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Carole KingAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rockingale Records
  • ASIN: B006MU323E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,750 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Main Street Saturday Night
2. Sunbird
3. Venusian Diamond
4. Changes
5. Morning Sun
6. Disco Tech
7. Wings Of Love
8. Ride The Music
9. Everybody's Got The Spirit
10. Welcome Home

Editorial Reviews

First time on CD for this 1978 album from the iconic singer, songwriter and performer. While Carole King was one of the most prolific and successful songwriters of the '60s, she didn't release a bona-fide solo album until 1970. Nobody could have predicted that her 1971 sophomore solo album, Tapestry, would become one of the biggest selling and most influential albums of all time. While the albums that followed in it's wake are certainly more than worthy of your time, they didn't achieve the same success and have largely been forgotten.

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3.0 out of 5 stars 3 Standouts and Some Filler December 16, 2007
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Carole King wasn't selling a lot of records when she released Welcome Home. Much of the collection is not unpleasant typical Carole King introspective piano ballads.

Three songs make the CD worth owning. Main Street Saturday Night has a great FM 70s groove with some nice guitar and atmosphere. Morning Sun builds enough emotionally to the chorus that it rises above standard fare. And Venusian Diamond stands out as one of King's most interesting recordings. It is Beatlesque from the word go and its moody atmosphere is top notch (like the Beatlesque Speeding Time a few years later).

Main Street Saturday Night and Venusian Diamond both let King's band take center stage. It is a little surprising - and kind of cool - to associate these rock grooves to King. Here you have two rock gems and one pop gem to add to King's catalog.

Very rare and unknown Carole King LP. Shortly after the recording of this LP, King's husband and musical partner died, sort of taking the wind out of the sails (and sales) of the LP's release.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Home - a mix of this and that - all pleasant December 30, 2007
By L. Huff
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The first thing I should mention is that this CD is advertised as having a bonus track, which it does not. That was very disappointing considering the price of the CD. I think it is false advertising and should be corrected by Amazon. Although Welcome Home was not a "hit" when it first came out in 1978, it does have some of very good songs. The best songs on the CD are Everybody's got the Spirit, Ride the Music, Venusian Diamond, Morning Sun and Main Street Saturday Night. Lyrically and musically, these songs are optimistic and upbeat, which may be too sugar coated for some people. The expectation when looking at the album cover might be that it is an album of Mountain Songs. It really isn't (although the title track was written about her Idaho ranch). It is quite a mix of styles, including disco, folk/country, pop and rock.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thunder Rope January 26, 2008
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It's wonderful to have Carole King's "Welcome Home" album on CD, thanks to this Japanese pressing. The cardboard sleeve is a little larger than the standard CD shape and makes this release unique. Most regard this album as a failure because it did not generate hits and had poor sales. The set was recorded in January 1978. Rick Evers who was Carole's husband died of a drug overdose on March 21 of that year, which clouded the album's release in May. For Carole King fans, there are reasons to cheer. "Venusian Diamond" may have been a homage to the Beatles, but is a strong song with one of Carole's dreamiest melodies, "Then there appeared a serpent hanging like a thunder rope. He said, "Pull me." I did & fell into the wrong end of a telescope." "Morning Sun" is a lovely track with Richard Hardy's flute giving a sunny cheerful feel to the arrangement and Carole in fine voice, "In the morning the sun comes shining through my window & it's good to be alive." "Ride the Music" is also a delightful track that sounds like a carnival ride with Hardy's clarinet solo. I'm sorry this album is so overlooked because it still sounds great to my ears. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! March 27, 2014
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I thought this album was really brilliant, and I would thoroughly reccomend it to any Carole King fans, an absolute must!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good record January 3, 2014
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Not the best Carole King work, some of the songs don't really sound like a composition with Carole King strength, but I love It and recommend...
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