Again, keep in mind that the album was originally slated for a Summer 1983 release. Thus, Richard Carpenter was working against that deadline. It was finished quickly and then the powers-that-be decided to hold the release up until the Fall season. Recall, too, during promo interviews (1983) Richard insisted that the songs on VOH were NOT outtakes. He later changed his tune in that regard. Needless to say, it appears as if he really did get into the "chorale" sound-- that is, we were going to get that sound on that album no matter what.