CD/DVD Review – Carole King “LIVE At Montreux 1973”

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Carole King fans can rejoice as Eagle Rock Entertainment gets set to release one of the artist’s classic shows from 1973.

“LIVE At Montreux 1973” (out June 14th) captures the singer/songwriter LIVE just two short years after the release of her Grammy winning, multiplatinum album “Tapestry.”

For this concert King leans leans heavily on her just released fifth studio effort “Fantasy” playing 10 of the albums 13 tracks. The 18 song setlist is rounded out by seven tracks from “Tapestry” including classics like “I Feel The Earth Move,” “You’ve Got A Friend” “Beautiful,” “It’s Too Late” and “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman plus “Up On The Roof.”

King is in fine voice throughout and seems to be relishing the fact that she is playing at one of the most famous music festivals in the world. Backed by an eleven person band for most of the show that included many top musicians from the world of Jazz including percussionist Bobbye Hall, horn man George Bohanon, and Tom Scott on sax and flute.

“LIVE At Montreux 1973” is available in multiple formats including CD, Vinyl and DVD. The DVD features mostly up close shots of Carole at the piano with barely any footage of the backing band. This is a minor quibble as the real reason to watch the concert is to see a true legend at the top of her game. King’s excitement comes through and watching her perform will most definitely put a smile on your face.

This release serves as a cool document of King’s beginnings but while diehard fans will want to own this vintage show on any format, the casual fan looking for a more hits heavy setlist might not be as interested.

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Pat FrancisCD/DVD Review – Carole King “LIVE At Montreux 1973”