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Carole King
Tapestry

  (Item #: king_tapes_1811) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • This KILLER copy of King's beloved Tapestry earned top honors -- Triple Pus (A+++) on both sides
  • Both sides are big, full and Tubey Magical yet still clean, clear and open - you will hear that the dark veils of the average copy have finally been lifted
  • This album is clearly Carole's masterpiece - it's loaded with great songs, and they all sound fantastic here
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "...an intensely emotional record, the songs confessional and direct; in its time it connected with listeners like few records before it, and it remains an illuminating experience decades later."
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Super Hot Stamper

Carole King
Tapestry

  (Item #: king_tapes_1809_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This killer copy of King's beloved Tapestry earned Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • This album is clearly Carole's masterpiece - it's loaded with great songs, and they all sound fantastic here
  • Punchy, clear and open - and pressed on exceptionally quiet vinyl for this title - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 5 stars: "...an intensely emotional record, the songs confessional and direct; in its time it connected with listeners like few records before it, and it remains an illuminating experience decades later."
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Hot Stamper

Carole King
Tapestry

  (Item #: king_tapes_1811_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Very good Hot Stamper sound from start to finish for this copy of Carole King's beloved Tapestry
  • The vinyl is exceptionally quiet for Tapestry - it's the rare copy that can play Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus the way this one does
  • Carole's masterpiece is just loaded with great songs, and they sure sound better here than on most pressings
  • 5 stars: "...an intensely emotional record, the songs confessional and direct; in its time it connected with listeners like few records before it, and it remains an illuminating experience decades later."
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Carole King - Tapestry

CBS Half-Speed Debunked

  (Item #: king_tapes_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

A Hall of Shame Pressing

The CBS Half Speed is ridiculously bright -- can you imagine a worse way to present this intimate music?

The chances of there being Hot Stamper CBS Half-Speed Mastered pressings of Tapestry may be vanishingly small, but we can't say the number is zero. There could be some, but considering how bad an idea Half-Speed Mastering is, would they have much chance of beating our Hot Stampers? As a practical matter I would have to say the chances are zero.

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Carole King - Tapestry

An Album We Are Clearly Obsessed With

  (Item #: king_tapes_obsess) 



TAPESTRY is an album we admit to being obsessed with -- just look at the number of commentaries we've written about it.

We love the album and we hope you do too. If you have some time on your hands -- maybe a bit too much time on your hands -- please feel free to check out our commentaries.

This link will take you to all of our other CAROLE KING albums.

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Carole King - Tapestry

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: king_tapes_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Please note that we do not have a graphic for our chart to indicate the Four Plus grade, since we award it so rarely. Our rating system usually only goes to three pluses, but this side one was so amazing we had to give it a fourth!

This White Hot pressing gives you TRULY KILLER SOUND for this classic album! It's not easy to find great sound for Tapestry. Most pressings are either dull and veiled, or hard and edgy in the midrange -- not exactly the kind of sound we're after.

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Carole King - Tapestry

The Piano Stylings of Carole King

  (Item #: king_tapes_wtlf_1) 



One quality that we had no trouble recognizing on the better copies was TRANSPARENCY. The more transparent copies made it possible to hear through the mix to Carole's piano, which is usually placed toward the back of the mix. There it serves to underpin the music, playing more of a supporting role than a leading one, very unlike the piano on a Joni Mitchell album for example.

The best copies let you easily follow Carole's playing all the way through every song, from start to finish, no matter how quiet her part or how far back in the mix she may be placed.

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Carole King - Tapestry

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

  (Item #: king_tapes_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with specific advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of Tapestry.

Notice how the third track on side two, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, which Carole wrote when she was only eighteen and which became a big hit for The Shirelles, is actually the best sounding song on the entire album.

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Tapestry Testimonial

... A Drastic Improvement to My Music Collection ...

  (Item #: king_tapes_testimonial0208) 



Our good customer Owais purchased our hottest Hot Stamper Tapestry and wrote to tell us that even his wife agreed that the premium that he paid for it was money well-spent.

I am very pleased with all of my purchases from you. In particular, the Carole King 'Tapestry' was breathtaking! You weren't wrong when you claimed that Side One was the world's best sounding version. I have had so many different versions of this album, both in analogue and in digital form, and nothing even comes close. This is my wife's favourite album of all time and even she had to admit that the premium that I paid for it was money well-spent.

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