As a singer, Carol King won over millions of fans with her honest portrayals of love and life. As a songwriter, she penned dozens of hits for others, many which became American pop standards. Now for the first time, these two aspects of a long and celebrated career are combined , telling the complete story of an extraordinarily gifted and successful artists, who is still actively performing to this day, more than four decades later. Disc one features the best of Carole King including collaborations with Celine Dion and Babyface. Disc two features songs penned by King but performed and made hits by other artists.
The soundtrack to a television special originating from the pen of author Maurice Sendak, Really Rosie is that rare children's album with the wit and intelligence to capture the imaginations of adult listeners as well. Sendak's sharp, clever lyrics tell the story of young Brooklynite Rosie and a cast of vividly etched supporting characters including the apathetic Pierre and a boy named Chicken Soup; Carole King's melodies serve the material remarkably well, transforming even the most deliberately silly songs into catchy, piano-driven pop confections. In fact, it's in many ways her most fully realized record since Tapestry, with a sparkling charm and heartfelt sincerity that interim releases lacked.
1976's Thoroughbred was Carole King's last album for Lou Adler's Ode Records imprint, and it's clearly a transitional release. Change was afoot in the musical air in 1976, and while there's no hints of punk or disco on Thoroughbred–which is a good thing–King is definitely moving away from the solo piano sound of her earlier solo albums. King's thumping, percussive piano playing is still all over the album, but guitars play a more prominent role than ever before. At times, the instrumental interplay resembles that of Fleetwood Mac, particularly Waddy Wachtel's Lindsey Buckingham-like solo on "Only Love Is Real." The songs themselves are in the eclectic style of 1973's all-over-the-map FANTASY, with the country-tinged "We All Have To Be Alone" and "Ambrosia" sitting comfortably between the slinky pop of "I'd Like To Know You Better" and the soulful "Still Here Thinking of You." The album charted at US #3.
A Celebration of Christmas from The Chapel of King's College Cambridge.