I was listening to the Forsyth "live" 1978 performance of I Need To Be In Love, this morning, and it really tore me up.
Quite frankly, that may be Karen's finest "live" vocal ever (could be visual, too, as Karen is so expressive while singing it).
I wholeheartedly agree. Karen is in pain in that performance. It is one of her most stunning achievements - albeit at a profound personal cost.
I remember back in the mid 90's I made friends with a lovely, funny lady who worked in my local art house cinema. And she would often say, a long time before I knew the performance even existed, that one of the most heartbreaking things she ever saw on tv was Karen Carpenter singing on the Bruce Forsyth show. I always assumed she was somewhat exaggerating, or being dramatic, until I saw it ...