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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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  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rockingale
  • ASIN: B006MU323E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,663 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By M. Mendenhall on 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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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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Carole King's second album for Capitol was originally released in 1978, and is now being reissued on her own Rockingale imprint with its original track list and an eight-page booklet that includes liner notes, lyrics, photos and album art. The songwriting continued her work with then-third-husband Rick Evers, who co-wrote two of the titles, and also continued King's weakening commercial success. The album scratched just below the Hot 100, and a lone single ("Morning Sun") just missed the A/C Top 40. As on her Capitol debut, Simple Things, King's songs are incredibly optimistic, perhaps sparked by the communal living she and Evers had set up. Evers died, reportedly of a heroin overdose, a few months after the album was recorded, so the album's sunny vibe was thrown into shadow by the songwriter's loss.

King reaches back to the Brill Building for the cruisin' themed "Main Street Saturday Night," but it doesn't crackle with the authenticity of her earlier work, and Evers' new-agey lyrics for "Sun Bird" must have seemed deep at the time, but don't hold a candle to the expressiveness of even King's lesser works. Even stranger is the catchy "Venusian Diamond," which combines late-60s Beatleisms with the too-clean studio sounds that marked many productions of the era. Even that's explainable compared to the bandwagon "Disco Tech," though even here you get the sense that King has a deeper sense of music's primordial hold on the soul than many of the hacks writing disco at the time.

A more conventional pop expression of her love is heard in "Ride the Music," and the following "Everybody's Got the Spirit" continues the community theme which closed her previous album in "One.
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I was certainly glad to get my cd of "Welcome Home". In 1978 i was a teenager, and played this record all the time. While there was no hits on the record, I recall a local radio station in Alaska played "Morning Sun" for a short time. Listening to this record after all the years it still speaks to me, just not as it once did. "Welcome Home" is a bit of this and that, and sounds somewhat weaker than i recalled. I really like Carole King very much, and that has not changed. I will probably play this cd very often, and certainly enjoy the memories it will brings me.
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When this album came out, the reviews were not good. I have this on vinyl and am happy that Ms. King decided to reissue this on a cd. What you hear on this cd is Carol singing many different genre's. Her Beatlesque "Venusian Diamonds" is pure Rock and Roll". And "Morning Sun" is pure Carole King pop! The arrangement on the Bluesy "Disco Tech" is excellent! "Everybody's Got The Spirit" sounds like Gospel" to me. What I love about Ms. King's music is her ability to play all different styles of music. You don't get bored with her music. An example of what I mean would be "Tapestry", "City Streets", and "Love Makes The World". All three of these albums are very different. Critic's often say that Ms. King was never able to repeat what she did with "Tapestry". I think the critics did an injustice to Ms. King by always comparing "Tapestry" with anything else she did. That album is in a class by itself! There is no such thing as a bad Carole King album. Some of them you love instantly. Some you have to listen to a couple of times and read the lyrics. This is one you have to listen to. Give it a listen, I think you'll enjoy it.
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