jueves, 22 de junio de 2017

RECOMENDACIONES MUSICALES 2017















6/06/2017

Teatro Principal, Zaragoza.

¡El mejor concierto del año en mi ciudad pero de lejos!
Bienvenido y espero que no sea la última vez que nos visites.
























































martes, 30 de mayo de 2017

261º-ARTÍCULOS DE PRENSA-







MÚSICA
CARPENTERS, EBANISTAS DEL POP

MANUEL DE LA FUENTE / MADRID
DÍA 29/03/2011 - 10.50H


RICHARD (1946) Y KAREN CARPENTER (1950) HABÍAN NACIDO EN CONNECTICUT, PERO CUENTAN LAS CRÓNICAS QUE SUS PADRES UN DÍA PREFIRIERON EL CÁLIDO SOL CALIFORNIANO Y ALLÍ, AL OTRO LADO DEL PAÍS QUE SE FUERON. A MEDIADOS DE LOS 60, LOS CHAVALES YA EMPEZARON A DAR GUERRA EN CONCURSOS LOCALES, EN BARETOS, E HICIERON ALGUNOS PINITOS DISCOGRÁFICOS QUE NO TRASCENDIERON. LOS DOS CARPENTER DECIDIERON ENTONCES IR AL GRANO Y SE PUSIERON EN CONTACTO CON EL CAPO HERB ALPERT, TROMPETISTA, MÚSICO DE ÉXITO Y UNO DE LOS DUEÑOS DE A&M RECORDS. A HERB LE GUSTÓ AQUELLA PAREJA DE INOCENTES HERMANITOS DE VOCES ANGELICALES Y LOS FICHÓ. CARPENTERS, EBANISTAS DEL POP UNA VERSIÓN DEL«TICKET TO RIDE» DE LOS BEATLES FUE SU PRIMERA APUESTA. EL ÉXITO LES LLEGARÍA AL SEGUNDO INTENTO, CON «CLOSE TO YOU», UNA VERSIÓN DE «(THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU», UNA CANCIÓN DEL GENIAL BURT BACHARACH. LA BONITA TONADILLA FUE PRONTO NÚMERO 1 EN LAS LISTAS, EL PRIMERO DE LOS 3 QUE CONSEGUIRÍAN EN APENAS CINCO AÑOS. EN POCO TIEMPO GANARON DOS GRAMMYS Y LANZARON OTRAS CANCIONES DE GRAN POPULARIDAD ENTONCES COMO «RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS», «GOODBYE TO LOVE», «YESTERDAY ONCE MORE». TRAS OTRO EXITAZO, «ONLY YESTERDAY», EN 1975, LA CARRERA DEL DÚO FRATERNO-MUSICAL EMPEZÓ A DECLINAR. LOS PROBLEMAS PERSONALES Y DE SALUD LE DIERON LA PUNTILLA A LA PAREJA. RICHARD TUVO QUE SOMETERSE A UNA CURA DE DESINTOXICACIÓN, PUES HABÍA CONTRAÍDO UNA ADICCIÓN TRAS UN TRATAMIENTO POR PRESCRIPCIÓN FACULTATIVA CON METACUALONA UN MEDICAMENTO DE BASTANTE USO EN LOS 60 Y 70 COMO SEDANTE, INDUCTOR DEL SUEÑO Y RELAJANTE MUSCULAR. SE RECUPERÓ, PERO SU PAPEL EN PRIMERA PERSONA EN EL POP HABÍA TERMINADO. SIGUIÓ TRABAJANDO COMO PRODUCTOR E INCLUSO LANZÓ UN ÁLBUM EN SOLITARIO EN 1987, «TIME». SU HERMANA KAREN CORRIÓ PEOR SUERTE: MURIÓ A LOS 33 AÑOS, VÍCTIMA DE UNA AGUDA ANOREXIA QUE LE PRODUJO UN INFARTO. EBANISTAS DEL POP APENAS TUVIERON CINCO AÑOS DE VERDADERA CARRERA MUSICAL, PERO EL CASO DE LOS CARPENTERS NO DEJA DE SER CURIOSO. CUANDO LA MÚSICA POP, EL ROCK SOBRE TODO, TOMABA CAMINOS MAYORMENTE INSUFRIBLES COMO LOS DEL ROCK SINFÓNICO, ELLOS REPRESENTABAN UNA MANERA DE CANTAR E INTERPRETAR QUE INCLUSO TENÍA MÁS QUE VER CON EL POP ANTERIOR AL ROCK AND ROLL QUE CON EL POP DE SU PROPIA ÉPOCA. VOCES CRISTALINAS, ARREGLOS DISCRETOS PERO MUY ALMIBARADOS, CERCANÍA, CALIDEZ, LAS CANCIONES DE LOS CARPENTERS SIGUEN SIENDO UN BÁLSAMO, UN REMANSO DE PAZ, UN TRAGUITO DE CALMA MIENTRAS EL MUNDO ALREDEDOR ESTALLA POR LOS CUATRO COSTADOS. MÁS QUE CARPENTERS, FUERON GENIALES EBANISTAS DEL POP.

viernes, 19 de mayo de 2017

260º-EN LAS LISTAS DE ÉXITOS-




Esta lista nos da una idea de lo populares que fueron The Carpenters en el mundo entero a lo largo de su carrera.


AUSTRALIA  
1970 Close To You (Número 1 por tres semanas)
1970 We've Only Just Begun #6
1973 Top Of The World (Número 1 por cuatro semanas)
1975 Please Mr. Postman (Número 1 por cinco semanas)

CANADÁ
Close To You (Número 1 por dos semanas)
We've Only Just Begun (Número 1 por una semana)
Mr. Guder #50
For All We Know (#5)
Rainy Days And Mondays (Número 3 por dos semanas)
Superstar (Número 3 por 3 semanas)
Hurting Each Other (#2)
It's Going To Take Sometime (Número 13 por cuatro semanas)
Goddbye To Love (Número 4 por una semana)
Sing (Número 4 por dos semanas)
Yesterday Once More (Número 2 por dos semanas)
Top Of The World (Número 1 por una semana)
I Won't Last a Day Without You (#7)
Please Mr. Postman (Número 1 por una semana)
Only Yesterday (#2)
Solitaire #12
There's A Kind Of Hush (#8)
I Need To Be In Love (#24)
All You Get From Love Is A Love Song (#38)
Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (#9)
sweet Sweet Smile (#33)

ALEMANIA
Yesterday Once More (#21)
Top Of The World (#38)
Jambalaya (#50)
Only Yesterday (#43)
Please Mr. Postman (#10)
Sweet Sweet Smile (#22)

SUDÁFRICA
Hurting Each Other (#18)
Please Mr. Postman (#1)

SUIZA
Please Mr. Postman (Número 5 por dos semanas)

HOLANDA
Singles
Close To You #33
Superstar #21
Yesterday Once More #7
Top Of The World #14
Jambalya #3
Please Mr. Postman #33

Albums
Now And Then #2
Singles 1969-1973 #2
Horizion #21
Beautiful Love Songs #27
The Collection #40
Only Yesterday Greatest Hits #4

NORUEGA
Singles
Yesterday Once More #6

Albums
Now And Then #12
Horizion #5
A Kind Of Hush #16

REINO UNIDO
1970 Close To You (#6)
1971 We've Only Just Begun (#28)
1971 Superstar / For All We Know (#18)
1972 Merry Christmas Darling (#45)
1972 Goodbye To Love / I Won't Last A Day Without You (#9)
1973 Yesterday Once More (#2)
1973 Top Of The World (#5)
1974 Jambalaya (#12)
1974 I Won't Last A Day Without You (#32)
1975 Please Mr. Postman (#2)
1975 Only Yesterday (#7)
1975 Solitaire (#32)
1975 Santa Claus Is Coming To town (#37)
1976 There's A Kind Of Hush (#22)
1976 I Need To Be In Love (#36)
1977 Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (#9)
1978 Sweet Sweet Smile (#40)
1983 Make Believe It's Your First Time (#60)
1990 Close To You / Merry Christmas Darling (#25)
1993 Rainy Days And Mondays (#63)
1994 Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again (#44)

JAPÓN

Singles
(They Long To Be) Close To You #71
We've Only Just Begun #71
Rainy Days and Mondays #72
Superstar #7
Bless The Beasts and The Children #85
Hurting Each Other #56
It's Going To Take Some Time #48
Goodbye To Love #55
Top Of The World (first issue) #21
Sing #18
Yesterday Once More #5
Jambalaya #28
Top Of The World (reissue) #52
I Won't Last A Day Without You #40
Please Mister Postman #11
Only Yesterday #12
Solitaire #44
There's a Kind of Hush #27
I Need To Be In Love #62
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do #71
All You Get From Love is a Love Song #68
Sweet Sweet Smile #59
I Need To Be In Love (rerelease) #5

Albums
Ticket To Ride #88
Close To You #53
Carpenters #47
A Song For You #5
Now And Then #1
Singles 1969-1973 #1
Live In Japan #8
Horizion #1
A Kind Of Hush #5
Live At The Palladium #24
Passage #7
Made In America #44
Voice Of The Heart #41

IRLANDA

1970 Close To You #6
1972 Goodbye To Love #12
1973 Yesterday Once More #8
1973 Top Of The World #3
1974 Jambalaya #12
1975 Please Mr. Postman #2
1975 Only Yesterday #5
1976 There's A Kind Of Hush #7
1976 I Need To Be In Love #14
1977 Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft #1
1983 Make Believe It's Your First Time #20
1990 Close To You/Merry Christmas Darling #18

sábado, 6 de mayo de 2017

259º-By 1981 was the Carpenters recording career in terminal decline?-




Here are some statements of Carpenters fans discussing about this question:

"They were literally toast by 1981 as far as hit radio was concerned. That they managed one last hit, "Touch Me When We're Dancing" was more a case of being at the right place and the right time with the right song. Their image among the populace and the radio industry was really poor. Their records began to test with "high negatives"; that is, through audience testing it was determined that if a listener heard a Carpenters track on the radio, they would more than likely switch the station. ' Tune-out' in radio is the worst-feared phenomenon, and the testing they do tries to ensure that no listener in the desired demographic is turned-off by any song in their rotation. It's enough that commercial breaks will drive people away, so they never want a song to send any listener packing. Commercials are a necessary evil as they pay the bills. Playing records is simply a matter of choice.

So, by 1981, it was pretty well determined that if you were aiming for the prime 25-44 adult demographic, you better not be playing any Carpenters tunes. "Touch Me When We're Dancing" somehow managed to cut through all of that, for a short time, and enjoyed a run on hit radio while it was on the charts, so given the climate, it becomes more and more remarkable that it did. But as soon as it started down the charts, away it went, rarely to be heard again on the radio.

Edited to add: It turns out that today, August 22nd, marks the 30th anniversary of "Touch Me When We're Dancing" reaching Number One on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart, where it remained for two weeks".

"The Carpenters decline here in the USA probably started during the Horizon album. "Mr. Postman" and "Only Yesterday" did quite well, the "Solitaire" was released and did not do well on the charts. The "A Kind Of Hush" album saw moderate success with the single, "There's A Kind Of Hush", but "I Need To Be In Love" did not do well, although still received decent airplay. No other singles from "Hush" made much of an impact. "Passage" saw "All You Get From Love Is A Love Song" get some airplay, but didn't make a huge dent in the charts, and "Calling Occupants" did not do well in the US. Then there was the single "I Believe You", released in 1978 which did nothing. It would later appear on "Made In America" in 1981. When 1981 finally came around, "Touch Me When We're Dancing" got a lot of airplay and was heralded as the Carpenters comeback. The single made it to #16 on the pop charts, #1 adult contemporary charts. THAT was nice, I remember, to hear the Carpenters back on the radio! No other singles from "Made In America" made any radio impact. The only future singles, post 1983 that I ever heard at all on the radio, and maybe only once or twice were "Make Believe It's Your First Time", "Your Baby Doesnt' Love You Anymore" and "If I Had You".
HOWEVER, in 1978, with the release of CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT, radio went crazy over Carpenters! Every Holiday season, starting in 1978 and continuing to this day (2011) The Carpenters are played in heavy rotation with songs from both Christmas albums. You never know which songs, radio will play them all. So that is a cool fact that was true in 1978 and still true today. It is pretty much the only time you can hear Carpenters on the radio, but hey, that's great!"

"I think the Carpenters had a few things going against them. First off, the thing that everybody loved about them, their MUSIC, was against the tide and more in the soft rock vein. This was their greatest strength and their strongest weakness, in my opinion. The same reasons they became popular would later turn around and knock them down. The album and single picture sleeves, early on maybe up until 1974 only hurt their image more. Then we have the CHOICE of singles pulled from the albums. Probably "Sing" cemented their image. A huge hit, but a career mistake. The Carpenters recorded so many GREAT songs on each album, yet were always trying for the trendy pop singles. "There's A Kind Of Hush", "Please Mr. Postman" were frilly throw away pop compared to some of the other songs Karen and Richard recorded at the time. And "Goofus"? Cute for an album cut, but not a single. So I believe these singles in particular are what turned radio all the way off. The singles from Passage and Made In America could have had a better chance if their image hadn't been cemented by then. No matter how great the songs were, their entire image needed an overhaul. Quite frankly, the only thing I think could have done that would have been Karen's solo project, with the more riskier songs included on her album".

"Another thing that may have hurt them was they lost their "edge" that they had in the early years. Look at the variety of sounds you heard on the A Song For You album. That record has country, rock, tender balladry and even comedy! Plus Richard doing some lead vocals. By the time they got past Horizon, it was all Karen all the time, and almost all syrupy balladry that was heavily orchestrated. If you heard Richard at all it was only in the background, and they got too serious. The sense of fun and adventure -- which was there on all of their first four albums -- was replaced by overly-fussy, obviously expensive productions. If you heard an uptempo song, it was a remade oldie. Cool asides like "Piano Picker" or "Flat Baroque" didn't happen any more.... but it was those kinds of "album cuts" that helped make the Carpenters albums interesting for repeat listenings and brought in more than just the ballad fans".

"Their back catalog sold cleanly over the years so A&M would've really had no reason to drop them if KC had lived since they were still generating steady income, even if the sales were stronger from an International standpoint post Horizon. I think several things started in mid 1975 that started the decline. May 1975 the Gold Selling "Only Yesterday" leaves the Billboard Top 10. Within 3 weeks their label mates and other female single male keyboardist duo The Captain & Tennille go to Number One with "Love Will Keep Us Together" and begin a period of fairly consistent success that runs parallel to the fallow pop chart period of the Carps. The C&T's material from a singles standpoint is consistently sharper and punchier. A lot of that has to do with Neil Sedaka penning half those Top 10's, a better choice of covers for singles ("Shop Around" has a much livlier arrangement than the bland synths of "There's A Kind Of Hush"), and the sensuality that Toni Tennille could express in their hits like "You Never Done It Like That" and "The Way I Want To Touch You" that K&R felt they shouldn't or couldn't do on record at the time. They also had a weekly Variety show from 1976-1977 and several TV specials after that to raise their media profile where the Carpenters did one hourly program a year. I'm sure Radio Station programmers when presented with the option of adding one act or the others new single went with the then more appealing to the masses C&T. Even over the AC charts where K&R had ruled the airwaves their chart positions began to fade to the C&T's. When A&M decided to move in the Punk/New Wave direction in 1978 with signing the Sex Pistols and The Police both acts felt the sting with the C&T "Dream" album and The Carpenters "Christmas Portrait" LP's getting virtually no promotion. Toni Tennille talks about having a conversation with Karen about this fact at the 1978 A&M Xmas party in one of Joel Whitburn's books, saying the label has forgotten what made them so large to start with. So the C&T leave, head to a disco label where they score one more smash, then disappear from the recording scene when their second Casablanca album gets no promotion due to the label disintegrating and their seventies image begins to bite them in the same way it does the Carpenters. This brings us to early 1981 when K&C, now past Richard's addiction and Karen's canned solo attempt came back after a 3 year hiatus to a pop radio market that was going through another "Soft" period so their type of material fit in radio playlists easier with the likes of Paul Davis, Juice Newton, Air Supply, and Kenny Rogers than it did with Donna Summer and Bee Gees disco records the prior few years . "Touch Me When We're Dancing" benefits from this environment and does better than any single since "A Kind Of Hush." Of course, their image was still seen as a major detractor to stations wanting to appear hip/current so it stalls at #16. Barry Manilow was also at this hurtle in the same period. Promo for the follow ups is lackluster due to KC's health and marriage disintegrating and another delay comes on the recording front so Karen can seek treatment in New York. Had Karen fully recovered and lived past 1983 I think the Carpenters days as a Top 40 Pop Act were done. Radio swung hard towards edgier sounds thanks to "Thriller" and the second British Invasion at that point pretty much ending all the seventies era pop acts chart success by 1985. It would've been the time for a "What's New" standards project and to just relax and work Vegas Casinos. Putting out a new album every couple of years since they would both want to be with their families. They wouldn't have gotten to number one but sold well nonetheless. Then the revival and new found appreciation that kicked off for the group in the nineties would've still occured and they could've enjoyed the fruits of that at any pace they chose".

viernes, 14 de abril de 2017

258º-Carpenters Argentina Fans Club-




En Argentina existe un grupo oficial de admiradores de la famosa dupla vocal The Carpenters, quien estaba integrada por los hermanos Richard (1946) y Karen Carpenter (1950-1983) 

En Argentina fueron difundidos sus ahora clasicos temas "Yesterday Once More", "This Masquerade", "Let me be the one", "Close to You", "Superstar", "Only Yesterday",

"Calling ocupants of Interplanetary craft", "Goodbye to love", entre otros.
 
Dicho grupo tiene publicado una pagina en la famosa red social Facebook: 


sábado, 4 de marzo de 2017

257º-Karen Carpenter Magazine!-


¡La Revista de Karen Carpenter!

Visita la página LeadSister.com oficial en Facebook, Se llama Karen Carpenter Magazine y son un animado grupo de personas donde los seguidores pueden expresarse.

Aquí está el enlace: https://www.facebook.com/groups/321040037161/

Una vez que estás en Karen Carpenter Magazine haz clic en la pestaña Unirse al grupo.


 

martes, 28 de febrero de 2017

254º-QUESTIONS & ANSWERS-




JAPANESE SINGLE BOX QUESTIONS:
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)
WHAT PROFESSIONALLY RECORDED CARPENTERS CONCERTS HAVE BEEN FILMED.
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!


ARE THERE ANY MORE CARPENTERS UNRELEASED SONGS?
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.


WHAT IS RICHARD CARPENTER CURRENTLY UP TO?
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."



IS THERE AN OFFICIAL FAN CLUB?

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-






24/12/1978

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-























This is the home of the Official Karen Carpenter Crush Club!

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After you have joined the group you will be able to post your request to Irene for your own personalized Crush Club Card
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The Karen Carpenter Crush Club was developed by Rick Henry and the president of the Crush Club is Irene Economou.


Click Here for the Official Karen Carpenter Crush Club Members Roster


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 
   

lunes, 13 de febrero de 2017

248º-Fan Club Newsletter #40-



Carpenters Fan Club Newsletter #40 - December 1974
Hi Fans!
By now you have no doubt heard the new Carpenter single Please Mr Postman and agree it is another hit. Their new Christmas single Santa Claus Is Coming To Town should be in the stores very soon. It's quite different from the original version, and beautifully arranged of course by Richard. The flip side features Merry Christmas Darling.
Richard and Dad wish to convey their gratitude for the lovely cards and gifts they received from you all for their birthdays.
Richard & Karen sincerely regret the postponement of several concerts scheduled for November. During their TV taping, Karen developed laryngitis and was unable to talk or sing. Her doctor ordered her to rest and forbid her to sing until she was completely recovered. The concerts were rescheduled for the end of December. During their stay in Las Vegas, they were given one of the club's 74 Alvarados to drive. They left for Vegas 2 days early to take in a couple of the nightclub shows. They enjoyed Liberace and also saw the entertaining colorful spectacle at the new MGM Hotel, Hallelujah Hollywood.
On stage they worked with the Riviera Club orchestra conducted by Mr. Palumbi. Concerts went so well, they recorded them professionally for a future "live" album. The program included the Warsaw Concerto, performed by Richard on the concert grand, and the audience loved it. Their opening act was Gabriel Kaplan, a clever comedian.
In Milwaukee, they were privileged to watch the Ali - Foreman fight on closed circuit TV. They were very impressed by the beauty of the Performing Arts Center where they performed and appreciated the lovely dinner brought in for them between shows.
The Astor Hotel in Chicago was 'old home' to them, as they'd stayed there on previous occasions, but this time they shared it with other celebrities. Latimore Horowitz and Elton John used the Astor as headquarters while doing shows in or near Chicago. Groupie commotion there was endless.
Mr. Horowitz, one of the world's greatests pianists, had come out of retirement to stage several special concerts. Elton John invited Richard & Karen to one of his concerts, but unfortunately their own shows coincided with his and they were unable to attend. Their hotel rooms were equipped with pay TV and Richard & Karen watched first run movies - a rare privilege, not usually allowed for in their busy tour and recording schedule.
Lansing, Michigan weather was a drastic change from the warm temperature they enjoyed in Chicago. It was 30-40 degrees cooler and raining. Technical difficulties on stage added to the gloom. The audience saved the day.
They were the best audience they had since the tour began and K & R loved them. At the hotel, a young girl, claiming to be housekeeper frequently barged in unannounced until Richard put a stop to it. In spite of more crummy weather in Saginaw, the concert was sold out and went very well. In both Saginaw and Muskegon, their concerts were held in ice rinks, which is not one of their favorite places to perform. Low temps must be maintained to keep the ice from melting and though the floor is covered, the cold comes through and freezes their feet. A refreshing and first time interlude for the group was offered by Curt Mercer, their sound engineer, who donned ice skates and did some fancy skating for them while the overture was played.
In New Castle Indiana, their concert was performed in the Chrysler High School Field House, which is the largest and finest one for a high school. 10,500 people can be squeezed in for a basketball game. Concert capacity is considerably less. The field house design is great for sports, but Carpenters' concert -the first concert to be held there - brought to light a number of diffuculties for stagehands. Richard compared the field house design to that of a tea cup, with bleachers on inside walls and the group at the bottom of the cup. There is no way to back a truck up to the stage and unload equipment. Instead, it must be brought from the top, down an aisle to the bottom. 40 stage hands worked very hard to get the huge truckload of Carpenter equipment down the aisle to the stage. The biggest problem was the huge soundboard, and the 9 ft. concert grand. It was a bigger problem still getting them back UP.
In Fort Wayne they played in a very flashy red, yellow and blue building which housed another ice rink. Electrical problems in the dressing rooms gave them a few headaches. When the iron and hair dryer was used at the same time, all the lights blew, so clothes pressing had to wait until hair drying was completed. In Champaign, Illinois they played to 11,000 people for a home-coming. They were pleased with the assembly hall on the campus of the University of Illinois. In spite of restrictions, a fellow wearing a security badge, but sans security uniform, got into Richard's dressing room and asked for a pen. Richard offered his, the man left, then returned momentarily with a Polaroid picture of himself with a message on it for Karen. When Richard noticed that every word in the message was misspelled, he became suspicious and called a genuine security guard who discovered the badge was a fake, and proceeded to usher the man out of the building.
After the concert, the dinner at the Boorshead was excellent, and well worth the long drive to get there. Lodging was the Paradise, designed like a motel from out of the past. The group enjoyed the food as well as the nostalgic atmosphere of the building design which featured port hole windows in the doors.
The flight home was a bit grueling. It was lengthy, with several stops, and although they flew first class as always, their meal consisted of a corned beef sandwich and a brownie each. Not too substantial for a hungry group. There was another "Mr Guder" aboard who gave Richard a bad time. When Richard turned in his seat to talk to Doug who sat behind him, his view of him was blocked by the 'No Smoking' sign on the back of his seat which he removed temporarily. "Mr. Guder" told him to replace it or he would tell the captain. Richard ignored him, and the captain was informed and promptly replied that it didn't worry him. Guess the atmosphere was a little tense for a while. The lights of the Los Angeles airport were a very welcome sight to them that night.
We have room for a few questions which have picked at random.
Q. Do Richard & Karen have any relatives in show business?
A. No.
Q. What are their feelings towards Bette Midler?
A. They think she's a great performer.
Q. How many first cousins do Richard & Karen have?
A. Twelve.
Q. Has Richard ever tried to teach Karen to play piano?
A. No.
Q. Does the red car on the cover of the Now And Then album belong to Richard?
A. Yes. It is his 1972 Ferrari G T C.
Q. Is the house on this same cover their parents home?
A. Yes.
Q. How long does it take them to produce an album?
A. Approximately 3 months depending upon unforeseen technical problems.
Q. Will Richard & Karen be featured in any talk shows in the near future?
A. No talk shows are scheduled for the present time. Sometimes they are only given a couple days notice, which makes it difficult to advise you in advance.
Q. Is there any significance attached to the identical gold bracelets they wear?
A. No. They each bought their own because they liked them so much. However, each own an elegant rope-like bracelet, a gift from Herb Alpert 4 years ago.
Q. What were the four Platinum records for, mentioned in newsletter #39?
A. They each received one for The Singles and for Now And Then in Holland.
Q. Did Top Of The World reach Gold status?
A. Yes.
Thank you all for your interest. Keep those questions coming in.
IMPORTANT: A new post office ruling states that all letters without return addresses on the outside of the envelope will be sent to the dead letter office so DON'T FORGET TO WRITE YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON ALL LETTERS, especially those containing orders for merchandise.
THE CARPENTER FAMILY, ROADIES & FAN CLUB STAFF EXTEND THE SEASON'S GREETINGS YOU ALL.

Rap with you in 1975. EV