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  • Audio CD (April 24, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: HEAR MUSIC
  • ASIN: B007EM6FTW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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1. Pleasant Valley Sunday
2. So Goes Love
3. Take Good Care of My Baby
4. Natural Woman
5. Like Little Children
6. Beautiful
7. Crying in the Rain
8. Way Over Yonder
9. Yours Until Tomorrow
10. It s Too Late
11. Tapestry
12. Just Once in My Life
13. You ve Got a Friend

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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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Definitely worth adding to your CD collection.
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Carole King wrote such immortal tunes as Pleasant Valley Sunday, Take Good Care Of My Baby, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and Crying In The Rain.
Sid Griffin
Carole King is a phenomenal songwriter, a talented pianist, and has a beautiful voice.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ron Scroggin on April 24, 2012
Format: Audio CD
"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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Musicman on April 24, 2012
Format: Audio CD
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on April 24, 2012
Format: Audio CD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on September 6, 2012
Format: Audio CD
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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Lee Wakefield on April 25, 2012
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Legendary Demos

The beauty of Carole King's long-awaited CD, "The Legendary Demos," released today, is when you unwrap it and push "play," your every expectation of anticipation and wonderment is met with pure delight and then some. At last, you hear how it was back in the day, the rough studio demo presented to other artists, producers, and label executives for their choosing. And it makes sense why so many people consider her a music genius.

Thirteen songs grace this CD, seven of them chart-topping smashes, and six of them wonderful compositions that are not as easily recognizable, yet they reflect the magic of King's talent nonetheless. Several of the tunes on this track anchor her life's story.

In "Pleasant Valley Sunday" I never knew the lyric was: "Creature comfort goals can only numb my soul. I need a change of scenery." As much as I respect Micky Dolenz' vocals, with all the musical buildup of the production behind The Monkees' vocal tracks, I had no earthly idea that this was what he was singing, on another in a series of Carole King and Gerry Goffin compositions for the hitmaker teens of television fame.

At last the lyrics are clear, because Carole is singing them, beautifully, a song beloved for 45 years that is, in fact, the rhythmic anthem of discontent for Gerry Goffin living in a New Jersey suburb, for his family's sake, when he'd much rather be back in Queens in the middle of the city. The song begins with a guitar, and even has a banjo sound to it. A slightly slower tempo, almost unnoticeable, is found here, vs. The Monkees' version you're used to hearing, more frantically paced in the group's #1 version.
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