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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Tony Hil­lier

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.

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