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Official Review [Single]: 2. "(THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU"/"I KEPT ON LOVING YOU" (1183)

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Chris May, May 7, 2016.

Which side is your favorite?


    33 vote(s)
  2. Side B: "(I KEPT ON LOVING YOU)"

    7 vote(s)
  1. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    Meant to add, I'm not sure why we feel compelled to pit Karen against Richard in our discussions. And I even fall into that as well in some discussions. They are both gifted from God with their talents. Separately both are good, together, great.
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  2. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    I had forgotten that Richard Carpenter received five Grammy Nominations for arrangements,
    and, these songs span an interesting gamut:
    Close To You
    Calling Occupants

    The fifth escapes memory.
  3. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    He was nominated for “Flat Baroque” for ‘Best Instrumental Arrangement’.
  4. newvillefan

    newvillefan I Know My First Name Is Stephen

    Occupants should have won the Grammy for that. It goes to show, whatever their personal and professional issues at the time, he still had the magic touch for the song to be nominated.
  5. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    I had forgotten that Richard performs portions of
    I Kept On Loving You
    in this Carol Burnett Show Medley:
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  6. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    Even in that medley, it's interesting how Richard was highlighted quite a bit---and he wasn't even playing piano--- and he even had I Kept On Loving You, which seemed to be the best song of the medley, for himself. And I think that was missing from the later albums and appearances that "duo".
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  7. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    The choice of Richard as lead vocalist on some of the earlier Carpenters recordings has recently been discussed on other threads. In this case, his performance was also considered for a single 'A' side, (I think). From memory, earlier pressings of 'Close to You' had 'I Kept On Loving You' with the lowest catalogue number. This indicated the preferred 'A' side. Neither side had the large, prominent 'A'. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's what I remember. I'm guessing this has already been discussed in this thread, but I haven't been back and read the past comments.

    I like 'I Kept On Loving You'. It has a lot of energy and is a fun song. I like the background vocals.

    Another of Richard's songs that I like is 'Get Together'. Generally, I'm as big a fan of Richard as I am of Karen for his respective talents but I usually don't particularly like his lead singing vocals.

    I think I like 'Close to You' marginally better than 'I Kept On Loving You'.
  8. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    First time I have seen this, thanks for posting.

    Maybe a little off topic but I find it curious that they selected An Old Fashioned Love Song to start the medley, considering it was a song written specifically with the duo in mind, but Richard rejected it outright.
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  9. ThaFunkyFakeTation

    ThaFunkyFakeTation Ah am so steel een luv weeth yoo

    Will you look at that? Richard having fun! I also have to hand it to his ear! He sounds phenomenal in the background - coming up with parts I wasn't expecting and really centering the harmonic structures. Carol Burnett, for her part, is a woefully-underrated singer and she more than holds her own in that department.

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  10. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

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  11. John Adam

    John Adam Well-Known Member

    The Carpenters first number one single is my #9 single of my favorite singles. When it was said this single will be a complete flop or a #1 hit, that rings so true. Luckily it was a #1 or maybe we wouldn't be talking about the Carpenters on A&M corner??

    Richard made this a good single. The lyrics must of been interesting to work with. Over the years this song has grown on me, because I might of been one of those who would of made it a flop. So this single, as popular as it was, the Carpenter's biggest hit, is going to be my first single than gets less than a perfect 10.

  12. adam

    adam Active Member

    They long to be close to you. chart facts.

    Australia. 1
    Brazil. 3
    Canada .1
    Ireland. 6
    Israel. 8
    Malaysia. 1
    Mexico. 4
    Netherlands. 30
    New zealand. 9
    Spain. 8
    Uk. 6
  13. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    I am listening to this
    Close To You,
    presumably off of the cd-comp
    A&M 50: Anniversary Collection.

    I can't place my finger on it, but this mix sounds a bit different ?
    Hear for yourself, here:
  14. Harry

    Harry Charter A&M Corner Member Moderator

    It's compressed to ridiculous levels. That whole compilation is compressed to the maximum.
  15. no1kandrfan

    no1kandrfan Active Member

    OMG! I've been a fan since I was 9, and have NEVER seen this clip before. Thank you for sharing!
  16. no1kandrfan

    no1kandrfan Active Member

    I love CTY, but between the two I'm going with IKOLY. The song has great energy to it; Richard performs it well, and the arrangement is quite catchy. I love to sing along with it.
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  17. leadmister

    leadmister Well-Known Member

    (They Long To Be) Close To You was that breakout hit. It was Karen saying, "Here I am!" The first touch of that magic that would carry her into legend status and put her right up there with all of the heavy hitters of the day. Growing up in her part of town, just a few years after her passing, I remember this track being played on the local stations and treated with such reverence, like the sacred thing it was. Some people would stop and listen with a little bit of a wistful smile as it came on at the supermarket. This was back when there was still a lot of pride in Karen the hometown girl, and whenever anything Carpenters came up, someone would always say, "She's from Downey, you know!"

    That whispery opening vocal still gives me chills despite having heard it countless times.

    I Kept On Loving You was cool too, but it seemed more like filler to me than anything else. I understand that a lot of fans ended up really liking this one, and it was definitely one of Richard's best lead vocal performances. It's just not on par with the A side here.
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  18. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Here is a neat clip of Make Your Own Kind O Music, featuring
    I Kept On Loving You (Richard)
    The Bacharach Medley
    One Love
    (different piano bridge):
  19. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Here is an interview with Chuck Findley, regards Close To You (and, "Carpenters" in general).
    Listening to this interview is a bit different than others' I have heard.
    Listen and see if you agree (that it is different).
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  20. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

  21. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    ^^Nice post Gary! First time I have seen this, and they're singing live!! THANK YOU

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