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Official Review [Album]: "TIME" (SP 5117/CD 5117/DX 1687)

HOW WOULD YOU RATE THIS ALBUM?

  • ***** (BEST)

    Votes: 8 14.0%
  • ****

    Votes: 13 22.8%
  • ***

    Votes: 21 36.8%
  • **

    Votes: 10 17.5%
  • *

    Votes: 5 8.8%

  • Total voters
    57

Jarred

Well-Known Member
I don't agree with that at all. I like the tune. I also think his lead on "I Kept on Loving You" is perfectly fine, even good. It's not great but it's not an embarrassment either. I think it's his best lead and I believe him when he says that "the road was long and wide / I had to try it". The differing opinions in this thread are quite interesting, no?
It’s a great track in part because of his committed, emotive vocal. I really do believe he means what he’s saying here too. I really believe he will never leave her again.


"When Time Was All We Had" is absolutely gorgeous to begin with but then it moves to the elevator when Herb comes in. I get why Richard added Herb but I just feel it was too much. I enjoyed the acapella part of it (in spite of the insipid lyric) so much that Herb disturbs the mood of it for me
I actually like Herb’s flugelhorn(?) part, I get that it sounds sappy but it has this mournful, almost New Orleans sound (if that makes any sense) that I like. The only song I go back to.
 

GaryAlan

Well-Known Member
I find all of the various opinions regarding this album fascinating. So, I am not at all offended if someone, or everyone, disagrees with my views.
The more, the merrier.
But, responding, in particular to Ed (whose posts I always enjoy perusing),
if you really listen intently to those 1970 leads (by RC) on I Kept On Loving You,
you will discern exactly the weaknesses in his lead vocals that I perceive to be more evident on the Time album.
Also, listening to RC's "tailing off" at the end of the song This Masquerade, it is every bit as high and weak as the later Time vocals,
the difference being that Karen's vocals are not around to "save" the later songs on Time, as it were.
 

John Adam

"Two Lives"
Someone like middle-aged Scott Grimes, perhaps? :laugh: He actually sounds good now!
I just heard "Hide" by an adult Grimes. He does sound good now! I never knew he had music out.
After hearing his vocals on Time, I assumed that was it! lol

So let's replace young Scott with middle-aged Scott, I'm good with that. :) Do you think Scott would revisit "Time" along with Richard?
 

GDB2LV

Well-Known Member
He was an A&M project as a teen, and Richard produced his first album, which is now quite rare and collectible on cd. He’s done a few albums since and of course acting as too.
 

newvillefan

I Know My First Name Is Stephen
He was an A&M project as a teen, and Richard produced his first album, which is now quite rare and collectible on cd.
I think his track on Time was an experiment to help him find his studio legs but he sounds much better on that first solo album produced by Richard. Show Me The Way To Your Heart is the absolute best track Richard did with him. It’s in the right key for him (for his age) and there are plenty of trademark Carpenters chord changes, multi-layered vocal overdubs, harmonies and other licks like the electric guitar solo. An absolutely gorgeous track and arrangement.

 
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John Adam

"Two Lives"
He was an A&M project as a teen, and Richard produced his first album, which is now quite rare and collectible on cd. He’s done a few albums since and of course acting as too.
Yeah, looks like he's more active as an actor than a singer, not putting an album out for several years.........looks like he is still dabbling in music if you look at his twitter account. I've been researching.
 

GDB2LV

Well-Known Member
We carried the cd at my store for awhile. I don’t think we sold any though. We did play it a few times. Just wasn’t that exciting. So with poor sales it was pulled off the market. Now a collectible for Carpenters fans, or for his acting fans who want it 30 years on.
 

Mark-T

Well-Known Member
I think his track on Time was an experiment to help him find his studio legs but he sounds much better on that first solo album produced by Richard. Show Me The Way To Your Heart is the absolute best track Richard did with him. It’s in the right key for him (for his age) and there are plenty of trademark Carpenters chord changes, multi-layered vocal overdubs, harmonies and other licks like the electric guitar solo. An absolutely gorgeous track and arrangement.

I've always been a fan of this album- and this cut was my favorite along with Walkin' on the Water.
 

ThaFunkyFakeTation

Ah am so steel een luv weeth yoo
I find all of the various opinions regarding this album fascinating. So, I am not at all offended if someone, or everyone, disagrees with my views.
The more, the merrier.
But, responding, in particular to Ed (whose posts I always enjoy perusing),
if you really listen intently to those 1970 leads (by RC) on I Kept On Loving You,
you will discern exactly the weaknesses in his lead vocals that I perceive to be more evident on the Time album.
Also, listening to RC's "tailing off" at the end of the song This Masquerade, it is every bit as high and weak as the later Time vocals,
the difference being that Karen's vocals are not around to "save" the later songs on Time, as it were.
Agreed. I really notice it on “What’s the Use” after the modulation. “Worry your-SELF”. He’s pushing out that “SELF” to get the note out. It’s too high for him. “I Kept On Loving You” works because he stayed in his relatively comfortable range. He’s essentially a baritone/bass and not a tenor and lead vocalists on the radio are largely tenors. On “Time”, he had to make it work and he simply didn’t have the vocal chops to do so.

Ed
 
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goodjeans

Well-Known Member
I think his track on Time was an experiment to help him find his studio legs but he sounds much better on that first solo album produced by Richard. Show Me The Way To Your Heart is the absolute best track Richard did with him. It’s in the right key for him (for his age) and there are plenty of trademark Carpenters chord changes, multi-layered vocal overdubs, harmonies and other licks like the electric guitar solo. An absolutely gorgeous track and arrangement.

Absolutely in agreement and "Walking on the Water" has Carpenters all over it. One of my favorite tracks of all time.
 

A&M Retro

Well-Known Member
That’s insane! I wonder if it’s a ‘go to’ track in Japan because it’s very unknown in the states. Incredible song, by the way.
 

Harry

Charter A&M Corner Member
Staff member
Moderator
It appears that many of the views and responses on YouTube are from the Philippines. It must've been popular there.
 

GaryAlan

Well-Known Member
^^Agreed !
Even if one does not "like" Richard's lead vocals (generally, I do not) one can appreciate Richard's other talents.
Myself, I believe he matured as a composer (Calling Your Name Again, Something In Your Eyes, I'm Still Not Over You).
Of course, the album "dates" itself, but they can't all be timeless. So, going with my philosophy of
"don't throw the baby out with the bathwater," I concentrate on the things about the album that I appreciate.
As I have said previously, despite his vocals, I get a kick out of Say Yeah !
 

CraigGA

Well-Known Member
^^Agreed !
Even if one does not "like" Richard's lead vocals (generally, I do not) one can appreciate Richard's other talents.
Myself, I believe he matured as a composer (Calling Your Name Again, Something In Your Eyes, I'm Still Not Over You).
Of course, the album "dates" itself, but they can't all be timeless. So, going with my philosophy of
"don't throw the baby out with the bathwater," I concentrate on the things about the album that I appreciate.
As I have said previously, despite his vocals, I get a kick out of Say Yeah !
I also like the harmony in Who Do You Love.
 

LFK

New Member
“TIME”

View attachment 896

Catalogue Number: A&M SP 5117 (LP), CD 5117/DX 1687 (CD)
Date of Release: 10/87
Format: LP/CD

Track Listing:

1.) Say Yeah! 3:49 (P. Janz/P.Phillips Oland)
2.) Who Do You Love? 3:14 (M.Holden/P.Hamilton/G.Pickus)
3.) Something In Your Eyes 4:11 (R.Carpenter/P.Phillips Oland)
4.) When Time Was All We Had 3:01 (R.Carpenter/P.Phillips Oland)
5.) Time 3:32 (R.Carpenter)
6.) Calling Your Name Again 4:15 (R.Carpenter/R.Marx)
7.) In Love Alone 3:15 (R.Carpenter/J.Bettis)
8.) Remind Me To Tell You 3:53 (M. Mueller)
9.) That's What I Believe 4:26 (R.Carpenter/P.Phillips Oland)
10.) I'm Still Not Over You 3:15 (R.Carpenter/J.Bettis)

Album Credits:

Produced and Arranged by Richard Carpenter
“TIME”

View attachment 896

Catalogue Number: A&M SP 5117 (LP), CD 5117/DX 1687 (CD)
Date of Release: 10/87
Format: LP/CD

Track Listing:

1.) Say Yeah! 3:49 (P. Janz/P.Phillips Oland)
2.) Who Do You Love? 3:14 (M.Holden/P.Hamilton/G.Pickus)
3.) Something In Your Eyes 4:11 (R.Carpenter/P.Phillips Oland)
4.) When Time Was All We Had 3:01 (R.Carpenter/P.Phillips Oland)
5.) Time 3:32 (R.Carpenter)
6.) Calling Your Name Again 4:15 (R.Carpenter/R.Marx)
7.) In Love Alone 3:15 (R.Carpenter/J.Bettis)
8.) Remind Me To Tell You 3:53 (M. Mueller)
9.) That's What I Believe 4:26 (R.Carpenter/P.Phillips Oland)
10.) I'm Still Not Over You 3:15 (R.Carpenter/J.Bettis)

Album Credits:

Produced and Arranged by Richard Carpenter
Hey Chris, sorry for the off-topic post, but I don't know how to contact you otherwise! I wonder if you know what brand and model of electric piano or vibraphone was used to record "Make Believe It's Your First Time" ? I love this song so much, and have decided to try to create a karaoke mix. I have collected many of the instrument parts from an interesting source, (Make Believe It's Your First Time - The Carpenters (Vocal Backing Track MP3)) but the actual audio is terrible for some instruments, so I am going to try to replace them with high-quality sampled virtual instruments. I'd love to use the same keyboard used on this song. Please contact me at [email protected] if you can help! Best, Leo
 

ThaFunkyFakeTation

Ah am so steel een luv weeth yoo
Hey Chris, sorry for the off-topic post, but I don't know how to contact you otherwise! I wonder if you know what brand and model of electric piano or vibraphone was used to record "Make Believe It's Your First Time" ? I love this song so much, and have decided to try to create a karaoke mix. I have collected many of the instrument parts from an interesting source, (Make Believe It's Your First Time - The Carpenters (Vocal Backing Track MP3)) but the actual audio is terrible for some instruments, so I am going to try to replace them with high-quality sampled virtual instruments. I'd love to use the same keyboard used on this song. Please contact me at [email protected] if you can help! Best, Leo
I’m not Chris but it’s a Fender Rhodes. That electric piano was used to death back then and it’s a great instrument. All Rhodes are not created equal though so they don’t all sound the same. This was likely a suitcase model but even then, those don’t all sound the same ether.

Hope this is at least somewhat helpful.

Ed
 

LFK

New Member
I’m not Chris but it’s a Fender Rhodes. That electric piano was used to death back then and it’s a great instrument. All Rhodes are not created equal though so they don’t all sound the same. This was likely a suitcase model but even then, those don’t all sound the same ether.

Hope this is at least somewhat helpful.

Ed
Hey thanks buddy. I loaded a VST with that designation and I think you nailed it!
 
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