^^It is undeniable how thrilled Karen Carpenter looked when she drumming, one of my fav's:
I’ve read it, and that review is B*******A recent review:
"Quinn on Books: One-Sided Story"
"If you’re unfamiliar with the Carpenters, this book is not the place to start. "
Complete review here:
Review of Carpenters: The Musical Legacy, by Mike Cidoni Lennox and Chris May, with Richard Carpenter Review by Michael Quinn Two journalists approached musician Richard Carpenter to get his blessing on a book they were developing on the band that he’d he fronted in the 1970s and ’80s with his...www.star-revue.com
That is brilliant. Thanks Chris, must admit I’d wondered the same thing.Okay, so here's what going on with the discography:
The recording dates on Karen's vocals were intentionally left out because many of them were never documented. However, wherever we had documentation regarding the instrumental recording sessions, those dates got included. Let me explain further.
The reason the instrumental dates were available, is because they involved union contracts for each and every session, complete with dates and times. If a particular entry in the discog omits these, it's simply because the contract on that particular session was either lost or unretrievable. The reason Karen's lead vocal dates were not included, is because these—along with the backing vocal sessions, didn't require a contract, and often times were recorded whenever Karen and Richard were back in town and a studio was available. In other words, the vocals were recorded more sporadically and Karen didn't always document those in her date books.
The good news as far as recording dates on a lot of Karen's lead vocals, is that we know a number of them—particularly in the later years, were "work" leads. These were almost always recorded at the same time the rhythm tracks were recorded. So, many of those we actually do have dates for.
I hope all of this makes sense.
They also covered Nowhere Man, and their 1974 hit Please Mr. Postman which the Beatles had recorded. (While not released as a single in the US, the Beatles Postman was the B-side of the Canadian “Roll Over Beethoven” 45.)^^ Yes, among other things,
I find Ticket To Ride a more creative Carpenters' "cover" than Help !
On the other hand,
I always felt too many "covers" was an issue The Carpenters were saddled with in their day.
Maybe in the wrong thread, but, touching on duos' "legacy" (i.e., "...covers helped solidify the Carpenters' reputation as...").
Here is an interesting view (excerpts):
When the Carpenters took on The Beatles' heaviest songTyler Golsen , FRI 4TH MAR 2022.
"The reputation of the Carpenters has turned quite a bit in the past 40 years. During the duo’s 1970s heyday, they were as white bread and harmless as could be: during the same time when Black Sabbath, the Ramones, Stevie Wonder, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and Frank Zappa were pushing the boundaries of popular music, the Carpenters were the safest and least offensive act anyone could find."
"On the duo’s debut album, the Carpenters crafted a soft rock piano ballad arrangement out of The Beatles’ riff-centered original version of Ticket to Ride."
"... the pair decided to try again on their follow up album, 1970’s Close to You. This time it was transforming the classic frantic plea of Help !
into fairly generic ’70s pop song. At least the Carpenters’ version of Help ! makes the wise decision to keep the energy up,
unlike the total snooze-fest that was ‘Ticket to Ride’. "
"But both covers helped solidify the Carpenters’ reputation as cheap imitators..."
Just a matter of taste.
I found Karen's having to lower her pitch when she got to "Won't you please, please help me" a little jolting and disappointing (having already been used to the Beatles's version).
It wasn't a great use of her voice.