By David Chiu
Carole King’s second solo album Tapestry (1971) helped herald the singer/songwriter movement during the ‘70s with her introspective lyrics. The album’s music was worlds away from the catchy pop hits King wrote with her then-songwriting partner/husband Gerry Goffin in the ‘60s. Several of the album’s hit songs, including the smash “It’s Too Late,” the lovely “So Far Away,” and the upbeat “I Feel the Earth Move,” are still popular; other great songs include the album’s title song; her takes of hits song she earlier co-wrote, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman”; and “You’ve Got a Friend,” which friend James Taylor made it his own #1 song. King’s expressive singing and piano playing complemented the intimate songs of love and yearning on Tapestry. Legacy’s deluxe reissue of this influential album contains an additional disc of previously unreleased live ‘70s performances of nearly all of Tapestry’s songs, with just King on voice and piano.
Watch a performance of Carole King singing “So Far Away”: