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[Moderator: Posts about the KAREN CARPENTER STORY were moved to that thread in the Insider Forum.]
Paul Williams discusses Rainbow Connection...Richard Carpenter mentioned at 8 min:
So, I have never heard the entire Kermit rendition of Rainbow Connection until today,
I gave it a listen. Also, to be honest, I had not listened to Karen and Richard's version in quite a long while.
Notwithstanding that the Kermit original is perhaps without equal (Sarah McLachlan and Kenny Loggins do nicely,
I like the duet Kermit does with Debbie Harry),I will add that Karen's 1980 work lead is incredibly good.
Let me emphasize: it is a work lead !
The only thing I would change for Richard's arrangement is the choir--
it should be (imho) a children's choir--
although the O.K. chorale (added: 1999) is adequate !
Ultimately, Karen sings beautifully and I like Richard's overall arrangement.
In the direction Richard was heading at the time (1980) I can see why he chose the tune.
If you notice on Youtube, the Carpenters' version is highly viewed and well received (comment section).
I am glad we have it (even if Karen disliked it !).