Logo

Begin typing your search above and press return to search. Press Esc to cancel.

Rock/pop

Download Roundup – Carole King: Tapestry

Tapestry
Download Roundup – Carole King: Tapestry
  • Music
  • Sonics
  • A
  • A
  • A

No amount of remastering or re-rezing is going to rescue Tapestry from its early 70s leanness or its mix, which renders indistinct every instrument other than King’s piano and vocals. Exhibit A: The drums are all but inaudible on most tracks. On the other hand, no amount of sonic butchery can diminish the quality of material or the sincerity of the performance on this quintessential singer-songwriter album. These songs are as timeless and well-crafted as any in the rock canon, although the arrangements are by now hopelessly quaint.

Would that the downloads rectified the album’s sonic ills, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Indeed, the 96k version manages to sound worse than the CD. Tonally, the download is even paler, and what few high frequencies the disc exhibits are pretty much squelched on the file. Dynamics, too, are more restrained. The 192k version is better in than the 96 in every respect, yet compared to the CD it still represents a trade-off; the download has greater purity, but it’s still rolled off in the highs.

Given the generally poor quality of this recording, and the fact that the CD can be had for a mere six bucks on Amazon, it’s hard to justify spending three to five times that amount on one of the downloads when neither is superior to the CD overall.

By Alan Taffel

I can thank my parents for introducing me to both good music and good sound at an early age. Their extensive classical music collection, played through an enviable system, continually filled our house. When I was two, my parents gave me one of those all-in-one changers, which I played to death.

More articles from this editor

Read Next From Music

Fiona Boyes- Blues in My Heart 20th Anniversary Edition
MUSIC

Fiona Boyes: Blues in My Heart – 20th Anniversary Edition

In 2000, Australian singer, songwriter, and blues guitarist Fiona Boyes […]

Patricia Barber Cafe Blue
MUSIC

Patricia Barber: Café Blue

A lot of ink has been spilled pondering Patricia Barber’s […]

Bill Evans- Live at Ronnie Scott’s
MUSIC

Bill Evans: Live at Ronnie Scott’s

This is the fifth go-round for Bill Evans and Resonance […]

Frank Sinatra- Sing and Dance with Frank Sinatra
MUSIC

Frank Sinatra: Sing and Dance with Frank Sinatra

Released in 1950 as a 10-inch EP, Sing and Dance […]

Sign Up To Our Newsletter