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The City – Now That Everything’s Been Said

The City
Now That Everything's Been Said
Style: Folk, Rock
Label: Ode Records
Catalog Number: Z12 44 012
Released: 1968, 60's
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After finding success in composing hits for other artists in the early 60’s (such as the Monkees’ “Pleasant Valley Sunday”, Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman”, and Dusty Springfield’s “Goin Back”) and a turbulent break up from her writing partner Gerry Goffen, Carole King relocated from NYC to the soon-to-be music and cultural capital of the 1970s, Laurel Canyon. Having retired her own recording career multiple times throughout her early years to focus on raising her two kids, King found a beautiful new surrounding that reactivated her as a performer and led to the founding of a progressive folk-rock group called The City. By proxy, The City is Carole King’s debut album and why it didn’t take off like her later album Tapestry is kind of a mystery. Some say it was too soon (it predated the 70’s singer-songwriter boom by a couple years) or that its raw, soulful roots were too edgy compared to the more polished / pop-inclined records to come. Stardom, however, was quite inevitable for the folk-pop virtuoso and The City’s sole album Now That Everything’s Been Said is now considered a cult classic.

– DM

Recommended – A1 Snow Queen, A5 Man Without a Dream

Tags: Cult Classic / Folk-Rock / Laurel Canyon
Tracklist:

A1 Snow Queen
A2 I Wasn’t Born To Follow
A3 Now That Everything’s Been Said
A4 Paradise Alley
A5 Man Without A Dream
A6 Victim Of Circumstance
B1 Why Are You Leaving
B2 Lady
B3 My Sweet Home
B4 I Don’t Believe It
B5 That Old Sweet Roll (Hi-De-Ho)
B6 All My Time

Credits:

Bass – Charles Larkey
Drums [Guest] – Jim Gordon
Guitar, Vocals – Danny Kortchmar
Producer – Lou Adler
Vocals, Keyboards – Carole King

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