All of these updates were done last fall before the release of the album.Thanks John! Do you have any idea when he’ll be done with these updates and if the physical media will be re-released with updated versions?
Richard didn't completely replace the woodwinds nor did he completely replace the strings. He just touched up a few spots and also changed his mind about some of the writing he had done and revised it, some of it because he felt he had altered the original a little too much for his and the fans' taste. The vast majority of what you hear is from the RPO.I wonder how the RPO players would feel knowing their contributions have been deleted and replaced. It all seems a bit unnecessary to me.
...or just left it alone after he did it. Deadlines are what they are but this is just silly at this point.Richard should have just left the original released version out there, and then tweaked if for a year, and then come out with Carpenters with RPO: The Remixed Version and everybody would have happily bought it again. Now, he's just irritating everybody.
Wow your right. I just heard the updated mix and sure enough Richard changed the lyric on I Believe You.Just redownloaded this on iTunes today. So far it seems like every song has some kind of update or enhancement. Including...the original lyric for “I Believe You” has been restored (“when you say that everytime that we make love” as on the original single and MIA album version, not “when you tell me every time that we make love” as in the alternate take on previous versions.) To me this is almost like listening to an entirely new album.
I agree with John above that it’s kinda exciting to see what’s being changed but at the same time it’s flustering deciphering which one is suppose to be the correct one.
It’s great to hear nuances in remixes but this is remix after remix after remix. What’s the point of an additional one-second drum fill or a new one second oboe line that 0.1% of listeners will ever hear or care about? Pointless, endless tinkering. If he’s going to do any more remixes, the awful chorale needs to go, it totally spoils the final track. And who’s paying for these additional sessions now that the album is already released?Deadlines are what they are but this is just silly at this point.
John E. can probably clarify it, but I doubt any more sessions were done after the album was first completed. What may be happening is, Richard is substituting different "takes" of the existing sessions.And who’s paying for these additional sessions now that the album is already released?
I have to admit...as little of a difference it is...the interlude before FAWK with the opening change by adding in the English horn at 10-17 seconds in makes a big difference and for the better in my opinion. It connects to the song better.The FAWK interlude now features English horn, clarinet and a touch of strings in addition to the original piano and guitar.
I also believe the IJFILA interlude has been rerecorded. The tempo appears to be slower and this version is now enhanced with harp and string embellishments. I also noticed that a few things were absent from the new version including the guitar, a rustling noise that appeared at the beginning of the first pressing track and Richard's piano part has now been redone to remove the little grace note that originally appeared when the piano theme was repeated on the first pressing of this song.
I hope this makes sense.
Running times, another clue there have been changes. That is is the first thing I noticed in comparing them.For reference:
IJFILA has a running time of 5:14 on the updated iTunes version
IJFILA has a running time of 5:01 on the CD versions (Target & Japan)