Thanks for the update, am surprised they only had 3 singles reach Silver status and with none achieving Gold. Appears that their albums were the key to their amazing success in the UK compared to the individual singles.
A song for you.Album went Gold in the UK as wellHere are all the certifications from the UK if anyone's interested:
-Carpenters - Platinum (300,000) (July 2013)
-Now & Then - Gold (£250,000) (January 1976)
- The Singles 1969 - 1973 - Platinum (£1,000,000) (August 1974)
- Horizon - Gold (£250,000) (June 1975)
- A Kind Of Hush - Gold (£250,000) (August 1976)
-Live At The Palladium - Gold (£300,000) (January 1977) & Gold (100,000) (June 1990)
-The Carpenters Collection - Silver (£150,000) (January 1977)
- Passage - Gold (£300,000) (March 1978)
- Singles 1974 - 1978 - Platinum (£1,000,000) (December 1978)
- Made In America - Silver (60,000) (June 1981)
- Voice of the Heart - Gold (100,000) (November 1983)
-Yesterday Once More - Platinum (300,000) (December 1984)
-Only Yesterday - 4x Platinum (1,200,000) (November 1993)
- Interpretations - Gold (100,000) (September 1994) & Silver (60,000) (July 2013)
- The Best of - Gold (100,000) (November 1997)
- Reflections - Silver (60,000) (July 2013)
- Love Songs - Gold (100,000) (March 1998)
- The Singles 1969 - 1981 - Gold (100,000) (2016)
- Gold - 4x Platinum (1,200,000) (July 2013)
-40/40 - Gold (100,000) (July 2013)
- The Ultimate Collection Gold (July 2013)
- The Nations Favourite Carpenters Songs - Silver (60,000) (August 2017)
- Carpenters with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Gold (100,000) (December 2019)
-Yesterday Once More - Silver (250,000) (September 1973)
- Top of the World - Silver (250,000) (January 1974)
- Please Mr. Postman - Silver (250,000) (March 1975)
- Gold - Gold
-Interpretations - Gold
You can search them all here:
Wow. That’s one of the better summations of it I’ve heard.it's an "asterisk" album.
That was my assessment from the very first listen of the very first track. And for me it was a major issue, not a minor one. This album was marketed as an artist-with-RPO set in the series but it’s not a patch on the others where the orchestra utilisation is concerned.Ultimately, I have one minor issue: not enough of the RP orchestra was utilized, or, if it was, the orchestration is not making itself known to my ears.
I would consider the "Warsaw Concerto" part of the "classical" genre, and that was put to disc on the LIVE AT THE PALLADIUM record.We’ve covered practically every aspect that is capable of being put to disc with the exception of classical. We haven’t done that yet.”
For the comments about "not enough RPO" in the mix of the album, there were an equal number of pre-release comments along the lines of "I sure hope the orchestra doesn't drown out the band!" Richard is in a no-win situation. He's the George Lucas of music (loves to tweak his creations, gets raked over the coals for doing it).I have one minor issue: not enough of the RP orchestra was utilized, or, if it was,
the orchestration is not making itself known to my ears.
Yes for sure it does.Mistakes make the music more "human." If that makes sense.
Of course they don't. How could they, when they're nearly identical? Merely adding a few bars of acoustic guitar, or trumpet, or strings to the original recordings, doesn't make them "new versions" in my opinion, just marginally enhanced ones. But hey, it's better than nothing I suppose... but it had the potential to be so much more!These new versions don't replace or negate the older and original ones.