CD Review: Carole King – Tapestry: Live In Hyde Park

Recorded and performed in front of a rapturous audience of 65,000, Carole King’s July 2016 Hyde Park concert was her largest audience since her 1973 Central Park concert.

The concert celebrating the 45th anniversary of her seminal album Tapestry, saw the legendary singer/songwriter perform the album for the first time in its entirety, a staple diet for most anniversary concerts these days, but not all albums have the longevity and reputation Tapestry has gained since its initial release.

If you are not familiar with the Carole King songbook then this is a great place to start. King belts out eternal favourites I Feel the Earth Move, It’s Too Late, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow and You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman.

Undoubtedly the live version of You’ve Got A Friend is stand out, uniting the singer with an appreciative Hyde Park audience. “I like what you sing,” King tells them, and judging by what they hear from the stage so do they.

If you missed the live experience this is a great opportunity to hear it (and witness it on the accompanying DVD). There’s also a medley of her earlier greatest hits co-written with Gerry Goffin including Chains, Up on The Roof and It Might as well Rain until September.

A greatest hits live if ever there ever was one.

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