Carole King - Touch The Sky

180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Remastered Audio

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Touch The Sky is the tenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Carole King, originally released in June 1979 via Capitol Records.

When Touch The Sky debuted it didn’t crack Billboard’s Top 100. This was quite a comedown for an artist whose Tapestry (1971) had helped define the era of the singer/songwriter. Some reviews have suggested that genre had simply come and gone to be replaced by the rising tide of disco, punk, and new wave. But these notions don’t account for the ongoing success of the likes of James Taylor, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, or Bob Dylan. Being out of step wasn’t and isn’t enough to explain the album’s failure.

At first listen, it certainly seems a product of its time, but more a reflection of what others were doing than cutting any new ground of its own. Publicity for the album at the time suggests the album was King’s foray into the then popular vogue of country/rock. On some tracks, that claim fits well enough. On others, the material seems workmanlike, with King skimming the surface of her capabilities.

The opening song, “Time Gone By”, is one of the best on the set. It’s pure folk/rock, commenting on what was lost after the spirit of the ‘60s had ended. King’s lyrics remember when “peace and hope and dreams were high” before the clouds became dark and selfish ego took hold. Then, King does her level best to become a country girl. Featuring the pedal-steel guitar work of Leo LeBlanc, “Dreamlike I Wander” is a simple honky-tonk cry in your beer moan about a lover who didn’t come home.

The jaunty “Walk With Me” is equally as simplistic, while “Good Mountain People”, kicking up the pace a tad, is country/rock about what you’d expect: mountain people know how to have a rocking good time.

Touch The Sky isn’t a bad album despite what some critics have said, but does feel in places you’re not really hearing Carole King but rather a songwriter playing around in a studio workshop exploring genres not really part of her own experience or background. Contemporary country performers might find the set a useful mine for material for their own acts.

Check out the tracks: “Time Gone By”; "You Still Want Her"; "Eagle"; "Walk with Me" and “Move Lightly”. 

This LP record is a Music On Vinyl reissue on 180 gram audiophile vinyl, featuring remastered audio and housed in a gatefold sleeve with a printed insert, pressed in Europe.

(8719262003101)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Time Gone By

4:13

A2

Move Lightly

4:58

A3

Dreamlike I Wander

3:50

A4

Walk With Me (I’ll Be Your Companion)

2:52

A5

Good Mountain People

3:23

B1

You Still Want Her

4:39

B2

Passing OF The Days

2:48

B3

Crazy

4:00

B4

Eagle

4:35

B5

Seeing Red

3:50

SKU 8719262003101
Record Label Capitol Records
Label / Model # Music On Vinyl
Catalogue Number MOVLP1827
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 07 April 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 01 June 1979
Barcode # 8719262003101
Shipping Weight 0.4050kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Insert, Reissue, Exclusively Remastered Audio, Classic 1979 Album
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Genre Pop
Format VINYL LP

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