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Carole King in Hyde Park 3.7.16

PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 12:11 am
by Adam Blake
Carole King. I cried at least four times. She was fabulous. What she may have lost in vocal chops she's gained in piano. Occurred to me for the first time that she really invented modern pop piano playing. But her voice was great. She seemed nervous at first but that soon dissipated as she breathed in the palpable waves of love from the 65,000 capacity crowd. It had been a long time. Everyone sang along. The sunset was magnificent. She is truly blessed. She introduced her daughter Louise and together they sang "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow". Beautifully. The bass player cried. I cried. Loads of people cried. She started "Natural Woman" with a film clip of herself performing the song at the BBC when she was 29. "Ah", I thought, "she can't reach the notes anymore". Wrong. She took over live for the second verse and soared through the greatest bridge in pop music. The trademark dominant 11th chords were plentiful and inimitably voiced. I thought she'd just do "Tapestry" and an oldies medley and be done. Wrong. She did "Up On The Roof", "Jazzman", "Chains", "The Locomotion". The band were perfect. Danny Kortchmar on guitar sounding just like he does on "It's Too Late". It was showbiz but it was true - like the best showbiz. When she sings "You've Got A Friend" you know she means it. There's no side to it. It is as real as pop fantasy gets - and that's pretty real. Truly it was a set full of brilliant and timeless pop songs about love and friendship. I am so glad I've seen her. Thanks a million to David Catlin-Birch, who got me in.

Oh, and friends, I missed Don Henley's set...

Re: Carole King in Hyde Park 3.7.16

PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:58 am
by will vine
What you get,you get. What you miss, you miss. Really wish I hadn't missed this though. The weather played a big part I guess. At the time you were watching this Adam I was watching a better-than-average jazz funk crew whilst drinking with a dozen women dressed as pirates - What's not to like ? And yet, we obviously missed a wonderful event. Great review.

Re: Carole King in Hyde Park 3.7.16

PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 12:15 pm
by alister prince
Nice review, thanks Adam. Good to have you back, you've been quiet the last week or so.
Aly

Re: Carole King in Hyde Park 3.7.16

PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 1:39 pm
by AndyM
This is a really exceptionally good review, I think, written by a mate of mine. Taps into a lot of the things Adam mentioned above.

http://thequietus.com/articles/20525-ca ... ark-review