Vicki S. from OSAGE BEACH, MO Reviewed on 2/25/2009...
I loved the original Tapestry album and this one is great as well.
Paul C. (PacMan35) from SHAWNEE, OK Reviewed on 11/12/2006...
Very nicely done - Cd size HB book with CD.
Caitlin | USA | 04/19/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Carole King's "Tapestry" is an absolute masterpiece! No tribute album will ever come close to matching the brilliance that Carole puts into her own music, but "Tapestry Revisited" was a pleasant surprise. I must admit that I was bored through a couple of the versions of the songs ("You've Got a Friend", "It's Too Late".) But there were some outstanding covers. Rod Stewart's, "So Far Away" is awesome! Love Rod's voice on the song. The best, however, is the Bee Gees version of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow". The harmonies at the very beginning of the song are remarkable, and Barry Gibb's non-falsetto lead vocal is amazing. It's the only song on the album that I think is better than the original. This CD will be a wonderful addition to any music lover's collection."
Martin A Hogan | San Francisco, CA. (Hercules) | 12/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you can imagine all these artists singing their own versions of Carole King's fantastic "Tapestry", you won't be surprised. Every singer or group remains true to their style while interpreting King's greatest album. Yet, all the songs remain as fresh as the day King recorded them.Rod Stewart got the most airplay with his version of "So Far Away" and it is well deserved. The Bee Gees do a wonderfully spiritual (if slightly over-produced) version of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" Celine Dion succeeds admirably with "Natural Woman" and the Manhattan Transfer still have their touch with "Smackwater Jack", a lively, bouncy, finger clicking rendition. The booklet is full of great notes, photos and lyrics. It may not be a jewel box, but is still an original in all repsects."
Overblown and overproduced
Terence McArdle | Pittsford, NY USA | 04/09/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a huge fan of the original. One of the key reasons is the simplicity, approachability and humanity of the album and King as a performer.The "tributes" are a mess, for the most part. I liked the second half of the CD best, but if I had to buy one of the two, I'd spend the money on a fresh copy of the original."
Mostly predictable, but worth an occasional spin.
Glenn Mar | San Francisco, CA USA | 11/11/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I've got it on now, and I've been listening to the original "Tapestry" re-release recently (fantastic!), so here's my streaming thoughts.
(Some explanation of my grading. I believe that if you're going to do a cover, you have to bring something to the party to make it an interesting version and in some way better than the original. Note for note copies are worthless. Did you ever hear Poison's cover of Loggins and Messina's "Your Mama Don't Dance"? This to me is the worst cover of all time. They do nothing new, except smooth over any actual articulation of the lyrics, and they don't even bring the high heat. Frankly, if you can't rock harder than Kenny Loggins, then for God's sake, DO NOT COVER HIS SONGS! Please. This is not a high bar. Bottom line... three stars on my scale means "worth listening to" and five means "You just have to hear this.")
I Feel the Earth Move - OK. At least stylistically different than the original. Finishes strong with a gospel rave up. Three stars.
So Far Away - Exactly what you'd expect from Rod Stewart at this point. I don't mean that as good or bad... just setting your expectations. Nothing special added, I guess that's my point. Two stars for my taste.
It's Too Late - I don't mind Amy Grant's basic voice. But I think of it as plain vanilla and conspicuous phrasing choices. The little baby growl on soft lines is Britney Spears' only trick. The way she sings "It's Too Late Baby" is so very Amy. Another predictable rendition. Ahh, just two stars.
Home Again - OK, clearly my familiarity with the artists colors my opinions of "worth hearing" on this album. I don't know who Curtis Stigers is, and so I think this version is three stars. But if I was unimpressed over time, I'd think the sax and guitar lines are fairly cliche'.
Beautiful - Well then again, I'm no Richard Marx fan, but the slow opening before the power schmaltz isn't so bad. Since the original is sounding a little dated stylistically at this point, I'll give this one three stars. Band and production are solid. Feels uplifting as it should.
Way Over Yonder - Familiarity thing. If this sounds like every one of Blessid Union of Souls' records, then it's nothing special. But I like the singing, and the harmonica. And the pacing helps the soulfulness. Three stars.
You've Got a Friend - Boy, it's nice to have some beautiful big black voices doing this song. Aretha's "thing" doesn't get old or shlocky, it's something to be treasured. Style of this song has changed substantially. Very tasteful instrumentation with the keys and some light percussion. Harmonies worth replaying on the bridge. Ooh, now they're doing it on the next verse! Me likey. Four stars.
Where You Lead - Nice band, Faith. Guitar leads in nice, and the bass drives the band. Nothing too over the top, just right on the money. Faith's got a nice voice. Three stars. Maybe a three plus, if I gave those.
Will You Love Me Tomorrow - Heavily-produced Bee Gees, but that's OK. It works for them. This is what covers are for... focusing on the cover band's strengths and getting away from the trademarks of the original. It's only weak when the band doesn't have much in the way of strength to lean on. Three stars.
Smackwater Jack - Nice! Soulful groove added... nice harmonies, fine driving bass. You believe the line "shut down the congregation" with this band a little more than Carole herself. Well remember this was the breakout album of a woman who had previously written for others. When did the Manhattan Transfer get so much less white? Love the "Shotgun" outro. Four stars.
Tapestry - Boy, I'm liking the bass on this one too. I think this must be a commentary on how often I've been listening to Harmon Kardon PC speakers instead of my big Polk Audio 10's recently. But I think this is a tasty, full version too. CK's version had a certain melancholy imbued in the melody, and it's not lost here, just maybe a little different. Four stars.
Natural Woman - All Celine, right down to that French Canadian prounounciation of "you." Oh joy, here comes the screaming. Protect the dogs. Would you rather have Aretha or Celine singing this to you? No contest. Sit down Celine, and tap into those chill pills. Two stars.
Overall, the album is fine if you don't want much more than these people doing what they do on these songs. There isn't much "can't miss" on it, and only a handful of fours I would bother to burn to the iPod."