Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Harry, Aug 24, 2015.
What are the extras on the dvd
WEDU- TV (Tampa,Florida Ch.3) is airing this Program Today:
Once at 4 PM and again, at 11 PM.
Can anyone tell me how the "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" single on this singles collection sounds? I have it on vinyl, and have been searching for its digital release for years. Does it sound like a vinyl transfer? It is probably one of my very favorite recordings ever. I have many of the other singles already, so I am really only interested in this one song. Would it be worth buying this collection for this one song? Thank you!
It is from a master tape source and sounds great. I'm sure we detailed it within this thread.
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Thank you, Harry! I appreciate it. I am glad to be a part of the Forum.
As Harry said above, it is from a master tape source, but it's also in stereo. There is another digital version out there (not to mention the 1984 Remix that appears on "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" and "From The Top") of the single version, and that's on the "Perry Como Christmas show" DVD, but that version is in mono, as it was mastered from the 2-inch Quad video master made in 1974. And in 1974 there was no such thing as stereo TV broadcasts. But you should check out the video that goes with it, it is a really nice video, but check out the entire special, as it's nice to see the Carpenters in a full length special.
Thank you! I appreciate the info. Yes, I have the "Christmas Collection" which contains the 1984 Remix. I have also seen clips from the "Perry Como Christmas Show," but have not seen the whole special. I will look into that DVD as well. There is something so special to me about the 1974 original single…maybe it's just the fact that it has that true mid-'70s pop sound. The '84 version is nice as well, but it almost sounds too clean to me. In my opinion, the original single just can't be topped. I will begin my search for the "Complete Singles" collection. Thanks again!
Does anybody have an idea when this will be available to people outside of the US. I'm in the UK and the only way I could get it would be to pay a ridiculous amount on eBay. ☺
The word we got was that it would NEVER be issued outside of the Public Broadcasting offer on US television. It's been over a year now and still holds true.
I think it was a silly decision to keep its scope so limited given the work that went into it as well as Richard's involvement. I think the compilation would have widespread appeal, especially in the UK, Japan and Europe.
I believe the reason for this is because of the loyalty Richard has to PBS. The whole idea that this is a rarity, exclusive to the PBS network makes it more 'special', therefore the high asking price (or "donation request" I should say). However I wouldn't be surprised if at some point down the line it gets a clever repackaging, with international distribution.
Exactly. This specific package will not have a general release, but now that these new single masters exist, there is no reason they (Universal) couldn't release them in some other configuration at some point.
Great idea. They could call it SINGLES...
Yeah and we would buy it tomorrow too
This made me laugh! LOL
I'm still waiting to sell one of my limbs for 'The Complete Singles' set. Really want to hear these original 45 mixes digitally.
I completely agree! When I started collecting singles, in 1973, there was a certain magical element in the arrangement and / or instrumentation that each single had apart from the album version. That excitement is still felt as fresh as the first listen with this package. Sometimes, I think my subconscious wants to replicate the same level of repeated relentless listening in celebration of "the singles" mix in digital form!
I think we are bound to get at some point a U.S. Singles set released by Universal that will appeal to the general public and be much more readily available to purchase. I'm happy that it was finally released on this PBS presentation and that Richard was involved but it wasn't really available to everyone in the world and was limited in tuning in to PBS. I would imagine much of the public wasn't even aware of this release unless they watched PBS or found out about it online. I would welcome Universal to put something like this together for a wider audience for purchase.
So many of these singles were released in mono (a popular format back in those days) Universal could package it with many more mono's along with their stereo sides. That would be a set I'd pay big bucks for and I think a great idea to market in selling the package. They could even make the CD's look like a 45 design. I just recently bought Amy Grant's new Christmas CD called Tennessee Christmas (get it at Target w/ 2 bonus tracks) and when you look inside the CD picture is a replica of a 45 record. It's pretty awesome and a nice touch, would love to see something like that on a Carpenters US Singles set from Universal.
Just a heads up. WTVSD out of Detroit is reairing the special tomorrow night from 10-11:30 p.m., 1-2:30 a.m on Sunday, and then from 2:30 -4 a.m on June 16. My cable box TV guide is giving it a 2015 year, so this appears to be just the 1997 documentary and not the version with the added Christmas videos.