Album: Tapestry

Recorded in February 1971 @ A&M Recording Studios, Studio B
Produced by Lou Adler
Cover Photo by Jim McCrary

Fun facts:

  • Tapestry still holds the record for most consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 by a female solo artist.
  • During the album’s cover photo shoot, Carole King’s cat, Telemachus was moved from across the room and into frame on the last shot of the session. McCrary believed the final photo and use of the cat helped draw the viewer in.
  • On the reverse side of the album’s cover are the song titles and lyrics, printed with a softened brown ink that looks like parchment. This was believed to be a statement of permanence, significance and independence.
  • In addition to it being #1 hit, "I Feel the Earth Move" appears to have tectonic power behind it. On February 9th 1971, one day before the song was released, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Los Angeles, CA, which also happened to be King’s 29th birthday.

Beer Pairing: New Belgium Brewing, Piano Keys

This imperial stout blends seven malts, Ugandan vanilla beans and Nicaraguan cocoa nibs from Atlanta-based Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate company to inspire any palate and nasal passage with rich aromas, initial sweetness, mild bitterness and a full bodied finish.

Carole King first learned to play piano from her mother at age three. If New Belgium’s Piano Keys existed back in the early 40s, King’s mother probably would have rubbed this satiable imperial stout on her baby girl’s gums when teething. Coming in at 10%, Piano Keys is the perfect pairing for the celebrated American singer-songwriter and when listening to the 10/10 Tapestry.

Here is a photo of the beer paired with Tapestry