So Far Away (Carole King song)
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|"So Far Away"|
|Single by Carole King|
|from the album Tapestry|
April 22, 2008 (Legacy)
|Recorded||January 1971 at A&M Recording Studios|
|Genre||Folk rock, soft rock|
|Carole King singles chronology|
“So Far Away” is a song written by Carole King and appeared on her 1971 album Tapestry. The recording features James Taylor on acoustic guitar. In the 1995 album Tapestry Revisited, it was covered by Rod Stewart.
The lyrics express longing for a lover who is far away. But Allmusic critic Bill Janovitz notes that while the lyrics start by focusing on the physical distance between the lovers, the lyrics use that as a jumping off point to explore emotional distance between lovers as well. Rolling Stone Magazine stated King's "warm, earnest singing" on the song brought out the song's sadness.
In 1972, the song was covered -- entirely as an instrumental, lasting almost 12-minutes -- by The Crusaders on their album Crusaders 1, with guitarist Larry Carlton featured prominently. The song also appears on the band's live LP Scratch. The studio version is on The Crusaders' compilation CD The Golden Years.
In 2001, The House Jacks recorded an a cappella version on their album "Drive," which is now performed by vocal groups around the world.
Also in 2007, the Filipino rock band Bamboo covered “So Far Away” on their third album, We Stand Alone Together.
On July 26, 2011, the funeral of Amy Winehouse in London ended with a rendition of the song.
- Perone, J.D. (2006). The Words and Music of Carole King. Greenwood Publishing. p. 34. ISBN 9780275990275.
- Janovitz, B. "So Far Away". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
- "500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Tapestry". Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
- "Rivage overview". Allmusic.com.
- Billboard Singles charts for singles from Tapestry on allmusic