Band members Related acts
line up 1 (1969)
- Carole King - vocals, keyboards
- Jim Gordon -
- Attitudes (Danny Kootchmar)
- Jo Mama (Danny Kootchmar and Charlie Larkey)
- The Fugs
Kootchmar and Charlie Larkey)
Rating: *** (3 stars)
Title: Now That Everything's Been Said
Catalog: Z12 44012
Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+
Catalog ID: 4257
have a list of obscure albums they'd like to find. This is one that was on
my list for the longest time.
1.) Snow Queen (Gerry Goffin - Carole King) - 4:11 rating: **** stars
The first couple of times I played 'Snow Queen' I found it under whelming - little more than jazzy tripe. And then, out of the blue, the song's charms smacked me across the face ... Yeah, the tune had a jazzy vibe that's unlikely to impress the masses, but King seldom sounded as good and the combination of Jim Gordon's breezy drums and Charlie Larkey's melodic bass line gave it kind of a David Crosby vibe. Shame it wasn't a major hit when tapped as a single:
1968's 'Snow Queen' b/w 'Paradise Alley' (Ode catalog number ZS7 113)
' I Was Not Born to Follow"
started out as a slow and painful slice of navel gazing with more words than
your average thesis, but then Kortchmar tossed off one of his prettiest
solos and things took a turn for the better. My humble opinion - the
original kills the better known Byrds cover.
King on multi-tracked lead vocals, 'Now That Everything's Been Said' served
as an indicator of her forth-coming solo efforts. Breezy and quite
commercial, this one would not have sounded out of place on
"Tapestry". The Brian Wilson produced American Spring turned
in a nice cover of the song.
easy to forget what a great voice King has ... even better when
Man Without a Dream' was one of two tunes featuring Kortchmar on lead vocals
and his performance was surprisingly impressive... The Righteous
Brothers, The Monkees, and Ben E. King had all previously recorded the song
and while their covers were impressive, this one sounds even better.
with future Steely Dan vocalist David Palmer,
'Victim of Circumstance' may have been the album's most conventional
rocker. It was interesting from the perspective King has never been
know for her rock repertoire. Elsewhere the sweet backing vocals have
always reminded me of something from The Mamas and the Papas catalog.
1.) Why Are You Leaving (Carole King - Toni Stern) - 3:37 rating: **** stars
the glories of heartbreak ... One of King's best break-up songs
wrapped in a nice melody.
gentle, rocking ballad, 'Lady' was pretty enough, but simply wasn't anything
special. The album's oen disappointment.
lone non-original, with King and Kortchmar sharing lead vocals, 'Sweet Home'
proved a surprisingly enjoyable slice of old-timey Gospel
King and Kortchmar sharing vocals, the breezy 'I Don't Believe It' was
another tune with a "Tapestry" feel. Hard to imagine King
suffering from stage fright.
readily admit growing up with the Blood, Sweat & Tears version and not
knowing this was a Goffin-King number. Hearing the original, it's
interesting to note that David Clayton-Thomas and company really didn't mess
with the arrangement all that much. Sure, they eliminated the violin
solo and added in the horns, but the main melody remains largely
With a slightly modified title, the tune was released as the album's second single:
1969's 'That Old Sweet Roll' b/w 'Why Are You Leaving (Hi-De-Ho)' (Ode catalog number ZS7 119)
6.) All My Time (Gerry Goffin - Carole King) - 3:17 rating: *** stars
'All My Time' has always struck me as sounding out of place on the album. Sonically they sophisticated harpsichord powered song really didn't sound like it was recorded in the late-'60s. I certainly like the plaintive ballad, but it sounded like it was recorded a decade too early.
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