What does it sound like?:
It seems to be the season for releasing concerts from Hyde Park. Hot on the heels of the Paul Simon set comes this Carole King show, recorded in July of last year, in the same cd/dvd format.
Following the same concept as Simon’s Graceland show, this set has a complete performance of King’s seminal Tapestry album, supplemented with a smattering of some of her other best known songs from her voluminous back catalogue. Tapestry, now more than forty five years old, is an album that was one of my late ex’s favourites from way back in her student days, so I’ve heard it many, many times over the years, and it still retains a special place in my affections as one of the best singer songwriter albums from the seventies.
So what of the music? Well, as you’d expect, King is accompanied by a top-flight band that perform the songs impeccably, and she is still in excellent voice despite her advancing years – in fact this was her first UK show in over twenty five years. The songs are great of course and haven’t aged at all. Classic follows classic – what’s not to like about songs such as Up On The Roof, Natural Woman, I Feel The Earth Move and It’s Too Late – and that’s just a sample of what’s on offer here. There’s also a great Goffin/King section mid-show, including It Might As Well Rain Until September, Take Good Care Of My Baby and One Fine Day. This show just flies by, with barely a moment where your attention wanders, and it’s a set that I very much enjoyed, far more than I expected actually. In fact it made me wish I’d been there on the night as I think it’s unlikely we’ll see her on these shores again anytime soon.
What does it all *mean*?
I wonder if the golden age of albums with this kind of longevity has gone forever.
Goes well with…
A pleasant evening spent remembering times slipped away.
Might suit people who like…
The Tapestry album, other singer songwriters such as James Taylor.