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"If I Were A Carpenter"

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by ThaFunkyFakeTation, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    “I'm impressed with the whole project," he said.

    He changed his tune about the album a few years later. In one interview I remember he said about at least one song that he now dislikes it intensely.
  2. Those are not necessarily contradictions at all. Being impressed with a "project" is not the same as liking the results. The fact that alternative artists got together (or were corralled together) to do a tribute to Carpenters is likely something that Richard would consider an honor and be impressed by the whole affair.

    The fact that the music is not to his personal taste doesn't surprise me. Richard grew up in the 50s and wouldn't tend to like that kind of music.
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  3. ^^^^ What you said.
  4. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    People's taste and perceptions change over time. Richard is probably not an exception.
  5. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Active Member

    Its funny, but the other day I pulled this CD out and I was looking at the booklet, and I saw that Richard is credited with Backing Vocals on Matthew Sweet's version of Let Me Be The One.
  6. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    In another instance, where I completely agree with Richard Carpenter's assessment:
    He expressed his opinion that the cover by Dishwalla, It's Going To Take Some Time,
    was better than his and Karen's version.
    (I'll have to dig up that reference, though, for authentication).
  7. Rumbahbah

    Rumbahbah Well-Known Member

    I'm sure I've read that as well and I'd agree - Dishwalla do a great job of reimagining 'It's Going to Take Some Time'.

    Re Matthew Sweet's 'Let Me Be the One'. Richard did indeed provide backing vocals on the track. There was a short piece on TV about the album back in 1994 that showed footage of Richard in the studio with Matthew recording them.
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  8. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Active Member

    With Matthew Sweet's track, the one thing that is rather surprising is that Richard was not the one producing it. He was just singing on it. I think it's one of the few times if not the only time that I can think of where Richard was not a producer on someone else's record.

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