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EXCLUSIVE: Vinyl Studio Album Box Set

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Simon KC1950, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. Simon KC1950

    Simon KC1950 Member Thread Starter

    I hope that becomes a reality. I'm sure this vinyl box set of studio albums will be a success.

    I didn't know "who do you love" was a single.
  2. A&M Retro

    A&M Retro Well-Known Member

    'Who Do You Love' was released as a single in Japan. I'm not sure if it charted or not, though.
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  3. Think how Joe Osborn will feel, wasn't it recorded in his garage? His label? It's going to be very interesting to see what this LP box set will actually look like (the labels, the packaging, etc)...I'm getting antsy :goodie:.
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  4. David A

    David A Member

    Yes, allow me to rephrase. I think it's indisputable that Karen wanted to explore her higher register, in the late '70's. From Little Girl Blue to many other sources, this seems to be a consensus. Certainly, many of her songs in the latter part of her career were sung in a higher register, with less lower register used.

    Whether that equates to "shedding" her lower register somewhat, is another matter. I do not recall reading anything specific or explicit about that; it's my opinion. I happen to believe that she made a conscious effort to use her lower register less often, as part of evolving as a singer and exploring other forms of vocal expression - and possibly, putting some distance between the "old" Karen and a "new" Karen for the 80's.

    Again, the latter is just this person's opinion, based on what I've heard, read, and the songs Karen sang in the late 70's/early '80's.
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  5. arthowson

    arthowson Active Member

    AMEN!!! Release all albums and all recordings during that same period as bonus tracks.
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  6. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    Passage could include Sailing On The Tide as well. It would be good if he took the VOTH tracks and put them back on the albums they originated from as bonus tracks. Only problem is that would leave nowhere for Look To Your Dreams and the 1982 tracks to reside, unless he added the former to Passage and the latter to MIA the same way ABBA added their 1982 singles to The Visitors.
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  7. Just directed to this thread by the original poster, a very interesting read. For me personally I would like to keep everything as has already been released over the years up to and including Lovelines. I have all of the albums anyway in both English and Japan pressings, but this boxed set I'm guessing off the top of my head would be anywhere from £175 - £275 here in the U.K. ( comparing to the lowest price box sets I have purchased on release day recently David Bowie, Beatles , Rolling Stones in Mono ). I'm kinda hoping that Offering original cover art is included as I'd like to have that cover and have been tempted to pay good money but thus far resisted the Discogs or eBay import routes!.

    Will this be on Universal here in the U.K. As they do good pre order prices.

    Any rarity items would no doubt push the price up and for me are completely unnecessary.

    Would love the Japanese version of this, as it would more than likely be like the SHM CDS with the obi sash strips which really are nice for a collector , took me ages to get all of those albums on vinyl with Sash strips probably paid more that twice what this boxed set will cost to collect all albums up to Lovelines which wasn't released in Japan on vinyl.
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  8. ThaFunkyFakeTation

    ThaFunkyFakeTation Ah am so steel een luv weeth yoo

    It is just a demo. It was never finished so not sure we should judge it too harshly. It may have been that she did it, everyone decided it was a bad idea, and they moved on. It's a little stilted but it also sounds kind of fun. I much prefer this "finished" version of it.

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  9. I can see the album boxed set working well with the studio albums only myself, I think any rarities may bring the quality of a definitive vinyl collection into confusion and bloating?, don't get me wrong I feel the rarities if any do have a place but not in this set. I do feel that a second box set could be compiled with the live albums , rarities and anything else that is in the vaults and deemed of such good quality as to warrant release?.

    Whilst on this subject it would be great if all album covers where constructed of thick heavy duty cardboard , like "the Carpenters" Self Titled Japan release which is incredibly well made heavy and beyond compare. It is more like a hardback book than an album cover to be honest and was so well thought out and constructed a superior quality cover I have yet to see, or own for that matter.
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  10. Tony

    Tony Active Member

    When asked when the vinyl set would be coming out, a Universal rep offered this reply:
    "Targeted for Sept. 15, but it could be delayed due to overseas production coordination. Vinyl production takes at least 4 months these days."
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  11. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Well-Known Member

    Does this mean it's a Japanese release?
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  12. Tony

    Tony Active Member

    This was a U.S. rep, so I think he's referring to a domestic release date.
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  13. I know it's early days but in my dreams I'm hoping that this will include the MFSL version of " A Song For You ", can anyone possibly let me know if they have any information as to whether there is a strong chance that mix will finally make it to vinyl in this set? Fingers crossed!.
    I know MFSL have strict time slots of when and how long an album is released for ?, I'm guessing that's why they haven't re issued this on compact disc themselves?, although I believe the mix makes it to other issues of the album.
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  14. David A

    David A Member

    Yes, this is not the Karen we all think of vocally, for sure. She is right on key, IMO; it's just not the voice we all fell in love with.

    As to the issue of whether Ramone "had her sing too high", who am I to argue with Richard? But I will say this - if you consider the fact that Karen's lower register was what identified Karen to fans, as the singer of the Carpenters - clearly, I think this is the case - then it may have been Karen's decision as much as Ramone's, to explore her higher register, to explore a different sound/style than she did when singing with her brother, as part of the C's. There are many fans here much more knowledgeable about the C's than I am; but I've read/heard that Karen wanted her album to sound different; NOT like a "Carpenters album." Relying less on the signature element of her voice would (and did) achieve that.
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  15. David A

    David A Member

    I am SO stoked for this. To have (I hope) good quality vinyl after so many years of having nothing but digital. It warms the cockles :wink:
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