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⭐ Official Review [Album]: "CARPENTERS" S/T (SP-3502)

HOW WOULD YOU RATE THIS ALBUM?

  • ***** (BEST)

    Votes: 23 34.3%
  • ****

    Votes: 35 52.2%
  • ***

    Votes: 7 10.4%
  • **

    Votes: 1 1.5%
  • *

    Votes: 1 1.5%

  • Total voters
    67

Another Son

Well-Known Member
"Imagine also if a full version of the A House Is Not A Home recording made at the time had found its way onto the album! Talk about the one that got away!"

I SO agree!
I don't know the full song, but the snippet that K&R performed on 'Make Your Own Kind of Music' is great, so I agree.

Someone's probably already said it, but 'And When He Smiles' is also a lovely, sunny song that could have appeared on 'Carpenters'. It might have appeared a bit out of place, being so bright and breezy, but I would have loved to have seen a studio version on one album or another. As it is, the live version is definitely good enough!
 

CraigGA

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I don't know the full song, but the snippet that K&R performed on 'Make Your Own Kind of Music' is great, so I agree.

Someone's probably already said it, but 'And When He Smiles' is also a lovely, sunny song that could have appeared on 'Carpenters'. It might have appeared a bit out of place, being so bright and breezy, but I would have loved to have seen a studio version on one album or another. As it is, the live version is definitely good enough!
Luther Vandros sings A House is not a Home incredibly well on a clip that can be viewed on YouTube that was taken from an awards show. It is the only one that reminds me of how great a song this is, and how much I pair it with the style that Karen and Richard created with the example we have although only a few phrases from it. I don’t think Karen knew how she created a masterpiece, and it seems natural with little effort to bring us so much in only a few phrases. I can’t tell you how many versions I have listened to because I wanted to hear more from the example of its quality given by K&R.
 

Another Son

Well-Known Member
Luther Vandros sings A House is not a Home incredibly well on a clip that can be viewed on YouTube that was taken from an awards show. It is the only one that reminds me of how great a song this is, and how much I pair it with the style that Karen and Richard created with the example we have although only a few phrases from it. I don’t think Karen knew how she created a masterpiece, and it seems natural with little effort to bring us so much in only a few phrases. I can’t tell you how many versions I have listened to because I wanted to hear more from the example of its quality given by K&R.
I have quite a few CDs by Luther Vandross. One I used to listen to a lot is 'Dance With my Father'. In fact, I pulled that one out again only a few days ago.

I found his live version of 'A House Is Not a Home' on Youtube and listened to it right through. Now, I have an idea of how the whole song goes, although his live version was fairly 'free-form' - I'm not sure what you would call the style. Based on free-form jazz, but slow, I'm thinking.

I can see that the song suited Karen really well. That little snippet on 'Make Your Own Kind of Music' is wonderful. It emphasises what so many people have said, over the years. All that Karen and Richard needed, to be magnificent, was Richard's interpretation on the piano and Karen's voice and interpretation.
 

Cuyler

Well-Known Member
Tommy never got credit initially for playing that part. He was often associated with the famous Hollywood Wrecking Crew, and is actually credited as being the most recorded harmonicist in the history of American music.

As a side note, none of his parts for Rainy Days were ever re-recorded - all original takes, recorded for the "Tan" album - January, 1971.
Is Tommy Morgan the man filmed in that introduction in the Interpretations video?
 

Chris May

Resident 'Carpenterologist'
Staff member
Moderator
Thread Starter
Maybe this is an unpopular opinion, but "(A Place To) Hideaway" made me fall in love with oboes. The Tan Album is very heavy on reed instruments, which I really do appreciate a lot.

Incidentally, what you're hearing is a clarinet — played by Doug Strawn.

Jim Horn, who *did* play oboe on the album wasn't really known for his oboe playing, but more for his sax work.

Earle Dumler came in around 1972 and handled most of the oboe and English horn duties from then on. Richard even employed Earle to replace several of Jim's oboe parts on some of the original tracks years later, and considers him to be one of the top-5 oboists in the world.

If you want to hear some of Earle's incredible woodwind work, listen to the link (segue) into "I Just Fall in Love Again":


Chris
 

Cuyler

Well-Known Member
Incidentally, what you're hearing is a clarinet — played by Doug Strawn.

Jim Horn, who *did* play oboe on the album wasn't really known for his oboe playing, but more for his sax work.

Earle Dumler came in around 1972 and handled most of the oboe and English horn duties from then on. Richard even employed Earle to replace several of Jim's oboe parts on some of the original tracks years later, and considers him to be one of the top-5 oboists in the world.

If you want to hear some of Earle's incredible woodwind work, listen to the link (segue) into "I Just Fall in Love Again":


Chris
Where’s that “we’re not worthy” gif from Wayne’s World when you need it? 🤩
 

Cuyler

Well-Known Member
@Chris May, I absolutely love the version of "One Love" on MYOKOM, where Richard has that beautiful piano showcase in the instrumental bridge. I would love for a future release to have either the version of "One Love" from MYOKOM, or an updated (As Time Goes By-style) re-vamped RC piano solo on "One Love." It was absolutely genius, and whomever decided to let Richard "ad lib" like that was a genius. I can tell on various MYOKOM performances that Richard is taking liberties in his piano accompaniment... I would absolutely die to be able to hear what that sounded like.

I continue to wish and hope and pray that RC continues to be in good spirits and in good health, and that he can continue to oversee Carpenters audiovisual releases, working with his colleagues.
 

Cuyler

Well-Known Member
By the way, does anyone else's "Remastered Classics" Carpenters CD read "CAREPENTERS" on the CD? Mine does and am wondering if that's a rare misprint or if it's fairly widespread.
 
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