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Official Review [Album]: "A SONG FOR YOU" (SP-3511)

HOW WOULD YOU RATE THIS ALBUM?

  • ***** (BEST)

    Votes: 44 71.0%
  • ****

    Votes: 14 22.6%
  • ***

    Votes: 3 4.8%
  • **

    Votes: 1 1.6%
  • *

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    62

Jarred

Well-Known Member
I used to be of the opinion that IGTTST was hindered a lot with the remix, but lately I’ve been hearing it more and I find it much more compelling than the original mix. The original is nice but the arrangement is pretty bland and way too safe (Karen was right that they “goofed” releasing it as an A-side), the beefing up of the new mix makes it sound much more lively, and even Karen’s vocal sounds much more involved somehow. Yes, it had that dated 80s Yamaha keyboard but it still hooks me more what Richard did with it in 1972.
 

ThaFunkyFakeTation

Ah am so steel een luv weeth yoo
I think it sounded best as a mono mix found on the promo 45. It was more cohesive. Karen's vocal was more out-front. Here it is for those who haven't heard it:

Wow! It really is better. She jumps out just a taste here and it's very pleasing. She's more a "part of the machine" in the stereo version. I like this!

Ed
 

ThaFunkyFakeTation

Ah am so steel een luv weeth yoo
I used to be of the opinion that IGTTST was hindered a lot with the remix, but lately I’ve been hearing it more and I find it much more compelling than the original mix. The original is nice but the arrangement is pretty bland and way too safe (Karen was right that they “goofed” releasing it as an A-side), the beefing up of the new mix makes it sound much more lively, and even Karen’s vocal sounds much more involved somehow. Yes, it had that dated 80s Yamaha keyboard but it still hooks me more what Richard did with it in 1972.
I love that there can be such differing opinions on this. I love even more that I disagree totally with the artists...LOL!! IMHO, this really was a single and they were right to release it as such. It did pretty well so that's gotta be worth something. I love Karen's voice on it. She's always relentlessly melodic as a singer and this is a really nice melody - especially in the B-sections ("After all the tears we spent"). I love Bob's flute solo and the accompanying background vocals too. It's a Pop tune that flirts with Jazz and I've always liked it.

I think the mono mix that @Harry shared with us is my new favorite. The remix doesn't even rank for me.

Ed
 

Jarred

Well-Known Member
I love that there can be such differing opinions on this. I love even more that I disagree totally with the artists...LOL!! IMHO, this really was a single and they were right to release it as such. It did pretty well so that's gotta be worth something. I love Karen's voice on it. She's always relentlessly melodic as a singer and this is a really nice melody - especially in the B-sections ("After all the tears we spent"). I love Bob's flute solo and the accompanying background vocals too. It's a Pop tune that flirts with Jazz and I've always liked it.

I think the mono mix that @Harry shared with us is my new favorite. The remix doesn't even rank for me.

Ed
I’m really liking that mono mix too. I would say both of them top the album version. The original just needed more oomph to be a single, I’m not surprised it stalled at #12 - a more exciting song/arrangement would have charted it higher for sure.
 

Murray

Well-Known Member
I think it sounded best as a mono mix found on the promo 45. It was more cohesive. Karen's vocal was more out-front. Here it is for those who haven't heard it:

Exactly as I first heard it, on my portable AM radio, all those years ago! It really does sound it's best in this mono mix, with Karen's vocal as the center of attention. Thanks Harry!
 

Harry

Charter A&M Corner Member
Staff member
Moderator
A fun read is the article that Rick had posted some years ago about Richard, CSG and mono mixes.

 

Rick-An Ordinary Fool

Well-Known Member
I have the MFSL 24k Gold CD of ASFY and I was never that crazy about the sonics on that CD and I found it mastered a bit low for me. I don't care for the mix of IGTTST. I was really expecting to be blown away with the sound after all it's 24k gold right? They should have made an MFSL High Fidelity LP of ASFY, Olivia got one with Totally Hot in 1980.

I still can't believe the current prices this is getting on e bay as of now there are about 6 ranging from $186 to $500.00 crazy!!
 

A&M Retro

Well-Known Member
I love that there can be such differing opinions on this. I love even more that I disagree totally with the artists...LOL!! IMHO, this really was a single and they were right to release it as such. It did pretty well so that's gotta be worth something. I love Karen's voice on it. She's always relentlessly melodic as a singer and this is a really nice melody - especially in the B-sections ("After all the tears we spent"). I love Bob's flute solo and the accompanying background vocals too. It's a Pop tune that flirts with Jazz and I've always liked it.

I think the mono mix that @Harry shared with us is my new favorite. The remix doesn't even rank for me.

Ed
I agree! My 10 year old ears were hooked the first time I heard it coming out of my brother’s clock radio in the middle of the night.
 
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