Title - 'The Essential Carole King' (Legacy)
Artist - Carole King
This CD does a wonderful job of capturing all the big hits, as well as some other lesser known songs, composed, and sung by one of the great folk rock talents of this generation, Carole King. Her unique voice, piano accompaniments, and mellow but probing tunes made an unmistakable contribution to the music of the 60s and 70s - and some of her best known work became smash hits for other artists (Up on the Roof, You've Got a Friend).
I would add, however, that Tapestry is one of the great albums ever recorded and because many of the great songs on it are inevitably left off a greatest hits CD, I would make sure to buy that one as well.
Indeed, as a singer, Carole King won over millions of fans with her honest portrayals of love and life. As mentioned, as a songwriter, she penned dozens of hits for others, many of which became American pop standards. Now for the first time, these two aspects of a long and celebrated career are combined, presenting the best of Carole King as both singer and songwriter.
Disc 1 covers the best of Carole King's own performances: the Grammy®-winning songs "It's Too Late" and "You've Got A Friend;" plus collaborations with Celine Dion and Babyface. Disc 2 highlights the best of Carole's best-known and most beloved compositions, as performed by others: "Up On The Roof" (The Drifters); "Natural Woman" (Aretha Franklin); and "Chains" (The Beatles).