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Official Review [Album]: "NOW & THEN" (SP-3519)

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Chris May, May 2, 2013.

HOW WOULD YOU RATE THIS ALBUM?

  1. ***** (BEST)

    11 vote(s)
    17.7%
  2. ****

    34 vote(s)
    54.8%
  3. ***

    16 vote(s)
    25.8%
  4. **

    1 vote(s)
    1.6%
  5. *

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. CraigGA

    CraigGA Well-Known Member

    It was probably lost in most American audiences, too. Guess they had to replace Cinderella RockAFella with something similar?
     
  2. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    While contemplating the issue of Album Covers (and marketing of the albums):
    Richard Carpenter writes of his dislike of the Close To You
    Album Cover. I cringe at the Now & Then cover
    (I will not touch the 'inside' artwork/illustration).
    So, I can forgive the apparent rush-job for
    getting the Close To You cover photographs.
    But, as for Now & Then, 1973, and their-now-worldwide following ,
    this album cover is terrible (imho).

    Read more:
    The Carpenter’s Now & Then
     
  3. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    I was re-reading my first posting (#17,from 2014) in this thread.
    Interesting that I referred to the album as "superb."
    Well, here we are--2018--has my opinion of this album changed ?
    Well, I do note that, in general, Medleys have worn thin with me.
    But--I agree with Jeff (in his earlier post, #3)--the production of this
    N & T Medley seems better than the earlier Bacharach-David Medley.

    What else ?
    I am still a fan of Sing (the children's choir is a delight).
    As nice as Heather is, I feel still a waste putting it into a Carpenters' album (imho),
    especially in 1973, with Karen's voice so incredibly rich.

    As a trifold LP, none of the artwork appeals to me---
    I don't recall ever caring for the album's artwork.
     
  4. CraigGA

    CraigGA Well-Known Member

    It is a nice medley. The best version is this one, either on this CD or the Remstered Classics version. The remixes don’t mix well with me as some of the backing vocals sound as if they don’t exist and others are too soft in the mix.
    I was wondering, however, if any of the Live versions of the 50-60 tunes that are not on Now and Then were ever studio recorded?
     
  5. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    "Karen's got rather big hips you know or perhaps it was just the style of her clothing..."

    Snarky. I wonder if this is the article that pushed her over the edge? You just know they read everything. An insensitive comment like this would cut Karen to the quick.
     

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