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Official Review [Album]: "CARPENTERS" S/T (SP-3502)

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Chris May, Mar 8, 2013.


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  1. CraigGA

    CraigGA Well-Known Member

    I have read in places that the B/D medley did not do them any favors with respect to image. Then, here, some have distaste for it. But, for me, it is the reason for the album. Back in the day, with the 3 singles from the album already purchased, it is the B/D medley that caught my attention. There is so much in it, that today, I listen to each version on the various albums, with my favorite highlighted with the Music Music Music TV Special. I love this track and feel it is a staple in the Carpenters canon.
    Let Me Be The One is a great tune, and others recorded it to probably due to the success the Carpenters had with Paul Williams’ tunes. One Love is sweet and the harmonies are interesting. Drucilla Penny belonged on Offering and is probably the only song to weaken the album. The harpsichord is nice and the background vocals from Karen save the song making last part of the song the most interesting. Since the Carpenters sound avoided political idioms one could say that this was their stand to “free love”. So, besides being somewhat comical it may have a purpose for adults allowing their children to attend their concerts.
    Sometimes is enjoyed for its simplistic beauty. And, I feel that is carried to the stage in spades with the 1974 Japan concert. I love the way they play on their musical strengths while visiting inside the song during its performance. Simply beautiful!
    I would have to agree that despite Richard’s genius, it was Karen’s voice that set them on top and I believe Richard knew this, for it fits the role of a genius to recognize that his own sister had a unique talent that few ever possess. Even today, in interviews, we can hear that she was always the attraction to his formula. Would it have worked the other way around for Karen’s success? Maybe, but it was only with Richard’s insistence that she even sang and their electricity together can still light a stage. It may be with sound-alikes, or songbook tributes, but this nostalgia will last as long as there is music to discuss and invision. I wish the sound of music today was stuck between 1970-1975 for those years are still my favorite when listening to popular music. The sound of music without politics but just focused on love and its innocence will always keep my focus on enjoying the article of a song. Who knew they were creating An Old Fashioned Love Song for generations to come besides Paul Williams?! This abum did cement it. And there is no better friend to a song than Karen Carpenter.
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  2. Very well written!
  3. Hear, hear! Great analysis with much insight!
  4. theninjarabbit

    theninjarabbit Well-Known Member

    Thanks for posting! I enjoy the Bacharach medley myself. It's one of my favorite showcases of their background harmonies-- "Carpenters" is chock-full of them. I agree to disagree with you on "Druscilla Penny", though. I still find that song very interesting. :D
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  5. Bobberman

    Bobberman Well-Known Member

    For me the B/D medley and "Let me Be the one " plus" Sometimes". Along with the hits from this Lp Are my favorite standouts And later in the decade ABC TV took Let me be the one and made it their theme song For the 1976-77 season which was how I first heard the song albeit altered for the occasion. But when I heard the Carpenters version I considered it The Definitive Version. And I think it still is.
  6. Here's channel 12 in Beaumont Texas with the full 2:00 version of the promo music.

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  7. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    Wow, that’s a complete rewrite of the lyrics.
  8. Bobberman

    Bobberman Well-Known Member

    I remember this fondly Exactly as i remember it from my schoolboy days
  9. I don't recall this airing in the northeast Ohio region. Ironically, this "light disco" arrangement could easily have fit on Karen's solo album!

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