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Touch me when we're Dancing (Live)

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by WYBIMLA, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Active Member

    Was Richard actually singing on that video? I was just listening to it on my laptop, and it sounded like the vocals and piano track were the tracks from the Yesterday Once More video, especially that tag at the end, it sounded like it came from the video on YOM just as the song was ending and then the next note heard would've been Burt Bacharach's version of "Close To You".
  2. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    You're welcome :). I do think the images are there on the screen, you can see the reflections on the floor.

    He is there but very low down in the mix.
  3. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Active Member

    I heard him, but it sounds like his vocals from the 1985 video.

    WYBIMLA Active Member Thread Starter

    Interesting, seems after a year or so after uncovering this video the initial excitement wore off...
    Now in hindsight we can look at it critically to see it for what it is.
    At first the idea of anything "new" is an amazing thought.

    I think there's mix issues for sure. I hear more of that as an issue. That can be trouble with live recordings. Again the quality of the clip doesn't help. By now my ears have adjusted I guess that pitch doesn't jump out at me right away. You all have great ears! To the untrained ear you couldn't really tell.

    When you hear "pitch problems" I think of American Idol audition phase. haha
    Like this is on the mild end of that scale.

    Perhaps there was something amiss with their monitors.
    The delivery, as Karen lingers on notes longer than the studio version, makes it more interesting for a live performance almost, no? That there's still something alight inside her to make those artistic choices.

    May sound strange... despite the negatives... it's still a very KC and RC performance.

    She has a little dance going when she's "Daaahyincin'". ;P Reminds me of "My body keeps changing my mind" just because of her pronunciation. Lol
    I just see Karen. Yes, vulnerable, but had to enjoy some part of it. Always did.
    She was that type of person, determined and obviously she wanted to do the MIA tour and continue recording.

    Also, that overdubbed section during the sax solo I found always had mix issues.
    In the studio version I think it goes almost inaudible at a point because of the reverb.
    Then in this version the mics obviously we're working properly or something happened.
    The best I heard that section is in the isolated centre track from the SACD. They're really good vocals, but always feel buried on that single.
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  5. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Well-Known Member

    Here is a little better quality of a photo I may have posted before but can't remember, I thought it might be better to place it in this thread. If you look on page 2 of this thread, Stephen detailed a good itinerary of their schedule. I'm assuming from his list that this was from Oct 19th 1981 in Paris at the Numero Un show.

    Billboard Jan 23, 1982
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    WYBIMLA Active Member Thread Starter

    That's cute she has a glimmer in her eyes. ^__^

    I believe her in that 1981 GMA interview when she said she enjoys who she is... as in she looks excited to get back to it.

    How lucky they got to see the world.

    Btw, that schedule looks pretty tiring to me, yet for them that was nothing compared to what they used to do. Still though.
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  7. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Active Member

    Quite frankly I don't like the frills Karen has on. It gives her that old grandma look, especially with the perm. I realize perms were a big thing in the 80's, but she doesn't look good in it.

    WYBIMLA Active Member Thread Starter

    ^ With the needle-point and a love of tea... maybe she liked the whole Grandma thing? Lol
    Takes away guess work as to what Grandma Karen would have been like then. haha
  9. song4u

    song4u Well-Known Member

    I thought maybe the perm was to hide possible hair loss. Though it's true, we did have big hair in the 80's.

    Likewise, the frill could have been an attempt to detract from her obvious thinness.

    We'll never know.
  10. Brian

    Brian Active Member

    I think those are both possibilities. I remember reading at the time of the original screening of 'The Karen Carpenter Story' that Cynthia Gibb wore Karen's net wigs for her role. Up until that point, it had never crossed my mind that Karen wore wigs. Then, a couple of years ago, on a UK programme, it was said that an anorexic's hair sometimes falls out. Then it all added up. I think that if a person is also abusing different types of medication the way that Karen reportedly was, that would make hair loss more likely again.

    Karen said on the Tonight Show in 1978 that recently before that, the producers of Star Parade in Germany chose several outfits for her. She joked that she thought they wanted her to wear them all at once. A check of Carpenters' 'Top of the World' and 'Sweet, Sweet Smile' on Star Parade, (YouTube), shows Karen looking healthy and normal weight. She might not have worn all the outfits at once, but she probably had padding under her gown to disguise her thinness, given that she was unbelievably underweight on most her her 1978 appearances, including the Tonight Show and the Christmas special. About the most unhealthy she ever looked was on The Bruce Forsyth Show in December, 1978. She looked so thin that you couldn't believe that she was standing up or alive, yet she sang beautifully, (live vocals).

    It's a terrible shame that she was so self-destructive.
  11. ars nova

    ars nova Active Member

    Karen wore hairpieces from the start of their career. many of the early publicity photos, showing her with really long hair, are actually pictures of what at the time were called " falls ".
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  12. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Active Member

    She did wear a frill in the video for "From This Moment On", but her hair was done much better in that video, as she didn't look like a granny. She looked more like she was ready for a date.

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