Vote for your favourite cover version and tell us a bit about why you made your selection. (The selections are listed in release order.)
S.R.O. does seem to have its engineering curiosities. Although deferring to your ears, Harry, I'll offer that there are obvious sonic issues with Bean Bag and Flamingo (the former sounds like a multi-generational copy was used while the latter exhibits distortion).the TjB recording has big problems going all the way back to the original stereo LP.
(He must have had someone who really liked him at A&M to issue all those LPs. It's always been a major sore spot with me that Garson could get the green light to do all that #&$% yet, Roger only got one shot at an LP.)These included WOZARD OF IZ, ELECTRONIC HAIR PIECES and twelve SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC albums (one for each sign)
Karen's vocal and Richard's brilliant arrangement blow these other versions away. Breezy yet substantial.This isn’t part of the survey, but if anyone is interested in hearing the Carpenters’ standalone version with no DJ vocals from their “Oldies Medley” from “Now & Then” (1973), you can hear the 1997 remix here:
“Our Day Will Come” starts at 13:02.
As far as the versions presented go, I like the upbeat energy (and so I hear cowbell?) on the Herb Alpert & TJB version. I especially like that German version that @Harry shared!