1970 Carole King – Writer: Carole King

Writer is the debut studio album by Carole King and was released in 1970. King already had a successful career as a songwriter, and been a part of The City, a short-lived group she formed after moving to Los Angeles in 1968. Tracks on the album include “Up on the Roof” which was a number 4 hit for the Drifters in 1962, and “Child of Mine”, which has been recorded by Billy Joe Royal, among others. The album did not receive much attention upon its release, though it entered the chart following the success of King’s next album, Tapestry, in 1971.

Reviewers rate it positively if not as highly as Tapestry, one noting that it was the “most underrated of all [her] original albums”. And, in a review that also covered Tapestry in Rolling Stone, Jon Landau wrote, “Writer was a blessing despite its faults” and that though the “production was poor”, King herself made the album “very worthwhile”.


1  Spaceship Races (Carole King; Gerry Goffin) 03:06
2  No Easy Way Down (Carole King; Gerry Goffin) 04:33
3  Child Of Mine (Carole King; Gerry Goffin) 04:02
4  Goin’ Back (Carole King; Gerry Goffin) 03:16
5  To Love (Carole King; Gerry Goffin) 03:36
6  What Have You Got To Lose (Carole King; Gerry Goffin; Toni Stern) 03:30
7  Eventually (Carole King; Gerry Goffin) 04:58
8  Raspberry Jam (Carole King; Toni Stern) 04:34
9  Can’t You Be Real (Carole King; Gerry Goffin) 02:57
10  I Can’t Hear You No More (Carole King; Gerry Goffin) 02:43
11  Sweet Sweetheart (Carole King; Gerry Goffin) 02:43
12  Up On The Roof (Carole King; Gerry Goffin) 03:37



BassCharles Larkey
DrumsJoel O’Brien
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
Acoustic GuitarJames Taylor
Acoustic GuitarDanny Kortchmar
MoogJohn Fischbach
OrganRalph Schuckett
PianoCarole King
CongasDanny Kortchmar
VibraphoneJoel O’Brien
PercussionJoel O’Brien
Background VocalsAbigail Haness
Background VocalsDelores Hall
VocalsCarole King

Other Musicians

4  Goin’ Back

Background VocalsJames Taylor

Liner Notes

Producer – John Fischbach
Arranged By – Carole King
Engineer – Andrew Berliner
Mixed By – Gerry Goffin

Layout, Design – Paul Bruhwiler, Rod Dyer
Photography By – Guy Webster, Tom Neuwirth

Recorded At Crystal Sound
Phonographic Copyright (p) A&M Records, Inc