Carole King brought the fledgling singer/songwriter phenomenon to the masses with Tapestry, one of the most successful albums in pop music history. A remarkably expressive and intimate record, it's a work of consummate craftsmanship…
is the debut album by and was released in 1970. already had a successful career as a songwriter, and been a part of , a short-lived group she formed after moving to Los Angeles in 1968. Tracks on the album include which was a number 4 hit for in 1962, and , which has been recorded by , among others. The album did not receive much attention upon its release, though it entered the chart following the success of 's next album, , in 1971.
is the third album by American singer-songwriter . It is a continuation of the style laid down in . The album was released in December 1971 and quickly rose to the top of the charts. It features songs such as (US #12 by ), a #9 hit for , and . experienced immediate success and was certified Gold on December 9, 1971, days after release. It was certified Platinum on July 17, 1995. entered the top ten at #8, becoming the first of many weeks both and would occupy the top ten simultaneously. The album hit #1 on New Year's Day 1972 and stayed there for three consecutive weeks. plays the piano and celeste on many tracks.
is an album by American singer-songwriter , released in 1973. At the time of its release, it only reached #6 on the Billboard album chart, but has remained highly regarded by her fans over the ensuing decades. Presented as a sort of song cycle, the album opens and closes with two versions of the title song and the songs on each side segue directly into one another. The Spanish language track (the Spanish word for "heart," also used as a term of endearment, as in this song's lyrics) was a moderate hit single from the album, as was The flip side of the latter single, (not the hit), charted separately from its A-side.
is an album by American singer-songwriter , released in 1975. This is her final effort issued by , and also the last album produced by who had been her collaborator since . The track was released as a lead single from the album, and became her 4th and final chart-topper on the U.S. Billboard AC chart. , a song featuring and on vocals, was also released as a single. also features harmony vocals by .
A single-CD collection of Nat King Cole never does him justice, as there are too many songs to cover. This package is not very hit-oriented, does not feature his brilliant piano playing, and is laden with string arrangements. There is a version of the corny "People," but also great takes of "Lush Life," classics such as "Too Young to Go Steady" and "Smile," and the obscure "Mother Nature and Father Time." Search for a better "best-of" that is more platinum than tin.