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Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by ullalume, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    Thank you, that answers my question :)

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  2. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    While not an exact date, in the liner notes to From The Top and The Essential Collection for the Interview track, Richard notes that Karen did not possess a pair of drums until they were "well west of the Rockies" and were in Downey, California.
     
  3. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Are there any videos available of Karen actually playing this set? I wonder if this set is on display in the YOM warehouse.
     
  4. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    I’m sure Richard said they were packed away at the warehouse. Who knows what that means; whether it’s the YOM warehouse and if so, whether they’re even on display.
     
  5. ars nova

    ars nova Active Member

    karen studied at drum city, perhaps they were acquired there.
     
  6. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    Wasn't that the set that Karen played for Strike Up The Band that we saw a clip of in the Close To You: Remembering The Carpenters documentary?
     
  7. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Cubby O'Brien is sitting behind a jelly bean set during Karen's appearance with Bruce Forsyth. Doesn't have the same color scheme as the above photo. These sets must have been fairly popular back then:

     
  8. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    Karen’s original set was one of only three ever custom made. I doubt she would have taken it on the road for trips abroad. It was probably her pride and joy.
     
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  9. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    ^^ "Karen’s original set was one of only three ever custom made." Interesting...You wouldn't happen to know who owns the the other two? I am going to take a wild guess and say one of them has the initials H.B. :laugh:!
     
  10. ars nova

    ars nova Active Member

    hal blaine tells the story that karen approached him to have his drum kit duplicated for her. she wanted to be able to duplicate their studio sound while in concert. I believe he called the kit a vistalight. at the time, hal blaine and ringo starr were the only owners of the plexiglass kit.
     
  11. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    One is Ringo Starr and the other is (correct!) Hal Blaine :)
     
  12. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    I found this interesting article about Carpenters attorney Werner Wolfen and the Beach Boys which I wasn't previously aware of. It mentions a couple of companies associated with the Carpenters.

    CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
    Beach Boy Wilson Sues Law Firm Over 1969 Sales
    September 18, 1990
    Brian Wilson filed a $100-million lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court against a law firm he alleges misrepresented him during the 1969 sales of Beach Boys' songs. The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages against the law firm of Irell and Manella and against Werner Wolfen, an attorney with the firm. The action is a companion lawsuit to another $100-million suit filed last year against Irving Music, the publishing company owned by A&M General Corp.


    Articles about Werner Wolfen - latimes
     
  13. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    At 83, Herb Alpert's Still In Love With The Music Gary G. Vercelli
    Friday, September 14, 2018 | Sacramento, CA
    Herb Alpert:
    "Karen was an extraordinary talent. She didn't really know how great she was, unfortunately," Alpert says.
    "She'd always say 'Ah, my strength is as a drummer.' Luckily for them, and us, I gave them 'Close to You.'
    That song was their major breakthrough song."

    More:
    At 83, Herb Alpert's Still In Love With The Music
     
  14. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Mediatribe: Dynamic Duo, BY STEFENE RUSSELL

    FEBRUARY 3, 2010
    ---Intro...
    "Hearing Richard Carpenter being interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR
    (to promote the remastered Carpenters collection 40/40) reminded me of one of the noblest missions of my life:
    to defend the music of The Carpenters from unfair, inaccurate and totally misguided accusations of being sappy.
    My dictionary defines sappy as “overly sentimental, silly or foolish,” none of which comes close to describing the intelligent AM pop music of this ‘70s-identified duo. In fact, if there were ever an instrument more pure, more honest, more carefully measured than the gorgeous voice of the late Karen Carpenter,
    it hasn’t -- at least to my weathered ears -- been invented yet."
    ----Conclusion...
    "There’s a lesson here for snobs, avoiders and elitists:
    You can be a fan of the most avant-garde jazz, the most hedonistic punk, the finest country and folk –
    but if you don’t appreciate the one-of-a-kind beauty of The Carpenters, you simply don’t get music.
    Take that, Terry Gross."

    More:
    Mediatribe: Dynamic Duo
     
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