Writer (album)

Studio album by Carole King
Released May 1970
First Remaster:
9 September 2002 (Released in UK Only)
Latest Remaster:
21 April 2004 (Released in Japan Only)
Recorded March - April 1970 at Crystal Sound, Los Angeles
Genre Pop
Length 44:11
Label Ode / A&M (Original Issue)
Ode / Epic (Re-issue)
Producer John Fischbach
Carole King chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]
Robert ChristgauB[2]

Writer is the debut 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,[3] 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".[1] 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".[4]

Track listing

All songs written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King; lyrics for "Raspberry Jam" and "What Have You Got to Lose" by Toni Stern.

Side one
  1. "Spaceship Races" – 3:09
  2. "No Easy Way Down" – 4:36
  3. "Child of Mine" – 4:05
  4. "Goin' Back" – 3:20
  5. "To Love" – 3:39
  6. "What Have You Got to Lose" – 3:33
Side two
  1. "Eventually" – 5:01
  2. "Raspberry Jam" – 4:35
  3. "Can't You be Real" – 3:00
  4. "I Can't Hear You No More" – 2:46
  5. "Sweet Sweetheart" – 2:46
  6. "Up on the Roof" – 3:37



Chart positions

Chart (1971) Position
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[5] 62
Japanese Oricon Albums Chart[6] 67
United States Billboard Pop Albums[7] 84


  1. 1 2 Eder, Bruce. Writer at AllMusic. Retrieved 15 December.
  2. Christgau, Robert. "Carole King > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 18 February 2006.
  3. Billy Joe Royal, The Very Best of Billy Joe Royal: The Columbia Years (1965-1972) Retrieved September 23, 2012.
  4. Landau, Jon (April 29, 1971). "Carole King Writer & Tapestry > Music Review". Rolling Stone (81). Archived from the original on 2 October 2007. Retrieved 26 July 2006.
  5. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2011-02-02
  6. Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005 (in Japanese). Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
  7. Allmusic - Carole King > Writer > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums
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