I was just listening to that earlier myself. Must be something in the air. Karen?Just listening earlier today to "Knowing When to Leave" on the 1980 Music Music Music Medley...
Every line is sheer perfection on this one. That whole medley... Even the opening lines of 'Sing'.... just flawless. utterly flawless.
Tony, we are twins, separated at birth!...I was reminded how much I love the harmonies in the second verse ("For only time, and love may grow"). I've played that part countless times and never tire of it. In fact, I played it about 10 times just now as I wrote this! In particular the harmonies on the words "time" and "grow" are absolutely exquisite.
I know this has been documented - but I am horrible at finding lost threads with in-tel...I was just listening to that earlier myself. Must be something in the air. Karen?
in what is an almost serendipitous coming together of 4 separate rhythms :
(i) Karen's phrasing of the lyric and (ii) Joe Osbourne's bass line, both floating over (iii) a gentle bossa nova drumbeat -more like a heartbeat - and (iv) the chiming-in of harmonies at that moment in double time.
When do we thing this medley was recorded - in the order of events surrounding the solo album - and Made In America?
There is something magical in songs like "For All We Know", "Rainy Days", "Begun", "Close to You", and countless others -- every listen is as (downright) exciting as the first. That alone not only showcases Karen as a stellar vocalist -- or even the prowess of the Wrecking Crew musicians -- it underscores Richard's finesse as an arranger and producer. He wasn't only pinching himself, he was laughing at Rolling Stone all the way to the bank!Whether by accident or design, the way those beats fell, Richard must have been pinching himself!
I definitely enjoy that harmony, but I got goosebumps the first time I heard her perform this song on Bruce Forsythe's show. Hearing the electric piano in place of the vocals was chilling, and I would have loved to hear the piano end the song.The musical interludes after the chorus on "Superstar" have always been so haunting to me....but my favorite would have to be the end of Merry Christmas, Darling, starting with the last "i wish i were with you...." then that killer harmony. Gets me every time.
it's "in your hair of gold and starlight in your eyes so blueFor me it's very specifically the vocal harmony sound they created. There's certain moments when it really hits.
I bet you I'm probably weirder...
At one point I named these moments "Carpenter-gasms". O__o
At first during "Close to you" it would be past 2 min mark "so they sprinkled moon dust in your hair..."
It's the words "golden starlight". As the vocals come together on "gold". I would play that over and over.
I have no idea why. Just such a full sound I guess.
And "Maybe it's you". During the chorus I always loved "his only thought is love for me" particularly the moment they come together on the word "thought".
I used to repeat "keep them safe and warm" on "Bless the beasts" because it did sound so warm.
"Corn fed chords appeal to me"... believe me "Goofus" got it's repeats too during the beginning part with their close harmonies and especially that great "oooo" at the end.
The ending of "One love" and "Crystal lullaby". The harmonies are so good!
I used to play the sax solo of "Touch me when we're dancing" over and over because of the vocal overdubs in there. I liked the drums too. For sure this one I'd do over and over. One of my fav parts. When I heard the isolated vocals from the SACD album and I got to hear the "aaahs" louder I was amazed once more. It's so spot on. Or are they more "heeehs" rather than "aaaahs". Still I love it.
"Those good old dreams" chorus makes me nuts. Get the headphones on and I'm completely lost in there.
Good luck trying to find me. XD
"(Want you) Back in my life again" used to be one I'd play over and over too. When they jump in there with their sound during the chorus I'm amazed. After all these years. Super tight harmonies. It's studio perfection.
"Without a song" from "Interpretations" rocks my world too. The acapella breakdown in "Somebody's been lyin" is similar. I like that part too.
Parts of "Slow dance" like "Dance with meeeee" or the ending "Someone like you hooowhoaaaa". I'm melting.
Sometimes I like some of those vocals mixed in there so it's almost ambient and takes on a 'smokey' kind of quality. I can't really explain it obviously.
Oh, and the 1980 medley drives me nutty too. "Knowing when to leave" gets a repeat! The "day after days an each night after night". Then, when Karen sings "We've only just begun" ten years after it's initial release and she goes "and we'll smile" one more time... It makes me cry. "Smile" sounds particularly magical.
So, yea I will re-live these moments from time to time. You think it would wear off eventually, but nope.
I've been a solid listener for ten years. I'm still hooked.