Working through this set today, it being a special anniversary! In the garden, glass of wine and lovely music. Congratulations Carpenters!!!
Pretty much mirrors my experience. I’d fastidiously collected all their albums and then one day was shopping and saw this box set in the window of a record store, ironically named “Windows”. At first I thought it was an LP set but when I went into the store and asked to see it, imagine my delight when the assistant opened the lid and there were FOUR CDs with the timelines on them! I turned it over, quickly scanned the tracklist and my heart was pounding at the sight of so many unknown titles. Having heard - and loved - the solo tracks on “Lovelines”, my eyes darted straight to disc four and sure enough...two more tracks I’d never heard of that fell between 1978 and 1981. I knew straight away from their titles they were from her solo album. I bought it on the spot and gripped it tightly all the way home on the train. The booklet was a sheer delight and I read it over and over again and marvelled at all the photos. Don’t forget, this was pre-internet so photos of them were not as common place as they are now. When I got home, I played the first disc and was in heaven, but it took all my will power not to skip straight to disc four. When I got there, I was overjoyed. It was worth the wait.I saw this listing on e bay the other day and it brought back memories of when I went into a local record store "Peaches Records and Tapes and bought this when it was released. It first came out with this style large cover box. I remember seeing it and not believing what I was seeing...holding it and standing there for what seemed like an hour just reading all the titles and knowing I would not be able to put this back down. For a moment it was like Karen had not left and I was reading new titles and kept saying...I never heard that title before. etc..Then when I got home and opened the lid...wow that booklet...I sat listening while looking...priceless!!
I remember reporting that to this forum years ago. How on Earth that got past Richard is beyond me and I don’t have a clue why it was sped up in the first place.The only issue with this original box set is the speed of Ave Maria it comes in at 2:28 and sounds like Karen's on helium. I can't figure out how that got past quality control Did this get corrected when the set was re packaged in the slim line case? I know the speed was corrected on The Essential Collection.
My family had a karaoke machine at home then which played cds and allowed us to speed up or slow down the playing. I remember noticing this track was fast and when I used the machine to slow it down by two knob turns it sounded like the normal version. Before internet, I was so puzzled and wondered how often Richard would do this to the recordings. And then I wondered about I won’t last a day without you and goodbye to love.I remember reporting that to this forum years ago. How on Earth that got past Richard is beyond me and I don’t have a clue why it was sped up in the first place.
When you think about it, given Richard's strict editorial control over what gets released, it's a miracle we ever got this set at all. To hear the rough demos of Karen in her teens was just sublime. When I looked at the year listed beside each track on the back cover, I thought that maybe the first half a dozen tracks would be instrumentals and that she wouldn't show up as a vocalist until the track All I Can Do, which I obviously recognised as a title from their first album. I never dreamed we'd get to hear all those tracks recorded in Joe's garage studio and the acetates that they made. There's one track I'd be curious to hear which I think was recorded when Karen was 14, but Richard decided against releasing it on a set like this as he didn't think Karen would want people to hear it. I think he said her voice was then only in its very embryonic stages, whereas from around 1966, you can already tell it's her.It’s especially a privilege to hear Karen at 16, 17, 18.