Wrap Around Joy

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Wrap Around Joy
Studio album by Carole King
Released September 1974
Genre Pop, soft rock
Length 42:15
Label Ode / A&M (Original Issue)
Ode / Epic (Re-issue)
Producer Lou Adler
Carole King chronology
Fantasy
(1973)
Wrap Around Joy
(1974)
Really Rosie
(1975)
Singles from Wrap Around Joy
  1. "Jazzman"
    Released: August 22, 1974
  2. "Nightingale"
    Released: December 17, 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (C) [2]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[3]

Wrap Around Joy is a 1974 album by American singer-songwriter Carole King. The album hit No. 1 on the Billboard album charts in the fall of 1974 and spun off successful singles with "Jazzman" (No. 2 pop) and "Nightingale" (No. 9 pop as well as No. 1 adult contemporary).

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Carole King, lyrics written by Dave Palmer.

Side one
  1. "Nightingale" – 3:38
  2. "Change in Mind, Change of Heart" – 4:39
  3. "Jazzman" – 3:44
  4. "You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine" – 3:34
  5. "You're Something New" – 2:55
  6. "We Are All in This Together" – 4:03
Side two
  1. "Wrap Around Joy" – 2:59
  2. "You Gentle Me" – 3:46
  3. "My Lovin' Eyes" – 3:08
  4. "Sweet Adonis" – 3:22
  5. "A Night This Side of Dying" – 2:59
  6. "The Best Is Yet to Come" – 3:30

Personnel[edit]

  • Carole King - synthesizer, guitar, piano, vocals
  • Tom Scott - saxophone
  • Susan Ranney - bass
  • Louise Goffin - background vocals
  • Mike Altschul - horn
  • George Bohanon - trombone
  • Mari Tsumura - violin
  • Denyse Buffum - viola
  • Thomas Buffum - violin
  • David Campbell - viola
  • Gene Coe - horn
  • Maurice Dicterow - violin
  • Richard Feves - bass
  • Chuck Findley - trumpet
  • Frederick Seykora - cello
  • Sherry Goffin - background vocals
  • Abigale Haness - background vocals
  • Jim Horn - saxophone
  • Richard Hyde - trombone
  • Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar - guitar, vocals
  • Charles Larkey - bass
  • Gordon Marron Strings - violin
  • Dan Neufeld - viola
  • Andy Newmark - drums
  • Dean Parks - guitar
  • Paul Polivinick - viola
  • Jay Rosen - violin
  • Sheldon Sanov - violin
  • Haim Shtrum - violin
  • Jeff Solow - cello
  • Lya Stern - violin
  • Polly Sweeney - violin
  • Ernie Watts - horn
  • Richard Kaufman - violin
  • Nina Deveritch - cello
  • Bobby Dubow - violin
  • Gottfried Hoogeveen - cello
  • Dan Newfeld - viola
  • Fred Jackson, Jr. - horn

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bush, John. Wrap Around Joy at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Carole King: Wrap Around Joy". Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  3. ^ Landau, Jon (1974-11-21). "Carole King: Wrap Around Joy: Music Review". Archived from the original on 2008-04-18. 
  4. ^ http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS
  5. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2011-02-02
  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 > Wrap Around Joy > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums
  8. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1974". RPM. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  9. ^ "Billboard.BIZ Top Pop Albums of 1975". billboard.biz. Archived from the original on 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Carole King – Wrap Around Joy". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-02-07.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
So Far
by Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young)
Billboard 200 number-one album
November 9 – 15, 1974
Succeeded by
Walls and Bridges by John Lennon
Canadian RPM 100 number-one album
November 9 – 15, 1974
Succeeded by
Not Fragile
by Bachman-Turner Overdrive