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Official Review [Single]: 7. "SUPERSTAR"/"BLESS THE BEASTS AND CHILDREN" (1289-S)

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Chris May, May 22, 2016.

Which side is your favorite?

  1. Side A: "SUPERSTAR"

    35 vote(s)

    4 vote(s)
  1. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Active Member

    August 1970 would be very early for taping at home. The Betamax didn’t come out till 1975 and 1977 for VHS in North America (the Phillips VCR format came out in 72). The closest would be U-Matic, but as far as I know, that didn’t hit the market till 1971 (it had been announced in the late-60’s).

    So you would probably be looking for kinescope copies, unless a videotape copy from a station survived.
  2. Thanks for the very informative replies. It sounds like the footage might be in never-never land! Oh, well, just was wondering (and hoping)...would've been interesting to see.
  3. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Karen Carpenter, October 30, 1978:
    "That song--Bless The Beasts And Children--we cut in three days.
    ...it's a nice song, we never thought of it as a single, but a lot of people like it."
    (ref: Liner Notes, Reader's Digest).
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  4. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Bless The Beasts And Children.....
    Karen's comment--"...we never thought of it as a single...." had me wondering....
    Why Not ??
    The soundtrack version of the song is great.
    Also, there is a soundtrack LP (which I still do not have).
    As of this day, I have not seen the entire movie--but, I will do so eventually.
    The soundtrack version of the song is outstanding--later remixes are anathema to my ears.

    We read this:
    " Despite it’s dismissal by hostile critics upon its release I dare say that
    Bless the Beasts and Children will be vindicated by future generations of movie
    lovers who will respond to it’s life-affirming themes of tolerance and compassion."

    Bless the Beasts and Children
    Forsaken 70′s Cinema: Stanley Kramer’s “Bless the Beasts and Children”
  5. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    "You love that song -- but do you love its original?
    By Tamara Wilson, Wed March 21, 2018"
    #3. "Superstar" (1971)
    Delaney & Bonnie and Friends originally recorded and released "Groupie (Superstar)" in 1969,
    telling the story of a groupie who falls in love with a rock star.
    The song title changed to "Superstar" when Joe Crocker re-recorded it in 1970.
    Bette Midler and Cher also released versions. But it was The Carpenters who made the song a hit.
    The brother-and-sister duo crafted a stellar version that shot up to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1971."

    You love that song -- but do you love its original? - CNN
  6. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Well, finally I decided to get a copy of the Soundtrack LP:
    Bless The Beasts....I went with a copy off of ebay for $15,
    the Japanese pressing w/obi....
    Ooh....I can't wait to play it....
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