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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.


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  1. Yep, although she certainly shines within the recording itself, specially when she was doubled up. To me the most refreshing element of this record is the sparkling, delicate arrangement, which never fails to induce me to a trance-like state of beauty. Everything works right on time, up until the (unusual) line sung with Karen's head voice right before the song ending, "just like me"... it sounds so perfectly blended into the idea of the arrangement that I mostly forget it's there and that they hardly ever done this again!
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  2. "You get enough germs to catch pneumonia"!!! And they did find a rhyme to it!! It's impressive!
  3. Dave

    Dave Well-Known Member

    A lot of breaking down the title-song, & now challenging more of Bacharach/David songs going on here! :winkgrin:

    -- Dave
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  4. Tapdancer

    Tapdancer Active Member

    BGW - I enjoyed reading your post and the likely explanation given as to why a large number of people may never have warmed to their sound.

    Interesting that you've never met anyone in person who actively likes the Carpenters! When talking to other musicians, I often use the Carpenters in my discussion to illustrate a particular musical concept. When I'm with non-musicians who nonetheless are familiar with their big hits, I'll usually just roll off some Carpenters-related fact to help round-out their knowledge of the duo. When I'm with younger people, I'm always ready to receive a blank stare :laugh:.
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  5. BGW

    BGW Member

    Dave, the irony is that the Bacharach/David medley on the tan album is one of my all time favorite tracks. Probably because Richard cherry picked the best bits to include and strung them together masterfully.

    Tapdancer, I think it's a damn shame. The Carpenters deserve far more recognition (and plays) than they get. Even the "greatest hits of the '70s"- type albums leave them out. I mean they far outsold the other songs. Ridiculous. Likewise, I'm always quick to point out to people that the Carpenters were the first to do such-and-such and that they were more successful than so-and-so.
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  6. A&M Retro

    A&M Retro Well-Known Member

    I don't think the Carpenters are 'left off' compilations. I'm pretty certain the reason you don't see them on the Time-Life yearly sets is because Richard NEVER allowed their stuff to be included on anything that was sold on TV (not counting the Silver Eagle Records/A&M 'Yesterday Once More' TV set from 1984). He did finally allow Time-Life to include a track or two on one of their more recent Christmas compilations, as well as the Christmas 'Now' set. But, they never show up on the main ones advertised today. I'm sure the producers of these compilations would jump at the chance to include 'Superstar' or 'Close to You', etc.
  7. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Recently purchased the SHM-CD of this album (on sale, thankfully) and I must say,
    for whatever reason, this is the Best sounding CD I have ever heard. It sounds clearer than the remastered classics, even.
    It is worth searching for, if you can find it at a reasonable price.(mine was $35,which is still pricey)
    It's a replica of all the Japanese artwork, plus an additional replica of the US LP.
  8. Hmm, not sure what Jack Daugherty's role was???
  9. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    Credited as producer on earlier albums. My take.
  10. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Here is an early Close To You photo:
  11. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Well-Known Member

    Thanks Gary...where does this come from, not sure I have ever heard this early version this is different from the Navy Presents version. Listen to Karen almost whisper "what can I do" at 43-43 seconds.
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  12. Jeff

    Jeff Well-Known Member

    This is cool! Just when ya thought that was it and POW!!! I dig the raw early vocal. The sound I fell in love with. Whooops, catch me I'ma fallin' again.

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  13. Baby It's You...one of my faves, Gary. Thanks for sharing.
  14. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Regrettably, I have no information regarding where that early performance of Baby It's You, originates.
    I found it on an old cd-r that I have, and assumed it was from the Your Navy Presents program.
    I have more tracks on the cd, so I'll go through each one and see what else is there.
    These songs were probably ripped from the old Napster site in 1995.
    I, only a few days ago, listened to that performance (since 1995) and thought it was indicative of the
    reasons that Carpenters are so brilliant. Love the Saxophone and Karen's vocal delivery. She is probably drumming,too.
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  15. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

  16. Jeff

    Jeff Well-Known Member

    Here we go again. This is fascinating. I identify this early sound with my 1st CarpenterS concert October 8th of '72 opening with HELP. This younger Karen's voice had an edgier grid with a little more belt to it. Later with further maturity she would sing "prettier" if you will. Karen was a groovy hipster in her own right at the dawn of the 70's. So unusual, the dress, music, all original. As with Another Song taken from this CTY record there was potentially a rockin' frolic albeit soft rock. These "new" revelations Gary is providing is really a golden goodie blast from the past.

    Thank you Gary,

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  17. song4u

    song4u Well-Known Member

    "Karen was a groovy hipster" ? Never heard that in one sentence before. :laugh: Honestly, when I see video from Make Your Own Kind of Music I wonder what the wardrobe people were thinking! There were much more flattering styles popular at the time.

    I also saw my first Carpenters concert in 1972. It was the first concert of any kind I ever went to and I wish I remembered more about it. I remember the one in 1974 much better, when they performed the oldies medley. But at both concerts that gorgeous voice came across as so memorable.
  18. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    I believe this clip was from "Your Navy Presents".
  19. Jeff

    Jeff Well-Known Member

    I recall that the maxi-dress was kinda "in" there for awhile. As of late I've noticed several hair styles complete with wiglets and extensions that mimic the Karen hair circa 72's Song For You photo shoots. Sorta outtta place for the early part of the decade yes, but what a place to be huh?

  20. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

  21. BeeBee1

    BeeBee1 New Member

    Yes, Gary I have heard this before! A friend sent it to me and it's amazing and much better than with the later polish it got. Just Karen's deep, haunting voice and that piano. It's so moving.

    How did you find it?
  22. aaflyer98

    aaflyer98 Well-Known Member

    Wow. I love it. I love the mix on ATGB, but this is so pure and beautiful. Thank you GaryAlan for posting this!
  23. aaflyer98

    aaflyer98 Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't it be great to have more songs with just Richard on piano and Karen singing lead, no doubling, no effects. Just pure and magical Carpenters.
  24. Jeff

    Jeff Well-Known Member

    Calling Occupants of interplanetary vault
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