Tapestry: Iconic Gen Jones album and a timeless classic

A classic: Carole King's "Tapestry"

Carole King’s “Tapestry”

“Timeless” may be one of the more overused tags to tout popular songs, books, and movies, but in the case of Carole King’s 1971 album Tapestry, the label fits. Don’t just take my word for it: It’s 36th on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 all-time greatest albums:

On Tapestry, King remade herself as an artist and created the reigning model for the 1970s female singer-songwriter – not to mention a blockbuster pop record of enduring artistic quality.

King was no stranger to the music world when Tapestry was released. She had been a successful song writer for artists like Aretha Franklin and The Shirelles during the 60s. Fortunately she was encouraged to enter the recording studio, and Tapestry was the result.

Here’s the album’s original song list, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Side 1
  1. “I Feel the Earth Move” – 2:58
  2. “So Far Away” – 3:55
  3. “It’s Too Late” (lyrics by Toni Stern) – 3:53
  4. “Home Again” – 2:29
  5. “Beautiful” – 3:08
  6. “Way Over Yonder” – 4:44
Side 2
  1. “You’ve Got a Friend” – 5:09
  2. “Where You Lead” (lyrics by Toni Stern) – 3:20
  3. “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” (Gerry Goffin, King) – 4:12
  4. “Smackwater Jack” (Goffin, King) – 3:41
  5. “Tapestry” – 3:13
  6. “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (Goffin, King, Jerry Wexler) – 3:49

And here’s one of the livelier numbers, “I Feel the Earth Move,” from YouTube:

The singles from Tapestry were all over the pop charts. And if we stick with the defining Gen Jones age range (born 1954 through 1965), we see that it arrived during the heart of our childhoods and teen years, when we spent a lot of time listening to the radio and playing favorite music. The memories associated with these songs would fill volumes.

4 responses

  1. Tapestry (CK), Blue (JM), Sweet Baby James (?), Crosby Stills Nash and Young…the album cover was white and the songs included Woodstock and Sweet Judy Blue Eyes, The White Album (Beatles), Bridge Over Troubled Water (S & G)…and not a top ten but a favorite was the Laura Nyro album with Lucky, One More Child….

    What is interesting about this topic is when I went to the discussion with Ishmael Bah-child soldier-someone asked him what he did to help his recovery from trauma. He said he listened to musical artists from his early childhood like Bob Marley. Similarly, when I was in my first stage of trauma recovery, i watched you tube videos of early Carole King, JT and Joni Mitchell. The BBC had some from London that I watched daily-musical womb.

  2. I SO remember this album–could probably still sing along, every nuance, every song!

    1. Kerry, there are some songs and albums that just glue themselves into our memories! Good that it’s an album like this one!

      1. The other one, for me, is Bridge Over Troubled Waters.

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