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  Mobile Fidelity -
  UDSACD 2117
  Carole King: Tapestry
  Carole King
Track listing:
  1. I Feel the Earth Move
2. So Far Away
3. It's Too Late
4. Home Again
5. Beautiful
6. Way Over Yonder
7. You've Got a Friend
8. Where You Lead
9. Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
10. Smackwater Jack
11. Tapestry
12. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
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  Numbered limited-edition Hybrid SACD

True to producer's original intent of putting Carole King in the room With You: Experience and feel every organic nuance, suggestive delivery, intimate note

Carole King's Tapestry is one of the rare albums that immediately plays in your head the moment its title, cover art, or songs are mentioned. Having achieved status of near-mythical proportions, it is the singer-songwriter record you'd bring to the proverbial desert island if you were limited to one choice.

Faithful to original album producer Lou Adler's vision of making King (and not just any piano player) appear seated and playing in front of listeners, this numbered, limited edition Hybrid SACD delivers utmost transparency, balance, warmth, intimacy, and perhaps most importantly, feeling. Aware of how many times this iconic work has been re-released, Mobile Fidelity's engineers settled for nothing less than the absolute finest sonic presentation possible when mastering Tapestry from the original master tapes.

The results mirror what went down in the A&M Studios. Lean, simple, direct, and so nakedly real, the sonics evoke what might be heard on a professional demo tape. This collectable SACD gives what Rolling Stone deems the 36th Greatest Album of All Time the due it deserves. King's personal singing, her graceful pianism, the integral rhythmic foundation provided by the likes of drummer Russ Kunkel and guitarist Danny Kortchmar, and the symmetrical contributions of guest instrumentalists ranging from saxophonist Curtis Amy to guitarist James Taylor resonate with three-dimensional imaging and cozy realism. Every note, every basic movement, accurately rendered with exquisite detail and full-bodied tonality.

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Review by analogue December 7, 2013 (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
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Way back in the beginning of sacd Sony released this album and I purchased it. While I don't think its perfect I really enjoy listening to this disc. What it does well is rather fantastic. My problem with the original sacd was the vocals which to my ears sounded somewhat unconnected to the instrumental part. Almost as if she recorded her voice elsewhere and then Kings voice was mixed onto the already recorded music. I never believed for a minute that she was actually singing with the band even though she was. The Sony sacd had little to no tape hiss and not a lot of air. Although it sounds like I'm trashing this sacd I am not. This sacd is an excellent sounding sacd.......still is. What it did have was superb bass presentation which virtually gave the listener each note beautifully heard with excellent sound. The bass was totally amazing. The low end and the sound stage were also awesome.

Fast forward some 13 years and we have Mobile Fidelity's version which takes care of the weaknesses of the earlier sacd and adds alot of other excellent qualities. King's vocals are presented so much better here, sound stage is the same and low end is respectable. The bass on the new sacd is respectable but not quite as good as the bass on the Sony Which may have been boosted in the mastering.

Mofi's transfer actually highlights Kings; rather limited vocal range and one can clearly hear her struggling with the chorus parts of her songs. Her voice can become a tad tuneless during parts when she needs to raise her voice. I am not criticizing her talents mind you.....just pointing out that from this Mofi sacd I can actually detect the problems inherent with her singing on this album.

The new sacd has slightly more air and hiss.which is a good thing. It is by far the more believable, natural, organic, textured and lifelike version to be sure. There is no doubt that Mofi's tape player with its heads really captured more information on the tape source. Both versions used the same master tapes. parting both sacd's are excellent. The Sony sounding extremely good even after all the intervening years but it sounds like Hifi.
Mofi's version is by far the more accurate and King;s vocals are rendered very centered as they should be and anchored and belong to the music recorded. Kings voice has more texture and presence.

Very good job Mr. Loverde. Great care was taken here.
Highly recommended. A truly classic album by a great song writer.
My actual rating is 4 and a quarter stars for sonics.

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Review by Alumni December 16, 2013 (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
A wonderful album of timeless classics gets the loving care it deserves. When describing the audio of this SACD, the words that come to mind are analogue and warm. A real pleasure to listen to, the instruments in particular are very organic and the vocals are smooth. Highly recommended.

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