sábado, 4 de marzo de 2017

257º-Karen Carpenter Magazine!-

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martes, 28 de febrero de 2017


1. You say in your Q&A section that there are 8 versions of Yesterday Once More. Which version is present on the 13th single in the Japan Single Box?
The version on the new Japanese box set is the SINGLE version, the version that was released on the first edition of the NOW & THEN album on CD and the version that was released on their first compilation "The Singles 1969-1973."

2. What's the difference between Merry Christmas Darling on the 6th and on the 17th single in the Japan Single Box. Are these different versions?
These versions are all the same version - the single version that was first released on the 1991 box set "From The Top."

3. What's the difference between Top Of The World on the 11th and on the 15th single in the Japan Single Box? Different versions? If not, would you know why this song has been released as a single in Japan twice?
The 11th single contains the 'album version' and the 15th includes the single reworked version.

4. The same goes for I Won't Last A Day Without You. This song is present on the 12th and on the 16 th in the Japan Single Box. No different versions, I guess? So what could have been the reason for the 16th release in the 1973 Now & Then era while this track is from the previous 1972 A Song For You album? I don't understand.
Surprisingly they felt the song would a hit in the midst of their NOW & THEN album.  Single 12 includes the "A Song For You" version while the 16th includes a 'reworked' version of it.  Vocals are the same, but this one uses more of moog instument.

5. Look To Your Dreams has been edited for a single release as the B-side to Make Believe. Is this edit present on the 32th single in the Japan Single Box? The album version is 5.14 minutes long.
Unfortunately the version presented in the box set is the complete album version: piano ending complete.

6. The 25th single in the Japan Single Box contains Can't Smile Without You as the Japanese B-side to Sweet Sweet Smile. Would this be the alternate lyric version of the song (which was the US B-side to Calling Occupants) or is it just the 1976 album version?
The version presented here includes the 'alternate version' that was first released on CD on the "Singles 1974-1978" Canadian import and the "Sweet, Sweet Smile" import.

7. You say in your alternative versions section on your site that the single edit of (Want you) Back In My Life Again is present in the Japan Single Box. I can't find this title in this box at all. Are there different versions of this Japanese single box set available or did you make a mistake here? 
"(Want You) Back In My Life Again" was not released as a single in Japan and is not on the set.  The edited version is available on the Netherlands 3-CD set "The Ultimate Collection."

Are the Carpenters TV Specials available for release?
This question is a hard one to answer.  I'll start by saying that neither "The 1st TV Special", "Space Encounters", "Music! Music! Music", nor the two Christmas specials are available in their entirity.  Only in part.
For example:  The DVD "Gold" has Top of The World from the 1976 "The 1st TV Special", and "Interpretations" has When I Fall In Love from "Music! Music! Music!" and Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft from "Space Ecounters".  So, we know that parts have been mastered digitally and would assume that the rest of them are as well.
Richard recently said that it would be hellish to try to get these for release, and that he has no plans of doing so (along with many other Carpenters unreleased gems).
Will we ever see these releases in the future?  Perhaps, but don't hold your breath.  Richard doesn't seem to take in fan input.

QUESTION by: Justin Livingston (27 March 2005)
There have been many professionally filmed concerts.  For example: Amsterdam, Budokan (released only in Japan), BBC London, New London Theatre (london), Australia (B&W), White House (parts filmed. B&W).  There are more as well.  I'm working on the list!  So far the only released concert is the Japanese release "Live at the Budokan".
Richard claimed on his website in 2004, that there were no other filmed or recorded concerts.  There is video footege to prove him wrong, I just can't seem to figure out why he responded this way!

This is a question asked by many.  Unfortunately most of their material that they have recorded from 1969-1982 has been released.  However, there are some recordings from the pre-Carpenters days.  For example, "Spectrum" songs (many are versions that were put onto "Carpenters" albums, and there are CSLUB songs ("And When I Die", "Creasant Noon", etc) that have not all been released.  It seems as though there are no otehr "full recordings".  That is not saying "work lead" stuff only, that's how we got "Nowhere Man" and "Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again", and such.  Hopefully there is more, but I highly doubt it.

Richard is now retired.  However, he sometimes makes appearances for his Arts Centre. He has also been working on a Christmas album since 2002.

HOW MANY OFFICIAL CARPENTERS VIDEOS AND DVD'S ARE AVAILABLE? 5 "Close To You: Remembering The Carpenters" (VHS,DVD) "Yesterday Once More" (VHS), "Gold" (previously released as "Yesterday Once More") (DVD), "Interpretations: a 25th Anniversary Celebration" (VHS, DVD ), "Live at Budokan" (VHS {oop}, DVD {oop}, JAPAN ONLY!)

HOW MANY VERSIONS OF "YESTERDAY ONE MORE" are officially released?
1-Album Version ("Now & Then")
2-Remix Version (various compilations)
3-Short Version ("Now & Then" LP & Cassette only)
4-Live versions ("Live in Japan")
5-Perry Como Medley ("As Time Goes By")
6-Original Master Karaoke Version
7-Reprise ("Now & Then")
8- Super Audio Version ("Singles 1969-1981" SACD)

What are the official albums (not compilations) released?
"Offering", "Ticket To Ride" (Offering re-release), "Close To You", "Carpenters (self-titled)","A Song For You", "Now & Then", "Horizon", "A Kind of Hush", "Passage", "Christmas Portrait", "Karen Carpenter", "Voice of The Heart","An Old-Fashioned Christmas", "Time", "Lovelines" (includes "Karen Carpenter" tracks), "Pianist-Arranger-Composer-Conductor","As Time Goes By".

What are the OFFICIAL Live albums?
"Live in Japan" (1974) & "Live at the Palladium" (1976)

What is the latest Carpenters release?
"The Ultimate Collection" (UK and Asia)

How many Carpenters albums include Christmas songs?
"Christmas Portrait", "An Old-Fashioned Christmas", COMPILATIONS: "Christmas Portrait - The Special Edition", "From The Top" (4-CD Set), "Christmas Collection" (includes the "Christmas Portrait" and the "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" albums (2-CD's), "Christmas With The Carpenter" TIME LIFE (2-CD Set) {Remixed!}, and the "Readers Digest" (3-CD Set).

Also Richard included "Merry Christmas, Darling" on "Carpenters Perform Carpenter", "Gold - 35th Anniversary Edition", the Super Audio CD "Singles 1969-1981" and "The Japanese Singles Box."


There was, but it unfortunatly disbanded in 1989.

IS "MORE OFFERINGS" an official release? No! It's a terrible bootleg, with horrible audio! Some rare songs, although!

Where is "As Time Goes By" released?

Finally it is available worldwide.

lunes, 27 de febrero de 2017

253º-Karen Carpenter Live 1978-


La calidad de imagen de esta misma grabación en la entrada número 63 es muy inferior, por eso la vuelvo a publicar en una nueva entrada.

domingo, 19 de febrero de 2017

251º-Karen Carpenter Crush Club-

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sábado, 18 de febrero de 2017

250º-Fan Club Newsletter #66-

Greetings Friends!

The Carpenter family wish to convey their warmest thanks for all the beautiful cards and gifts, and hope you all enjoyed the Holidays with your families and friends.

Our local radio stations provided us with many happy listening hours of Christmas Portrait music over the festive season.

Karen has made several return trips to New York in connection with her recordings, and we can anticipate release of her solo album sometime in March. She is in New York now, working on the final segments, but until completion stage it cannot be determined which track will be chosen for the initial single release, so watch for it soon.

Richard and Karen recently participated in the popular TV show 20/20 with Herb Alpert, which is due to air shortly, but no date is set at present time.

You will be happy to know tentative plans are in the making for a Carpenters Special some time in the Spring. Taping is scheduled to begin next month, but there is no information on the theme or guests as this letter goes to press.

Showing signs of having benefited greatly from his overdue hiatus, Richard plans on returning to the studios with Karen when she returns from New York, to resume work on their next album which will embrace some of the music they will feature in their Special.

Richard recently made two different type records! He's thoroughly enjoyed being involved with his cars and attending car auctions. Over the Thanksgiving weekend he paid a record price for a 1966 Mustang Convertible, and sold his 1959 Chrysler 300 for a record price.

Regarding the information I conveyed to you in the #65 newsletter pertaining to the Japanese LP The Carpenters First Ten Years, Alfa Records have since advised me of an error on the price. This should have been Y4,800 NOT Y4,500 plus Y5,000 for shipping etc. They wish to apologize for any inconvenience incurred by the error, but those who ordered would be wise to send the balance of Y300 promptly to ensure delivery of same.

Alfa Records have also compiled two new Carpenters releases which may interest you collectors. Both albums are entitled Sound Capsule Carpenters Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. Price for each recording is Y2,500 plus Y2,800 for shipping and handling.

Indicative of the appreciation of the Singles 1974-1978 released in England last year, it has already achieved Platinum status!

Many hours of preparation and research has finally culminated in a very nice souvenir book (now in mailing process) as a token of gratitude from the Carpenters for your faithful support during the first decade of their recording career. Enjoy!

These books will not be sold outside the fanclub, so anyone who wishes further copies for friends, can obtain them from the fanclub for $X.XX for USA members, and $X.XX for members residing outside the States. The price includes shipping and handling.

The Carpenter homestead in Downey is an annual spectacle as the Holiday Season approaches, but this year was even more spectacular with the addition of a life-size Snoopy positioned on the red carpeted porch accompanying an enormous frosty reindeer (complete with gift wrapped packages) suspended over the porch railings. Dad Carpenter who supervises the decorating was awarded first prize in the form of a plaque presented by Chaney Realtors for the "Gallery Of Homes Christmas Decoration Contest". The usual stream of visitors filed past to view the magnificent sight.

As I have no further news just now, I'll include the answers to some of your questions:

Q. Does Karen hope for better promotion for her solo LP than previous Carpenters releases of recent years, and will she do a promo tour?

A. There is a possibility Karen might do a short promo tour. She feels A & M are behind them, and she and Richard feel very proud of being selected American Top 40's #1 Recording Duo of the past decade.

 Q. Have Karen and Richard ever met Barbra Streisand?

A. Yes, many times. 
Q. How many cars does Karen have now?
A. Three: 1956 Thunderbird Convertible, 1972 Mercedes, 1979 Jaguar XJS. 
Q. On which tracks did Karen play drums on the Horizon album?
A. Please Mr. Postman and Happy. 
Q. Did Karen and Richard see Grease, did they like it, and would they ever consider participating in a similar type film? 
A. They both saw it, enjoyed it and would consider such a venture if the opportunity arose.
Q. Is Karen going to appear on Loveboat or Fantasy Island?
A. She is interested in appearing if a suitable script is offered. 
Q. Is it possible K&R might do a USA Singles 1974-1978 release?
A. They have no plans for this at the present time. 
Q. Did Karen visit Studio 54 while in New York?
A. She was invited, but had to decline due to pressure of work.
 Q. Will the Carpenters be touring in 1980?
A. There is a slight possibility, but no concrete plans at present.

The Carpenters Christmas Portrait album cover was reproduced for their personalized Christmas cards this year. As their hand written message inside the card was so meaningful, one was mailed to our hostages in Iran. To reflect their message seems a fitting conclusion to this letter: "For a warm and full season, we send you our wishes for Peace among men, and Love throughout the world". Karen & Richard.

Everyone connected with our duo warmly endorses their message.

Happy New Year! Rosina.

viernes, 17 de febrero de 2017

249º-Fan Club Newsletter #48-

Carpenters Fan Club Newsletter #48 (April 1976) 

Hi Fans, 

The long awaited news is now confirmed. The new album "A Kind of Hush" 
will be released June 11.
 Karen's lilting voice accompanying Richard's beautiful arrangements is super terrific.
 Every song is a winner, but my favorite is "I Need to Be in Love" composed by Richard 
and John Bettis, and was released as a single on May 21.

The lovely birthday cards you send for Karen's and Mom Carpenter are sincerely appreciated. 

They send their combined thanks for your thoughtfulness and generosity.
 K & R worked on the new album until 3:00 a.m. the morning of their departure for Japan. 

Ray Gerhardt their sound engineer had put in long hours with K & R, and was looking forward to some relaxation while they were on tour. 

He was also eager to fully acquaint himself with the new Jaguar K & R had presented 
him in appreciation of the super engineering work he had done on their albums.

Ray was twice nominated for grammy's, on both occasions for his engineering expertise on Carpenters albums. His relaxation dreams were wiped out when last minute plans included him in the trip to Japan to help Gary with Sound equalization. 

A passport was rushed through, and Ray found himself transported from the studio's Mix-3 to an American Airlines 747. The tour was successful and pleasant, including the one with two mishaps that added more humor to the show and delighted the audience. At concert opening, slides are  projected on to a screen showing K & R as infants, toddlers, and teenagers, up to the present time, while Karen stands offstage singing "We've Only Just Begun". 

At one concert, one of the slides was erroneously shown upside down, and when Karen saw it, she cracked up and laughed so hard that she was unable to complete the songs, and the audience joined in the laughter. Later, at the same performance when she was seated at the drums, the snare drum stand broke and the snare slid kerplunk right into her lap, but the trooper that she is, kept on drumming without missing a beat. Winter weather was reluctant to leave Japan, and during their stay the weather was extremely cold with 98% rain and a little snow. 

The huge concert halls where they performed were almost impossible to heat, so electric heaters were set on stage facing the group, in spite of which they were chilled to the bone, but hot baths and massages before retiring prevented them from catching colds. Heaters in their dressing rooms kept them comfortable and warm, but outside the dressing rooms they could see their breath, a rare sight for Southern Californians! 

Always on the alert for ideas or changes to improve their show, they videotaped on e of their concerts for later viewing. The President and Vice-President of the Sony Corporation invited themto tour the building where they were shown the latest concepts of the Sound Industry, and presented them with beautiful cassette recorders.

They also toured the National Corporation where Panasonic is manufactured, and Richard was very impressed with the new Tetnics Hi Fi equipment. There he received a very nice turntable. He was also the recipient of a super Panasonic receiver with AM/FM Marine band, short wave, etc; from Tats, their Japanese promoter. It was a cold, windy, rainy day when K & R visited one of the 
Japanese Temples, and respecting Japanese custom, they removed their shoes before entering. The icy cold floor almost froze their feet, so the visit was brief. From there they drove to the Ashiaya

Much of their spare time was spent relaxing in their hotel suites watching American TV programs. Mom & Dad had video-taped their favorite programs that they were missing each night while working on the new album. Richard had a special case custom built on rollers, large enough to house their videocassette player and hundred plus tapes while in transit, so American TV rolled right along with them. Four more Gold Records were presented to K & R by King Record Co. "Live in japan", "Horizon", "Only Yesterday" and "Mr. Postman" all earned them each a Gold Record, bringing the total of Japanese awards to 18. "A Kind of Hush" will no doubt earn them another Japanese "Gold" as it was #1 in Japan while they were on tour there. It was being played wherever they went, even in the watch shop where they were browsing. Richard "digs" watches as he does cars! He purchased an extremely attractive seiko L.C.; the very latest in digital watches. It's called a Cronograph and features a quartz crystal, AM/FM indicator as well as date, hour and seconds plus a push button that makes it a stop watch.

The whole group thought it was A-OK and each purchased a similar one before leaving Japan. Fans had showered them with gifts at every concert, presenting them to Karen from below stage while she was simultaneously singing, holding the mike and bending forward to shake hands and accept gifts. Incredible as it may seem, there were no duplications among the hundreds of items they brought home, though 2 wooden crates each 4 foot square by 4 foot high were built to transport them. At concert's end fans rushed the stage causing near riots. Excitement was so tremendous some nights that K & R were not allowed to shake hands for fear of being accidentally pulled offstage and getting injured. Though the language barrier was not a major problem, there were times they experienced difficulty ordering meals. The following is a quote from notes Karen kept to help me in writing the newsletter' "It's now Thursday morning, I've just had breakfast. I ordered 3 scrambled eggs and I got 3 ORDERS of scrambled eggs! I'm very full." Karen learned to speak a little Japanese (which is not the easiest language to learn) to enable her to thank fans for their concern while she was ill and let them know she is fine now. She spoke it fluently, even changing the dialect from city to city. After K & R returned home, mail poured in from Japan, praising and thanking them for speaking to them in their language. Their last day was a time racer which almost resulted in missing the flight home, but for the cooperation and swift action of Shorty, one of the Japanese road managers. A nine hour flight returned them to Los Angeles with fond memories and a tour well done. We held up the newsletter to wait for final information on a Tentative Tour Schedule now available as follows:

May 29 - Fesno, CA - Selland Arena 
Jun 10 - 23 - Lake Tahoe, NV - Sahara 
July 1 - 7 - Las Vegas, NV - Riviera 
July 27 - Edmonton, Canada - Coliseum 
July 29 - Minneapolis, MN - Northrup Auditorium 
July 30 - Madison, WI - Dane County Auditorium 
July 31 - Aug 1 - Chicago, IL - Arie Crown Theater 
Aug 2 - Indianapolis, IN - Convention center 
Aug 3 - FOrt Wayne, IN - Coliseum 
Aug 4 - Kalamazoo, MI - Wings Stadium 
Aug 5 - 7 - Toronto, Canada - O'Keefe Center 
Aug 8 - Binghampton, NY - Broome County Memorial Auditorium 
Aug 9 - Fitchburg, MA - Wallace Civic Center 
Aug 10 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Performing Arts Center 
Aug 12/13 - Pine Knob, MI - Pine Knob Theater 
Aug 26 - Sept 8 - Las Vegas, NV - Riviera 

Please be sure to confirm these dates with your ticket outlets in advance to avoid last minute disappointment. In response to numberous inquiries, we regret to inform you, the Dinah Shore "Tribute to the Carpenters" show, has been cancelled indefinitely, but any changes will be announced in a future newsletter. 
That's all for now - will rap later - Ev. 

Remember no man is a failure who has friends 
Clarence the Angel from It's a Wonderful Life 

People may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel 
Carl W. Buechner 

Man is the only animal that weeps; for he is the only one that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be. 

John Keats