BRILLIANT

March 6, 2012 – 4:42 pm

LYRICIST GERRY GOFFIN R.I.P. 1939 - 2014

Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as Will You Love Me Tomorrow, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Up on the Roof and The Loco-Motion, died on June 19, 2014 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75. His wife, Michelle Goffin, confirmed his death. Goffin, who married King in 1959 while they were in their teens, penned more than 50 top 40 hits, including Pleasant Valley Sunday for the Monkees, Crying in the Rain by the Everly Brothers, Some Kind of Wonderful for the Drifters and Take Good Care of My Baby by Bobby Vee. Goffin was able to pen jokey lyrics or achingly sad ones. He also did it for solo artists and multiple voices. The couple divorced in 1968, but Goffin kept writing hits, including Savin’ All My Love for You for Whitney Houston. Goffin and King were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three years later. - The Guardian

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When songwriting was a chore but what a chore.

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CAROLE KING
The Right Girl - Brill Building Legends [Brill Tone Records, 2CD]

Two-CD set of rare singles and unreleased Aldon Music and Screen Gems demos from the late ’50s through the middle of the ’60s. Included are the singles King released as a solo artist. 31 songs are unreleased demos from the early ’60s. Others are all out-of-print. Released in 1995. Excellent mono.

The writers at the Brill Building in Broadway, New York earned their living writing hit songs. If they had an ambition to stand in front of the mic to sing, they left it for much later. Carole King was one of them who moved from the backroom to the stage in 1968 and made it big by 1970.

The songs found here are mostly written by King and her then partner/husband Gerry Goffin. She sings the demos most of the time. In this fine collection are their demos, recorded and handed out to managers and record labels to see which acts would cover them. Here are the earliest versions of songs like It Might As Well Rain Until September, Crying In The Rain, Take Good Care Of My Baby, Some Of Your Lovin’, How Many Tears and Carole’s cover of Neil Sedaka/Howard Greenfield’s Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.

Clearly Goffin and King could write the hits but this generous 2CD set also offers the flops, Same Old Reliable Me and Boomerang to name two. Against this backdrop, bear in mind that King was just a twentysomething who’d married at 18 and had two girls to bring up. Songwriting was truly a job.

It would take a seismic shift caused by the British pop invasion for songwriters to wake up to the possibility that they could take to the stage and sing their own songs. Neil Sedaka, Paul Simon are two who also made it.

When it came to Goffin and King’s turn, the pair formed a record label with Al Aronowitz, Tomorrow Records. Perhaps they were confident having successfully turned their baby-sitter into a hitmaker when Little Eva scored a No. 1 with their song, The Locomotion. But Tomorrow Records really lived up to its name. The label folded as their marriage collapsed. On this collection, is Carole King’s rare single documenting that difficult period, The Road To Nowhere. Written in 1966 and released in 1967, this single divides King’s Brill Building output with her confessional singer-songwriter works of the ’70s. The bright lights still beckoned and King would find success in the future but not at Tomorrow Records.

There are many songs here which are not sung by King but by hired singers and groups they were meant for. However, they are almost all Goffin-King compositions with the exception of the three Barry Mann tracks holding up the end of Disc 2.

A single disc version which removes all the dreck found on this album also circulates but surely you want to hear them all.
- Professor Red

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Oh Neil (3.5MB)
Track 102. (Living My Life) For The Love Of A Girl (Gerry Goffin?) (4.1MB)
Track 103. It Might As Well Rain Until September (3.9MB)
Track 104. Look Who’s Talkin’ (2.9MB)
Track 105. Under The Stars (3.7MB)
Track 106. Disappointed (3.9MB)
107. Crying In The Rain - Omitted*
Track 108. He Takes Good Care Of Your Baby (4.1MB)
Track 109. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (3.5MB)
Track 110. Samson & Delilah (3.5MB)
Track 111. Short Mort (3.3MB)
Track 112. In My Baby’s Eyes (3.6MB)
Track 113. Baby Sittin’ (3.7MB)
Track 114. Same Old Reliable Me (3.2MB)
Track 115. He’s A Bad Boy (3.8MB)
Track 116. A Wonderful Dream (2.8MB)
Track 117. Oh Oh It Started All Over Again (3.9MB)
118. Take Good Care Of My Baby - Omitted*
Track 119. School Bells Are Ringing (3.6MB)
Track 120. Dreamin’ About You (3.4MB)
Track 121. Nobody’s Perfect (3.6MB)
Track 122. Carole (Gerry Goffin) (3.0MB)
Track 123. A Very Special Boy (3.5MB)
Track 124. How Many Tears (3.5MB)
Track 125. I Can’t Behave Myself (3.1MB)
Track 126. Walkin’ With My Angel (3.8MB)
Track 127. Another Night With The Boys (4.1MB)
Track 128. We Grew Up Together (4.1MB)

Tina Robin
Track 129. Nothing Is Impossible (3.7MB)

* Found on Carole King - The Legendary Demos.

Disc 2
Track 201. Right Girl (3.9MB)
Track 202. Even If I Wanted To (2.8MB)
Track 203. Queen Of The Beach (3.4MB)

Tina Robin
Track 204. Boomerang (3.3MB)
Track 205. I’ve Got Nothing Left Written (3.7MB)
Track 206. Nothing’s Impossible (4.0MB)
Track 207. Dear Mr DJ Play It Again (4.1MB)

Track 208. I Didn’t Have Any Summer Romance (4.5MB)
Track 209. There Goes My Lover (3.4MB)
Track 210. Some Of Your Lovin’ (4.9MB)
Track 211. Loved Loved Loved (3.7MB)
Track 212. Once A Fool Always A Fool (Gerry Goffin sings?) (3.4MB)
Track 213. Goin’ Wild (4.0MB)
Track 214. Sixteen Cubes Of Sugar (3.5MB)
Track 215. Your Letter Will Kiss Me Goodnight (3.9MB)
Track 216. That’s What I Call True Love (4.2MB)
Track 217. Deep In My Heart (3.2MB)
Track 218. A Road To Nowhere (5.4MB)
Track 219. Sheik (unknown vocal) (4.0MB)
Track 220. A Million Years Too Late (unknown vocal) (4.5MB)

The Honey Bees
Track 221. One Wonderful Night (3.7MB)
Track 222. She Don’t Deserve You (4.0MB)
Track 223. You Turn Me On Boy (3.9MB)
Track 224. Some Of Your Lovin’ (4.9MB)

The Palisades
Track 225. Make The Night A Little Longer (3.9MB)

Track 226. You’re The Only One (Who Understands Me) (Barry Mann) (3.2MB)
Track 227. Hey Little Play Girl (Barry Mann) (3.6MB)
Track 228. (Let’s Have A) Private Party (Barry Mann) (2.9MB)

Brill Building Sound is a 4CD boxset released by K-Tel in the U.S. in 1993. Used copies can still be found. Buy it here.

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  1. 22 Responses to “BRILLIANT”

  2. Carole King is truly an American treasure; where is her Kennedy Center Honor?

    By Ken Weber on Mar 6, 2012

  3. Ask and ye shall receive: I’ve been trying to compile my own Carole King demos and singles collection for a long time, now BigO and its source does it for me. Thanks for this and thanks for everything.

    By ter-jack on Mar 6, 2012

  4. Thanks, Carole has always been a favorite. All eras of her songwriting are well worth a listen. I have the Brill Box, and it brings back a lot of AM radio memories. Have a nice day.

    By Jimg on Mar 6, 2012

  5. Thanks very much for the Carole King. This looks very interesting. An opportunity to be entertained and educated at the same time. I look forward to this look back at her early writing endeavors.

    By Arizona on Mar 7, 2012

  6. Cool box set by Carole! a little correction: track 205 sung by Tina Robin should be titled I’ve Got Nothing Left. I believe “Written” was inadvertantly added, such as “Written by Carole King”. “Written” isnt in the song, and there is nothing to infer it. It might have made an interesting tune though. I could imagine Carole King stumped for a song title or line, but working on it in her mind, and someone asking if she had any songs ready, and her responding, ‘I’ve got nothing left written’! Kind of like Ringo’s famous malaprop line ‘Well, it’s been a hard day’s night”.
    Later, he says:”…okay Carole, where’s that song you wrote?” She says, “What song?” He says, “The one you called ‘I’ve Got Nothing Left!’” (whose on first, whats on second…):>)

    By 3yrsnojob on Mar 7, 2012

  7. Hey, could you please upload the tracks in a zip? Thanks.

    By Kimmo on Mar 7, 2012

  8. Hello 3yrsnojob

    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Mar 8, 2012

  9. Big O - thank you for this Carole king post.. awesome collection :)

    Thanks also for the fast downloads.. I downloaded two posts tonight and every song downloaded in seconds… quite a feat in these post-MegaUpload days.. thank you :)

    By Harry Pendejo on Mar 10, 2012

  10. Harry- That’s quite a moniker you’ve been saddled with. I had to laugh.

    By Hugh G. Rection on Mar 10, 2012

  11. Who let the middle school boys on the site?

    By 3yrsnojob on Mar 10, 2012

  12. thanks, big-O!!! i have some work to do tonite, and this will be the background music for it.

    oh, yes, thank you so much for the new super fast d/l speed - muy, muy rapido!

    I-)

    By I-) on Mar 13, 2012

  13. this seems to be stuck on my player - i have listened to all of this several times.

    :-) amazing how many musical phrases are lifted from other songs - i hear snatches of ‘dear prudence’, ‘great balls of fire’, the roches, ronnie spector, and many others, too numerous to list them all. :-)

    I-)

    By I-) on Mar 16, 2012

  14. Hey.. Hugh G. Rection - awesome name, sir :)

    By Harry Pendejo on Nov 11, 2012

  15. Oh Wow this was only 5 years ago , look how respectful and appreciative people who commented were back then , not a troll in site What happened to all those types ? Guess they were run off by the current group of jerks and trolls running roughshod here today

    By Tom on Mar 7, 2017

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    You could guess something was already boiling under though

    By Tomoron on Mar 7, 2017

  18. People talking music in a respectful manner , what happened?

    By Tom on Mar 7, 2017

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