"Tapestry" by Carole King
Another classic album that should be a part of everyone’s collection is "Tapestry" by Carole King. Originally released in 1971 "Tapestry" held the number one spot on the charts for fifteen weeks and continued to stay on the charts for more than six years. "Tapestry" earned a total of four Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, Record of the Year ("It's Too Late"), Song of the Year ("You've Got A Friend") and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female.
With her beautiful piano strokes, sultry voice and the perfect blend of soothing simple pop sounds with meaningful, heartfelt lyrics, it lifts the spirits and leaves the listener feeling rejuvenated by Carole King’s timeless messages of peace, love, compassion and understanding. "Tapestry" strikes a universal chord that’s touched millions of hearts over the years.
Carole King, a Brooklyn, NY native, was no stranger in the music world prior to her release of "Tapestry". Before becoming a performer, she was an established songwriter as part of the songwriting team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King. With first husband Goffin, she had already made a huge contribution to the pop/rock scene by writing hits for other popular stars such as Aretha Franklin ("Natural Woman"), and The Shirelles ("Will You Love Me Tomorrow"). Another hit "You've Got a Friend" was popularized by James Taylor (who ultimately was a major contributing factor to Carole King becoming a solo performer).
Carole King’s name, however, was still a mere footnote rather than the one we recognize now belonging to a widely renowned singer. With the release of "Tapestry" everything in her world changed. In this remarkable album featuring her own songs that were popularized by other musicians as well as brand new songs, Carole King used her gutsy, honest style to garner a widely growing fan base. "Tapestry" was a breakthrough masterpiece and a ground-breaking album not only for music, but also for women in music.
"Tapestry" has stood the test of time and is equally as enchanting now as it was when it was released in 1971. Always remember: “You've got to get up every morning with a smile on your face, and show the world all the love in your heart. Then people gonna treat you better, you're gonna find, yes, you will, that you're beautiful as you feel.”
If you enjoy this album as much as I do, then check out "Love Makes The World", her latest release, which is a 2-CD set including wonderful new songs like "The Reason" and "It Could Have Been Anyone," plus the version of "Where You Lead, I Will Follow" which was the theme song for the long-running TV series "Gilmore Girls".
To hear songs from the wonderful album "Tapestry" see below: