Picks and Pans Review: Carole King—a Natural Woman: the Ode Collection (1968-1976)

updated 12/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Carole King

A natural woman—and a born songwriter. Devotees will savor this collection, which includes a live 1971 recording of King's "You've Got a Friend" with James Taylor and all of Tapestry, with such hits as "I Feel the Earth Move," "So Far Away" and "It's Too Late." But given her longtime producer Lou Adler's preference for a spare sound (digitally spruced up here) and King's warm but limited singing style, casual listeners might find the pleasures of nostalgia waning before they reach the end of all 36 tracks. (Ode/Epic/Legacy)

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