Carole King The Carnegie Hall Concert June 18, 1971 Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
Numbered, Limited-Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity!
Carole King The Carnegie Hall Concert: June 18, 1971 on Numbered Limited
Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity.
From-the-Vault Live Release Captures Iconic Singer-Songwriter at Height of Her
Breakout Period. Mastered from the Original Tapes: Intimate Sonics Make It Seem
Like King is Sitting Five Feet Away. Stripped-Down Songs Teem With Warmth,
Nuance, Emotion; James Taylor Also Appears.
Every so often, a from-the-vault release captures our hearts, minds, and
attention in such a way that it’s impossible not to tell all family, friends,
and neighbors about its existence. Originally issued to commemorate the 25th
anniversary of Tapestry, Carole King’s The Carnegie Hall Concert: June 18, 1971
is such a record, a fortunate document of an absolutely magical period in the
singer-songwriter’s legendary career and a revealing look at the
then-stagefright artist turning in a commanding performance just as she was
becoming a superstar.
Mastered from the original tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered limited-edition
hybrid SACD of this compelling concert album brims with liveliness, depth,
dimension, detail, and transparency. The nuances of King’s spare performances
and warm vocals emanate as if she’s sitting five feet away. Stripped down even
further than they are on the studio albums, songs breathe with palpable
earnestness and emotion, the subtle differences from their more polished studio
brethren allowing listeners an insight into King’s creative genius.
At the time of its recording, King still suffered from shyness—and who could
blame her? She had been accustomed to penning lyrics for other artists and
sitting behind a desk in the Brill Building. Only recently did King strike out
on her own and enter the public realm. This set encapsulates this contrast in
thrilling fashion. Disarmingly genuine and daringly honest, The Carnegie Hall
Concert: June 18, 1971 benefits from the inclusion of King’s nervous
between-song banter that exposes who she is as a person and performer. Most
importantly, despite her anxiety, she turns out stirring renditions of tunes
from 1970’s Writer, Tapestry, and even a few from the yet-unreleased Music (also
available from Mobile Fidelity).
Her control is demonstrated on the record’s six opening cuts, which feature King
alone at her piano. For the remainder of the program, she’s accompanied by
guitarist Danny Kortchman, bassist Charles Larkey, and a string quartet, which
enter and exit according to arrangement. As such, the concert is profoundly
intimate and personal, an “unplugged” session that predated the use of the term
by nearly two decades. Longtime collaborator James Taylor joins her for a
memorable medley of some of her biggest hits—“Will You Love Me Tomorrow/Some
Kind of Wonderful/Up on the Roof”—the chemistry evident of why the duo’s 2010
tour was one of the most in-demand outings in years.
Mobile Fidelity’s remastered sound ties everything together and is what makes
this release extra special. By going to the original source, the audiophile
label considerably opens up the sonic perspectives, revealing the spacious
acoustics of the famed venue that act in concert with King’s music. In
particular, the songs from Writer benefit from the no-nonsense production. You
can literally picture King’s piano beside her, and her voice—sincere, tender,
melodic—is rich, full-bodied, and penetrating. Listeners can even hear it crack
on occasion, the results a consequence of her nerves. Unpolished and
non-synthetic, the performance is better for it.
No, they don’t make albums like this anymore. The Carnegie Hall Concert: June
18, 1971 as real as it gets. And so is the sound. Get your collectible copy now!
• 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. I Feel the Earth Move
2. Home Again
3. After All This Time
4. Child of Mine (Gerry Goffin, King)
5. Carry Your Load
6. No Easy Way Down – (Goffin, King)
7. Song of Long Ago
8. Snow Queen (Goffin, King)
9. Smackwater Jack (Goffin, King)
10. So Far Away
11. It's Too Late (King, Toni Stern)
12. Eventually (Goffin, King)
13. Way over Yonder
15. You've Got a Friend [Performed with James Taylor]
16. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?/Some Kind of Wonderful/Up on the Roof
[medley; performed with James Taylor] (Goffin, King)
17. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Goffin, King, Jerry Wexler)