Fans of the great CAROLE KING – indeed all fans of quality pop tinged with the hues of blue-eyed soul – will be delighted to learn that Rockingale Records (part of the Concord group) have just reissued four of her in-demand albums from the late seventies.

They are 1977’s ‘Simple Things’, ’78’s ‘Welcome Home’, ‘Touch The Sky’ from 1979 and 1980’s ‘Pearls’ and it’s that last one that will prove of most interest to soul collectors. The album is a quirky retrospective of some of the best songs she wrote with her one-time husband GERRY GOFFIN. Featured songs include ‘One Fine Day’, ‘Chains’, ‘Oh No Not My Baby’, ‘Hey Girl’ and the ever-wonderful ‘Goin’ Back’ – best known to soulsters perhaps in its DUSTY SPRINGFIELD incarnation. Here – sung by the writer – the lyric takes on a new poignancy.

Goodies on the other three LPs include the introspective ‘Time Alone’ on ‘Simple Things’ and the similarly themed ‘Time Gone By’ from ‘Touch The Sky’. Enjoy too some tasty sax work from the underrated ERNIE WATTS on ‘Welcome Home’.

All four albums are available now.