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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. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Never thought the Cover of this Album was particularly bad.
    Certainly not in the manner in which 1976 Live At The Palladium is awful.
    Now, in looking at credits on Covers, the art direction usually includes
    Roland Young.
    Here is an article in Billboard October 1973 pertaining to issue of Album Artwork:
    Billboard »
  2. natureaker

    natureaker Active Member

    Absolutely adore this album! So many great songs, so hard to choose a favorite. From the soft melody of Crescent Noon, to the non sense the "da ba da" part of Mr. Guder, to the great vocals on We've Only Just Begun, (They Long to Be) Close To You, and, well, everything! My favorite songs, if I had to choose, would be either Crescent Noon or CTY. What an album! :)
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  3. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    As is rather well-known, I am hardly a huge fan of "Help," (off of this LP)
    that being said, on a recently discovered disc I had the pleasure of listening to
    a version of the song--recorded I do not know when or where--
    which is considerably slowed-down in tempo .
    And, what a difference to my ears.
    The slower tempo opened it up to my appreciation.
  4. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    I was just over on "Official" Carpenters website (richardandkarencarpenter.com) and I found an interesting fact on the 'Close To You' page: apparently "Help" was originally considered as the single in the place that Close To You was released.
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  5. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    That's true. I'd like to think that even if it had happened, Close To You would still have come out and been a smash, just a little later than it was. I don't think Help would have been a big hit at all.
  6. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Well-Known Member

    Record World Carpenters in NY Oct 31, 1970

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  7. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Reading the Official Carpenter Website
    (Carpenters biography 2005, Richard and Karen Carpenter »)
    we find this tidbit (referencing song We've Only Just Begun) :
    "Additionally, Richard’s interpretation of the song would have quite an impact on the way many ballads to come
    were arranged, from the voicing of the piano in the intro and first verse, to the entrance of vocals, strings and the use of brass in the bridge

    I would greatly appreciate input on the songs, the "...ballads to come..." which substantiate the quote above.
  8. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Well-Known Member

    Check out this concert review, really takes you back in time. It's interesting that the date of this was June 13, 1970 so this would have been right before the album Close To You was released Aug 28, 1970. Interesting to read so early on about Karen behind the drums and them hinting she should be out front.

    Cashbox June 13, 1970
  9. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Here--if anyone still hasn't heard it--is Carmichael's original version,
    "Love Is Surrender":
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  10. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Never heard this before, thanks for posting. Was it Richard's call to change up the lyrics for the CTY album?
    Thanks for sharing this article. Interesting how the duo only made the last paragraph of this article but in two months time they would be famous.
  11. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Karen plays drums on these selections of this Album:
    Love is Surrender
    Mr. Guder
    Another Song
    I'll Never Fall In Love Again

    (Source:May 1980 Newsletter#67)

    Still, remain puzzled with the oft-mentioned remark that her drumming was too soft.
    Simply an unsubstantiated "myth".....
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  12. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Reading on from "Burt was preceeded by the Carpenters, a sweet sounding 4 boys and a girl rock group..." it almost sounds "sexist" especially in today's "politically correct" environment. It would be interesting to know the sex of the columnist.
  13. It was a different time when men and women weren't insulted by being called boys and girls.
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  14. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Not necessarily a fan of the song
    but....wait ! here is Karen in 1972, Australia...beginning of the Concert....
    what a delight to hear and watch, as she sings and drums.....Stellar....
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  15. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Well-Known Member

    Record World July 03, 1971

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  16. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Ah....takes me back to the mid-90's, I had an opportunity to buy (priced at $100)
    an actual RIAA gold-record award,
    presented to Chuck Findley for the single (45) Close To You.
    Now, the Vinyl-LP Credits (on the actual Close To You LP) do not have Chuck Findley's name listed !
    So....I passed up on this presentation award...
    well, in any event, I made a huge mistake......
  17. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Well-Known Member

    Carpenters 45 Yrs Ago (They Long To Be) Close To You
    Billboard Aug 01, 2015

  18. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Rick, thanks for all these great articles! Gotta love Karen in that photo...:)
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  19. David A

    David A Active Member

    I can imagine that there was heavy consideration for 'Help'; it was a beloved song well-known to the public, and given Richard's treatment. They needed a hit; 'Close to You' was probably seen as a bigger risk, but of course all concerned made the right choice, ultimately.
  20. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    What I got from the website was that 'Close To You' was always going to be released as a single, but apparently "Help" was already in the can as they were finishing 'Close To You' and they were thinking if a second Beatles-cover might do better on the charts (especially with the Beatles break up in 1970).
  21. ars nova

    ars nova Active Member

    wow !! when I read that, many years ago, I thought it read that HELP was to follow CLOSE TO YOU as a single until Richard found WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN.
  22. Jeff

    Jeff Well-Known Member

    Just gave CLOSE TO YOU a spin thru my Harry recommended Sony mv-9 headphones. A phenomenal listen. Yeehaw!!!
  23. Do you mean Sony MDR-V6 ?

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  24. Jeff

    Jeff Well-Known Member

    hahaha I read it upside down making the 9 a 6. How funny. I needed a laugh today.
  25. Chris Mills

    Chris Mills Well-Known Member

    Thanks for posting this photo, now I know that the outer shell of the jack unscrews to reveal a portable device adaptor. I've had a pair of MDR-V5 for many years and never realised this option was available.
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