; You’ve Got a Friend; and Tapestry, the title track.
It turned out, though, that I actually did recognize a bunch of the songs from various sources.
For example, I knew I Feel the Earth Move, a blues song with lots of piano and some electric guitar, and by the end of it, I was confident that King was an excellent blues vocalist.
I also had heard It’s Too Late before, but it was kind of easy listening, and I hated the saxophone.
Beautiful was one that I might have heard in the past, but parts of it were slightly Oompa Loompa.
I recognized Where You Lead because it was the theme song of a television program called Gilmore Girls, and I had watched around 5-10 episodes of that (after learning that I may have met one of the actresses in it, since we had evidently lived in the same freshman dorm at NYU).
Will You Love Me Tomorrow was a great take on the classic Shirelles song – but very slow, much sadder and more wistful, with just piano and a little backing guitar behind the vocals. The Aretha Franklin song (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman was another in a similar style.
Smackwater Jack was the most lively song, on the record and the best by far, and most different from all the others, with a faster tempo, and closer to the electric blues.
3/5: interesting, but not for me