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Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the May 2012 Issue of Stereophile!
Numbered, Limited Edition! Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Tapes: Transparent, Soulful, Pure Sonics Make Music Seem Like a New Album!
Carole King Music on Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP. King's 1971 Studio Album a Model of Impeccable Songwriting, Fluent Melodies, Unfettered Expression. Blend of Originals Spans R&B, Pop, Folk.
Released on the heels of her breakthrough, Tapestry, Carole King’s Music is
every bit the equal of its more famous predecessor, a Number One smash that
features impeccable songwriting, infallible melodies, and extraordinary piano
playing. In short, everything that’s made King an institution. After of years of
being overshadowed, this 1971 singer-songwriter classic has finally been given
the audiophile treatment it’s long deserved.
Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered
limited-edition 180g LP of King’s second solo masterpiece is rife with intimacy,
transparency, soulfulness, and you-are-there sound. Never before remastered,
Music seems like a brand-new album, King’s familiar voice, intelligent
arrangements, and ravishing support band presented on a deep, three-dimensional
soundstage. Your appreciation for and understanding of King’s inspirational
lyrics and ravishing performances will increase tenfold. Mobile Fidelity’s 180g
LP brings you that much closer.
Accompanied by percussionist Bobbye Hall, drummer Russ Kinkel,
guitarist/vocalist James Taylor, and a cavalcade of professional wind musicians,
King delves further into R&B and jazz-derived pop, coming up aces every time.
Warm, intelligent, and cohesive, songs echo with simplicity and honesty. And as
is typical of much of King’s work, several of tunes here were later covered by
other artists, including “It’s Going To Take Some Time” (the Carpenters). Yet
the originals trump the later renditions, and the rendition of the standard
“Some Kind of Wonderful” stands as the best ever recorded.
With Taylor lending more of a hand on Music than he does on Tapestry, King
expands her confident reach on the piano and peppers the songs with graceful
touches of saxophone, flute, pedal-steel guitar, and woodwinds. Ballads sway
(“Surely”), gospel brightness lifts spirits (“Brighter”), and backup vocals
float heavenly pop (“Song of Long Ago”). Yet the best aspect is King’s voice,
infused with fondness, concern, joy, and a quiet power that parallels the
delicacy and deliberate nature that define Music.
Mobile Fidelity’s audiophile edition is free of the limiting artifacts that have
helped keep this record in the dark for the better part of the past few decades.
Previously diminished, acoustic guitars, subtle brass elements, and soft
percussion contribute to the enjoyment of the songs, and King’s voice—pleasant,
assuring, emotional—comes through with incredible clarity and inflection. The
brilliance of the legendary Lou Adler’s original production is restored to its
If it’s at all possible—and it is—this treasure now sounds even more
heartwarming than it did upon original release. The companion to Tapestry, Music
is an aural—and sonic—delight.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Half-Speed Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
1. Brother, Brother
2. It's Going to Take Some Time
3. Sweet Seasons
4. Some Kind of Wonderful
6. Carry Your Load
8. Song of Long Ago
10. Growing Away from Me
11. Too Much Rain
12. Back to California