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Re: Carole King

PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 1:31 pm
by garth cartwright
Speaking of Scott, I'm pretty sure the first recording I ever heard of No Easy Way Down was by him - perhaps on one of his 70s MOR albums? I'd much rather listen to Scott sing standards than the art noize he issues these days. On Honey & Wine, the second of the Ace Goffin-King albums, there's a lovely version by Nancy Wilson. As Gerry Goffin wrote the lyrics I'm wondering if it was autobiographical - didn't he get lost in the 60s drug haze? The exert of CK's autobio I read in the Sunday Times had her signing for Gerry to receive electro-shock treatment... brutal. He made several solo albums - are any of them any good?

Re: Carole King

PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 1:40 pm
by Adam Blake
garth cartwright wrote: As Gerry Goffin wrote the lyrics I'm wondering if it was autobiographical - didn't he get lost in the 60s drug haze?


Yes it was and yes he did. I don't know about his solo albums. Maybe Norman can tell us. I do know he's OK now and presumably very comfortable on his old royalties.

Mark Eitzel did a very nice version actually, even though, as he said in interviews at the time, his voice was nowhere near up to it, it was done with love and respect and we can't reasonably ask more from our pop musicians.

Carole herself recorded it on the "Writer" album and also released a live version which is lovely. But, really, this is the one. The song, the singer's performance, the arrangement, the performance of the backing musicians, the production - all quite perfect. One of the very best pop records ever made.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwdG0DUZN_o

Re: Carole King

PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 2:25 pm
by AndyM
I wonder how many aspirant singers have listened to Dusty and then thrown in the towel.

Re: Carole King

PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 6:01 pm
by john poole
garth cartwright wrote:He made several solo albums - are any of them any good?

I used to have an early 70s one, which was interesting, but not great, if I remember correctly. 'It's Not the Spotlight', written with Barry Goldberg, was his most successful post-Carole song with quite a few cover versions, notably by Bobby "Blue" Bland on "His California Album"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8IZ3Tuezu4

Re: Carole King

PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 12:16 am
by john poole
Some nice photos of Carole recording what I think was her third single 'Short Mort/Queen of the Beach' in 1959
http://www.vintag.es/2014/04/beautiful- ... es-of.html

Re: Carole King

PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 12:26 pm
by alister prince
Looks as if I'm not going to read CK's autobiog even if it rains until September. One very cynical thought is that such 'books' are often the source of endless anodyne anecdotes for interviews and chat-shows; especially if there is other product for sale. If it and the demos album are as disappointing as the crits indicate, it shows that the mainstream labels and publishers have an eye for the main chance and still fail to recognise ripping off the public will only dig a deeper hole for them in the long run. Thank goodness for Ace and other labels/imprints with integrity.
Aly

Re: Carole King

PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 1:50 pm
by alister prince
Just realised I've posted to an old thread. Hey ho, it's my eyes you know.
Aly