Tuesday, June 5, 2012

100 Cover Versions #28: Quartz introducing Dina Carroll covers 'It's Too Late' by Carole King

When House music dominated the pop charts at the end of the 1980s the move into the 1990s brought a new ambient sound of dance music to audiences. One of the great female voices of that era was Dina Carroll. She had one of the most wonderful albums of that period with her debut album So Close.  One of my most favourite dance songs of all time Ain't No Man was just one of the many fine single releases from that album. Dina Carroll's debut hit was with Quartz in 1991 when she was the vocalist on their cover of the Carole King song It's Too Late. I loved that the song was by Quartz introducing Dina Carroll. Every song today 'features' a vocalist as if they are already known to music audiences but in the 1980s and 1990s music artists had to really work their way into people's attention slowly and build a fan base. It's Too Late featured on Carole King's 1971 album Tapestry and it was written by Toni Stern and the music was written by Carole King. the b-side to that song was I Feel The Earth Move which shows you what an amazing era the early 1970s was in music. 

It's Too Late by Quartz introducing Dina Carroll got to number 8 in the UK singles chart for 3 weeks in 1991.

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