A long lost Carole King album is finally out this week
Between writing her 1960s smashes and dominating 1970s soft rock with 'Tapestry,' King recorded a lovely album as The City. You can finally buy it again.
Carole King is part of the, well, tapestry of 1970s America. Released in 1971, her perfect sophomore album Tapestry dominated radio the decade with its warm tones and supreme storytelling. Dabbling in acting, the New Yorker even appeared in an episode of Mary Tyler Moore, playing Aunt Helen in the season five finale "Anyone Who Hates Kids and Dogs."
Of course, before all that, as one half of the married Goffin and King songwriting team, King helped craft landmark pop singles like "The Loco-Motion" and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow." Yet there has been a suspicious gap in the musician's legacy over the last half century. In 1968, King had divorced Gerry Goffin and moved from Manhattan to Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles. There she formed a trio dubbed the City and cut a record, Now That Everything's Been Said. King was reluctant to tour and the album flopped. It was quickly deleted and not even her subsequent fame could put the LP back on shelves. Until now.
This week, the label Light in the Attic, known for its crate digging, reissues the only full-length by The City. The music indeed finds a middle ground between the girl-group beat of her early writings and the comforting soft rock of Tapestry. King, who plays piano and sings throughout, would go on to marry the bassist, Charles Larkey. This minor middle act, unsuprisingly, is not covered in her autobiographical Broadway sensation, Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, which just launched a national tour. But it well worth the time of anyone who ever stayed in bed all morning listening to "It's Too Late."
Now That Everything's Been Said is available on CD and LP here.