CAROLE KING - The Carnegie Hall Concert 1971 (2011)

Anyone who took the gray-striped kitty on the cover of Tapestry as a totem, from your hip junior-high English teacher to Ben Folds, will recognize the import of Carnegie Hall, recorded the week "It's Too Late" went to No. 1. Mostly solo at the piano, King brought home 10 of that already emblematic album's tunes with a smattering of other numbers. Some of the latter are more callow than absolutely necessary, with "Carry Your Load" way too bouncy and "Snow Queen" too glib. But when she digs out "No Easy Way Down" (immortalized by Dusty Springfield on Dusty in Memphis) and "A Natural Woman," it's a little bit of heaven, even when her voice starts cracking. Actually, her nervousness is charming, though some of her between-song wisecracks fail to wow the very partisan crowd, much less the CD listener a quarter-century later. Guess that's only natural for someone just coming into her own in public after a decade or so behind the curtain, and no one seems to mind much anyway. As the history books tell us, this was a pretty polite rock moment; to further prove it, James Taylor shows up for the encores. Though Tapestry remains the essential item, this one gets by on the grace of King's heart. - amazon.com

01. I Feel the Earth Move 02. Home Again 03. After All This Time 04. Child of Mine 05. Carry Your Load 06. No Easy Way Down 07. Song of Long Ago 08. Snow Queen 09. Smackwater Jack 10. So Far Away 11. It's Too Late 12. Eventually 13. Way over Yonder 14. Beautiful 15. You've Got a Friend (with James Taylor) 16. Medley (with James Taylor): - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? - Some Kind of Wonderful - Up on the Roof 17. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

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