AGREED! A classic song that means more and more to me as I get older.
Gift of love is another one of my many favorite ballads of all time it's one of those songs that sticks with you foreverI was listening to Bette Midler's 1990 album "Some People's Lives" this morning and the final song "The gift of love" reminded me of this old thread. Suddenly I could hear Karen singing the song and it gave me a strong "Made in America" vibe, if you know what I mean.
The song was written by the same team responsible for the Bangles' smash "Eternal flame": Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly and Susanna Hoffs. I first heard it on Norwegian superstar Sissel Kyrkjebø's album "Gift of Love" (1992). I'm including both versions here.
Every time I hear Rita Coolidge sing "We're All Alone" I think of Karen's vocals and Richard's potential arrangement of the song. When I hear the Boz Scaggs original version I don't think of Karen at all.
As soon as I read the title "All The Way" it hit me that this title appears on thr Carpenters "Buried Treasures" list.
We all know it’s highly unlikely - more like impossible - but just imagine for a second that it was the same song and there was a Sinatra cover by Karen sitting there in the vaults. If I’m not mistaken the track is listed as 1980 on that Buried Treasures list, so it would be a Karen vocal of the same quality as the Music, Music, Music recordings.
A bit off topic, but I heard something about Karen being scheduled to record " All Time High" and then suddenly died.I get it! But think what Richard could do...evident by what he did with Leon Russell songs (Superstar, A Song For You, This Masquerade). When I hear Russell's version of A Song For You, I marvel at what the heck Richard must have "heard" in that song and how he could make it a Carpenters classic. The original is so far from what I'd think as a potential Carpenters song. I'm sure he could do/have done the same with many Boz Scaggs songs!