I am always amazed when a record can elude me for my entire life. I have had copies of The City's "Now That Everything's Been Said" come through my hands a number of times. Sold the CD in my store when it was reissued. Flipped over copies while record shopping. Yet, I hadn't heard a single note from it until last week after reading a paragraph singing its praises in a recent issue of Mojo.
The City was released in 1968. The band features Carole King, Danny Kortchmar, Charles Larkey and Jim Gordon.
If I thought this record was going to sound like an early version of "Tapestry," I'd have been wrong. If I had judged a book by its cover, I'd have been wrong again, because what I heard inside is pure magic and not some half-assed California hippie music.
"Now That Everything's Been Changed" is big and beautiful. It's majestic folk pop, with sweeping harmonies. It's CSN, Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne before they were CSN, Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne.
If by now some of you are thinking, "Of course, you idiot! We know," then forgive me for arriving late to the party. But if you are like me and heard nothing from this record, do yourself a favor and give it a spin. The playing is stellar. The songs unfold like a more adventurous Mamas & Papas album. And if Carole King's version of "I Wasn't Born To Follow" doesn't leave you breathless, then maybe I need to get myself checked.
"Snow Queen" above opens up the record. "All My Time" below closes the record. The aforementioned "I Wasn't Born To Follow" is here, as well.