A&M Records' Greatest Hits

On the label's 50th anniversary, founders Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss remember five decades of classic records

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Carole King, 'Tapestry' (1971)
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Carole King, 'Tapestry' (1971)

Moss: "Tapestry came out on Ode – [Los Angeles music impresario] Lou Adler's label, which we distributed for six years. When it came out, we clearly treated and promoted it as an A&M record. Of course, it did incredibly."

Alpert: "Tapestry was recorded in A&M's studio. Lou had a great concept: he wanted the album to let you hear a great songwriter in an honest way. At that time, a bunch of singer-songwriters were dominating charts – James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, our own Cat Stevens. Those people could write and perform songs on record in a stylish way: laid back and interesting. Tapestry came out of this trend. I remember going to a radio station with the album. The DJ played not one, but three tracks in a row! I saw that and thought, 'This is going to be amazing.' That's how quickly it was accepted."

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