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Music [Carole King]

  • 1. Brother, Brother
    2. It's Going to Take Some Time
    3. Sweet Seasons
    4. Some Kind of Wonderful
    5. Surely
    6. Carry Your Load
    7. Music
    8. Song of Long Ago
    9. Brighter
    10. Growing Away From Me
    11. Too Much Rain
    12. Back to California
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 34949

  • Credits
    ProducerLou Adler
    EngineerHank Cicalo

    Personnel: Carole King (vocals, keyboards); James Taylor (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Danny Kootch (guitar); William Green, William Collete, Ernie Watts, Plas Johnson, Mike Altschul (flute, woodwinds, saxophone); Curtis Amy (flute, tenor saxophone); Oscar Brashear (flugelhorn); Ralph Schuckett (keyboards); Charles Larkey (bass); Joel O'Brien, Russ Kunkel (drums); Abigale Harness, Merry Clayton (background vocals).
    In an era where it's not uncommon for a superstar act to wait three or four years between releases, it's astonishing to realize that Carole King wrote and recorded a strong follow-up to 1971's bazillion-selling TAPESTRY that was released before the year was up! MUSIC was a big commercial success, but anything would pale next to the ecstatic commercial response to TAPESTRY, which was still high in the charts when this follow-up was released. The generically-titled MUSIC didn't spawn any hits as big as "It's Too Late" or "So Far Away," but with several decades' hindsight, it's clear that TAPESTRY was no fluke; in its more low-key way, MUSIC is every bit as fine an album. Highlights include two jazz-tinged tracks, "Brother Brother" and the waltz-time title track, which features a remarkable saxophone solo by Curtis Amy. "Growing Away From Me" and the mournful "It's Going To Take Some Time" are closer to TAPESTRY's introspective tunes. As on that album, King includes an old Goffin-King classic, a thoroughly reworked "Some Kind of Wonderful."

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (1/20/72, p.50) - "..The spirit of her music remains warm and strong, her lyrics still carry personal messages of friendship and in both emotion and melody...Carole King continues to be one of the major individual talents in pop music.."
    Q (10/94, p.146) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...proving King to be a respected commercial songwriter who could perform her material as ably as others did..."
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