It's still in print in Japan on SHM-CD, but not on CD in the US. You can still buy the tracks in mp3 format, for what that's worth.Hi
Is the Passage Album not in print anymore?How will it eventually achieve Gold status if you can not buy it?.Same goes for Made in America.
I also think that this song was a missed opportunity. I like your idea of backing "Sweet Sweet Smile" with "Two Sides." Further, given the success (on the country charts especially) of "Sweet Sweet Smile," why not follow that up with a single release of "Two Sides?" They could easily have had two back-to-back country top 10 singles, which would have helped overall sales of both singles as well as Passage.One has but to see the lunacy of the marketing of the "Sweet, Sweet Smile" , Passage LP, single:
Here we have a Country #8 hit, backed in the USA by the song "I Have You" (Kind of Hush LP!) ....Uhm...Why not backed by
the Mac Davis' penned , country-tinged "Two Sides"?
It's interesting how A&M really went for the 'space' aspect of the album, when in reality there was only the one sci-fi song on there and the rest was country, ballad and pop material. Same with the TV special. I guess it was a very obvious nod to 'Star Wars' which had recently been a box office smash. I still think it was the wrong marketing ploy for them. Carpenters and spaceships...eh? The 'Space Encounters' TV special was also a dreadful mistake theme-wise.Check out the promotion used inside Billboard Magazine for Passage Oct 08, 1977
See original full sheet here Page 13
Also Jump to Page 99 for a full write up on this album by Paul Grein
Close Up Carpenters Passage
Might have been a royalties thing as it's a Carpenter/Bettis track and Passage didn't contain any Carpenter/Bettis compositions.While we're on the subject of Passage, I was always puzzled how the singles 'All You Get From Love Is A Love Song' and 'Sweet Sweet Smile' (both released in the US) had the same B-side - 'I Have You'.
One pattern I did notice with many of the singles is that the B-side was a track pulled from a previous album rather than the current release...probably a marketing ploy to get buyers to go back and purchase the previous albums if they didn't already have them.Might have been a royalties thing as it's a Carpenter/Bettis track and Passage didn't contain any Carpenter/Bettis compositions.
The same thing happened with Queen in 1975 - when they released 'Bohemian Rhapsody', there was some dissention in the band when the Roger Taylor-penned 'I'm In Love With My Car' was chosen as the B-side. Because of the success of the single, he got a nice free ride (no pun intended) and made a pretty penny from the royalties (the song went on to sell something like 7.5 million singles worldwide).I recall a video interview, where Paul Williams commented
about his luck to be on the 'flip' side of a hit single.
Words to the effects that he got the same royalties as if his song were the 'B'-side being sold---
it is all the 'same' piece of vinyl. The other side is along for the ride and if the 'A' side
is a successfully selling single, then you get the same money from the other side.
That would have been a perfect scenario, James....I'm with you, Gary. "Two Sides" is one of my favorites, too. With Richard's comments, you would expect an appearance of "Two Sides" on compilations. But there are plenty of other great songs that haven't made the cut onto compilations...
I also think that this song was a missed opportunity. I like your idea of backing "Sweet Sweet Smile" with "Two Sides." Further, given the success (on the country charts especially) of "Sweet Sweet Smile," why not follow that up with a single release of "Two Sides?" They could easily have had two back-to-back country top 10 singles, which would have helped overall sales of both singles as well as Passage.
It's fun playing Monday morning quarterback... or, should I say, "38 years later quarterback?!"