Charter A&M Corner Member
[Separated these out from another thread.]
I can only add two things:
(1) If you read the Interviews regarding the "making" of the 1978 Television Special,
Space Encounters, both Karen and Richard are exceptionally pleased with the results.
Pleased, that is, if the interview is taken at face-value (excerpts are on the Forum).
In fact, regards the Weintraub TV Specials, Richard and Karen seem always to be pleased with the results.
Richard, in particular, seemed to enjoy "making" the specials as much as Karen--however,
his enjoyment does not transfer to the television screen. (He rarely appears happy in concert, either).
(2) Recalling the first time I heard "My Body Keeps Changing My Mind",
after purchase of From The Top CD-Set, it was indeed a revelation !
Karen could do so much more than we were "used to hearing" at that point in time.
Who cares what type of music it is "labelled" ?
Karen's vocal prowess on the song surpass any negative issue about the song (imho).
As with Rumbahbah, I never felt there was that much Disco on Karen's solo work.
Another bad lip-synced segment from the very dreadful summer TV replacement MYOKOM. The only good thing from that show was a very good thing; the live medley of Karen at the piano with Richard. The rest is dreck.He seems to enjoy performing in this number though... Could be a rare coincidence or maybe his faking it.
Sure it was meant as a summer replacement series, but how do we know that it wasn’t re-aired in syndication at some point in the early mornings of the 80’s or 90’s, or even aired in the late-70’s or early-80’s in a foreign country English-speaking country?No, I don't think so. It was a summer series meant to be a place-holder for THE DON KNOTTS SHOW. Variety series were generally not rerun for the full summer as the guests would have to be paid again for the second run. So the US networks would either find a substitute host, or another show entirely, to keep the time-slot alive during the summer months.
A good example of this was when Glen Campbell hosted a summer series while THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS were on their summer hiatus. The Glen Campbell-hosted show went over so well that it became a full-time series on CBS.
These summer replacement series were truly throw-away entertainment, never meant to be seen again. They were just "of the moment". Since it aired in 1971, there were very few, if any, consumer video recorders on the market at that time. Only the richest of the rich could afford the giant videotape recorders of the day, and they probably weren't spending their time - or their tape - on an NBC summer series.
The videos that we do see come from leftover tapes that languish in vaults that have surfaced enough for someone to attempt a VHS or Beta dub years later. Then copies of copies. Obviously Richard and/or A&M must have kept copies as they used some of the "videos" for commercial release.
I don't think that nurse sketch, as it is presented in that video, was aired as one whole segment. It looks like that video was made up of multiple sketches. Although, considering that I'm not from the early-70's, I did not get the jokes.Yikes! That nurse sketch is awful.
Who wrote that?! Lol
Now....that is a rotten choice for any television show....imho.
Found much detail here:
The Carpenters TV Show
Songs and airdates:
"Close to You , Reason to Believe, We've Only Just Begun, New World Coming"
"Bless the Beasts and Children, Superstar, Ticket to Ride, I Wanna Be Free"
"All I Can Do, Let Me Be the One, Trains and Boats and Planes, Maybe It's You"
"Rainy Days and Mondays" Baby It's You"
"Don't Be Afraid, Hideaway, I Kept on Loving You, Love is Surrender, What's the Use"
"Bacharach/David medley, One Love, Drusilla Penny"
"Help, For All We Know, Mr. Guder, I Kept on Loving You, Wishin' and Hopin' "
"We've Only Just Begun, Close to You, Rainy Days and Mondays"