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Legendary Demos

Carole KingAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,829 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

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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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boy, could this woman pitch a song... April 24, 2012
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...and could she ever write hits! Over 100 of which would grace Billboard's top 100 ranking.

If you remember the sounds of the 60's and 70's and you enjoyed Carole King or the songs she penned for other artists, you will love this CD. The production sounds just like I what I remember, but yet more alive (some of us only had AM radio, not FM).

The feel of the production is not at all like what you would find in most modern recordings, but I really like that quality.

These cuts are raw, they are meant to be. They are demos. Simple, yet very interesting and intimate. And nostalgic. Her vocals and piano dominate, for the many tracks. While listening to this CD, at times, I felt like I had stumbled into a practice room or a studio that King happened to be playing in, and I mean that in a good way.

Everytime I hear Carole King performing the songs that she has written, I feel like I am living in an alternate universe. How in the world can someone else turn one of her songs into pure perfection, yet King can manage to exhibit her own perfection with the same song? It just defies logic.

King's songwriting partner and then-husband, Gerry Goffin was an integral part of the formula being that he was the lyricist, as was the replacement lyricist Toni Stern.

King's songs were recorded by a wide range of artists. Aretha Franklin, The Osmonds, Dionne Warwick, The Monkees, The Turtles, The Isley Brothers, Dee Dee Warwick, Gloria Estefan, to name a few.

This is not like her Tapestry CD (a wonderful double CD set, by the way), nor should it be. It is just fine as it is.

AND, she is a wonderful pianist.

I enjoyed every cut though I do have my favorites.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Going Back with Carole King 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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.

The three major Brill-era hits included here in demo form are the Monkees' "Pleasant Valley Sunday," Bobby Vee's "Take Good Care of My Baby" and the Everly Brothers' "Crying in the Rain.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars close your eyes and listen
What this disc lacks in audio quality it makes up for in rawness and soul. If you want to be touched by Carol's singing then this is a disc you should own. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Deep Thought
4.0 out of 5 stars Carole King demos! What's not to like?
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. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sid Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great disc
The quality of the songs she has been involved with is amazing. I had heard her demos are great and they are. Read more
Published 10 months ago by scott malorny
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Songs
Very high quality songs and arrangements. I would recommend this collenct. I enjoy it when walking or just sitting around.Love it!
Published 11 months ago by Suz
5.0 out of 5 stars just fabulous
What can you say about original, early Carole King? We are so very happy with the CD and would recommend it to anyone.
Published 14 months ago by Charles R. Moody
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
this is such a fun cd ; carole sounds like a little girl. because she was when she recorded this. it is really nice music.
Published 14 months ago by Atir
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Song Writer
And even voice, but i was not crazy about most of the songs. The first song on the disc which she wrote for The Monkees to make a mega hit of, Pleasant Valley Sunday, is by far... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Carol D'Amico
3.0 out of 5 stars Too short and too many Tapestry songs
This LP length issue has a few legendary demos, but mostly it's stuff from Tapestry. Where were songs like "One Fine Day, "Chains," and "Hi-De-Ho? Read more
Published 15 months ago by L. D. Gottlieb
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these raw bare songs
I just love all of these releases of these demos. It kind of started years ago with who but The Beatles with the anthology series and everybody is doing it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jerbear
5.0 out of 5 stars Carole King Greatest Hits in Their Purest Form
Carole King's voice is always emotional and tender, but here it seems even more so. There's something wonderfully compelling about the listening to these works-in-progress which... Read more
Published 18 months ago by N. Norris
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