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Official Review [Album]: "AS TIME GOES BY" (UICY-1060)

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Chris May, Sep 23, 2006.

HOW WOULD YOU RATE THIS ALBUM?

  1. ***** (BEST)

    7 vote(s)
    11.7%
  2. ****

    24 vote(s)
    40.0%
  3. ***

    23 vote(s)
    38.3%
  4. **

    4 vote(s)
    6.7%
  5. *

    2 vote(s)
    3.3%
  1. CarpentersToYou

    CarpentersToYou What I feel has come and gone before...

    I really think they could have put together a DVD release for As Time Goes By. Interpretations was so short, I imagine this wouldn't be much longer. And the parts where they want to edit out the guest performers they could have shown stills of Karen and Richard.

    It would be awesome having the MMM! medleys on DVD.
     
  2. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Make Me Laugh
    was mentioned above; I do not understand the song --which features the duo, yet representing so much of
    Richard Carpenter on lead vocal--I apologize, but he simply does not have a strong enough lead vocal.
    It is 1977, how are they being presented any differently, or better than, say, Make Your Own Kind Of Music ?
    ...here is a fairly clean/clear presentation:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh8myhJniTs
     
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  3. Rumbahbah

    Rumbahbah Well-Known Member

    I think I've only ever heard this once before, but watching the clip back makes me realise why that's the case. This is exactly the sort of 'outtake' that really should remain buried in the vaults. It might have been fine for the purposes of appearing on a show in 1977 (although even then it's corny and lightweight), but it's not of sufficient quality to appear on a rarities CD/box set.

    Gary, I'd completely agree with you re their presentation. Aside from a lot of the music that was recorded for them, I'm no fan of the TV Specials (and I'd consider 'Make Me Laugh' to fall within that genre as they were presented very similarly in both) as I don't think they presented Karen and Richard well at all and just reinforced the pre-existing image problems they were already experiencing.

    Much as I love their music and Karen's singing, things like 'Make Me Laugh' and 'Christmas Alphabet' are absolute out-and-out misses that I'd never want to hear again.
     
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  4. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    Make Me Laugh is a track that does them no credit. It’s not memorable, the backing track is overblown and it’s not suited to their style at all. One for the permanent archive in my book. Going by this, it’s no wonder Richard hated the specials.
     
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  5. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    “Make Me Laugh” is so different in style from their “Horizon” and “A Kind Of Hush” albums. I find that it’s grown on me. It’s not really a Christmas song, but I’d take it over “Sandy” or “I Believe You” any day. It should’ve been put on an album even just as an album track.
     
  6. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    The Dorothy Hamill Special was early 1977, here is 1980:
    "She had been part of the Jerry Weintraub umbrella, along with stars such as Frank Sinatra and Neil Diamond.
    Weintraub likes to protect his stars, sometimes to the point of shelter.
    "That's not the way I want it," Hamill said. "I'm not Frank Sinatra. I'm the girl next door."
    She and Weintraub recently parted amicably, after what the trades might call, "philosophical differences."

    More:
    ttps://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1980/12/13/dorothy-hamill-is-so-sweet-skating-toward-vegas/6032e7e8-8c35-4087-8e2a-2f3e0c8ee07b/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.aec2997ca7e0
     
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  7. Kristopher

    Kristopher Active Member

    I personally don’t care much for this album but liked some songs such the only single “Rainbow Connection” (Japan only) and “Leave Yesterday Behind.”

    Leave yesterday behind would have been a better single choice in my opinion.

    I was hoping for a “Lovelines” type of album but this feels a little all over the place. I still play it from time to time but I skip songs. The superstar/rainy days and mondays feels like “filler” and I think it wasn’t necessary. They already appeared on the self titled album and every compilation known. I wanted all new material. It should have been a B-Side to rainbow connection.
     
  8. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    "Weintraub likes to protect his stars, sometimes to the point of shelter."

    Great, just what Karen didn't need...another person to "protect" her. "Stifle" is more like it...
     
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