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Karen’s Best

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Song4uman, Oct 18, 2018.

  1. Song4uman

    Song4uman Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    which 2-3 songs would you say show Karen’s vocals at their very best? They may not be your favorite song...just best lead vocal.

    Jonathan
     
  2. CraigGA

    CraigGA Well-Known Member

    For All We Know /
    Rainy Days and Mondays
    Yesterday Once More /
    Solitaire
    Ordinary Fool /
    Where Do I Go From Here

    I could not choose just three. How about three pairs? This is not counting any Christmas Songs or Oldies.

    Most anything Karen sang would actually fit here.

    I Need To Be In Love (Bruce Forsythe version)/I Can Dream, Can’t I? Would be my next pair, followed by One More Time/Top of the World, then We’ve Only Just Begun/This Masquerade and Close To You/Boat To Sail, A Song For You/ Love Me For What I Am, You’re The One/Superstar

    That’s 3 sets of 3.

    This is why I listen to Karen today more than any female voice. There are so many perfect songs.
     
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  3. ars nova

    ars nova Active Member

    solitaire, two sides, I can dream can't i
     
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  4. Fun exercise. Impossible, but fun.
    • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (“...hang your shining star upon the highest booough”)
    • Ave Maria (the highs, the lows, seemingly effortless. Perfection.)
    • Only Yesterday (kind of cheating to pick this one, since it was literally written around her voice)
     
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  5. John Adam

    John Adam "We are observing your Forum".........Baby

    -Young Karen-
    Rainy Days and Mondays
    Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
    Let Me Be The One

    -Later Karen-
    Little Alter Boy
    I Need To Be In Love
    Solitaire
     
  6. Jamesj75

    Jamesj75 Well-Known Member

    "Solitaire"
    "Goodbye to Love"
    "Ave Maria"
     
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  7. I have a soft spot for Superstar and Ticket to Ride.
     
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  8. Chris

    Chris Active Member

    Superstar
    Solitaire
    I Can Dream Can't I

    and I agree, it's hard to pick just three! Others I would include are:

    Little Altar Boy
    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
    Only Yesterday
    Don't Cry For Me Argentina
    Make Believe It's Your First Time (solo version)
     
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  9. John Adam

    John Adam "We are observing your Forum".........Baby

    I almost listed a solo song, but I resisted. :) (If I Had You)
     
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  10. Chris

    Chris Active Member

    I almost included that one too, John. :) She's so sophisticated and impressive on "If I Had You". One of her very best.
     
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  11. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    These vocals:
    1974 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,
    1978 Little Alter Boy,
    1975 Solitaire.
     
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  12. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    Do You Hear What I Hear?
    My Body Keeps Changing My Mind
    Can’t Smile Without You.
     
  13. ullalume

    ullalume Well-Known Member

    Little Girl Blue
    Solitaire
    I'll Be Home For Christmas
     
  14. Kyle Thomas

    Kyle Thomas Member

    USA
    Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
    Only Yesterday
    Ordinary Fool
     
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  15. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    This is a toughie. If the criteria is "Karen’s vocals at their very best", then these win it for me:

    Johnny Angel
    If I Had You
    Without A Song

    However if the criteria is "Karen's lead vocals at their very best, then the list would look very different. For me, these are outstanding lead vocal performances by Karen:

    Solitaire
    You're The One
    The Uninvited Guest
     
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  16. Portlander

    Portlander Active Member

    You're The One
    Rainy Day's And Mondays
    Let Me Be The One
    Solitaire
     
  17. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    In Order:
    #1 Solitaire - Shows every attribute of that beautiful voice.
    #2 You're The One - the lyrics; "all I need to know for tomorrow is that you're mine, mine for a lifetime" the way she sings that, leaves me in "awe".
    #3 Rainy Days And Mondays - Not an easy song to sing, but she makes it seem effortless.
     
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  18. Sue

    Sue Active Member

    uk
    Don’t cry for me Argentina
    Yesterday once more
    Now
    But love lots more!
     
  19. I agree about Now.
     
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  20. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    So, so, difficult!

    The "Playful" Karen:
    Our Day Will Come
    Boat to Sail
    B'wana She No Home
    Alternate: Please Mr. Postman

    The "Serious" Karen:
    Ordinary Fool
    Make It Easy on Yourself (from Music, Music, Music)
    Solitaire
    Alternate: Rainy Days and Mondays

    The "Solo" Karen:
    If We Try
    Last One Singing the Blues
    Still Crazy After All These Years
    Alternate: Make Believe It's Your First Time
     
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  21. CARPENTERS-COLLECTOR

    CARPENTERS-COLLECTOR Active Member

    U.K
    Two sides
    I can dream can`t I
    Ordinary fool
    Solitaire
     
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  22. Kaisu

    Kaisu Member

    1) Little Altar Boy - beautiful, strong performance. Sounds introspective.

    2) I Can Dream Can't I - The first verse sounds like she is singing poetry. Very touching.

    3) Solitaire - She makes a song that feels like a karaoke song (to me at least) sound very good.
     
  23. Song4uman

    Song4uman Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Solitaire
    A Song for You
    Ordinary Fool
     
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  24. Graeme

    Graeme Active Member

    Tricky. Today I'd go for:

    Desperado
    Close To You
    Rainy Days And Mondays
     
  25. CaryMI

    CaryMI New Member

    Impossible.......

    You.
    Crescent Noon
    One More Time
    Uninvited Guest
    All Because Of You
     

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