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Public Broadcasting Exclusive: Carpenters The Complete Singles Release

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Harry, Aug 24, 2015.

  1. pufnstuf1969

    pufnstuf1969 Member

    What are the extras on the dvd
  2. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    WEDU- TV (Tampa,Florida Ch.3) is airing this Program Today:
    Once at 4 PM and again, at 11 PM.
  3. Clinton

    Clinton New Member

    Can anyone tell me how the "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" single on this singles collection sounds? I have it on vinyl, and have been searching for its digital release for years. Does it sound like a vinyl transfer? It is probably one of my very favorite recordings ever. I have many of the other singles already, so I am really only interested in this one song. Would it be worth buying this collection for this one song? Thank you!
  4. Harry

    Harry Charter A&M Corner Member Moderator Thread Starter

    It is from a master tape source and sounds great. I'm sure we detailed it within this thread.

    Welcome to the Forum.
  5. Clinton

    Clinton New Member

    Thank you, Harry! I appreciate it. I am glad to be a part of the Forum.
  6. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    As Harry said above, it is from a master tape source, but it's also in stereo. There is another digital version out there (not to mention the 1984 Remix that appears on "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" and "From The Top") of the single version, and that's on the "Perry Como Christmas show" DVD, but that version is in mono, as it was mastered from the 2-inch Quad video master made in 1974. And in 1974 there was no such thing as stereo TV broadcasts. But you should check out the video that goes with it, it is a really nice video, but check out the entire special, as it's nice to see the Carpenters in a full length special.
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  7. Clinton

    Clinton New Member

    Thank you! I appreciate the info. Yes, I have the "Christmas Collection" which contains the 1984 Remix. I have also seen clips from the "Perry Como Christmas Show," but have not seen the whole special. I will look into that DVD as well. There is something so special to me about the 1974 original single…maybe it's just the fact that it has that true mid-'70s pop sound. The '84 version is nice as well, but it almost sounds too clean to me. In my opinion, the original single just can't be topped. I will begin my search for the "Complete Singles" collection. Thanks again!
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  8. Hi.
    Does anybody have an idea when this will be available to people outside of the US. I'm in the UK and the only way I could get it would be to pay a ridiculous amount on eBay. ☺
  9. Harry

    Harry Charter A&M Corner Member Moderator Thread Starter

    The word we got was that it would NEVER be issued outside of the Public Broadcasting offer on US television. It's been over a year now and still holds true.
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  10. newvillefan

    newvillefan I Know My First Name Is Stephen

    I think it was a silly decision to keep its scope so limited given the work that went into it as well as Richard's involvement. I think the compilation would have widespread appeal, especially in the UK, Japan and Europe.
  11. Chris May

    Chris May Resident 'Carpenterologist' Moderator

    I believe the reason for this is because of the loyalty Richard has to PBS. The whole idea that this is a rarity, exclusive to the PBS network makes it more 'special', therefore the high asking price (or "donation request" I should say). However I wouldn't be surprised if at some point down the line it gets a clever repackaging, with international distribution.
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  12. Actorman

    Actorman Active Member

    Exactly. This specific package will not have a general release, but now that these new single masters exist, there is no reason they (Universal) couldn't release them in some other configuration at some point.
  13. Harry

    Harry Charter A&M Corner Member Moderator Thread Starter

    Great idea. They could call it SINGLES... :razz:
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  14. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Honolulu City Lights

    Yeah and we would buy it tomorrow too :laugh:
  15. Chris May

    Chris May Resident 'Carpenterologist' Moderator

    This made me laugh! LOL
  16. newvillefan

    newvillefan I Know My First Name Is Stephen

    I would! :laugh::flex:
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  17. A&M Retro

    A&M Retro Well-Known Member

    I'm still waiting to sell one of my limbs for 'The Complete Singles' set. Really want to hear these original 45 mixes digitally.
  18. CraigGA

    CraigGA Well-Known Member

    I completely agree! When I started collecting singles, in 1973, there was a certain magical element in the arrangement and / or instrumentation that each single had apart from the album version. That excitement is still felt as fresh as the first listen with this package. Sometimes, I think my subconscious wants to replicate the same level of repeated relentless listening in celebration of "the singles" mix in digital form!
  19. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Honolulu City Lights

    I think we are bound to get at some point a U.S. Singles set released by Universal that will appeal to the general public and be much more readily available to purchase. I'm happy that it was finally released on this PBS presentation and that Richard was involved but it wasn't really available to everyone in the world and was limited in tuning in to PBS. I would imagine much of the public wasn't even aware of this release unless they watched PBS or found out about it online. I would welcome Universal to put something like this together for a wider audience for purchase.

    So many of these singles were released in mono (a popular format back in those days) Universal could package it with many more mono's along with their stereo sides. That would be a set I'd pay big bucks for and I think a great idea to market in selling the package. They could even make the CD's look like a 45 design. I just recently bought Amy Grant's new Christmas CD called Tennessee Christmas (get it at Target w/ 2 bonus tracks) and when you look inside the CD picture is a replica of a 45 record. It's pretty awesome and a nice touch, would love to see something like that on a Carpenters US Singles set from Universal.
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  20. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    Just a heads up. WTVSD out of Detroit is reairing the special tomorrow night from 10-11:30 p.m., 1-2:30 a.m on Sunday, and then from 2:30 -4 a.m on June 16. My cable box TV guide is giving it a 2015 year, so this appears to be just the 1997 documentary and not the version with the added Christmas videos.
  21. ScottyB

    ScottyB Active Member

    This just in...CPTV, a Connecticut PBS station, aired the Close To You documentary yesterday. In addition to the "pay-all-at-once offer, they also have a plan to make an on-going contribution and receive these gifts. $17 a month gets you The Complete Singles, Christmas Portrait, Christmas Memories DVD and Close To You: Remembering The Carpenters DVD.
    Not a bad price for someone who can't afford to dish out all that money at once...plus the contribution to PBS.
    Details at www.cptv.org
  22. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    Still hoping that some sort of release with the complete singles mixes will someday soon be available to international fans, as well as the Christmas DVD.... but not bundled in with other releases that we've already got two or three times over.

    Oh, well, I guess we can do without them.....
  23. Jeff

    Jeff Well-Known Member

    The singles box set was well worth it.
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  24. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    If a version was made available in Europe, it would need to include tracks that were released there like "Jambalaya", "My Body Keeps Changing My Mind" (from the "Rainy Days" Radio Remix single) and "Trying To Get The Feeling".
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  25. newvillefan

    newvillefan I Know My First Name Is Stephen

    The solo track featured on the radio remix single was Still Crazy After All These Years, along with Maybe It's You, Ordinary Fool, and Let Me Be The One. Is that what you're referring to?

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