A Holiday Carole

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A Holiday Carole
Carole King - A Holiday Carole.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1, 2011
Recorded2010, 2011
GenrePop, Holiday
LabelHear 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.

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 track list.[4]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."My Favorite Things"Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II3:21
2."Carol of the Bells"Mykola Leontovych1:56
3."Sleigh Ride"Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish2:31
4."Christmas Paradise"Louise Goffin, George Noriega, Jodi Marr3:25
5."Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday"William Bell, Booker T. Jones3:08
6."Chanukah Prayer" (with Louise Goffin & grandson)Traditional, Arrangement by L. Goffin & Lee Curreri3:09
7."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin2:33
8."I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm"Irving Berlin2:54
9."Christmas in the Air"L. Goffin, Marr3:19
10."Do You Hear What I Hear"Gloria Shayne Baker, Noël Regney3:33
11."This Christmas"Donny Hathaway, Nadine McKinnor3:20
12."New Year's Day"L. Goffin, Guy Chambers3:55
Target deluxe edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(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.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."Welcome Home" (1978)Carole King3:17
14."One Fine Day" (1980)Gerry Goffin, Carole King2:30
15."Good Mountain People" (1979)King3:37
16."In The Name Of Love" (1977)King3:04

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". billboard.com. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  4. ^ "Carole King records first holiday album". Content.usatoday.com. 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2012-02-21.