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Tapestry is a pop album by singer-songwriter Carole King, released in 1971. It features minimal production by Lou Adler. Tapestry was ranked US number 1 for 15 consecutive weeks, which is the longest time for an album by a solo female artist to occupy that position, and remained on the Billboard 200 for 306 weeks, the most recent week being the Billboard magazine issue dated May 14, 2011. In terms of time on the charts, it ranks fifth overall and in terms of length on the charts for solo musical acts it ranks second. It remains the longest charting album by a female solo artist. Tapestry has sold over 25 million copies worldwide Additionally, out of all the albums by female artists to earn that distinction, it was the first released. In 1972 the album also garnered four Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Record of the Year ("It's Too Late"), and Song of the Year ("You've Got a Friend"). Three songs from the album, "I Feel The Earth Move", "It's Too Late", and "You've Got A Friend", all reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 after Tapestry's release. Altogether, four songs on the album were at one point #1 hits, all of which were written or co-written by King. In 2003, the album was ranked number 36 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Production

King wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on the album, several of which had already been hits for other artists such as Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (in 1967) and The Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (in 1960). Three songs were co-written with King's ex-husband Gerry Goffin. James Taylor, who encouraged King to sing her own songs, and who also played on Tapestry, would have a #1 hit with "You've Got a Friend." Two songs were co-written with Toni Stern: "It's Too Late" and "Where You Lead".

Track listing

All songs by Carole King except where noted.

Original vinyl
  1. "I Feel the Earth Move" – 2:58
  2. "So Far Away" – 3:55
  3. "It's Too Late" (lyrics by Toni Stern) – 3:53
  4. "Home Again" – 2:29
  5. "Beautiful" – 3:08
  6. "Way Over Yonder" – 4:44
  7. "You've Got a Friend" – 5:09
  8. "Where You Lead" (lyrics by Toni Stern) – 3:20
  9. "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" (Gerry Goffin, King) – 4:12
  10. "Smackwater Jack" (Goffin, King) – 3:41
  11. "Tapestry" – 3:13
  12. "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (Goffin, King, Jerry Wexler) – 3:49
1980 Half-Speed Audiophile

Released on the CBS Mastersound label, cut at half-speed and pressed on virgin vinyl; the track listing was identical to that of the original release. Epic 82308

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