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Album Sides THE ALBUM SIDES [Poll]: "HORIZON" (SP-4530)

Which side is your favorite?

  • Side 1

    Votes: 21 43.8%
  • Side 2

    Votes: 27 56.3%

  • Total voters
    48

John Tkacik

Active Member
Horizon is my favorite Carpenters album. In my opinion, Karen and Richard never sounded better than they do on this album. I would usually say that I love both sides equally but for purposes of this poll, side 2 wins by a hair. Solitaire is my all time favorite Carpenters song and I Can Dream, Can't I is number 3 on my personal list. Everything else between sides 1 and 2 is a tie.
 

BarryT60

Well-Known Member
I picked Side Two after changing my vote from Side One. They're really equally great, but 'Solitaire' is just otherworldly and 'Happy' is the best b-side Karen and Richard ever released.
I'm about to reconsider, myself! Only Yesterday is my favorite single of the latter years, so I went with 1 - but side two had all fresh material on it... I've never been a huge fan of I Can Dream Can't I - so I may switch....
 

BarryT60

Well-Known Member
This was the toughest decision I have yet made with respect to the Polls !
Initially, I gravitated to Side One, as Only Yesterday (my all-time favorite song)
and Please Mr.Postman (another favorite) both occurred on this Side.
Finally, two thing swayed me (barely) to Side Two:
Solitaire
is simply one of the finest Karen Carpenter vocals ever put to 'tape'
and-- as to the other songs-- each time She lingers on those words "....Sea..."
in Caught Between Goodbye And I Love You, my heart melts.

But, truthfully, I love both Sides.
I Love everything about this fantastic Album: Horizon



what he said! :wink:
 

Jarred

Well-Known Member
“ Only Yesterday" sounds overproduced and over-tinkered-with to me.
I’ve been hearing this track a few times today and I knew there was one dissenting opinion on this widely adored track and went back to look. I do really like the song, and it has great energy, but I think it is overproduced and there’s not enough air in the mix like there had been with previous singles. It’s just too tight and over-polished that it doesn’t come alive in the way that it should. When things calm down and Karen sings about how she’s found her home in her love’s arms, it’s like an intimate ray of sunlight poking through the production. I wish she had more room to breathe here.

I think a sparkling track like “AYGFLIALS” has more life and joy to it because it’s arranged and moves more organically.
 

Another Son

Well-Known Member
I’ve been hearing this track a few times today and I knew there was one dissenting opinion on this widely adored track and went back to look. I do really like the song, and it has great energy, but I think it is overproduced and there’s not enough air in the mix like there had been with previous singles. It’s just too tight and over-polished that it doesn’t come alive in the way that it should. When things calm down and Karen sings about how she’s found her home in her love’s arms, it’s like an intimate ray of sunlight poking through the production. I wish she had more room to breathe here.

I think a sparkling track like “AYGFLIALS” has more life and joy to it because it’s arranged and moves more organically.
'Only Yesterday' was very exciting in comparison to other singles on the radio when it came out, though, which is why it reached Number 4 on the US Billboard Singles charts. It really was authoritative amongst the other releases of the day. It stood out as something special. I think it still stands out today, nearly half a century later. And nothing can beat those low 'E's that Karen sings so richly and effortlessly.
 

Jarred

Well-Known Member
'Only Yesterday' was very exciting in comparison to other singles on the radio when it came out, though, which is why it reached Number 4 on the US Billboard Singles charts. It really was authoritative amongst the other releases of the day. It stood out as something special. I think it still stands out today, nearly half a century later. And nothing can beat those low 'E's that Karen sings so richly and effortlessly.
I get that they were always striving for commercial hits, but this is one that leaned maybe a bit too much into that mindset. Richard even said he designed this specifically to appeal to the average record buyer, and if worked, but it can feel a bit bloodless, which most others past singles didn’t.
 

GaryAlan

Well-Known Member
Being my all-time favorite song of any artist, Only Yesterday is a prime example of what Richard and Karen Carpenter
were able to accomplish within the constraints of pop-music-- in 4 minutes time.
If over-produced means filling every available track with an instrument, all properly placed, then guilty as charged.
If over-produced means leaving no stone unturned, regards lead vocals and background harmony, then guilty as charged.
A fan-club newsletter reminds us that this was their most "overdubbed" song.
It is a sparkling gem of a song--even if it was "manufactured" to be that way.
Jim Gordon is incredible on drums. Castanets, a nice touch.
Sax break is great, followed by great guitar work (Tony Peluso).
Strings well-place throughout.
I would not alter a thing.
Perfect.
 

Jarred

Well-Known Member
Even after all these great points made it still feels it should be “free-er” to me, more expansive, more fluid. I love hearing it and it sounds sparkling and timeless, but the quibbling nuances keep me from embracing it completely.
 

goodjeans

Well-Known Member
Being my all-time favorite song of any artist, Only Yesterday is a prime example of what Richard and Karen Carpenter
were able to accomplish within the constraints of pop-music-- in 4 minutes time.
If over-produced means filling every available track with an instrument, all properly placed, then guilty as charged.
If over-produced means leaving no stone unturned, regards lead vocals and background harmony, then guilty as charged.
A fan-club newsletter reminds us that this was their most "overdubbed" song.
It is a sparkling gem of a song--even if it was "manufactured" to be that way.
Jim Gordon is incredible on drums. Castanets, a nice touch.
Sax break is great, followed by great guitar work (Tony Peluso).
Strings well-place throughout.
I would not alter a thing.
Perfect.
This is also my favorite song of all time.
I love the fact that it is so produced, down to the electric guitar solo fading into the same strings note.
I listen to this song every week.
 
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