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Official Review [Album]: "PASSAGE" (SP-4703)

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Chris May, Aug 6, 2013.

How Would You Rate This Album?

  1. ***** (BEST)

    8 vote(s)
  2. ****

    42 vote(s)
  3. ***

    28 vote(s)
  4. **

    5 vote(s)
  5. *

    0 vote(s)
  1. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Honolulu City Lights

    I know most people here don't like this song but I love it...especially this video...I love what she does at 24-25 seconds. :love:

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  2. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    Actually, I love this song too.
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  3. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    It’s interesting how they used a lens that gave it the look of looking into one of those old Christmas bulbs that had the one side look like it had a “belly button”, or even the shape of an eyeball if you were looking at the cornea.
  4. Murray

    Murray Well-Known Member

    That effect was achieved with a spot filter over the lens. I have a vintage one from the 70s. It's a thick convex lens, with a hole cut in the center. Depending on the focal length of the lens it's attached to, and the lighting, the effect can be anything from mild soft-focus around the edges, to dramatic flaring and ghosting, all while keeping the center circle sharp and distortion-free. It's loads of fun to play around with, but not something that I've used very often.
  5. AnnaSock

    AnnaSock Active Member

    I love it too. It’s such a happy, upbeat song, and it always makes me want to sing along (and dance around crazily haha). Thanks for sharing :)
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  6. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    I like SSS much better than Jambalaya.
  7. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    I love this video also. Though I have seen it countless times (I have downloaded it to my external drive), I had to play it again off your link. To me, Karen looks incredibly beautiful in it. That flowing hair, expressive and soulful eyes, and that wonderful smile of hers. She was charming indeed...
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  8. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

  9. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

  10. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Honolulu City Lights

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  11. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Honolulu City Lights

    Something funny I just realized....Karen wore this same outfit on multiple occasions...
    She wore it on the TopPop Music Video above of "Sweet Sweet Smile"
    She wore it again in the opening of Space Encounters tv special, singing the same song.
    She wore it again on The Tonight Show in 1978
    On the TopPop video and The Tonight Show she wore the famous record album charm necklace.
    I'm sure the camera man loved that bling. :laugh:
    I think she got her money's worth from that outfit. :laugh:
    Come on where was her wardrobe consultant? Don't ever wear the same thing twice. lol

    TopPop Video

    Space Encounters Opening

    The Tonight Show
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  12. ThaFunkyFakeTation

    ThaFunkyFakeTation Ah am so steel een luv weeth yoo

    Great clip, Rick. Karen is a fool...LOL!! The look on her face after she sang pieces of "Sing". LOL!!! She had charisma for days and it's all there.

    Cubby absolutely killed it on the drums! Wow. I was not aware that Tony played keys but he was playing the organ during "Superstar". I also find it interesting that the fuzz on Tony's guitar is a bit toned down and more flanged, though he was certainly rockin' it out by the end anyway.

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  13. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Karen's nuances (above) while singing
    Goodbye To Love--June 1978 (?)--are incredible.

    Did anyone mention their album
    Passage, in this 1978 interview ?
    For the 1973 performance on Tonight Show, Johnny Carson held up their album,
    The Singles 1969-1973, to camera and audience.
    Even Merv Griffin, 1981, held their Made In America album up to the cameras.
  14. Rumbahbah

    Rumbahbah Well-Known Member

    The show hosts often held up the album sleeve for the act that was about to perform to the cameras - presumably so the audience knew what to buy to get the song being performed. For the 1978 Tonight Show performance though, they were promoting their MGM Grand performances and sung a song that wasn't available to buy, so I guess there was no reason to show the Passage album. Presumably the album had fallen off the charts by this point as well, so they'd already moved on from promoting it.
  15. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    After reading the interesting comments regarding
    Man Smart, Woman Smarter...I had to spin the LP Passage...once again.
    I must say, I still very much LOVE this album.
    We begin with the fantastic cover art, then the Music:
    The captivating B'Wana She No Home,
    The ear-candy that is All You Get From Love is a Love Song,
    The incredibly beautiful, if bombastic production of, I Just Fall in Love Again,
    The beautiful operatic Don't Cry For Me Argentina,
    The country-tinge of Karen's playful rendition of Sweet, Sweet Smile,
    Two Sides, simply gorgeous. That ending, wow...
    Man Smart, Woman Smarter...surely adventurous,
    Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft...over-the-top fantastic.
  16. AnnaSock

    AnnaSock Active Member

    Passage is one of my least played Carpenters albums, but having just read your comment I honestly don’t know why, as I like every song! I’ll be playing it in the car later today!
  17. newvillefan

    newvillefan I Know My First Name Is Stephen

    I’d have to agree. It’s an album I hardly ever play but I do enjoy seven out of the eight tracks so I think I’ll dig it out and give it a long overdue play as well!
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  18. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Rick, once again you are there with some great photos...appreciated!

    Sorry Harry, a little off-topic;

    Karen's limited wardrobe is perhaps some more evidence in how the duo's management "dropped the ball"? You had Cher making a fashion statement each week on her show dressed in Bob Mackie outfits (never the same thing twice), and then you have Karen, a very beautiful women, wearing stuff that looked like the leftovers from a Downey garage sale. I understand that Karen was very frugal personally, and a lot of this was her doing, but the management should've stepped in and corrected this...
  19. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Honolulu City Lights

    If you also notice on the high res photo above of Karen from Space Encounters she’s wearing her famous K ring.
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  20. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Since all the hoopla concerning "Passage" lately, I'm listening right now, so there you go...:)

    The album has some incredible moments: B'wana..., All You Get..., I Just Fall..., Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Two Sides.
  21. newvillefan

    newvillefan I Know My First Name Is Stephen

    Exactly what I’ve always thought about some of her clothing choices. My mother often says she dressed terrible, especially in the later years. The outfit she wore on the Tonight Show and on Space Encounters is awful.
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  22. GDB2LV

    GDB2LV Active Member

    I very much remember when Passage came out. I had just transferred from my summer job working in a dept. store record department, to the new stand alone mom and pop stand alone store in a newer, more hip part of town. My manager was also the music director for the top rated top 40 type station here in Bakersfield. KERN 1410. The weekend guy came in the store to visit and said “we got this weeks new music in” the new Carpenters album is in the box of new releases. I was ecstatic to say the least, and he told the guy to drive me over to the station and get it. I was disappointed that it had a plain white cover, promo stamped on the cover. Anyway we took it back to the store and played it in it’s entirety. Then I took it home.
    Calling Occupants did well here as a result of my influence on the music director as did Passage. He put it in the top 10 for several weeks on their published playlists we handed out for free to customers. He left that station and was let go from the music store for “bad inventories” etc. and I became the store manager on Christmas Eve 1977. He went on to program the new country station in town, going up against Buck Owens owned KUZZ AM and FM, the highest rated station here, even still today. Anyway my former boss called me at the store and said listen to the new station right now. The next song played was Sweet Sweet Smile. I couldn’t belive it, Carpenters on a country station. How cool was that! He put it in heavy rotation. I think it went to number 2 here. Not sure about Buck’s place. I know they played it. I was so lucky to hear and have a copy before it was for sale in stores. I think I have at least 4 or 5 copies of Passage on vinyl and acetate with weird Occupants opening. I drove the neighboring stores crazy playing that album every day for months. They could hear everything we played through the walls with 4 Altec’s blasting away. Best job I ever had.
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  23. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

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  24. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    Listening to Passage as I work.
    I must say B'wana ROCKS- and as with Boat to Sail, always puts a smile on my face. Definitely one of my favorites!
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