A Holiday Carole

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A Holiday Carole
Studio album by Carole King
Released November 1, 2011
Recorded 2010, 2011
Genre Pop, Holiday
Label Hear Music/Concord Music Group
Carole King chronology
The Essential Carole King
(2010)
A Holiday Carole
(2011)

A Holiday Carole (titled A Christmas Carole in the UK and Australia) is a holiday album, released on November 1, 2011, by American singer-songwriter Carole King. It is King's 17th studio album and her first studio album in 10 years when she released Love Makes the World. It is also her first original, non-compilation album since she released Live at the Troubadour with longtime friend James Taylor in May 2010.

History[edit]

On November 4, 2010, King's daughter, Louise Goffin, revealed on Myspace that she was working with Carole King on her first ever holiday album, stating "I am currently busy in the studio producing the new Carole King Holiday Record, set to release in 2011. We've had a fabulous time so far, working with the amazing Nathaniel Kunkel (engineer) and many talented musicians and background singers."[1] However, no statements were made by King until on June 22, 2011, when a picture was posted on her Facebook profile with the caption "CK on upcoming holiday album: 'So this is what it boils down to…'"[2]

On July 27, 2011, Billboard posted an article on the home page of its official website, stating various information about the record, including the first official announcement of the title of the album. The article stated that A Holiday Carole will "span an array of musical styles," including Latin and jazz.[3]

Track listing[edit]

On July 28, 2011, USA Today revealed the official tracklist.[4]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "My Favorite Things"   Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II 3:21
2. "Carol of the Bells"   Mykola Leontovych 1:56
3. "Sleigh Ride"   Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish 2:31
4. "Christmas Paradise"   Louise Goffin, George Noriega, Jodi Marr 3:25
5. "Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday"   William Bell, Booker T. Jones 3:08
6. "Chanukah Prayer" (with Louise Goffin & grandson) Traditional, Arrangement by L. Goffin & Lee Curreri 3:09
7. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"   Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin 2:33
8. "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm"   Irving Berlin 2:54
9. "Christmas in the Air"   L. Goffin, Marr 3:19
10. "Do You Hear What I Hear"   Gloria Shayne Baker, Noël Regney 3:33
11. "This Christmas"   Donny Hathaway, Nadine McKinnor 3:20
12. "New Year's Day"   L. Goffin, Guy Chambers 3:55
Target Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming"   Traditional; English lyrics by Theodore Baker  
14. "Last Christmas"   George Michael  
15. "New Year's Day" (Acoustic Version) L. Goffin, Chambers  
Amazon MP3 Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Welcome Home" (1978) Carole King 3:17
14. "One Fine Day" (1980) Gerry Goffin, Carole King 2:30
15. "Good Mountain People" (1979) King 3:37
16. "In The Name Of Love" (1977) King 3:04

Unlike previous albums released by King, none of the songs was written or co-written by her (excluding the bonus tracks).

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak Position
US Billboard 200 52
US Billboard Holiday Albums 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carole King Holiday Record 2010 van Louise Goffin op Myspace". Myspace.com. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  2. ^ "Carole King - Prikbord". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  3. ^ Chapman, Alex (July 27, 2011). "Chapman, Alex". http://www.billboard.com. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Carole King records first holiday album". Content.usatoday.com. 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2012-02-21.