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Small parts of Carpenters songs that hook you

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Tony, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Murphy,
    I ,too, can not tolerate the change in Sax Solo for
    Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.( The 1974 solo was brilliant; 1984 contrived.)
    Why, oh why, was the original sax solo altered ?
     
  2. natureaker

    natureaker Active Member

    While, listening to Goofus last night, one line seemed to really grab me for some reason. The line "I like rustic harmonies" grabbed me and I kept rewinding the whole song just to listen to that 1 line!
     
  3. BarryT60

    BarryT60 Well-Known Member

    and the last line... the trains and the BOATS and planes.... - - really just beautiful... we've said it hundreds of times - but I'll say it one more... the maturity and finesse Karen incorporated in those intimate interpretations are so beyond her years - it really just continues to demonstrate her true inborn and clearly brilliant artistry...
     
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  4. New "moment" in the Chevy this morning....

    "Sorry if some....drop it....times, I look past...raise it..you

    There's no-one be.....drop it .....you're eyes....."

    I frickin' love this thread.
     
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  5. theninjarabbit

    theninjarabbit Well-Known Member

    Don't believe I know the song, there.
     
  6. Thanks, Harry. I inadvertently left out the "You" part.....as I did the "yond" in "beyond." My brain was moving a bit quicker than my fingers (a rare phenomenon these days!)
     
  7. natureaker

    natureaker Active Member

    Oooo, I can definitely second that! :D (Hopefully I put in the quotes correctly...)

    As for another addition to this thread, the very beginning of Ticket To Ride gets me every time. Especially the "He's got a ticket to ride, and he don't care" part
     
  8. BarryT60

    BarryT60 Well-Known Member

    That darned song, ABSOLUTELY should have been a single. Talk about changing history. It would have put them right back in the top ten on my humble opinion. Every time I hear it - I just love it even more.
     
  9. natureaker

    natureaker Active Member

    The backing vocals at the start of the song "Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do". If those weren't there, I probably would've listened to the song less honestly.
     
  10. natureaker

    natureaker Active Member

    In Bachard/David Medley (not even gonna bother typing out the whole title) towards the end, the "woah, woah, woah, woah, woah, woah" part I absolutely love! Grabs me every time!
     
  11. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Sandy.....
    not a big fan of the song...
    but,
    Karen lingers on the lyric(s)
    "....ease...", ".....away...." (first stanza),
    and especially "....mine...." (second stanza)
    in great form.
     
  12. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    I love the song but I don't think it would have been a success as a single...I guess I'm in the minority on that one. It's too slow and ploddy for me and the melody in the verses see-saws up and down too much.

    One song that I always obsess over is Boat To Sail. Karen's vocals in the instrumental break are absolute heaven. I'd love to hear them a capella with all the instrumentation stripped back.
     
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  13. BarryT60

    BarryT60 Well-Known Member

    One more snippet I heard over the weekend...

    The line: 'No Other Love Have I' at the end of the Como medley.... There's just something so sublime in Karen and Richard's harmony - - and fully exemplified in this 5 word phrase... Just lovely...
     
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  14. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    Karen's last line of "Rainbow Connection"- the lovers, the dreamers, and me. So tender and vulnerable.
     
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  15. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    The phrase "and me" is so tender...there's a tiny break in her voice towards the end of the note she holds that is just so sweet.
     
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  16. natureaker

    natureaker Active Member

    The chorus of "Two Lives" is so gosh darn beautiful, along with the very ending! I'm surprised that I didn't find that song earlier.
     
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  17. natureaker

    natureaker Active Member

    Listening to "The Rainbow Connection" for the first time since I've heard so much about it. The instrumental opening at the beginning instantly caught my attention. So amazing! :love:
     
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  18. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    I absolutely love her version of this song.
     
  19. natureaker

    natureaker Active Member

    Same here. Karen's vocals absolutely amaze me in the song!
     
  20. Tony

    Tony Active Member Thread Starter

    I've been listening (again) to the karaoke album on the drive to and from work lately, and I realize anew that so many of the Carpenters' songs are just filled with little hooks, especially those harmonies, that captivate me. I've said it before, but the background vocals in "Close to You" around the 2:15 mark grab me every time and always get repeated plays.

    And another thread about "(A Place to) Hideaway" prompted me to revisit that song and I was taken, as I always am, with those exquisite harmonies—"Save them for a rainy day"—which are ear candy of the sweetest kind.
     
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  21. Tapdancer

    Tapdancer Active Member

    I always marvel at Richard's attention to detail in the arrangements. It's sometimes the tiniest things he does that make a world of difference, with my latest "discovery" found in the chorus of Superstar. Cleverly interposing the lyric's "shuffle" rhythm with the "syncopated" rhythm of the brass, we hear:

    "Don't you remember you told me you loved me Ba-a-by(Da)-da-da-da. Da. Da. Da-da-da. Da(You)-Said you'd be coming...

    That last 'Da' - a long, drawn-out note sounding a mere fraction before the 'Said...' - both underscores and ties-in the following lyric line rhythmically to the brass, critical to maintaining the listener's interest.
     
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  22. theninjarabbit

    theninjarabbit Well-Known Member

    I never tire of the brass section in the chorus of "Superstar". I especially play the album version over and over to hear it. "Superstar" is one of the songs in the Carpenters' repertoire where I fully appreciate Richard's attention to detail: the arrangement always excites me.

    Another one of those moments is in "Yesterday Once More" -- the digital electric piano during the second stanza (in the remix, more prominent in '85).
     
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  23. natureaker

    natureaker Active Member

    Today, I was listening to Crescent Noon on my phone (I know, how predictable) and the piano intro caught my ear, but there was something that I felt was a little different. I'm not 100% sure what exactly was different, but it definitely got me to repeat the beginning part of the song.
     
  24. natureaker

    natureaker Active Member

    Found their cover of Nowhere Man last nighty on YouTube, So amazing!
     

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