So right after I listen to the '78 concert I come across this great little interview I'd never heard before.
I'd heard something along those lines but never so unequivocally stated. It really hit me then just how much herb loved them. Hell, he was willing to pay big bucks for the block vocals and Richard's lead....and that's only a slither of the carpenters appeal. It's like he found a nugget of gold, bought the land, then found Everest just beneath the surface.Very interesting interview so far. I'm about 13 minutes in now.
Right around the 12 minute mark, they say the first track Herb heard was "Your Wonderful Parade". They were signed without Herb knowing how Karen sang? That's what the interview is saying. I have never heard that ever.
I have digitized it and i will try to slow it down with audacity.Great interview! The audio needs to be sped up a bit, it sounds like the tape recorder that captured the show was running slow.
I hear what you're saying Rick but you have to remember in tv interviews of this time (and before) Karen was always the focus and sat closest to the interviewer for the 2 shot. I think on radio richard, rightly so, had the chance to shift the focus to him. Also his self esteem had been decimated by '79 with his addiction so he probably enjoyed touting his own talents now that he was clean.Thanks for letting us hear this interview from 81'
What I find interesting is that even in 81' Richard is still very much in control of these interviews. This particular interview really comes across like look at all I have done, they wanted my voice, he even tells how his mom touted that he's a piano player. I don't know but from this interview I can really tell how there was competition even in 81' between both of them. Although Karen is more passive and not really taking any credit. I was waiting for Richard to really praise Karen for her voice and how amazingly talented she was on drums and having perfect pitch and tone and breathing technics but it seemed a lot of Richard. I understand he brought it all together and did so much but this interview doesn't come across as equal talent in the room.
I'm not saying he didn't deserve the credit, I'm just saying it's weird because she could have went solo so one would think Richard would let her take more control of her part of the duo in interviews, I don't know it any of that makes sense. This interview was after she shelved her solo album. For 1981 it just sounds exactly like the two of them back in the early 70's as if nothing changed. Yet we know Karen wanted to express herself by doing a solo album and her album sounded so mature. It's so evident here even in 81 how Karen did not want to seem like she was equally as important in this duo, she may not have written the songs or found them yet her gift of voice, drum ability, perfect pitch, tone and her incredible breathing techniques were rarely relished upon or given huge amounts of credit for her contribution. She was so unique and I don't think enough credit was given to her (or expressed enough in interviews) for what she brought as part of the duo. Yet she seems very happy but I still hear competition between the 2 it's subtle but I hear it.
Your right. I guess after 3 yrs it’s makes sense that Richard would have to be more vocal about where they were and how it all happen. I just wish more of her talent was expressed and it’s importance in the duo.I hear what you're saying Rick but you have to remember in tv interviews of this time (and before) Karen was always the focus and sat closest to the interviewer for the 2 shot. I think on radio richard, rightly so, had the chance to shift the focus to him. Also his self esteem had been decimated by '79 with his addiction so he probably enjoyed touting his own talents now that he was clean.
That said....Richard's always come across with a "healthy" ego and he's only human.