Press Release: Carole King will release The Legendary Demos, a previously unreleased collection of 13 recordings featuring some of her most celebrated songs, April 24 via Hear Music/Concord Music Group. The Legendary Demos traces King's journey from her days as an Aldon staff writer in the 1960's, where she crafted hit after hit for other artists, to the dawn of her own triumphant solo career in the 1970's, and contains the original recordings of future standards like "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "It's Too Late," and "You've Got A Friend." Featuring liner notes by acclaimed author and Rolling Stone contributing editor David Browne, the collection forms the lost missing link in the chain of King's career.
Aldon Music used these demos -- short for "demonstration records"-- to pitch King's material to other artists, from Gene Pitney and Bobby Vee to Aretha Franklin and the Monkees. While the recordings have long been coveted and collected within the industry (famed producer Lou Adler once gave "a stack of demos" to Randy Newman and called them "the best education that anybody who wanted to be a songwriter could have"), they have never before been released to the public.