sábado, 31 de diciembre de 2016

sábado, 24 de diciembre de 2016

235º-Carpenters - "20/20" appearance with Herb Alpert-



This video is taken from the March 13, 1980 episode of "20/20" which featured a tribute to Herb Alpert. Karen and Richard appeared briefly in the episode. Their segment was filmed in January 1980. Karen was 29 years old at the time.

jueves, 22 de diciembre de 2016

miércoles, 21 de diciembre de 2016

232º-Christmas Collection, 1984-




A Carpenters Christmas album was inevitable virtually the day the duo signed with A&M in April 1969. Karen and Richard had grown up listening to Christmas albums by Percy Faith and Spike Jones, among many others. And both had sung in the choir in college, where they performed Christmas songs every year. So it was just a matter of time before they ventured into A&M Recording Studios to put their spin on the timeless songs of Christmas.
“We wanted to do a Christmas album right off the bat,” Richard says, “I’m certain if Karen had lived we’d be up to our fourth Christmas album by now.”
As it is, Karen and Richard recorded enough music for two Christmas albums, Christmas Portrait, released in 1978, and An Old-Fashioned Christmas, released in 1984. Richard conceived and produced both albums, striking an ideal balance of sacred and secular, familiar and obscure, cheery and wistful. Karen sings standards that are indelibly linked with such great vocalists as Bing Crosby, Nat “King” Cole and Judy Garland – and makes them her own.
The Carpenters and Christmas music make a perfect fit. Christmas music, like the season itself, is rich in emotion. The upbeat holiday songs, such as “Winter Wonderland” and “Sleigh Ride,” exude joy and excitement. But a surprising number of Christmas classics express a palpable yearning, a quality that was seemingly built into Karen’s voice. This is especially true of the World War II era ballads “White Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” as well as the Carpenters’ own contribution to the Christmas canon, the 1970 release “Merry Christmas Darling.”
The albums downplay the Carpenters’ famed harmony sound, instead giving Karen and Richard separate showcases for their talents. Karen demonstrates her versatility on a diverse program that runs the gamut from the haunting Bach/Gounod version of “Ave Maria” to the homespun “Home For The Holidays,” which Perry Como introduced in 1955. Karen often sings in her rich lower register, which adds depth to light pop carols and drama to hymns.
Karen’s finest work here is on the mesmerizing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” The ballad, which Judy Garland introduced in the 1949 film Meet Me In St. Louis, is a bit off the beaten path as Christmas songs go; it’s a torch song, and one of the very best. Karen’s deeply ironic performance is both heartbreaking and hypnotic. The way she holds that last note on the line, “hang your shining star above the highest bough,” demonstrates her immense technical skills.
Richard plays five instrumental solos, which encompass pop and sacred music as well as light classical and light jazz. Richard brought his customary attention-to-detail to the task of producing the albums. He sought out lesser-knows songs, restored seldom-heard versus to vintage ballads, commissioned richly melodic overtures, and segued and reprised songs so the music would play as a suite.
This painstaking approach stands in contrast to the casual way many performers approach Christmas Albums. “We didn’t want to just pick the 10 most popular Christmas songs and go in and record them in a few sessions,” Richard says. “I had the album pictured the way I wanted it – and it took time to get it right.”
Because of all the studio time, plus the cost of a full orchestra and a large choir, Christmas Portrait became the Carpenters’ most expensive album to that point. Richard remembers that A&M at one point registered some concern about the mounting bills. “It will be worth it when it’s done,” he promised them.
The label hadn’t been keen on the idea of a Carpenters Christmas album in the first place. Christmas albums were viewed by many in the music industry in the 1970s as corny and old-fashioned. With a few exceptions (the Jackson 5 in 1970, John Denver in 1975), top pop stars of the ‘70s shied away from making Christmas albums.
“You had A&M’s initial resistance to the idea and then they saw what we were spending, so I can understand their concern,” Richard says.
The numbers-crunchers needn’t have worried. Christmas Portrait went platinum in the U.S. and became a hit all over the world. And it continues to do well. It is one of the few albums that has been a Top 10 hit on the Christmas charts in the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s.
The Carpenters have been a central part of Christmas since 1970, the year they became recording stars.
On Nov. 20 of that year, A&M released “Merry Christmas Darling,” a tender ballad that Richard composed in 1966, while a student at California State University at Long Beach. Frank Pooler, Richard’s (and later Karen’s) choir director at the school, had written the lyrics in 1946. Pooler gave the lyric sheet to his prize pupil, who came up with an appropriately cozy melody. The Carpenters finished recording the mixdown of the song on Nov. 16, 1970 – just four days prior to its release. “Merry Christmas Darling” topped Billboard’s survey of Christmas hits that year, and returned to the #1 spot in 1971 and 1973. Karen’s voice was deep and husky on the original. She chose to recut her vocal in 1978, when she sang softer and with greater ease.
In November 1974, Karen and Richard released a shimmering ballad version of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” a holiday staple since 1934. Richard’s torchy arrangement was as unexpected as his 1969 ballad interpretation of the Beatles’ “Ticket To Ride.” Karen and Richard recorded the basic track and the lead vocal in 1972, and added brass, strings, the sax solo and background vocals two years later. They sang the song on a Perry Como Christmas special aired on Dec. 18, 1974. On the same show, they performed two pieces that would find their way onto Christmas Portrait. Karen sang the warm lullaby “Sleep Well, Little Children” and Richard played the brisk piano instrumental “Carol Of The Bells.”
In November 1977, the Carpenters released a third Christmas single, “Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire).” Karen’s tender reading of the Nat “King” Cole classic pointed up similarities between the two artists. Both were understated vocalists who sang in warm, pure tones. And both projected a kindness and modesty that echoed in their music.
On Dec. 9, 1977, Karen and Richard starred in their first Christmas Special, The Carpenters At Christmas. They previewed five selections that would appear a year later onChristmas Portrait, including the jaunty “Sleigh Ride,” the baroque piano/vocal piece “It’s Christmas Time” and the nostalgic “Winter Wonderland”  “Silver Bells” / “White Christmas” medley. The Carpenters closed the show with the stirring “Christ Is Born,” which Perry Como had introduced in 1968. They were backed on the hymn by the University Choir from their alma mater, conducted by Pooler.
Richard selected all of the music for the special. He also split arranging duties with Billy May, who served as music director for the special, and Peter Knight, who went on to do the majority of the orchestrations on both albums. The Carpenters had first worked with Knight in 1974 when he orchestrated the overture for their televised concert appearance with the Boston Pops. They had first worked with May in 1975, when he orchestrated and teamed with Richard to arrange the Carpenters’ dreamily faithful remake of the Tommy Dorsey classic “I Can Dream Can’t I.”
The music that the Carpenters had pre-recorded for the special gave them a head-start on the Christmas Portrait album. They resumed the sessions at A&M in early 1978, taking occasional time-outs to record some pop sides (“I Believe You,” “Where Do I Go From Here?”) and to tape a TV special (Space Encounters, which aired on May 17.) Karen and Richard recorded so much Christmas material (“We went crazy,” Richard says) that they toyed with the idea of releasing a double album. Instead, they released a fullsingle disk. They packed nearly 50 minutes of music onto the album – which was pushing the limits back in the days of vinyl LPS.
The album was released on Oct. 13, 1978 and became an immediate hit. Its success helped to revive the market for Christmas albums, paving the way for best-sellers over the next several years by Willie Nelson, Anne Murray, and Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton.
A second holiday special, Carpenters – A Christmas Portrait, aired on Dec. 19, 1978. Four songs from the special were taken directly from the album. These included the elegant “Christmas Waltz,” which opened the show, and “Ave Maria,” which closed it. The Carpenters’ guests included Gene Kelly, who joined them on “Adeste Fideles,” the original 1740 version of “O Come All Ye Faithful.” Nelson Riddle served as music director for the hour. He also shared arrangement chores with Richard and Knight.
In 1984, the year after Karen’s tragic death, A&M released An Old-Fashioned Christmas. The album features the best of the overflow from the Christmas Portrait sessions as well as newly recorded pieces. Richard cut the new material at EMI “Abbey Road” Studios in England – which was a thrill for the life-long Beatles fan.
An Old-Fashioned Christmas features seven tracks on which Karen sings lead, ranging from Frank Loesser’s coquettish “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” to the soul-searching “Little Altar Boy,” which Richard ranks among his all-time favorite vocal performances by his sister. Karen and Richard are both featured on “Do You Hear What I Hear?” which had been a favorite of theirs since Bing Crosby introduced it in 1963.
The album includes two piano pieces that Richard had performed on the Christmas specials – the sacred “O Holy Night” and the light-classical “Selections From ‘Nutcracker,” by Tchiakovsky. Richard also performs a theme and variations of “My Favorite Things,” the Rodgers & Hammerstein classics from The Sound Of Music.
Richard and his long-time lyricist John Bettis wrote the wistful title song for An Old-Fashioned Christmas in 1984. That same year, at A&M’s request, Richard combined highlights from the two albums into one release, Christmas Portrait – The Special Edition. Richard modified some of the cuts, such as adding the choir to “Ave Maria.” Knight had written the choral parts during the recording of Christmas Portrait, but they were misplaced in the rush to complete the album.
In the early ‘90s, the first album was remixed and both were digitally remastered.
In the two decades since its release, Christmas Portrait has become a holiday perennial. That stands to reason: Christmas music is timeless and universal – just as the Carpenters’ music has proved to be. Both appeal, to borrow a line from one of the best Christmas songs ever written, “to kids from one to 92.”
      

- Paul Grein June 1998

It is with distinct pleasure that A&M Records and I present Christmas Collection- a deluxe two-CD set containing both Carpenters’ Christmas albums: Christmas Portrait and An Old-Fashioned Christmas. Each album has been digitally remastered and is presented in its entirety – for the first time on compact disc. We have for years been receiving a number of requests (and at times outright demands) for a set such as this and are delighted to finally make it available.


- Richard Carpenter

viernes, 2 de diciembre de 2016

227º-Christmas Memories-




NOVEMBER 2, 2016 BY JOE MARCHESE 

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!  THERE'S A CRISP CHILL IN THE AIR, CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS ARE FINDING THEIR WAY TO STOREFRONTS AND MALLS EVERYWHERE, AND THE SOUNDS OF THE SEASON ARE BEGINNING TO HIT THE AIRWAVES.  AMONG THE MOST BELOVED CLASSIC HOLIDAY SONGS HEARD ON RADIOS AND PLAYLISTS EACH WINTER ARE THOSE BY KAREN AND RICHARD CARPENTER.  THE BROTHER AND SISTER DUO PROVED TO BE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC ACT OF THE 1970S (20 BILLBOARD TOP 40 HITS INCLUDING THREE #1S AND FIVE #2S, PLUS FIFTEEN ADULT CONTEMPORARY #1S, FOR THOSE COUNTING!), BUT THEIR MUSIC HAS REMAINED RELEVANT AND POPULAR EVER SINCE.  LAST YEAR, TJ LUBINSKY'S TJL PRODUCTIONS RELEASED THE 3-CD SET THE COMPLETE SINGLES AS A PUBLIC TV PLEDGE PREMIUM EXCLUSIVE, PRESENTING THE A- AND B-SIDE OF EVERY ONE OF THE CARPENTERS' U.S. SINGLES RELEASED BY A&M RECORDS IN THE FORM OF THEIR ORIGINAL SINGLE VERSION SPANNING FROM 1969 TO 1989. EARLIER IN 2016, THE U.K. SAW THE A&M RELEASE OF THE NATION'S FAVOURITE CARPENTERS SONGS, A 20-TRACK ANTHOLOGY.  IT OPENED AT #2 ON THE U.K. OFFICIAL ALBUMS CHART AND EIGHT WEEKS LATER REMAINS IN THE TOP 100. NOW, TJL (ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS YEAR'S ULTIMATE ANTHOLOGY FOR THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS FOR PBS) IS CELEBRATING THE SEASON AND THE CARPENTERS ' LEGACY WITH A BRAND-NEW PUBLIC TELEVISION SPECIAL: MY MUSIC PRESENTS: CARPENTERS - CHRISTMAS MEMORIES.

CARPENTERS' CHRISTMAS MEMORIES FEATURES SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFULLY-SUNG AND LUSHLY-ARRANGED YULETIDE MUSIC OF ALL TIME.  WITH NEW INTRODUCTIONS BY RICHARD CARPENTER, THIS PROGRAM PRESENTS THE VERY BEST OF THE CARPENTERS' HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES, UNAVAILABLE IN ANY FORMAT SINCE THEIR ORIGINAL 1970S TELEVISION BROADCASTS. INCLUDED ARE KAREN AND RICHARD'S SPARKLING, ENDURING RENDITIONS OF "THE CHRISTMAS SONG," "WINTER WONDERLAND, " "SILVER BELLS," "WHITE CHRISTMAS," "SLEIGH RIDE," "CHRIST IS BORN" AND "O HOLY NIGHT".



A SPECIAL PUBLIC TELEVISION-ONLY DVD WILL OFFER NOT ONLY THE SONGS HEARD ON THE TELEVISION BROADCAST - DIGITALLY REMASTERED IN STEREO FROM THE ORIGINAL SOURCES - BUT  NUMEROUS ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS, AS WELL.  THESE INCLUDE "MAKE ME LAUGH," "CHRISTMAS ALPHABET," "IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME," "MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING," "SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN," "CAROL OF THE BELLS" AND "AVE MARIA."  ALL SELECTIONS ON THE DVD ARE PRESENTED IN FULL SONG PERFORMANCES.
MY MUSIC PRESENTS: CARPENTERS - CHRISTMAS MEMORIES BEGINS AIRING LATER THIS MONTH AS PART OF THE ACCLAIMED MY MUSIC SERIES ON PUBLIC TV STATIONS EVERYWHERE.  CHECK YOUR LOCAL LISTINGS FOR INFORMATION ON AIR DATES!IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN RECEIVING A COPY OF THE DVD, SIMPLY MAKE A PLEDGE AT THE LEVEL DESIGNATED BY A PUBLIC TELEVISION STATION AIRING THE SHOW.  ANYONE CAN DONATE ONLINE OR VIA TELEPHONE TO ANY PUBLIC TELEVISION STATION THAT BROADCASTS THE SHOW; IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES.  SOME STATIONS, PARTICULARLY THOSE IN AREAS SUCH AS DETROIT AND BUFFALO, MAY SHIP TO CANADA, AS WELL.  ALL OF THE INDIVIDUAL PUBLIC TELEVISION OUTLETS HAVE WEBSITES WHERE PLEDGES CAN BE MADE AS WELL AS PHONE NUMBERS THAT ARE ACTIVE MUCH OF THE TIME REGARDLESS OF WHEN THE SHOW IS ACTUALLY BROADCAST.  FANS IN EUROPE WOULD NEED TO HAVE A FRIEND OR RELATION BASED IN THE U.S. MAKE THE DONATION.  IT'S POSSIBLE THAT SOME STATIONS MAY BE WILLING TO SHIP OVERSEAS FOR AN EXTRA CHARGE, THOUGH SUCH AN OCCURRENCE IS A LONG SHOT.

domingo, 27 de noviembre de 2016

viernes, 18 de noviembre de 2016

225º-Estilo e influencias musicales-



Una música que podríamos definir como "ligero y relajado pop de fácil consumo para audiencias maduras". Consiguió llegar a una gran cantidad de público gracias a sus lustrosas melodías, los esmerados arreglos de Richard y la cristalina vocalidad de Karen.
Maltratados por la crítica en su tiempo debido a una presunta “ñoñería comercial”, sus aseadas y tranquilas composiciones junto a sus refinadas versiones fueron reivindicadas en los 90 por gente tan alejada de su sonoridad como The Cranberries, Redd Kross, Sheryl Crow, Sonic Youth, Matthew Sweet, Four Non Blondes o Babes in Toyland, algunos de los participantes en el disco tributo “If I were a carpenter” (1994). La historia de los Carpenters como grupo se retrotrae a comienzos de los años 60, cuando Richard y Karen comenzaron a flirtear con algunos instrumentos, en especial Richard, que se inició en la instrucción de piano y actuaba con algunos grupos locales de jazz, mientras que Karen intentaba aprender a golpear la batería.
En 1963 se trasladaron de su ciudad natal, New Haven (Connecticut), hasta Downey, en California. Allí Karen tuvo la oportunidad de grabar una canción llamada “I’ll be yours”. En la grabación de este tema participó junto a Karen y Richard, Wes Jacobs, un músico que tanto tocaba el bajo como la tuba. Jacobs congenió bien con los hermanos Carpenter y formaron el Richard Carpenter Trio, un combo dedicado principalmente a recuperar los sonidos jazz, música amada por Richard.
Entre 1967 y 1968, Spectrum haría presentaciones en el circuito de clubes y salas del Sunset Strip de Los Angeles, entre ellos el mítico Whisky a Go Godonde antes alcanzaran fama grandes bandas como The Byrds y The Doors. 
Las canciones y arreglos de Richard Carpenter tenían aceptación entre el público angelino y que el estilo propuesto más adelante por Carpenters no desentonó con el afán de virtuosismo de sus contemporáneos; el problema era con las casas de discos, que lo consideraban un estilo demasiado sofisticado para ser comercial.
Decidieron dejar a un lado el jazz y se dejaron influenciar por la música y los ritmos de grupos como “The Beach Boys” y “The Mamma’s and the Pappa’s”, encontrando su zona de confort, en armonías más poperas. Fue entonces que uno de los dueños de la disquera A&M Records, Herb Alpert, escuchó la voz de Karen y le llamó mucho la atención, tanto así que decidió contratarlos en 1969grabaron “Offering” (1969), un primer Lp que no alcanzaría demasiada repercusión y en el cual ya incorporaban su endencia al soft-rock y al pop simple y apacible. Además de sus composiciones propias (generalmente firmadas por Richard y Bettis, que siguió con la pareja como autor) presentaban versiones de los Beatles (“Ticket to ride”) y Buffalo Springfield (“Nowadays clancy can’t even sing”).`
Tan sólo basta con revivir el festival de Woodstock en el 69 para darnos cuenta que los Carpenters no encajan en lo absoluto con artistas como Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana, Neil Young o el legendario Jimmy Hendrix. El rock estaba en su auge y las canciones melosas y romanticonas, no resonaban por ningún lado. Artistas, músicos, productores y ejecutivos de la música en dicha época, mencionan que el hecho de que te gustaran los Carpenters y lo dijeras abiertamente, te hacía de inmediato un conservador teto. Los Carpenters eran políticamente correctos y ello les ganó el desprecio de mucha gente de su edad. Obviamente eran exitosos, porque vendían discos, agotaban entradas a sus conciertos, etc. pero la mayoría de sus fans, eran fans de clóset. Tan simple como eso. Eran los últimos años de la Guerra de Vietnam y no era posible que simpatizaras con una canción como “For all we know”, por ejemplo. Además, uno de los hechos que le añadió más leña al fuego, fue cuando Nixon los invitó a presentarse en una cena de la Casa Blanca en el 72 y ellos accedieron. El desprecio a los hermanos no fue total, ni para siempre, ni mucho menos afectó sus carreras a nivel nacional e internacional, pero sí los dejaron debajo de la lupa por mucho tiempo.
En recientes años, artistas tan diversos como Madonna, K. D. Lang, Shania Twain, entre otros, han citado a Karen como una influencia musical en sus carreras. If I were a Carpenter (‘si yo fuese un Carpenter’), es un disco tributo realizado por varias bandas que grabaron versiones de los Carpenters en homenaje a los hermanos. Esta canción también fue intrerpretada a principios de los años 60's por Bobby Darin.

lunes, 17 de octubre de 2016

224º-Vigésimo aniversario del álbum Karen Carpenter-



Se ha escrito mucho acerca de este disco por los fans, y por mucho tiempo seguirá estando en el candelero. Este es el legendario disco en solitario de Karen del periodo 1979-1980, dejado de lado durante dieciséis años y finalmente puesto a la venta en 1996. Cuatro de las grabaciones ya habían aparecido en Lovelines, y un par más aparecieron en cajas recopilatorias, por lo que no era totalmente una nueva experiencia para los aficionados. Algunas de esas pistas eran remezclas de Richard para lograr un sonido más "Carpinteros", pero el disco en solitario completo tiene las pistas producidas por Phil Ramone y aprobadas por Karen Carpenter (con sólo un bono adicional de pista, sin pulir.)


domingo, 11 de septiembre de 2016

223º-Who is Karen Carpenter, really?-


In February 4th, 1983, Karen Carpenter—one half of The Carpentersalongside her brother, Richard—passed away after suffering heart failure brought on by anorexia nervosa, an illness from which she had suffered for years. She was 32 when she died. One of her millions of fans was Kim Gordon, singer and bassist of Sonic Youth, a band who in 1990 released a song named Tunic (Song for Karen) in her memory. Kim said of the song in 1997:
"I wanted to put Karen Carpenter up in heaven playing drums and being happy. This whole thing about teenage girls cutting themselves and that being associated with anorexia and girls being conditioned to having such a big desire to please – I'm just curious, because of Coco, at what point do girls start getting their sense of self-worth and [need to please] people, and why don't they have anything else?"
Kim Gordon also wrote the following letter to Karen; it was reprinted, undated, in the brilliant book, Sonic Youth: Sensational Fix.

 
(Source: Sonic Youth: Sensational Fix; Image: Photo of Karen Carpenter viaPopjustice; Photo of Kim Gordon courtesy of Wikipedia)

 
Dear Karen,

Thru the years of The Carpenters TV specials I saw you change from the Innocent Oreo-cookie-and-milk-eyed girl next door to hollowed eyes and a lank body adrift on a candy-colored stage set. You and Richard, by the end, looked drugged—there's so little energy. The words come out of yr mouth but yr eyes say other things, "Help me, please, I'm lost in my own passive resistance, something went wrong. I wanted to make myself disappear from their control. My parents, Richard, the writers who call me 'hippie, fat.' Since I was, like most girls, brought up to be polite and considerate, I figured no one would notice anything wrong—as long as, outwardly, I continued to do what was expected of me. Maybe they could control all the outward aspects of my life, but my body is all in my control. I can make myself smaller. I can disappear. I can starve myself to death and they won't know it. My voice will never give me away. They're not my words. No one will guess my pain. But I will make the words my own because I have to express myself somehow. Pain is not perfect so there is no place in Richard's life for it. I have to be perfect too. I must be thin so I'm perfect. Was I a teenager once?... I forget. Now I look middle-aged, with a bad perm and country-western clothes."

I must ask you, Karen, who were your role models? Was it yr mother? What kind of books did you like to read? Did anyone ever ask you that question—what's it like being a girl in music? What were yr dreams? Did you have any female friends or was it just you and Richard, mom and dad, A&M? Did you ever go running along the sand, feeling the ocean rush up between yr legs? Who is Karen Carpenter, really, besides the sad girl with the extraordinarily beautiful, soulful voice?

your fan – love,
kim



martes, 9 de agosto de 2016

222º-IN HIS OWN WORDS-




Richard Carpenter - In His Own Words



With sister Karen, Richard Carpenter fashioned some of the loveliest pop records of the Seventies. He talks about those days with sadness and joy. 

The Carpenters were criticized a lot, and we took it, but every now and then I would open my big mouth to someone during an interview.
I didn't feel the criticism was deserved. The thing is, it had to do with what we represented, middle America and all. We weren't trying to stamp down rock. I like rock. We just made the records we wanted to make, and it so happened that radio was ready for it and it clicked. 


The Carpenters' Seventies
Billboard Top 40 Singles


"Close To You"  6/70  #1
"We've Only Just Begun"  10/70  #2
"For All We Know"  2/71  #3
"Rainy Days And Mondays"  5/71  #2
"Superstar"  9/71  #2
"Hurting Each Other"  1/72  #2
"It's Going To Take Some Time"  5/72  #12
"Goodbye To Love"  7/72  #7
"Sing"  3/73  #3
"Yesterday Once More"  6/73  #2
"Top Of The World"  10/73  #1
"I Won't Last A Day Without You"  4/74  #11
"Please Mr. Postman"  12/74  #1
"Only Yesterday"  4/75  #4
"Solitaire"  8/75  #17
"There's A Kind Of Hush"  3/76  #12
"I Need To Be In Love"  7/76  #25
"All You Get From Love Is A Love Song"  6/77  #35
"Calling Occupants"  11/77  #32



But they would throw these barbs at us, clawing at us. I'm not saying everyone should like it, but no one can ever tell me those records weren't well made. One reviewer, I'll never forget, was writing about our album Now and Then, which ended with a Randy Edelman tune called "I Can't Make Music." And this guy writes: "The album finishes with a tune called 'I Can't Make Music,' to which, regarding the Carpenters, I can only add, 'Right on.'"
And I'm thinking, "Wait a minute! You may not like the style of our music, but don't tell me we can't make music."
Karen and I were meant to work together. Her singing and the way our voices blended and the fact that I could write and arrange was meant to be. And the songs are there to prove it.
But Karen and I both pooped out in 1975. It had been nonstop everything -- world tours, recording, guest shots, photo sessions, interviews. It was also right around that time that Karen's anorexia started to manifest itself. 


 


It really hit her in Vegas during the summer of '75. She had to go into the hospital. That girl could walk out on a stage and sing like she had never sung before. We all marveled because she was down to eight-five pounds at the time. In between shows, she'd be flat on her back. But when she walked out onstage she was fabulous.
I still have no idea what caused her anorexia. The disorder is a mystery. Personally, I don't believe her career had anything to do with it. Karen loved singing and recording more than anything in the world. 
 

"We weren't trying to stamp down rock. I like rock. We just made the records we wanted to make, and it so happened that radio was ready for it and it clicked."


In '75, we had to postpone two international tours. The whole rest of the year we did nothing. Then we started back up again in January of '76. We were hoping her situation was temporary, but it was up and down.
Then the singles stopped happening. Without a doubt, I picked a couple of duds. We felt frustrated. We were still selling a lot of records, the company, A&M, was still behind us, and we had the two of us. We always felt that the next one would be it, which is every recording artist's cry. So we kept on.



The Carpenters' Seventies
Billboard Top 10 Albums

Close To You  11/70  #4Carpenters  6/71  #4A Song For You  8/72  #4The Singles 1969-73  12/73  #2Now & Then  7/73  #4



And Karen was still battling with her problem. She didn't want to admit it. I remember quite a few talks with her. I said, "I'm going to kick back. Why don't you take this opportunity to seek some help, while I'm just relaxing and recharging and getting ready to start a new decade? We'll come back and start over in the Eighties." But still, she did not want to recognize, or could not recognize, that she had a problem.
By 1980 I was all set and ready to go. Karen's solo album was ready to be mixed. Then she got married and started getting thinner again. Then the marriage didn't work out. By the time we came back from our promotional tour for Made in America, she realized she needed some help. She came back for a couple of weeks in '82, and we cut a few tracks, but that was it.
Karen was unique. I really think we were unique, I really do. We made good records, the songs were great, and Karen was a fabulous singer. The public knew. Maybe they couldn't articulate it, but they knew. 

jueves, 28 de julio de 2016

221º-Lista De Canciones-





A


All Because Of You De el álbum "Karen Carpenter" 1980. (publicado en 1996)
All I Can Do De el álbum "Offering" 1969
All Of My Life
De el álbum "Offering" 1969 
All Those Years Ago "Karen Carpenter"  1980
All You Get From Love Is A Love Song De el álbum "Passage" 1977
And When He Smiles BBC 1971 Television Special
Another Song De el albúm "Close To you" 1970
At The End Of A Song De el álbum "Voice Of The Heart" 1983
Aurora De el álbum "Horizon" 1975
Ave Maria De el álbum "Cristhmas Portrait" 1978



B


Baby It’s You De el álbum
"Close To you" 1970
Bacharach/David Medley De el álbum "Carpenters" 1971
(Want You) Back In My Life Again De el álbum "Made In America" 1981
Because We Are In Love (The Wedding Song)
De el álbum "Made In America" 1981
BEechwood 4-5789 De el álbum "Made In America" 1981 
Benediction De el álbum "A Song For You" 1972
Bless The Beasts And Children De el álbum "A Song For You" 1972 
Boat To Sail De el álbum "A kind Of Hush" 1976
The Book Of Love De el álbum "Live In Japan" 1992
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do De el álbum "A kind Of Hush" 1976
B’Wana She No Home De el álbum "Passage" 1977



C



Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft
De el álbum "Passage" 1977 
Calling Your Name Again De el álbum "Time" 1987
Can’t Smile Without You
De el álbum "A kind Of Hush" 1976 
Carol Of The Bells De el álbum "Cristhmas Portrait" 1978 
Carpenters / Como Medley De el álbum "As Time Goes By" 2001
Christ Is Born De el álbum "Cristhmas Portrait" 1978  
The Christmas Song De el álbum "Cristhmas Portrait" 1978  
Christmas Waltz De el álbum "Cristhmas Portrait" 1978 
(They Long To Be) Close To You De el álbum "Close To you" 1970
Crescent Noon De el álbum "Close To you" 1970 
Crystal Lullaby De el álbum "A Song For You" 1972



D


Da Doo Ron Ron 
 De el álbum "Now And Then" 1973
Daddy’s Home 
De el álbum "Live In Japan" 1992
Dancing In The Street 
De el álbum "As Time Goes By" 2001
Deadman’s Curve 
De el álbum "Now And Then" 1973  
Desperado De el álbum "Horizon" 1975
Dizzy Fingers 
De el álbum "As Time Goes By" 2001
Do You Hear What I Hear? 
De el álbum "An Old Fashioned Christmas", 1984
Don’t Be Afraid 
De el álbum "Offering" 1969
Druscilla Penny 
De el álbum "Carpenters" 1971 



E


The End Of The World
De el álbum "Now And Then" 1973
Eve De el álbum "Horizon" 1975
Eventide De el álbum "Horizon" 1975



F


The First Snowfall / Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow 
De el álbum "Cristhmas Portrait 1978  
Flat Baroque 
De el álbum "A Song For You" 1972
For All We Know 
De el álbum "Carpenters" 1971
From This Moment On 
De el álbum "Live At The Palladium" 1977
Fun, Fun, Fun 
De el álbum "Now And Then" 1973 



G


Get Together
De el álbum "Offering" 1969
(I’m Caught Between) Goodbye And I Love You
De el álbum "Horizon" 1975  
Goodbye To Love De el álbum "A Song For You" 1972 
Goofus De el álbum "A kind Of Hush" 1976  
Guess I Just Lost My Head De el álbum "Karen Carpenter" 1980



H


Happy
De el álbum "Horizon" 1975
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas De el álbum "Cristhmas Portrait" 1978  
He Came Here For Me De el álbum "An Old Fashioned Christmas", 1984
Heather 
De el álbum "Now And Then"
Help! De el álbum "Close To you" 1970 
(A Place To) Hideaway De el álbum "Carpenters" 1971 
Hits Medley ’76 De el álbum "As Time Goes By" 2001
(There’s No Place Like) Home For The Holidays De el álbum "An Old Fashioned Christmas"1984 
Honolulu City Lights De el álbum "Lovelines" 1989
Hurting Each Other
De el álbum "A Song For You" 1972



I


I Believe You
De el álbum "Made In America" 1981
I Can Dream, Can’t I De el álbum "Horizon" 1975  
I Can’t Make Music De el álbum "Horizon" 1975   
I Got Rhythm Medley De el álbum "As Time Goes By" 2001 
I Have You De el álbum "A kind Of Hush" 1976  
I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day De el álbum "An Old Fashioned Christmas", 1984
I Just Fall In Love Again
De el álbum "Passage" 1977
I Kept On Loving You
De el álbum "Close To you" 1970
I Need To Be In Love
De el álbum "A kind Of Hush" 1976  
I Won’t Last A Day Without You De el álbum "A Song For You" 1972
If I Had You De el álbum "Karen Carpenter" 1980
If We Try  De el álbum "Karen Carpenter" 1980 
I’ll Be Home For Christmas De el álbum "Cristhmas Portrait" 1978 
I’ll Never Fall In Love Again
De el álbum "Close To you" 1970 
I’m Still Not Over You De el álbum "Time" 1987
In Love Alone De el álbum "Time" 1987
Intermission De el álbum "A Song For You" 1972 
Invocation De el álbum "Offering" 1969
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear De el álbum "An Old Fashioned Christmas", 1984 
It’s Christmas Time / Sleep Well, Little Children De el álbum "Cristhmas Portrait" 1978 
It’s Going To Take Some Time De el álbum "A Song For You" 1972



J


Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
De el álbum "Now And Then" 1973 
Jingle Bells De el álbum "Cristhmas Portrait" 1978  
Johnny Angel De el álbum "Now And Then" 1973 
Johnny B. Goode De el álbum "Live In Japan" 1992



K


Karen/Ella Medley
De el álbum "As Time Goes By" 2001 
Karen’s Theme De el álbum "Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor 1998
Kiss Me The Way You Did Last Night De el álbum "Lovelines" 1989



L


Last One Singin’ The Blues
De el álbum "Karen Carpenter" 1980
Leader Of The Pack De el álbum "Live In Japan" 1992
Leave Yesterday Behind De el álbum "As Time Goes By" 2001
Let Me Be The One De el álbum "Carpenters" 1971 
Little Altar Boy De el álbum "An Old Fashioned Christmas" 1984 
Little Girl Blue De el álbum "Lovelines" 1989 
Little Honda De el álbum "Live In Japan" 1992
Look To Your Dreams De el álbum "Voice Of The Heart" 1983 
Love Is Surrender De el álbum "Carpenters" 1970 
Love Me For What I Am De el álbum "Horizon" 1975 
Lovelines De el álbum "Lovelines" 1989



M


Make Believe It’s Your First Time 
 De el álbum "Karen Carpenter" 1980
Making Love In The Afternoon 
 De el álbum "Karen Carpenter" 1980
Man Smart, Woman Smarter 
 De el álbum "Passage" 1977 
Maybe It’s You 
 De el álbum "Carpenters" 1970 
Medley (Instrumental) 
 De el álbum "An Old Fashioned Christmas" 1984
Medley (PACC Instrumental) 
 De el álbum  "Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor 1998
Medley: Close Encounters / Star Wars 
 De el álbum  "As Time Goes By" 2001 
Merry Christmas Darling 
 De el álbum "Cristhmas Portrait" 1978
Mr. Guder 
 De el álbum "Carpenters" 1970 
My Body Keeps Changing My Mind 
 De el álbum "Karen Carpenter" 1980
My Favorite Things 
 De el álbum "An Old Fashioned Christmas" 1984



N


The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
De el álbum "Now And Then" 1973  
Now De el álbum "Voice Of The Heart" 1983 
Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing De el álbum "Offering" 1969


O


O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
De el álbum "Cristhmas Portrait" 1978 
O Holy Night De el álbum "Cristhmas Portrait" 1978 
An Old-Fashioned Christmas De el álbum "Cristhmas Portrait" 1978 
On The Balcony Of The Casa Rosada / Don’t Cry For Me Argentina De el álbum "Passage" 1977
One Fine Day De el álbum "Now And Then" 1973 
One Love De el álbum "Carpenters" 1971
One More Time De el álbum "A kind Of Hush" 1976
Only Yesterday De el álbum "Horizon" 1975
Ordinary Fool De el álbum "Voice Of The Heart" 1983
Our Day Will Come De el álbum "Now And Then" 1973
Overture De el álbum "Cristhmas Portrait" 1978
Overture (Old Fashioned) De el álbum "An Old Fashioned Christmas" 1984 



P


Piano Picker
De el álbum "A Song For You" 1972 
Please Mr. Postman De el álbum "Horizon" 1975 
Prelude De el álbum "Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor 1998
Prime Time Love De el álbum "Voice Of The Heart" 1983



R


The Rainbow Connection
De el álbum "As Time Goes By" 2001 
Rainy Days And Mondays De el álbum "Carpenters" 1971 
Reason To Believe De el álbum "Close To you" 1970 
Remember When Lovin’ Took All Night De el álbum "Lovelines" 1989
Remind Me To Tell You  De el álbum "Time" 1987
Road Ode De el álbum "A Song For You" 1972 
Runaway De el álbum "Live In Japan" 1992



S


Sailing On The Tide 
De el álbum "A kind Of Hush" 1976  
Sandy 
De el álbum "A kind Of Hush" 1976 
Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town 
De el álbum "An Old Fashioned Christmas" 1984
Saturday De el álbum "Carpenters" 1971
Say Yeah! 
 De el álbum "Time" 1987
Sh-Boom 
De el álbum "Live In Japan" 1992
Sing 
De el álbum "Now And Then" 1973
Sleigh Ride 
De el álbum "Cristhmas Portrait" 1978
Slow Dance 
De el álbum "Lovelines" 1989
Solitaire 
De el álbum "Horizon" 1975 
Somebody’s Been Lyin’ 
De el álbum "Made In America" 1981 
Someday 
De el álbum "Ticket To Ride" 1969 
Something In Your Eyes 
De el álbum "Time" 1987 
Sometimes 
De el álbum "Carpenters" 1971 
A Song For You 
De el álbum "A Song For You" 1972  
Still Crazy After All These Years 
De el álbum "Karen Carpenter" 1980 
Still In Love With You 
De el álbum "Karen Carpenter" 1980 
Strength Of A Woman 
De el álbum "Made In America" 1981   
Superstar De el álbum "Carpenters" 1971 
Sweet, Sweet Smile De el álbum "Passage" 1977  



T


That’s What I Believe
De el álbum "Time" 1987 
There’s A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World)
De el álbum "A kind Of Hush" 1976 
This Masquerade
De el álbum "Now And Then" 1973
Those Good Old Dreams
De el álbum "Made In America" 1981  
Ticket To Ride De el álbum "Offering" 1969 
Time De el álbum "Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor 1998
Top Of The World De el álbum "A Song For You" 1972  
Touch Me When We’re Dancing De el álbum "Made In America" 1981   
Tryin’ To Get The Feeling Again De el álbum "Interpretations" 1995
Turn Away De el álbum "Offering" 1969  
Two Lives De el álbum "Voice Of The Heart" 1983
Two Sides De el álbum "Passage" 1977



U


The Uninvited Guest De el álbum "Lovelines" 1989



W


We’ve Only Just Begun
De el álbum "Close To You" 1970
What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? De el álbum "An Old Fashioned Christmas" 1984
What’s The Use De el álbum "Offering" 1969
When I Fall In Love
De el álbum "Lovelines" 1989 
When It’s Gone (It’s Just Gone) De el álbum "Made In America" 1981 
When Time Was All We Had 
De el álbum "Time" 1987
When You’ve Got What It Takes 
De el álbum "Made In America" 1981 
Where Do I Go From Here? 
De el álbum "Lovelines" 1989  
Who Do You Love? De el álbum "Time" 1987 
Winter Wonderland / Silver Bells / White Christmas De el álbum "Cristhmas Portrait" 1978
Without A Song
De el álbum "Interpretations" 1995

Y


Yesterday Once More 
De el álbum "Now And Then" 1973
You 
 De el álbum "A kind Of Hush" 1976 
Your Baby Doesn’t Love You Anymore 
De el álbum "Voice Of The Heart" 1983 
Your Wonderful Parade De el álbum "Offering" 1969
You’re Enough 
De el álbum "Voice Of The Heart" 1983 
You’re Just In Love 
De el álbum "As Time Goes By" 2001 
You’re The One 
De el álbum "Lovelines" 1989