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Karen 1968 - "And When I Die"

Jokerman

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Can someone please help with explaining the audio content on the youtube track shown below:


The first 17 seconds appear to be an audience recording and then it abruptly breaks to what then appears to be a better sounding recording of the continued song. Any info on the origination of this recording and if it indeed a combination of two different sources were used? Also, who is singing along with Karen? Thanks!
 

Harry

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The original recording was made by the Cal State University Choir and the other singer is Wanda Freeman. This YouTube version is someone's attempt at adding further instrumentation. The original recording is just the choir and Richard on piano.
 

Jeff

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I would treasure this tune even more so should RC revamp it in the studio. What a great addition to our 50th anniversary present.
 

Brian

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I would treasure this tune even more so should RC revamp it in the studio. What a great addition to our 50th anniversary present.
Lol. We might not even be getting a present, yet.

There are certainly a lot of early- and pre-career Carpenters recordings - the Cal State University, Magic Lamp, Joe Osborne's Garage, RCA, Battle of the Bands, Your Navy Presents, Your All American College TV Show and Carpenters' Bathroom tapes(!)

I know the existence of Hollywood Battle of the Bands recordings is not definite but we can depend on Richard to track them down, if they do exist. For our 50th present.
 
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Brian

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I would treasure this tune even more so should RC revamp it in the studio.
Yes, although the instrumentation you hear on this particular clip is not Richard or professionally done, you hear how the original recording could perhaps be improved upon, or, at least, added to, with a little tinkering.
 

Jeff

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Yes, although the instrumentation you hear on this particular clip is not Richard or professionally done, you hear how the original recording could perhaps be improved upon, or, at least, added to, with a little tinkering.
I know that silly.
 

Jarred

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Does anyone know possibly why the video(s) of this track have vanished from YouTube? I don't know how many there were but I believe more than one was on there. Possibly two versions. Thankfully years ago I saved an MP3 of one of them go have forever. Does anyone know when the Karen/Wanda recording made its way into online bootleg circles?
 

GDB2LV

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There is an actual vinyl recording of the Hollywood Battle of the Bands. Quite rare, I’ve seen it for auction on EBay a couple of years ago. I don’t know how much it sold for.
 
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