by Carol Anne Szel
“The Essential Carole King” is a timeless collection of music from this legendary songstress who has touched the heart of so many for decades. Encompassing thirty-three songs penned by this singer-songwriter on two discs, this release takes us through tunes made famous by King herself and also mega-hits she wrote for other artists.
When listening to the new release “The Essential Carole King” I can almost see the dust on the album of childhood in my mind. This plays like a tribute to one of the greatest singer-songwriters in the history of modern music, with tunes that have blanketed the rich quilt of our lives.
And with every song that plays on disc one of this two disc package, the words roll off my tongue as “Disc One/The Singer” runs through timeless classics like “Child of Mine,” “So Far Away,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” Sweet Seasons,” “I Feel The Earth,” with a total of eighteen timeless offerings.
Disc One culminates with an absolutely amazing duet medley with James Taylor of “Will You Love Me Tomorrow/Some Kind Of Wonderful/Up On The Roof,” a duet with Babyface of “You Can Do Anything,” and a rendition of “The Reason” with Celine Dion.
“Disc Two/The Songwriter” is a veritable showcase of the songs penned by Carole King for other artists such as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” sung by the Shirelles, “Up On The Roof” done by The Drifters, “Hey Girl” done by Billy Joel, and “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman” made famous by Aretha Franklin.
Disc Two is the collection of songs that even at first glance of the list on the back cover you just gasp in disbelief that these hits were written by one person, making “The Essential Carole King” a must have for all of the 40+ music lovers like myself who has a complete collection of her albums that are well-played, well-loved, and always coveted as the timeless music of many generations from their inception in the 1970s to today and generations to come.