In April 2000, Britain's Hallmark label released a Carole King album called The Early Years. It was a ten-track disc containing four early-'60s demos by Carole King ("Crying in the Rain," which King co-wrote and which became a hit for the Everly Brothers; "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," a hit for Neil Sedaka; "Up on the Roof," which King co-wrote and turned into a hit for the Drifters; and "It Started All Over Again" [incorrectly listed on the album as "Oh! Oh! It Started Over Again"], a hit for Brenda Lee) and six tracks from her 1971 album, Music, that sounded like poor copies badly mastered from an old cassette. Brill Building Sessions & More has exactly the same contents, albeit resequenced. The back cover calls the material "original archive recordings," and Glenn N. Gretlund's liner notes claim that the Music tracks are "quality demo recordings." They are not demos. They are the recordings that actually appear on Music, just in poor sound quality. Looks like a prima facie case of copyright infringement for Sony Music to bring against the makers of this album.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann