• Two exciting new Carpenters releases are in the pipeline! The new book Carpenters: The Musical Legacy will be available on November 16, 2021 and can be ordered here. A big thanks to the authors and Richard Carpenter for their tremendous effort in compiling this book! Also, the new solo piano album Richard Carpenter's Piano Songbook is being released January 14, 2022, and is available for ordering here.

Favorite Selections Where Richard’s Piano Playing Shines


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In light of the new album, I began to think about this. Two immediately come to mind: This Masquerade and Our Day Will Come.

I do have a very tired old copy of him playing Slaughter on Tenth Avenue from Music, Music, Music. That would be next.

Two questions-
1- What selections would you consider your favorites?
2- What would you like to hear on a second volume? (Is this even a consideration, @Chris May?)


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Along those lines....
Q: Do you have any other ideas about what you might do with the next album ?
A: Richard Carpenter:
“Well, I didn’t do 'Only Yesterday' for this album. I was thinking of themes, and then some songs that were hits years ago, featuring the piano. So whether it be the theme from Love Story, or The Godfather, or Autumn Leaves, things with great melodies, and where the hit record versions of them featured piano. That’s one idea. The other was to do one called something like ‘The Flip Side of the 50s’. If you’re listening to radio and they’re playing stuff form that era, it’s like the first half of the decade never existed. And there are a lot of really great songs from 1950 to 1955 that were hits at the time, and that you just don’t hear much any more."


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Richard also played piano on “Heather” and “Flat Baroque” and “Piano Picker”.
Unfortunately, “Heather”’s piano suffers from a mono piano recording played against stereo recordings of the other instruments. It would be nice if Richard would re-record his piano in stereo to get rid of that outdated mono sound.
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