If indeed this set is designed with Carpenters diehards in mind, wouldn't they have liked to hear the original version of "Nowhere Man," the one-track mono version?
I actually wholeheartedly agree with this particular observation. I would have preferred the original, with all its rough and ready charm.
the carpenters-como medley was chopped during initial editing, and i think richard had said it was lost, thus the reason for his re-recording the como leads. other than the ella-karen medley, the only other video cut of probable interest was " and when he smiles " and the hits medley, not much product to justify a video release.
With Como’s vocals, because the special was not produced by the Carpenters or owned by them (although they apparently recorded the backing music and their vocals, as Karen & Richard are singing and playing to tape), it was owned by Perry Como’s production company, and instead of recording Como’s voice properly for audio release, he was recorded LIVE to Videotape, and thus his vocals are mixed into the mono TV master (although his vocal would’ve been on its own track, as 2-Inch had 2 audio tracks that would be mixed to mono on playback). Also the mic he was using looks good on TV, but was not as good as a studio mic.my apologies. i did not realize the como medley had been reconstructed; i wonder why richard chose to re-record the como cuts, perhaps the pc live leads were weak, but that was how it happened.
dancing in the streets was very short, but could have been included.
some people complained that the richard's instrumentals was time taken away from karen.
i still don't see a viable dvd release,
The PCCS DVD also contains the rare mono mix of Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town & Carol of the Bells.)
I see we've gone full-circle with the discussion on As Time Goes By, as that Allmusic.com review was discussed on the very first page of this thread several years ago!
It is a harsh review in a sense, although re the demo tracks, I think the reviewer has a point. Demos by their very nature aren't supposed to sound like a finished product and, as the original demo of 'Nowhere Man' demonstrates, the original was just fine as it was without any embellishments.
I would say it contains "a" rare TV mono mix of "Santa Claus" as there is a promo issued on 7" with a true, released-on-record, mono mix. The two are not the same. The TV mix is different.
Are you sure?
Yes. I have the mono promo mix.
The single mix of Postman has the majority of vocals and handclaps mixed to the Center. Whereas what you are talking about for compression for TV occurs after the mixing stage so that the signal doesn’t overmodulate and distort. It depends on the production. Sometimes it’s addEd during editing or at the station when it’s airing. So it would be on the tape, but otherwise it’s the mono single mix of Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town.I believe that they emanate from the same basic recording, but the TV version is "pinched" and a bit compressed. The mono promo 7" has fuller fidelity and a better dynamic range.
The difference is similar to the way the single mix of "Please Mr. Postman" differs from the album version.