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'A Song For You'

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by PamelaHelmer48, Jul 27, 2018.

  1. PamelaHelmer48

    PamelaHelmer48 New Member Thread Starter

    I bought the CD for the bargain price of £3.99 today, after hearing the title track on the radio (played in tribute to Leon Russell) and loving it.

    I'm not a huge Carpenters fan, but must admit this album is very enjoyable.

    I can't believe the title track is excluded from compilations in favour of dreck such as 'Please Mr Postman'!
     
  2. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    It has been included on a few compilations such as Love Songs but the main reason it doesn't appear more is because it was never released as a single.
     
  3. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Well-Known Member

    FL
    In addition to it not being a single I’d bet it’s not seen much on comps because of royalties. It would be less money to Carpenters, which is probably why we see more RC and JB songs.
     
  4. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    Including a few obscure ones like the 1978 Canadian “Carpenters Collection”. But I see that it appears on the 2009 40/40 here in North America.

    A Song For You

    The Reprise has never been anthologized.
     
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  5. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    Because it’s segued with Road Ode. I wonder if the reprise exists in its own right on the master tape. If not, it would mean an awkward sudden fade in for any compilation because the overlap is too blurred.

    Having said that, we heard it in all its glory at the end of The Karen Carpenter Story, but was that the result of a clever remix of the original vocals by Richard and a fade in to the original song or does a clean, cold intro of the original reprise from the master tape exist? Who knows.
     
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2018
  6. Chris May

    Chris May Resident 'Carpenterologist' Moderator

    The reprise is actually just a remix from the A Song For You [song] master. It was created as a 2-channel stereo master mix and catalogued as such, which was crossfaded over the top of the final harp gliss heard on Road Ode during mastering.
     
  7. Mike Blakesley

    Mike Blakesley Well-Known Member Moderator

    I can't imagine why the Reprise would ever be anthologized, unless they were including the full threesome of Crystal Lullaby, Road Ode and the Reprise - which is one of the best sets of non-hit songs in pop history, IMHO.
     
  8. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    We’ve seen the YOM Reprise anthologized. It was even on the Reader’s Digest 97 comp.
     
  9. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    I’d love to see all three anthologised together with their original segues but in remixed format. The remixes of Crystal Lullaby and Road Ode are outstanding.
     
  10. Actorman

    Actorman Active Member

    I agree wholeheartedly! "Crystal Lullaby" and "Road Ode" are in my Top 5 favorite album cuts of their entire catalog.
     
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  11. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Crystal Lullaby is a masterpiece of song arrangement. Karen's share of the lead vocal is as good as anything she's done. Their harmonies really stand out. That wind chime segue into Rode Ode is brilliant!
     

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