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Holidays! 🎄 THE OFFICIAL REVIEW: [Album] "CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT" SP-4726

How Would You Rate This Album?

  • ***** (BEST)

    Votes: 49 77.8%
  • ****

    Votes: 13 20.6%
  • ***

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • **

    Votes: 1 1.6%
  • *

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    63

Rumbahbah

Well-Known Member
I was under the impression that Jerry Weintraub's strategy for the TV specials was to keep them visible as an act so that they would continue to retain some form of audience in their future career moves (whether albums or tours), but I don't know if the specials were being used as a medium to attract younger fans. Given the corny format and largely uninteresting guest stars, I'm guessing the aim was to appeal to an older audience.

The Weintraub stable of acts was clearly heavily employed as guests on the specials though. John Denver, the one really big current name to appear on the first few specials, was managed by Weintraub, as were John Davidson, Suzanne Somers and the McNichols.

Re the McNichols, I wonder if Weintraub used the Carpenters special as a platform to promote them rather than because they were genuine 'guest stars' who would add anything to the show - didn't they have an album out in 1978 around that time?
 

GDB2LV

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Kristy was on the first Christmas special in 1977, then Jimmy joined her for the Carpenters second Christmas special in 1978, Christmas Portrait. They released a self titled album in 1978. TheIr single remake of the Chiffons He’s So Fine went to #70 on the hot 100. They also had their version of Slow Dance on that record. I’m sure that’s where Carpenters heard it, now being friends, and liked the song well enough to record their own version. Unfortunately it wasn’t released until after Karen passed. It should have been on MIA. I love the song, which fits beautifully on the Lovelines lp though. By they way, if you’re curious about the McNichol’s version, it’s on YouTube, and pretty bad.
 
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newvillefan

I Know My First Name Is Stephen
By they way, if you’re curious about the McNichol’s version, it’s on YouTube, and pretty bad.
Yet if you read the comments on the YouTube posting, they’re overwhelmingly positive. The song obviously evokes a great deal of nostalgia for many people. Another arrangement from that late 70s time period that Richard pretty much carbon-copied.

 

Jarred

Well-Known Member
They should’ve had Kristy stick to acting. I’m so glad that Karen recorded this. It’s of course not too challenging a tune technically or emotionally demanding, but Karen sounds so playful and there’s a quiet, but palpable yearning heard. The arrangement is so smooth and atmospheric (thank heavens that it was held off from VOTH, which I believe it was intended for), and Karen shows her gift for finding poetic, shaded depth in the most innocuous of words.
 
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