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Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by WYBIMLA, Jun 27, 2018.


    WYBIMLA Active Member Thread Starter

    We often ask each other what our favourite songs are OR how we might introduce a new listener to the music of The Carpenters. But, let's say that person asks:

    "I've heard all The Carpenters hits, but now I want to dig deeper. What album tracks or other singles should I play next? Why those ones?" (give your top 2 - 5 songs) :D
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2018
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  2. no1kandrfan

    no1kandrfan Active Member

    Great question. I picked these because of the outstanding arrangements, musicianship, and vocals.

    All I Can Do
    Another Song
    Let Me Be The One
    Road Ode
    This Masquerade
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  3. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    Who Do You Love?
    My Body Keeps Changing My Mind
    All You Get From Love Is A Love Song
    Dancing In The Street
    Kiss Me The Way You Did Last Night

    The Carpenters could do more than just love songs. They could also do some great Dance tunes.
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  4. CraigGA

    CraigGA Well-Known Member

    Another Song: original version: harmonic structure and imagination of the end of life into desolation
    Invocation: creation of a modern Madrigal sound and style using only Richard and Karen.
    I’ll Never Fall In Love Again: original version: background vocals and arrangement
    Guess I Just Lost My Head: background vocals
    I Can Dream, Can’t I?: Karen's deep, smokey, luscious, interpretive, voice on display
  5. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Once again, we are given an impossible task, but I am a sucker for these lists;

    One More Time
    - Karen delving deep into the basement on this one. Emotive, melancholy, great subdued arrangement. Simple yet powerful.
    This Masquerade - Forever dispelled any doubt that Karen couldn't sing sexy, sultry lyrics. Outstanding arrangement and that piano solo, my God!
    All You Get From Love Is A Love Song - Bouncy, playful, happy, joyful...
    Road Ode - Beautifully introspective. Fits perfectly with what they would ultimately endure (a grueling road schedule). So unlike what the Carpenters were typically putting out.
    B'wana She No Home - It's a great dance tune! If I could go back in time, I would've had the DJ spin this at my wedding reception. Karen is having a great time on this one.

    Honorable Mention:
    I Can Dream, Can't I? - Eight years before "What's New" and a decade or two before Rod converts to big band tunes, Karen does it in style.
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  6. Easy! And, in no particular order:

    1. Ordinary Fool
    2. One More Time
    3. Desperado
    4. Kiss Me the Way You Did Last Night
    5. When It's Gone
    6. B'wana She No Home
    7. I Can Dream, Can't I?
    8. Don't Cry For Me Argentina
    9. Another Song
    10. You're the One

    There's probably more; however, I think the above list contain both Karen's superb vocals and Richard's versatility in selecting and arranging/producing material of varying styles to showcase their talents beyond commercial "pop."
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  7. I don't it's possible to omit "Superstar" from such a list.
  8. newvillefan

    newvillefan I Know My First Name Is Stephen

    Great thread! :righton:

    Queen did three albums called Deep Cuts (1, 2 and 3) and the hardcore fans and reviewers raved about them. They had quite a few rare and previously unreleased mixes. So in that vein, sorry but I just couldn’t resist going for a full blown Carpenters Deep Cuts album :laugh:.

    Mine would look like this:

    1. Road Ode (Remix)
    2. A Song For You (Remix)
    3. B’Wana She No Home
    4. When You’ve Got What It Takes
    5. I Can Dream Can’t I
    6. Happy
    7. Sailing On The Tide
    8. One More Time
    9. Sandy
    10. Let Me Be The One (Remix)
    11. Slow Dance
    12. Eve (Remix)
    13. One Love (Remix)
    14. Two Sides
    15. Now
    16. Kiss Me The Way You Did Last Night
    17. Tryin’ To Get The Feeling Again
    18. Another Song (Remix)
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2018
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  9. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    I agree. By the way, you probably know that the beginning section of 'Another Song' was a copy of a classical piece by a well-known composer, although Richard is noted as composer. I can't remember who the writer actually was for that opening section. I think that's been noted on here before. 'Intermission', from 'A Song for You', is also lifted from a classical piece, with changed lyrics, (obviously). I can't remember if 'Invocation' and 'Benediction' are also lifted from classical pieces or if they really are solely Richard's own compositions.
  10. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Richard Carpenter:
    "Intermission, inspired by Crucifixus (Antonio Lotti):
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  11. John Tkacik

    John Tkacik Active Member

    I agree with Newvillefan's philosophy. My non-hit Deep Cuts would fill 2 albums:

    1) California Dreamin'
    2) All I Can Do
    3) Reason To Believe
    4) Another Song
    5) I Kept On Loving You
    6) And When He Smiles
    7) A Song For You
    8) This Masquerade
    9) I Can Dream Can't I
    10) Happy
    11) Trying To Get The Feeling Again
    12) One More Time
    13) Two Sides
    14) Kiss Me The Way You Did Last Night
    15) Bwana She No Home
    16) Where Do I Go From Here
    17) Don't Cry For Me Argentina
    18) Your Baby Doesn't Love You Anymore
    19) When It's Gone
    20) Still Crazy After All These Years
    21) When Time Was All We Had
    22) Karen's Theme
  12. Guitarmutt

    Guitarmutt Active Member

    The beginning of Another Song is from Handel's Messiah.
  13. Guitarmutt

    Guitarmutt Active Member

    Great question.

    I played California Dreamin' without telling anyone. One friend asked who it was. When I told him, he was blown away.

    Another Song- one friend loved the choir like harmony explosion while a musician friend was surprised by their musical abilities at the coda.

    I like playing Iced Tea for fans of jazz. What? Karen is there? What's she doing? Whaa!!!

    Then, This Masquerade. There is context here.

    A Song for You- so sublime. Plus, Bobby's sax solo! I mean ...

    As a bonus, I would like to add their version of Can't Buy Me Love. Under any circumstance, it's a surprisingly unique and good cover that shows they could be a little bit funky, and have some attitude. Easily, my fave Beatles cover from them, and maybe, the most obscure.
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  14. theninjarabbit

    theninjarabbit Well-Known Member

    I agree!! I wish it was officially anthologized...

    WYBIMLA Active Member Thread Starter

    So many great selections!

    I don't get tired of seeing the ways in which Karen and Richard had an eclectic taste in music.
    I enjoy their original material! A lot of which defaults to being a deep cut.
    Something about themes of Sailing and Hawaii fits so well with The Cs.
    If I chose one from each album I might have something like this:

    1) All I can do
    2) Another song (Sweet Memory remix)
    3) One Love (By Request remix)
    4) Crystal Lullaby (Treasures remix)
    5) I can't make music (Treasures remix)
    6) Happy
    7) Boat to Sail
    8) Two Sides
    9) When it's gone
    10) At the end of a song (Carpenters perform Carpenter master)
    11) Honolulu city lights
    12) All those years ago (instrumental)
    13) Without a song (As time goes by version)
    14) Trying to get the feeling again (bonus track)
  16. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    I'd have to include:
    NoWhere Man
    One More Time
    Two Sides
    Trying To Get The Feeling Again
    Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Single version, of course).
    A Song For You
    Two Lives
    Don't Cry For Me Argentina (minus the Balcony intro).

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