This is a mis-characterization - reread what I wrote - I wasn't asking him to "strip away all of his work" - just to lighten up a little on the production, and, most importantly, to allow us to hear her without distortion - after all, one wouldn't spray a translucent oily film over "name-your-favorite-painting-here" - why would one mask another masterpiece, her voice, in any way?I don't get why anyone would think that Richard, the keeper of the flame, the creator of "the sound" of Carpenters, would suddenly think it's a good idea to strip away all of his work just so that the Karen-only-worshippers can hear her voice all alone? It just doesn't make any sense.
Well, as I see it the only way to "embellish Karen's enormous gift" is to stop screwing with it by burying it under "Karen overdubs" and lay it bare - and I don't think this would be just for the "amusement of a few".Wishing for it? Trying to do it with technology by yourself? Maybe some of that makes sense, but really, don't expect anything like that from Richard. He's spent his whole life attempting to embellish Karen's enormous gift with the right arrangements and settings. Sometimes he went overboard - I think we all agree with that - but he's not going to be stripping away his life's work for the amusement of a few.