Tapestry: Live in Hyde Park

Tapestry: Live in Hyde Park

by Carole King

CD(Bonus DVD)

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Overview

There have been many reissues of Carole King's iconic 1971 album Tapestry, and rightfully so. Perfectly conceived, produced, and executed, it continues to resonate with virtually anyone who hears it. It became one of the defining (and best-selling) records in the history of pop. This recording documents, if the press materials are to be believed, the first-ever concert performance of Tapestry in its entirety in London's Hyde Park in front of some 60,000 people. King is decades older for one, which might have proved daunting -- especially when considering the caliber of musicians who played on the LP sessions: saxophonist Curtis Amy, guitarists Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar and James Taylor, bassist Charles Larkey, and vocalist Merry Clayton, among others. This audio/video document more than satisfies. Kortchmar is still an integral part of the band and, save for veteran Zev Katz on bass and King, are the only baby boomers on-stage. King has continued to perform with few breaks and remains vital, every bit the athletic pianist and resonant, expressive vocalist -- there's a tiny bit of grain during the first few numbers, but they add, not detract; when she warms up, you'd never know she was her mid-seventies. It's worth taking in the video portion at least the first time through. (The CD and DVD are identical in song presentation and both are offered in pristine sound.) First there are a series of tributes on the big screen before she takes the stage: Narration by Tom Hanks, and comments by Tapestry producer Lou Adler (who says it took three weeks and cost $22,000!), David Crosby, Graham Nash, Kortchmar, Taylor, songwriters Barry Mann & Cynthia Weill, and Elton John, who credits King with his entire songwriting career. When the band takes the stage, they dig right in and go for broke on "I Feel the Earth Move." "So Far Away" is offered with a lifetime of regret, sorrow, and acceptance with stills of the session team on the big screen behind the band. King offers short reminiscences between songs, but the performances are far from nostalgic; they are technically solid, and energetically loose enough for a live stage. The video projections, interspersed with shots of a multi-generational audiences, underscore the emotional impact of these songs. King's daughter Louise Goffin joins the band for "Where You Lead" and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," which are given a new poignancy in this presentation. King even straps on a Stratocaster for "Smackwater Jack." When she and the band finish the album, she takes the stage solo for a Goffin/King medley to offer a wider view of her career; they are snippets, but she pulls them off with finesse. The band rejoins for "Jazzman," "Up on the Roof," and "Locomotion" before the cast of Beautiful: A Carole King Musical joins the band for a send-off with a reprise of "You've Got a Friend." Audio, video, or both, this is a fantastic version of a bona fide classic.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/2017
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0889854048129
catalogNumber: 540481
Rank: 16943

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I Feel the Earth Move
  2. So Far Away
  3. It's Too Late
  4. Home Again
  5. Beautiful
  6. Way Over Yonder
  7. You've Got a Friend
  8. Where You Lead
  9. Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
  10. Smackwater Jack
  11. Tapestry
  12. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
  13. Medley: Goffin/King
  14. Goffin/King Medley: Take Good Care of My Baby/It Might as Well Rain Unt
  15. Hey Girl
  16. Chains
  17. Jazzman
  18. Up on the Roof
  19. Locomotion
  20. I Feel the Earth Move (Reprise)
  21. You've Got a Friend (Reprise)

Disc 2

  1. Opening/Testimonials (Instrumental Music Bed: It's Too Late/Will You Lo
  2. I Feel the Earth Move
  3. So Far Away
  4. It's Too Late
  5. Home Again
  6. Beautiful
  7. Way Over Yonder
  8. You've Got a Friend
  9. Where You Lead
  10. Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
  11. Smackwater Jack
  12. Tapestry
  13. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
  14. Medley (Intro)
  15. Goffin/King Medley:
  16. Hey Girl
  17. Chains
  18. Jazzman
  19. Up on the Roof
  20. Locomotion
  21. I Feel the Earth Move (Reprise)
  22. You've Got a Friend (Reprise)
  23. Credits

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carole King   Primary Artist
Louise Goffin   Guest Appearance
Zev Katz   Bass
Robbie Kondor   Piano,Keyboards
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Jamie Talbot   Tenor Saxophone
Dillon Kondor   Guitar
Michelle John   Background Vocals
Shar White   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Carole King   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Robbie Kondor   Music Direction
Dave Reitzas   Post Production Mix
Jerry Wexler   Composer
Ed Shea   Backline Technician
Jim McCrary   Still Pictures
Sherry Kondor   Producer
Ross Lahey   Backline Technician
Federico Ruiz   Art Direction
Toni Stern   Composer
Amy James   Producer
Dave Palmer   Composer
Gretchen Brennison   Production Director
Bryan Leitch   Director
Mike Nack   Authoring
Marcus Viner   Director
Rolland Ryan   Monitor Engineer
Jamie Carroll   Camera Operator
Russell Tate   Camera Operator
Barrie Dodd   Camera Operator
Bill Lord   Executive Producer
Nat Hill   Camera Operator
Alex Dodd   Camera Operator
Tom Colbourne   Producer
Sam Keogh   Camera Operator
Sean Harwood   Television Production
Francis Clegg   Media Consultant
Dan Robinson   Video Editor
Jim King   Executive Producer
Joe Cardosi   Tour Manager

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