Thoroughbred (album)

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ReleasedJanuary 1976 [1]
Studio A&M (Hollywood)
Genre Pop, soft rock
Label Ode / A&M (Original Issue)
Ode / Epic (Re-issue)
Producer Lou Adler
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Professional ratings
Review scores
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Rolling Stone (positive) [3]

Thoroughbred is the seventh album by American singer-songwriter Carole King, released in 1976. Her final release on Ode Records, it's also her last album produced by Lou Adler, who had been her collaborator since Tapestry (1971).


The track "Only Love Is Real" was released as a lead single from the album, and became her 4th and final chart-topper on the U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. "High Out of Time", a song featuring David Crosby and Graham Nash on vocals, was also released as a single. Cash Box called "High Out of Time" "a sweet ballad, filled with Carole King's expected but always exciting melody hooks." [4] The track "There's a Space Between Us" features harmony vocals by James Taylor.

Track listing

All songs written by Carole King, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "So Many Ways" – 3:11
  2. "Daughter of Light" (Gerry Goffin, King) – 3:11
  3. "High Out of Time" (Goffin, King) – 3:15
  4. "Only Love is Real" – 3:29
  5. "There's a Space Between Us" – 3:20
Side two
  1. "I'd Like to Know You Better" – 2:48
  2. "We All Have to Be Alone" (Goffin, King) – 3:44
  3. "Ambrosia" (King, Dave Palmer) – 3:16
  4. "Still Here Thinking of You" (Goffin, King) – 3:11
  5. "It's Gonna Work Out Fine" – 3:50


Production notes



Region Certification
United States (RIAA) [10] Gold

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