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Official Review [Single]: 15. "PLEASE MR. POSTMAN"/"THIS MASQUERADE" (1646-S)

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Chris May, Sep 24, 2016.

Which side is your favorite?

  1. Side A: "Please Mr. Postman"

    21 vote(s)
  2. Side B: "This Masquerade"

    26 vote(s)
  1. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    March 15, 1975, Record Mirror:
    "Carpenters' Please Mr.Postman has sold in excess of 250,000 UK copies."
  2. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    It is interesting, regards two Carpenters' singles,
    Please Mr. Postman and the earlier Sing,
    they being often maligned as being lightweight, if not inconsequential.
    I am of opposite opposite in that regard.
    To this day, I believe that these two singles
    are brilliant in their execution:
    That is, lead vocal...background vocals... arrangement.
  3. CraigGA

    CraigGA Well-Known Member

    I feel that Please Mr. Postman is one of their greatest songs and it can introduce a new comer to their oldies nostalgia selections where Karen is heard playing drums and singing lead and background vocals.
  4. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Mr Postman never did it for me. I don't consider it one of their best. Really shows the "fickleness" of the record buying public IMHO. How it can go to #1 and a GREAT song like All You Get From Love... can just languish on the charts is beyond me. I do like that Disneyland video (Karen is absolutely beautiful) and wouldn't trade that for the world.
  5. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    My mom thinks Richard should put out a sequel to “Please Mr. Postman” that is updated to reflect email and the internet. I have told her how Alan Jackson did a quasi-sequel with www.memory.
  6. CraigGA

    CraigGA Well-Known Member

    Please Mr. Postman has a contagious element to it, begging to be played repeatedly. All You Get From Love Is A Love Song does not have the same feeling.

    The original writer of Love Song has a relaxed laid back slap in the music that Richard removed on their version that took that playback feel from it. It is still a nice song and in some ways an improved version but whether it was single worthy is still questionable to me. It was realeased in the spring and it has a late summer, early fall feeling to it. I wish some of that laid back emotional feeling was kept however, for I feel it would have helped it.

    Please Mr. Postman has a lot stuffed into that simple song of fun that adds to the musical quality. Nothing is wasted and it is tastefully accomplished in its presentation. Plus, it set a record in the record books for a number 1 Motown Song original and covered version both going to number 1 on the Billboard charts. Not many can claim that accomplishment and it was their last number 1 song.

    I enjoy both songs for what they accomplished and for simply being a song where we get to hear Karen singing 2 different styles of music to perfection.
  7. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Yes, I love both songs ! As I love all things Passage....
    Be that as it may, Carpenters' Please Mr. Postman is a brilliant update of that song !
    All You Get From Love Song is special for many a reason, simply not as effective for a 'remake.'
    Jamesj75 likes this.

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