In the early '90s, the rights to the recordings made during Carole King's under-appreciated tenure at Capitol Records reverted to the artist. In 1994, she signed on with Priority Records--normally a rap label, oddly enough--and released TIME GONE BY as the first record on her own King's X imprint. TIME GONE BY collects ten of the best tracks from three albums King recorded for Capitol, SIMPLE THINGS, TOUCH THE SKY and WELCOME HOME. Oddly enough, the reissue uses the cover illustration from SIMPLE THINGS, making this a potentially confusing release. Not many people rate King's Capitol albums as highly as they do her earlier Ode Records work, and clearly King shares this view or she would have reissued the original albums in their entirety. However, stripped of dated material like WELCOME HOME's "Disco Tech," the creme de la creme of the three albums makes for a solid 40-minute overview.
None of the songs from King's fourth and best Capitol album, PEARLS: SONGS OF GOFFIN AND KING, are here, but this compilation has been reissued on a single disc with the entirety of PEARLS.