Beautiful — A Tribute to Carole King Various artists Sony There’s nothing on Beautiful that can be classified as an advance on Carole King’s originals or the equal of the more notable cover versions. Yet there’s still plenty to like about a newly recorded tribute compilation that combines the finest Australian veteran and emerging pop talent to telegraph the September arrival here of the award-winning Broadway musical of the title. It’s worth the price of admission to hear the golden tonsils of Sherbet’s Daryl Braithwaite embracing Up on the Roof — a hit for the Drifters back in 1962 — with such sumptuous soulfulness, even if a fade-out barely three minutes in seems somewhat premature. Inaugural Australian Idol victor Guy Sebastian has the onerous task of tackling the sublime You’ve Got a Friend. His somewhat showy rendition lacks the gravitas of James Taylor’s renowned 1971 cover, but it certainly passes muster. Other Idol winners Samantha Jade ( I Feel the Earth Move) and Stan Walker ( Way Over Yonder) render reasonable versions of lesser treasures from King’s Tapestry album, likewise Tina Arena with So Far Away and Rick Price with It’s Too Late. Dami Im’s interpretation of Will You Love Me Tomorrow is closer in style and tempo to King’s 1971 reading than the Shirelles’ version. Vika and Linda Bull’s take on dance-song perennial The Loco-Motion is comparable to the one that broke Kylie Minogue in 1987. Linda B also makes a decent fist of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, a song owned by Aretha Franklin.