Wednesday, February 10, 2016

PBS Documentary Looks Back on Carole King's 'Tapestry' 45 Years Later


I know they're two entirely different things, but I'd pay a hundred dollars to watch this and not a dollar-fifty to see the Broadway show based on the album. How can anything be better than the real deal?

Written during King’s most vulnerable time as a recently divorced single mother and released in 1971 when the Vietnam War raged on, King became one of the strongest voices that spoke up for her generation. With lyrics like, “I want to be home again and feeling right,” and “When my soul was in the lost-and-found, you came along to claim it,” she spoke about the intimate desires rarely seen in pop music before. Forty-five years later, Tapestry has been revisited over and over, in the Tony-winning Beautiful and now in a PBS documentary, Carole King: Natural Woman as part of the network’s American Masters series, debuting on Feb. 19. The story of the album, which stayed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for 15 consecutive weeks, is well-told — she recorded the collection in three weeks for $22,000 while the Carpenters and Joni Mitchell recorded in the rooms next door — but, produced by Lou Adler, it still lingers as one of the most important pop albums of the 20th century, housing mega-hits like “I Feel The Earth Move,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” “Where You Lead,” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.”

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