Numbered, Limited-Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity!
Carole King Music on Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD. King's 1971 Studio
Album a Model of Impeccable Songwriting, Fluent Melodies, Unfettered Expression.
Mastered from the Original Tapes: Transparent, Soulful, Pure Sonics Make Music
Seem Like a New Album. A 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.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered
limited-edition hybrid SACD 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 digital reissue 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 full glory.
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.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Back To California
3. Brother, Brother
4. Carry Your Load
5. Growing Away From Me
6. It's Going To Take Some Time
8. Some Kind Of Wonderful
9. Song Of Long Ago
11. Sweet Reasons
12. Too Much Rain