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Official Review [Album]: "OFFERING"/"TICKET TO RIDE" (SP-4205)

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Chris May, Jan 1, 2013.

How Would You Rate This Album?

  1. ***** (Best)

    13 vote(s)
    25.0%
  2. ****

    15 vote(s)
    28.8%
  3. ***

    16 vote(s)
    30.8%
  4. **

    7 vote(s)
    13.5%
  5. *

    1 vote(s)
    1.9%
  1. leadmister

    leadmister Well-Known Member

    I give it a 3 for overall production and songwriting, but am adding an extra star for sentimental reasons. I saw a copy of Offering in a used record store when I was a teenager, around 1992 or 1993, and they only wanted a couple bucks for it. I didn't have any money and couldn't get my old man to spring for it, because we did not have a turntable and he didn't see the point in me purchasing a record that I couldn't play. I remember reading the dedication by Herb Alpert and being moved by it, the idea of an album being offered up as a sort of prayer. I was familiar with the incarnation of Ticket to Ride and had the CD at the time, but something about Offering grabbed me and I determined right there and then that I had to own a copy of it. To this day, I refer to the album as Offering, because it just carries so much more weight in my heart and soul than Ticket to Ride. I still pull my copy of Offering out from time to time, the second I have owned since that day, and re-read that dedication. It still gives me goosebumps. I had it memorized like the preamble to the Constitution before "old-timer's" disease started settling in.
     
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  2. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    One of the reasons I love the cd-compilation From The Top is its chronological approach.
    What struck me anew, as I was re-listening to disc one was the 1968 version of
    Invocation: "This version was recorded in 1968 in Joe Osborne's studio. We subsequently
    re-recorded the piece for the Offering album." (RC Liner Notes).

    So, I listen to that 1968 version and really love it.
    I love the re-recorded (Offering, 1969) version--always have--
    but, the earlier version blows me away, certainly Joe's studio
    was not as elaborate as A&M's studio.
    So, that earlier version is truly exceptionally sounding.
     
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  3. ThaFunkyFakeTation

    ThaFunkyFakeTation Ah am so steel een luv weeth yoo

    It's pretty amazing what they were getting away with from a technological perspective. To make that work, they would have had to make use of "bouncing" in order to get all their vocals on to four tracks. "Benediction" would have been even harder because of the added stereo strings. Oh, to be an engineer back then. We have infinite tracks now and we can just go where are imagination leads us.

    Do we know how many tracks they were working with at that point. I imagine four but it might have been 8.

    Ed
     
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  4. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    At Joe Osborn’s garage he only had 4-track recorders. Think of the early-60’s Beach Boys recordings that were done on 3 & 4 track recorders.
     
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  5. A&M Retro

    A&M Retro Well-Known Member

    WOW! This is so awesome. I saw this reel tape with the ‘Carpenters Offering’ print style from LP on the outside of the box about a month ago on eBay. I went back to bid on it and it was already gone. Thankfully, it was sold into the right hands! So happy to hear this promo!
     
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  6. leadmister

    leadmister Well-Known Member

    This is due to the Les Paul influence. If you study his techniques deeply, you discover that his secret to being able to get so much onto a few tracks while maintaining great sound was to record things in backwards order. He'd record the background stuff that could suffer a little degradation first, jamming as much onto a few tracks as possible, then leave a whole track open just for vocals. That type of compartmentalization, once you get the methods down, would be very effective when it came to stretching the limits of the technology.

    Then you take Brian Wilson's methods, which Richard was also a fan of, and daisy chain 2 4-track machines together to get 8 tracks. That way, you had 6 whole tracks for instruments, even orchestra, and then 2 tracks just for vocals. Suddenly, you have the capability of blending 20,30,40 vocal parts and then drop a nice doubled or quadrupled lead over that. George Martin and the Beatles were doing something similar at Abbey Road with albums like Sgt. Pepper. Richard was taking notes on all of this and then he perfected it even more while experimenting in Joe Osborne's garage. By the time he had hold of that new Dolby system for recording Horizon, he put out a product that was unparalleled in sound quality at the time.

    It took an amazing amount of innovation and skill to produce what they were doing back then, not to mention state of the art studio equipment that few were privileged to have at their disposal. Now all you have to do is grab a laptop and a digital audio interface, a few good microphones and you are good to go. It amazes me how far the technology has come.
     
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  7. ThaFunkyFakeTation

    ThaFunkyFakeTation Ah am so steel een luv weeth yoo

    Agreed. I don't know if you're familiar with Jacob Collier but his latest tune is something like 720 tracks. He threw in everything and the kitchen sink and the result is absolutely insane. The Logic session is just frightening to look at. He's so far ahead of...well...everyone melodically and chordally that he legitimately needs all that room to stretch out. Scary stuff.

    Ed
     
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  8. leadmister

    leadmister Well-Known Member

    Nope, but I'll be checking him out. I love to study anything that stretches boundaries. Thanks for the suggestion!
     
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  9. ThaFunkyFakeTation

    ThaFunkyFakeTation Ah am so steel een luv weeth yoo

    Prepare to have your mind blown. I'd add it here but don't want to derail the thread any more than I already have... :wink:

    Okay, this is Carpenters' related...



    Ed
     
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  10. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

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  11. leadmister

    leadmister Well-Known Member

    I love Iced Tea, but I'm also partial to I'll Be Yours. I love the piano work on it, as well as the beat, even though the version we are left with sounds kinda rough, just like a mid-60's demo.
     
  12. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    This review is quite positive, and it plays into that future doctoral thesis.....

    November 1st, 1969 Billboard (page 76):
    POP
    CARPENTERS
    Offering A&M SP 4205 (S)
    "Brother and sister Richard and Karen Carpenter have come up with fresh and original concepts of music
    and singing in this debut LP on A&M. Richard's songs and arrangements, especially the overdubbing
    of his and Karen's voices, combine the best elements of pop, folk-rock, and jazz, and their version of the now
    classic "Get Together" makes it sound very new. With radio programming support,
    Carpenters should have a big hit on their hands."
     

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