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Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Jeff, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    I re-watched the 1976 Holland Concert this morning.
    It's a mixed bag for me:
    But, what is consistently the highlight of the show--taking everything into consideration--
    is the voice of Karen Carpenter.
    But, again...we begin with Richard , and segue to Karen, then to
    Don't Be Afraid (At 8:40, in what seems to be a much higher key ?) segue to Sing (beautifully sung)
    and over five minutes of "audience" participation.
    The Grease Medley, and all that, consumes eight minutes (at least),
    onward (after more of Richard/piano and Karen/drums, separately)
    to the finale...Hits Medley.
    Of the hits finale, easily the start of the Medley--Close To You--
    is performed beautifully...slow, clear and with grace.
    So, when all is said and done,
    Karen's voice saves the day, elevates the entire concert.

    In parting: While Karen is thin in this concert,
    Richard is thinner. A bit perplexing, there, visually.
  2. I treasure both live albums but I never cared for the sound of Karen's voice (the miking or the mix?) on Palladium; it makes her sound like she had a stuffy-nose cold.
  3. Someday

    Someday Active Member

    Glad someone else noticed this. There are clips and stills around where RC looks like the anorexic one! ...
  4. I didn't find a copy of this LP until after Karen passed away. I went to the local record & tape outlet store here in Columbus and saw it there for $1.99 (vinyl) and bought both copies, they aiso had 2 copies of "The Singles 1974-1978" for $2.99 and I purchased those too . I found the record the same day the People magazine came out after Karen's passing, so I bought a few copies of the magazine too. I had the CD of "Palladium" but it will not play anymore. I kept the CD case just in case I find another copy and will back it up with a CDr just to be on the safe side
  5. CraigGA

    CraigGA Well-Known Member

    I think I like them because it’s all we have and Karen sounds great live when they are not rushing through the numbers. One guy told me one that Karen was weak live so I played From This Moment On which most singers could not get through with that style and quality of vocal strength.
  6. I get cold chills listening to this LP's live version of "We've Only Just Begun". I got the LP the very day at Record & Tape Outlet the day the Karen People Magazine Issue.....I guess it was my wake for Karen that day, I had candles lit, I played nothing but Carpenters, starting with "Ticket" and ending with "Made In America". I was only 20 then....
  7. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    Although it's not my favourite song, their respective skills as pianist/accompanist and vocalist are shown off to perfection here. Karen makes it sound deceptively simple to perform. Try singing it - especially some of the long, continuous phrases such as "you've got the sweet lips to kiiiiiiisssss me goodnighhhhhht" - and see if you can get to the end without running out of breath. Karen is able to nail that entire line effortlessly without compromising on vocal quality, timbre or breathing. In that respect it reminds me of Goodbye To Love.

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