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The Legendary Demos

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This astounding collection of 13 original recordings by Carole King featuring many of her most famous songs is finally being released for the very first time! The Legendary Demos proves once and for all precisely why she is the most successful and revered female singer/songwriter in music history Includes the original demoed recordings of such future standards as "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "It's Too Late," "You've Got A Friend" and more Also features early takes of six tracks that formed the basis for King's worldwide solo breakthrough Tapestry; one of the best-selling and most beloved albums of all time This collection forms the lost missing link in the chain of King's career. Includes liner notes by acclaimed author and Rolling Stone contributing editor, David Browne
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  • Audio CD (April 24, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hear Music
  • ASIN: B007EM6FTW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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By Ron Scroggin on April 24, 2012
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"The Legendary Demos" sounds so excellent, it is a really a great gift to the listener. By going back Carole brings something very new. I believe many listeners will feel this is really the "Essential Carole King". I very much enjoy the songs here- that i have never heard, "Yours Until Tomorrow" is really wonderful. I have never really been a fan of Demos being released, but i will now have to rethink that belief. Carole King has given her listeners a lifetime of wonderful music, from yesterday right up to now. It is my hope Carole will continue to release new material along with the vintage.
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Just bought it right now, opened it and cranked up the volume in the car while driving home...if her studio albums don't already give off that intimate aura, this cd will do the job. You FEEL like you're sitting next to you, witnessing the making of a successful 'natural woman'. Hence, the beauty of demos-we have the joy of experiencing her first thoughts in rough sketches. This album effectively showcases her early talent and the talent that would evolve as a solo artist starting off with The City and later with Writer and the commercial success of Tapestry, which some songs are presented on this cd. If you are a fan of Carole King or meaningful music, look no further and purchase one right away. Totally worth it.
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Demos are an industry currency that fans don't often get to hear. They're an audio notebook in which songwriters sketch their vision, either for themselves, or more intriguingly, for those to whom they wish to sell songs. In the case of a singer-songwriter like Carole King, there are both kinds of entries in her notebooks - writer's demos that were inclined towards the sound and style of a potential client and initial renderings of songs that King would sing herself, including five tunes written for her 1971 breakthrough, Tapestry, and another, "Like Little Children," written in the mid-60s but recorded 30 years later for the film Crazy in Alabama.

An earlier, unauthorized, volume of King's demos and early solo recordings, Brill Building Legends: The Right Girl, gave a glimpse into her years as a Brill Building songwriter. But that volume fell short of its full promise, by including demos for songs that were never commercially recorded or never broke on the charts. Though interesting in their own right, these lesser works said more about the hard work that goes into getting a hit single than they did about the development of King's best-known titles. Not so with this authorized volume of King demos, which not only offers up a few key Brill Building-era demos, but extends into her solo work as a successful performer.
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While these are priceless, historic recordings beautifully sung by the auteur herself, I'm afraid the mastering has been badly muffed. Instead of allowing the authentic sound of the demo tapes to shine through, with the intimate sonic limitations of all demo master tapes, which were never intended for public release, the engineers apparently decided that they could "improve" and "modernize" the sound via hi-tech digital processing. So instead of having a beautiful period restoration of the tapes as they actually sound, what we have here is a horribly compressed, loud, and hot mastering. It is totally unnatural, and almost unlistenably shrill sonically And let me emphasize again, I am not talking about the limitations of the original demo tapes, which I would have been happy to accept in anything close to their original form. So yes, if you love Carole King and great music, you will still enjoy this, but in a much diminished form that does not do justice to the genius of Carole King, nor to what I consider the natural beauty of her singing her own compositions, as she originally conceived them. I hope if when they dig deeper into the CK vault in the future, they will treat subsequent releases with greater respect for their sonic and artistic integrity.
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Listening these demos of the great and unique Carole, I reaffirm the statement: in those times the singer had to seduce, conquer and engage the listener through the music and not - as this age - through a video clip.

Carole the songwriter or interpreter had that invisible hook to catch and capture your senses. Wonderful lyrics and fabulous arrangements made C.K.'s sound. And we are talking about the golden and highly inspired decade of the late sixties and early seventies. Singers, composers and bands gave the best they could. Just to cite a few names: Karen Carpenter, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Joan Baez, Roberta Flack, Janis Joplin, Gladys Knight, Bobbie Gentry, Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield or Mary Hopkin still resound in our affective memory.

Carole King meant for her generation a true driving force. Don't miss this extraordinary release.
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