Carole King-based mixed tape.
Okay, really a CD or three. I have recently re-committed to my life-long love affair with Carole King. I've seen the musical Beautiful
, I've read the memoir, and I've been listening to all the old albums.
I've decided I want to make a playlist for my three sisters for Christmas (or earlier if I get it done), that is a mix of about 20 to 30 of the best recordings by Carole King singing her songs, and about 20 to 30 of the best recordings of other people singing her songs
. (By "her songs," I include everything she's written either by herself or with others including Gerry Goffin.) Here's the longest list
I have found of the songs she has written, but really I don't know if a truly comprehensive list exists anywhere.
So, what would you pick for either category (King songs recorded by King; King songs recorded by other(s))? In the first category, definitely including Beautiful and So Far Away. In the second category, definitely including versions of You've Got a Friend (JT), Up on the Roof (so many choices!), and Natural Woman (Aretha).
I have somewhat of a preference on this project for studio recordings over live recordings.
And Carole, if you are reading this, I buy my music on iTunes or CD, and I will only make three copies of this mix.