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When I fall in Love- Wouldn't A Duet be Great?

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Mark-T, Oct 4, 2018.

  1. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    It’s just a case of different backgrounds. Barbra has done stage and screen as well as music, so her vocal style tends to be an infusion of all three. Karen only ever got the chance to be a recording artist.
  2. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Absolutely true! I'm not a big fan of musicals and stage, so you can imagine why she's rank below Karen in my book. Other opinions will vary- and I respect them even if I disagree.
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  3. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    ^^Mark, you are total "class". So good to have you in this forum...
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  4. David A

    David A Well-Known Member

    As much as I jones for anything new, I have to agree. It would have been amazing if Karen had done a duet or three, when she was alive, and (in my opinion) still under Richards' tutelage. I also happen to think that a duet with a big name, popular voice was a missed opportunity for her solo endeavor (more commercial viability).
  5. ars nova

    ars nova Active Member

    if the solo album was intended to establish KAREN CARPENTER, she likely would not have wanted a duet. peter cetera's involvement isn't a duet, it's a famous guy singing background on a song he wrote.
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  6. David A

    David A Well-Known Member

    With respect, I don't think a duet would have negatively affected her desire to be viewed outside her relationship with Richard and the Carpenters; after all, she had done, as we've discussed, NO duets while a part of the Carpenters (not counting TV show appearances and such). So a duet, especially without Richard's involvement, would have been far outside the norm for her. But maybe Karen did feel that way, who knows.

    Had Karen done a duet while with Richard, a Holiday song on their Christmas album seems to make great sense; it doesn't tread on Carpenters original material and would have been produced by Richard - best of all worlds.
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  7. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Randy Schmidt's book mentions Karen and Olivia Newton-John discussed doing a duet. If only that would have happened! :)
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  8. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    It also mentioned Karen guest drumming on Olivia’s Physical tour in the autumn of 1982. Imagine if we’d seen that happen? The Wikipedia link about that tour mentions Karen:

    Olivia's personal friend, Karen Carpenter, attended various tour shows, and considered the possibility of drumming during a few concerts, but dropped [out] because of her deteriorating health”.

    Physical Tour - Wikipedia
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  9. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    That'd have been fun! I saw her on tour then- what a surprise that would have been! (I saw her at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles.)
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  10. Kyle Thomas

    Kyle Thomas Member

    My dream duet for Karen Carpenter would be if the song "Dancing the Old Fashioned Way," which she sang with John Davidson on the "Space Encounters" special, was re-done with Michael Buble or Harry Connick singing the lead. Since that song was done in studio, surely it could be arranged into a duet with a great voice of today joining in with Karen's lead.
  11. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    ^^^ I LOVE that song! An unreleased gem!
  12. Kyle Thomas

    Kyle Thomas Member

    Me too. I've never understood why it hasn't been released. A fresh duet -- similar to what Celine Dion did with Frank Sinatra on "All the Way" -- would be fantastic.
  13. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    I doubt Richard would ever allow that.
  14. John Adam

    John Adam "We are observing your Forum".........Baby

    A duet might be interesting. Maybe if Richard produced and supervised the event.
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