• Two exciting new Carpenters releases are now available. The new book Carpenters: The Musical Legacy can be ordered here. A big thanks to the authors and Richard Carpenter for their tremendous effort in compiling this book! Also, the new solo piano album Richard Carpenter's Piano Songbook is available for ordering here.

⭐ Official Review [Album]: "VOICE OF THE HEART" (SP-4954)

HOW WOULD YOU RATE THIS ALBUM?

  • ***** (BEST)

    Votes: 19 18.1%
  • ****

    Votes: 38 36.2%
  • ***

    Votes: 39 37.1%
  • **

    Votes: 7 6.7%
  • *

    Votes: 2 1.9%

  • Total voters
    105

Cuyler

Bright colored pinwheels go 'round in my head.

To be honest, I’ve been a little obsessed with “Two Lives.” Karen’s voice is so perfectly melancholy, and the oboe simultaneously soars and cries. I’m going through something kind of similar in my real life, so the whole song really resonates with me.
 

cam89

Well-Known Member
I think Bonnie Raitt covered this song....always wonder if she had heard Karen's version and what she thought of it. Bonnie was on the Anne Murray documentary talking about Anne....
 

Rudy

¡Que siga la fiesta!
Staff member
Site Admin
Many off-topic posts deleted above. This isn't a forum where anyone really cares about obscure manufacturing or mastering issues.
 

GaryAlan

Well-Known Member
Here are more headwinds, since at least April 1980, for Carpenters airplay:
A Record World survey of radio programmers from top 40 radio stations across the country found that virtually no programmers consider
any artists as automatic adds today. Since Elton John's heyday in the early '70s, radio has seen a plethora of artists fall frighteningly fast
from automatic add status to obscurity. Consider a list of artists whose releases were once jumped on by radio but now compete for top 40 airplay:
John Denver, the Carpenters, Barry White, Olivia Newton -John, the Osmonds."...
"Programmers are quick to point out that no one is guaranteed of an add in today's market,
no matter who they are and what their track record is."

Here:
 

Another Son

Well-Known Member
April 1980, Record World Since Elton John's heyday in the early '70s, radio has seen a plethora of artists fall frighteningly fast - John Denver, the Carpenters, Barry White, Olivia Newton -John, the Osmonds."...
"Programmers are quick to point out that no one is guaranteed of an add in today's market, no matter who they are and what their track record is."

Here:
Nevertheless, some of the named artists bounced back, big time. Even around this time, Elton John had quite a big hit with ‘Little Jeanie’, (I think, the end of 1980) and then continued to have consistent hits throughout the 1980s, especially in the first half of the decade. Olivia Newton-John went on to have one of the biggest hits of the 1980s, (‘Physical), plus a number of other big hits, with her reinvented image. Just goes to show, even those who called the shots couldn’t predict what might happen.
 

newvillefan

I Know My First Name Is Stephen
VOICE OF THE HEART — The Carpenters — A&M SP-4954 — Producer: Richard Carpenter

Completed before Karen Carpenter’s death earlier this year, this LP will probably be the last and most remembered collection of new songs by the brother and sister duo. One cannot help feel sad about the void she has left, but the songs featured on this LP are some of the best the duo has recorded in some time and the uplifting messages in their lyrics demand that “Voice of the Heart” be taken as a message of happiness and optimism. This is a fond farewell from a great singer who will be long appreciated for her inspirational and strong love for the music she sang. Recommended cuts Include the single, "Make Believe It’s Your First Time,” the nostalgic “At The End Of TheSong” and the escapist “Sailing On The Tide.”


 
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