• Two exciting new Carpenters releases are now available. The new book Carpenters: The Musical Legacy can be ordered here. A big thanks to the authors and Richard Carpenter for their tremendous effort in compiling this book! Also, the new solo piano album Richard Carpenter's Piano Songbook is available for ordering here.

Seasonal Album: Carpenters OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS SP-3270

What is your favorite track?

  • It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Overture

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • An Old-Fashioned Christmas

    Votes: 2 6.3%
  • O Holy Night

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Home For The Holidays

    Votes: 5 15.6%
  • Medley

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Little Altar Boy

    Votes: 8 25.0%
  • Do You Hear What I Hear?

    Votes: 3 9.4%
  • My Favorite Things

    Votes: 1 3.1%
  • He Came Here For Me

    Votes: 1 3.1%
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

    Votes: 4 12.5%
  • What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

    Votes: 5 15.6%
  • Selections From The Nutcracker

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

    Votes: 3 9.4%

  • Total voters
    32
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george_b said:
I have never heard why Richard sang the first phrase. I do agree that there is a "grand entrance" effect that I still enjoy.

In '78 when the session was done for this song, Karen's lead vocal was a "work lead" that was incomplete. She sang during a tracking session that included some orchestration, as there were two separate "takes" of this tracking session that were spliced and edited together to make one complete musical pass at the song.

During production for "An Old Fashioned Christmas", Richard went back to this reel, and discovered on the playback that Karen's work lead from the take used to complete the first segment was scattered and sung incompletely. However, the work-lead from the back half section of the take was compelete and well enough to complete the song. SO, hence the reason Richard went into the first verse, deleted Karen's lead, and recorded his twice (doubled to create the Carpenters "sound" if you will).
 
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