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Official Review [Album]: "CLOSE TO YOU" (SP-4271)

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Chris May, Feb 4, 2013.

HOW WOULD YOU RATE THIS ALBUM?

  1. ***** (BEST)

    34 vote(s)
    58.6%
  2. ****

    18 vote(s)
    31.0%
  3. ***

    5 vote(s)
    8.6%
  4. **

    1 vote(s)
    1.7%
  5. *

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    ^^ My inner sleeve matches the top-most photo, Harry.
     
  2. I just noticed that I own every one of those pictured on that innersleeve in one form or another.
     
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  3. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Richard Carpenter,
    40-th Anniversary Liner Notes:
    "The first two songs recorded were Love Is Surrender (Drums: Karen)
    and,
    I'll Never Fall In Love Again, Dionne Warwick's version had not yet been released as a single;
    if it had, I would not have chosen to record this song."
     
  4. This thread was a great read for me - much appreciative for everyone's comments and shared knowledge :)

    What I was hoping to find was some more information about "Love Is Surrender". I've always loved Richard's arrangement of this song as well as of course loving Karen's vocals - I'm guessing Ralph Carmichael did not since I can find no mention of his thoughts anywhere. I'd love to know how it came about since I've now learned it was one of three songs recorded prior to "Close To You" and the subsequent rush to finish the album.

    Thanks in advance to anyone who might be able to provide any additional info :)
     
  5. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    This appears in the lyric/music book for the Close To You/Ticket To Ride:
    "Not so unusually, the second Carpenter album has been titled under the single Close To You.
    It is, like
    Offering, produced by Jack Daugherty, with vocal arrangements by Richard and
    some pretty vocal by Karen, who plans to continue drumming with the group despite
    her popularity as a singer
    ."

    I wonder who wrote this bit.
     
  6. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Fan Club Newsletter #67, May 1980:
    Karen plays drums on these cuts, Close To You Album....
    Love Is Surrender
    Mr. Guder
    Another Song
    I'll Never Fall In Love Again
    .
     
  7. ullalume

    ullalume Well-Known Member

    Thanks for clearing that up, Gary.
     
  8. John Tkacik

    John Tkacik Active Member

    I'm surprised that she wasn't on the drums for "Help". I had always assumed that she played the drums on both the Your Navy Presents recording and on the album recording.
     
  9. Here is an original recording by Ralph Carmichael & The Young People.

     
  10. Guitarmutt

    Guitarmutt Active Member

    Wow, I've actually never heard that version before. The changes Richard made are far beyond just the words. The tempos, the swing, the harmony. Sorry, much better. The meaning still comes out of you want it, but it is more universal, if you will.
     
  11. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    This is a classic example of Richard being at the top of his game. His arrangement takes the song into a completely different territory and it’s almost unrecognisable compared to the original. Fast forward to 1978, when he seemed incapable of rendering anything other than carbon copies of original songs that they went on to cover...

    B’Wana She No Home, Slow Dance, I Believe You, Touch Me When We’re Dancing, Beechwood 4-5789, All You Get From Love Is A Love Song, (Want You) Back In My Life Again, Calling Occupants, Man Smart Woman Smarter...


    ...the list goes on.
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2018
  12. David A

    David A Active Member

    How much of this was due to his Quaalude's addiction, I wonder.
     
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  13. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Probably all...He was a dim light bulb during his addiction.
     
  14. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    One of the more interesting aspects of this album is Karen's vacillating between singing
    softly (i.e., Close To You) to more forcefully (i.e., Help),
    to a mixture of the two 'styles' (i.e., We've Only Just Begun).
    Softly (Maybe It's You),
    more forceful (Another Song) and,
    a mixture (Reason To Believe).

    Almost my favorite album....
     
  15. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Anyone have a quad copy of this album ?

    According to one source, this album,
    Close To You,
    does not exist as a Quad LP.
    But, only as an 8-Track Tape version.
    Info:
    "8Q-54271 Close to You....
    THE LISTED TITLES DO NOT EXIST ON AN A&M QUAD LP
    THEY WERE RELEASED AS QUAD 8 TRACKS ONLY
    THEY MAY ERRONEOUSLY SHOW UP IN PRICE GUIDES FROM TIME TO TIME"
    Source:
    A&M Quadraphonic Checklist & History
     
  16. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Well-Known Member

    FL
    Here is a promo ad that is new to me....it ran for half the page...pretty cool but why would marketing allow an Offering photo for the Close To You Single? Maybe it was a UK thing? It's also interesting they are plugging the flip side as well.

    Aug 1, 1970 UK Record Mirror

    [​IMG]
     
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