Writer (album)

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Writer
Studio album by Carole King
Released May 1970
First Remaster:
9 September 2002 (Released in UK Only)
Latest Remaster:
21 April 2004 (Released in Japan Only)
Recorded March - April 1970 at Crystal Sound, Los Angeles
Genre Pop
Length 44:11
Label Ode / A&M (Original Issue)
Ode / Epic (Re-issue)
Producer John Fischbach
Carole King chronology
Writer
(1970)
Tapestry
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B[2]

Writer is the debut album by Carole King and was released in 1970. King already had a successful career as a songwriter, and been a part of The City, a short-lived group she formed after moving to Los Angeles in 1968. Tracks on the album include "Up on the Roof" which was a number 4 hit for the Drifters in 1962, and "Child of Mine", which has been recorded by Billy Joe Royal,[3] among others. The album did not receive much attention upon its release, though it entered the chart following the success of King's next album, Tapestry, in 1971.

Reviewers rate it positively if not as highly as Tapestry, one noting that it was the "most underrated of all [her] original albums".[1] And, in a review that also covered Tapestry in Rolling Stone, Jon Landau wrote, "Writer was a blessing despite its faults" and that though the "production was poor", King herself made the album "very worthwhile".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, except "Raspberry Jam" written by King and Toni Stern

Side one
  1. "Spaceship Races" – 3:09
  2. "No Easy Way Down" – 4:36
  3. "Child of Mine" – 4:05
  4. "Goin' Back" – 3:20
  5. "To Love" – 3:39
  6. "What Have You Got to Lose" – 3:33
Side two
  1. "Eventually" – 5:01
  2. "Raspberry Jam" – 4:35
  3. "Can't You Be Real" – 3:00
  4. "I Can't Hear You No More" – 2:46
  5. "Sweet Sweetheart" – 2:46
  6. "Up on the Roof" – 3:37

Personnel[edit]

  • Carole King - piano, vocals, backing vocals, and arrangements
  • Ralph Schuckett - organ
  • John Fischbach - Moog synthesizer
  • James Taylor - acoustic guitar and backing vocals
  • Daniel Kortchmar - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, conga
  • Charles Larkey - Fender bass
  • Joel O'Brien - drums, percussion, vibes
  • Abigale Haness and Delores Hall - backing vocals

Production[edit]

  • John Fischbach - Session Producer
  • Andrew Berliner - Engineer
  • Gerry Goffin - Mixing
  • Guy Webster - Cover Photograph
  • Tom Neuwirth - Liner Photographs
  • Rod Dyer, Paul Bruhwiler - Layout & Design

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1971) Position
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[5] 62
Japanese Oricon Albums Chart[6] 67
United States Billboard Pop Albums[7] 84

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. Writer (album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 19 December.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Carole King > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 18 February 2006. 
  3. ^ Billy Joe Royal, The Very Best of Billy Joe Royal: The Columbia Years (1965-1972) Retrieved September 23, 2012.
  4. ^ Landau, Jon (April 29, 1971). "Carole King Writer & Tapestry > Music Review". Rolling Stone (81). Archived from the original on 2 October 2007. Retrieved 26 July 2006. 
  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 > Writer > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums