Sunday, May 26, 2013

40 Year Itch : The Sweet Tastin' Good Life


   On  May 26th 1973, the notoriously shy Carole King was met with huge cheers from a huge crowd ( 65,000 strong) when she sat down at her piano on a stage  in Central Park and performed a free concert. At this point Tapestry was the biggest selling rock album in history. 112 weeks since it's release it was still in the Billboard album charts at #131.The songs on the live Disc 2 of the most recently remastered versions of Tapestry are from Carole's 1973 tour. Some are from Columbia , MD. Some from Boston and some from this very show ( though I'll be damned if I can figure out which are which).

      As the concert came to an end, Carole King asked the audience to clean up their trash. They did. For that, both King and her fans received a commendation from the New York Parks Department Deputy Commissioner.

   She was willing to sing in front of thousands but she wouldn't be interviewed which led to The Washington Post's Tom Zito to write : "Carole King, who has sold more than 15 million albums in the past three years, would rather not talk about it."

  Weeks later the press had their revenge when King released her risky, self-orchestrated concept album  Fantasy, which still went gold despite mixed reviews.

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