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Official Review [Single]: 20. "I NEED TO BE IN LOVE"/"SANDY" (1828-S)

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Chris May, Mar 26, 2017.

Which side is your favorite?

  1. Side A: "I Need To Be In Love"

    27 vote(s)
  2. Side B: "Sandy"

    8 vote(s)
  1. John Adam

    John Adam Well-Known Member

    This is my second favorite Carpenters single. This song and "Rainy Days" are two of the singles that once she starts to sing just grab your attention........and you can't help but just listen, almost paralyzed by her vocal performances. Karen has said this is her favorite Carpenter/Bettis tune and it shows. She acts and lived every note she sings. This one also under-performed on the charts, an early sign that radio was changing into a new animal. And Richard had the nerve to tell her not to do disco??? But he's probably right. All it would of bought is 10 minutes in the spotlight VS a career. :)

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  2. adam

    adam Active Member

    I Need To Be In Love. Chart facts.

    Australia. 47
    Japan.charted at no 5 in 1995
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  3. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    I do not have a copy of the comp cd 40/40.
    The song...I Need To Be In Love....
    is detailed on the resource page
    as..."2002 alteration"....
    on this compilation.

    What does that imply ?
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  4. leadmister

    leadmister Well-Known Member

    I had to choose INTBIL over Sandy. It is a superior composition and Karen and John both had a lot invested in it emotionally. And in the live Bruce Forsyth performance, she was really feeling it, as you see her roll her eyes and emphasize the "crazy world" part of the first verse. I have a small handful of favorite Karen moments during performances and promo videos, and INTBIL holds 3 of those spots: the first being the already mentioned Forsyth performance and the second being in the 1976 London show at the end of the song when she just sadly shrugs, with an ironic smile and slowly turns away from the audience. Chokes me up every time knowing what is behind that. The promo video with them on the airplane is also one of my favorites. She did some powerful emoting as she sat there quietly reading her copy of Billboard, while Richard was acting more goofy about his predicament. But Karen looked absolutely gorgeous in that video.

    As far as the single cut goes, to weigh in on some of the comments I have read in this thread, I wouldn't be surprised if the use of the OK Chorale was because of time constraints and/or personal problems. Did they have the time and energy it took at that point to lay down all of the vocal parts that they would slave over for weeks on end, while a touring schedule that was ramping up prohibited them from doing much besides endless shows 6-7 days per week?

    I look at a lot of things that went on after 1975 to be a matter of practicality as opposed to anything else. They weren't in the same spot they were during their golden years of '70-'75. You're looking at a combination of tired, frazzled, emotionally and creatively spent, sick, dependent on pills, depressed, mismanaged, and finally in denial about so much. Most people listen to their music from this period and wonder why they ended up with substandard results, but I listen to it and wonder how they were able to do what they did. Call the A Kind Of Hush and Passage period what you will: bland, less powerful, phoned in, whatever. Although these albums weren't up to par with the first 5, they are remarkable efforts considering the shape K&R were in.
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  5. ThaFunkyFakeTation

    ThaFunkyFakeTation Ah am so steel een luv weeth yoo

    I honestly don’t know why he thought that. It’s not commercial in the least bit to me and suffered from what so many Carpenters songs suffered from: saccharine arrangements. That darned oboe he wouldn’t let go of along with the chorale made what is a very nice tune into a totally uncool one. Karen sounds great on it, of course, but the tune isn’t the least bit commercial to my ears.

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  6. John Adam

    John Adam Well-Known Member

    I don't think it's a commercial pop single, but it is absolutely gorgeous recording and vocal. I also like the more basic vocal like on the Bruce Forsythe performance from 1978. That said it is still my second favorite Carpenters single of them all. I think that says something to it's appeal, it's still a cool tune regardless of radio play to me. :)
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  7. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    I love harps, I love Gayle Levant.
    Listen to what she says here (40m04s): "their legacy...I can't even begin to tell you because
    I don't want to start crying...I'm so grateful that I was there at the time that they were there,
    together, and that I wasn't just listening to them on the radio, I was part of their sound,
    and I am forever grateful."

    The Japan documentary about the song, I Need To Be In Love:

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