Fantasy (Carole King album)

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Fantasy
Studio album by Carole King
Released 1973
Genre Blue eyed soul, soft rock
Length 40:33
Label Ode / A&M (Original Issue)
Ode / Epic (Re-issue)
Producer Lou Adler
Carole King chronology
Rhymes and Reasons
(1972)
Fantasy
(1973)
Wrap Around Joy
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (B) [2]
Rolling Stone (not favorable)[3]

Fantasy is an album by American singer-songwriter Carole King, released in 1973. At the time of its release, it only reached #6 on the Billboard album chart, but has remained highly regarded by her fans over the ensuing decades. Presented as a sort of song cycle, the album opens and closes with two versions of the title song and the songs on each side segue directly into one another.

The Spanish language track "Corazón" (the Spanish word for "heart," also used as a term of endearment, as in this song's lyrics) was a moderate hit single from the album, as was "Believe in Humanity." The flip side of the latter single, "You Light Up My Life" (not the Debby Boone hit), charted separately from its A-side.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed and arranged by Carole King.

Side one
  1. "Fantasy Beginning" – 1:03
  2. "You've Been Around Too Long" – 3:42
  3. "Being at War With Each Other" – 3:27
  4. "Directions" – 3:29
  5. "That's How Things Go Down" – 3:01
  6. "Weekdays" – 2:45
Side two
  1. "Haywood" – 4:47
  2. "A Quiet Place to Live" – 1:56
  3. "Welfare Symphony" – 3:47
  4. "You Light Up My Life" – 3:14
  5. "Corazón" – 4:06
  6. "Believe in Humanity" – 3:19
  7. "Fantasy End" – 1:25

Personnel[edit]

  • Carole King - guitar, piano, vocals
  • Danny Kortchmar - guitar, vocals
  • David T. Walker - guitar
  • Charles Larkey - bass guitar
  • Susan Ranney - bass guitar
  • Harvey Mason, Sr. - drums
  • Bobbye Hall - percussion
  • Eddie Kendricks - vocals
  • Tom Scott, Curtis Amy, Ernie Watts, Mike Altschul - saxophone
  • Chuck Findley, Ollie Mitchell, Al Aarons - trumpet
  • Charles Loper, George Bohannon, Richard Hyde - trombone
  • Ken Yerke, Barry Socher, Sheldon Sanov, Haim Shtrum, Kathleen Lenski, Miwako Watanabe, Glen Dicterow, Polly Sweeney, Robert Lipsett, Gordon Marron Strings - violin
  • Denyse Buffum, David Campbell, Alan DeVeritch, Ronald Folsom - violia
  • Jeffrey Solow, Judith Perett - cello

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elias, Jason. Fantasy (Carole King album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Carole King: Fantasy". Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  3. ^ Holden, Stephen (1973-08-02). "Carole King: Fantasy: Music Review". Archived from the original on 2008-05-15. 
  4. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2011-02-02
  5. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia - Gli album più venduti del 1973" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  6. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005 (in Japanese). Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  7. ^ Allmusic - Carole King > Fantasy > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums
  8. ^ "Top Pop Albums of 1973". billboard.biz. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Carole King – Fantasy". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-02-07.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH