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Live from Carnegie Hall: Carole King

As James Taylor's Carnegie Hall Perspectives series comes to an end, this week's Live from Carnegie Hall looks at the 1971 Carnegie Hall concert starring Taylor's long-time friend and collaborator Carole King.


Artist: Carole King
Album: The Carnegie Hall Concert
Label: Epic/Sony/Legacy
Date Recorded: June 18, 1971
Fun Fact: A total of 25 years elapsed between the concert and the album's release in 1996.

Following the release of Tapestry—her chart-topping debut album—in January of that year, Carole King made her headlining Carnegie Hall debut in June 1971.

Performing songs drawn mainly from Tapestry, King began the concert solo, and was joined by Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar and Charles Larkey as the night progressed. Having accompanied James Taylor on piano for his Carnegie Hall debut the previous year, the roles were reversed as Taylor made a surprise guest-appearance that night. He accompanied King on "You've Got A Friend" and a medley of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," "Some Kind Of Wonderful," and "Up On the Roof." Interestingly, The New York Times review of the original concert failed to mention James Taylor's guest appearance. As Taylor did the previous year, King played two concerts that night—the first at 8:30 and the second at midnight.

In March 2010, the pair were reunited for the Troubadour Reunion Tour—a title that refers to the Troubadour club on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, California, where both artists played some of their first gigs.

Full track list and productions credits are available here.

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Related:
Live from Carnegie Hall Series
James Taylor Perspectives
May 15 History of the Hall