CD Review: Carole King “One To One” and “Speeding Time”

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Carole King fans can rejoice as two hard to find titles finally make their long awaited return to the CD racks.

One To One and Speeding Time have just been reissued by BGO Records and both albums have received a much needed audio update. All 20 tracks have been remastered in high definition by Andrew Thompson at London’s Sound Performance and her songs have never sounded better.

First up is 1982’s One To One which finds King embracing the classic sound that made her a household name in the early 70’s with albums such as “Writer,” “Music” and the worldwide smash “Tapestry.” Seven of the ten tracks on “One To One” are solo compositions, the other three are co-written or written by longtime King contributors like Gerry Goffin, Cynthia Weil and Carole’s daughter Louise Goffin.

Standout tracks include “It’s A War,” “Life Without Love” “(Love Is Like A) Boomerang” and the title track “One To One.” If you missed this album the first time it was released, perhaps you weren’t born yet, then here is your chance to enjoy this undiscovered gem.

King’s next album was 1983’s Speeding Time which reunites the singer-songwriter with her longtime producer Lou Adler (Tapestry, Wrap Around Joy, Thoroughbred). On this album King attempts to embrace a more poppy sounding/radio friendly 80’s style and the results are mixed at best. The album failed to chart and no singles were released in the US. There are a few tracks worth a listen though, like “One Small Voice” and “Speeding Time” . The rest might only be appreciated by the diehard fans who have longed to own this album on CD.

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As for the re-release itself, BGO Records has once again given music fans the perfect reissue. The audio is top notch and these too rare albums sound better than they ever have, or ever will. The CD booklet contains extensive liner notes as well as the complete album credits for both titles. This package puts both albums on one CD which is perfect for those people who still like to listen to actual physical music in the car. My rating for the individual albums would be 6/10 for One To One and 3/10 for Speeding Time but this collection is an 8 because of the packaging and sound quality. Maybe not a must for every record collection but you completists will be more than satisfied!

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