Wow - I don't think I'd ever seen that. And a Bacharach/David song to boot. Thanks for posting it Chris.So cool when you find something you never heard before. I never knew Olivia sang this Carpenters track. 2 great icons in pop music.
Wow, I like this one, Harry. She really does have a great voice.My favorite is her take on Roger Nichols' "Talk It Over In The Morning".
Yes, indeed. Would have been great just to see where that single would have gone... If it had gone to the top of the charts or not.... and remember RC told Karen "just do don't do disco."We know that Karen loved Donna Summer's sound, and I think it showed in her choice of "My Body Keeps Changing My Mind" on her solo album.
Yes, but when she did, she did a phenomenal job. I never really cared for disco either, but there's something about the Bee Gees and Donna Summer that made you listen and want to dance. I'm sure if Karen had done more along those lines she would have done it well. I would rather have heard her go more along the lines of jazz/blues, but disco was the top 40 sound of the time.RC told Karen "just do don't do disco."
"California" is lovely, but the song I think I was actually thinking of was "Your Wish Is My Wish":Hooray, another Sarah Slean fan! My favorite album of hers is Day One, with the lovely "Mary" and "California" being my favourite songs. Hubby and I heard her perform live in Ottawa several years ago, and chills ran down my spine with her performance of "California" ... just her and her piano.
I'm straight, and though I don't care for Cher's music I like her as an actress where she has an interesting presence. But Karen (as we know) also had that special gift of a distinctive voice. I said it before on this post (months ago now) that among recent female singers, Amy Winehouse had a gift and was the best female singer the world had seen since Karen. I know her voice and style doesn't have the widespread appeal of Karen, but like Karen, she sang from a soul that was wounded and left us to early. Amy's songs and lyrics may be from the perspective of a woman to her man, but there is still something emotionally identifiable and powerful about them that captures my soul. Only Karen and Amy have done that for me; and it's interesting that Amy was born the year Karen died, and now their both sadly gone.Is it even permitted any more for a straight guy to admit liking Cher? Love or hate her, she's always been gifted with a rare commodity; a voice that is instantly recognizable (some other examples might include Neil Diamond and Roy Orbison,) and the minute you hear one note you know exactly who you're hearing. As far as being influenced by Karen C., Gloria Estefan has always mentioned her as a great influence on her style; especially on ballads she often sounds like Karen with a vague Spanish accent. (Gloria always slightly rolls her "r's" in words like "through.") Streisand generally leaves me cold, though I like many of the other performers mentioned here; I should also add the late Laura Branigan to this honor roll. Not sure if anyone has brought up Gladys Knight yet either, but she has always been a solid performer as well.
I think you could be right.Speaking of Basia, I've always thought that Basia's Time & Tide would've been a perfect vehicle for Karen. It's not hard for me to visualize KC's recording. The two artists share a similar range and had Karen lived I believe a Basia-esque feeling album would've served Karen well. Also, the only Gloria Estefan song I like is from around '86. Words Get in the Way was tailor made for Karen solo or otherwise. Much the same way Streisand continues to sell to a strong fan base w/o the hit single on every outing, Karen's output may have done same. Focusing or was it obsessing on the #1 chart position seems an unreasonable expectation. Imagine the pressure to meet and beat past sales.
I've never heard any of his full albums, but I really like many of his singles like "The Circle Is Small," "Sundown," "Carefree Highway" and "Rainy Day People." And the aforementioned "Edmund Fitzgerald" is an all-time favorite. That's an amazing record. The lyrics and melody alone are chill-inducing, but then you add in the arrangement and it takes it to a whole other level of spine-tingling eeriness.Anyone here a Gordon Lightfoot fan? He's my next favorite behind Carpenters. Complete opposites.
Thanks for clearing this up! Actually, a "Beauty and the Beast" maven I know informed me that "that Linda Hamilton" did in fact sing on one episode of that series; a lullabye to be exact. Went looking for a You Tube clip but couldn't find anything. So many actors have tried singing on records, I certainly thought she wouldn't be out of the question. (I collect bad personality records too; anybody got a good copy of the LP "And Me? I'm Ed McMahon" please let me know!)Terminator !! ahh, afraid not that Linda Hamilton.