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Perry Como 1974 Christmas special with the Carpenters coming to DVD

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by JAZZ4JEFF, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Active Member

    The sax solo is quite different on both mixes. The 1974 version sounds jerky, like the saxophonist was walking down stairs while trying to record the solo, while the 1984 version is a lot more smooth.
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  2. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    That's precisely the reason why I prefer the 1984 version.
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  3. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Active Member

    Has anyone noticed how the mix of "Carol Of The Bells" on this special (minus the backing group) seems to be the same mix as on "Christmas Portrait", albeit in mono here?
  4. Of course. It's well-known that on TV performances, Carpenters preferred to mime to a recorded track.

    JAZZ4JEFF Active Member Thread Starter

    In case you don't have the DVD, GET-TV is showing the Perry Como Christmas special with the Carpenters. GET-TV is a digital channel available on many cable services. Here is the information:


    Premieres: Nov. 25 at 9pE; Other airdates include: Dec. 7 at 9pE and Dec. 23 at 8pE

    Celebrated showman Perry Como gets viewers into the spirit of Christmas, teaming up with the Carpenters to deliver an hour of holiday standards such as "Carol Of The Bells" and "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town," as well as unforgettable Como and Karen Carpenterduets on "Sleep Well, Little Children" and the tag-team medley covering the Como and Carpenter hits "It's Impossible" and "We've Only Just Begun." The special also includes comedian/impressionist Rich Little portraying Santa Claus in the guise of Jack Benny and Olympic Champion figure skater Peggy Fleming. The special also includes an extended Nativity scene, as narrated by Como. (OAD: 12/17/74).

    Starring: Perry Como, The Carpenters, Rich Little, and Peggy Fleming.
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  6. Chris

    Chris Active Member

    Thanks for posting the news about the airing. I'm so glad that Get-TV will be showing this and many other classics this season. It's great that Karen and Richard will be seen on television again in such a wonderful performance.
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  7. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    GET-TV also showing this Christmas Show Today, 27 Nov., 5-6 pm Eastern.
    I note that it is heavily edited (only a partial Como/Carpenters' Medley).
    In any event, great to see the duo on Television in 2015.
    Obviously, this is a well -remembered Christmas Special.
    (Why couldn't Carpenters get these writers for their Christmas Specials?).
  8. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    Even more edited than the edited version? :laugh:
  9. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Active Member

    Makes sense, as the amount of commercials that air on US TV now, especially with syndicated and repeat shows is more than in the 70's. On DVD the special is about 50 minutes without commercials, whereas TV shows nowadays are usually around 45 minutes.
  10. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Too soon for Christmas ?
    Oh, well, not only did I listen to Carpenters' Christmas music yesterday, I also revisited this Television Special.
    I love the Show--or, to be honest , the parts with Karen Carpenter on screen.

    I noticed a few things:
    (1) It takes quite a while before we actually get a Carpenter in the program--and, then, first up is the piano solo by Richard.
    Richard Carpenter maintains that "Please Mr. Postman" look in this segment (as in, not particularly enjoying himself).
    (2) Karen's vocals are buried quite a bit in the two musical numbers where everyone is on stage together singing.
    (3) The segment where Karen is holding on to Rich Little--the man almost ignores her ! Am I wrong ? I'd be ecstatic.
    (4) Rather than the show's producers editing the Carpenters/Como Medley at the end, why not edit the ice skating scenes,
    or--heaven forbid--cut out the piano solo ?
    (5) Many of these songs, here, later make their appearance as recordings on Christmas Portrait LP.

    I love watching the show, as Karen looks terrific.

    I'd love to isolate Karen's vocals on Sleep Well Little Children.
    Comparison of 1974 to her 1978 recording makes for enchanting listening.

    So again, a 1974 Album should have been recorded.
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  11. JBee

    JBee Active Member

    Yes, the C's (particularly Karen) were at peak voice and looks in 1974, and the Como special is the best example of that. It's a wonder what they could have recorded without the touring.
  12. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Active Member

    It's too bad that the special was limited to a one-hour time slot in 74, it would've been interesting to have seen and heard what could've been done in a 90 or 120 minute segment.
  13. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    My neighbor purchased the Como Christmas Special DVD
    and the 2-cd set, Carpenters Christmas Collection.
    In any event, she was prompted to do so after watching the
    PBS Special. She is very impressed with Carpenters......
  14. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    That's awesome Gary, another Carpenter convert!
  15. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    My Guide To A Classic TV Christmas
    Perry Como's Christmas Show (10 a.m., Ch 25.3 Get TV):
    With the Carpenters, Rich Little and Peggy Fleming in 1974.
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  16. Brasil_66_Fan

    Brasil_66_Fan Active Member

    Also being shown on INSP channel (available on DirecTV and U-verse and maybe others) Sunday Dec. 24th at 6:00 PM EST, Christmas Day at 2:00 PM EST. A religious oriented station which also shows 60's TV shows and older movies...
  17. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Regarding the duo's wonderful appearance on this show; at the end of the medley, Karen sings very beautifully (in her upper register) "no other love have I". Richard also chimes in; "till the end of time". Not being a big Como guy and doing some research, I found out these were big Como hits back in the day. My point being, after hearing Karen's vocal on that one line, I wanted to hear more. Just like I wanted to hear more of her rendition of "It's Impossible". Just more entries in the endless "wish list" of songs that shoulda/woulda/coulda been recorded by The Carpenters.
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  18. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Active Member

    Considering that the Carpenters did record those sections to audio tape, maybe the did record for both songs the whole thing.
  19. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    I had asked the fan club once about "Its Impossible" and the response from Ev made it sound as if there wasn't time to record a full version.
  20. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    Watching this again just now reminds me just how beautiful Karen was, as a singer and a girl.

  21. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    I got the impression that Perry was somewhat "smitten" with Karen during this medley. She had that effect on quite a few folks.
  22. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Active Member




    truly beautiful woman and voice!
    I ordered this DVD just before Christmas, but it`s from the states, so maybe a while :)

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