viernes, 20 de enero de 2017

243º-(They long to be) close to you-

This was written by the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. It was originally released as the B-side of "Blue Guitar" by Richard Chamberlain in 1963. 
Dusty Springfield recorded an early version of this song in 1964, which was originally scheduled for release as a single and potential follow-up to her hit "I Just Don't Know What To Do with Myself." However, it wasn't until 3 years later, in 1967, that her version was finally was released on her album Where Am I Going?.
The Carpenters signed with A&M Records in 1969, which was co-owned by Herb Alpert. Burt Bacharach asked Alpert to record the song himself, but he didn't feel comfortable with the lyrical content - "Moondust in your hair" - and instead produced a new arrangement for the Carpenters. 
Richard Carpenter said of recording this song: "He (Herb Alpert) just gave me a lead sheet, and he said, 'I have a recording of this, but I don't want you to hear it. I don't want anything to influence what I may come up with. Just keep, at the end of the first bridge, two piano quintuplets.' That record, that song, the arrangement, all of it, is misleading to the uninitiated, because it sounds simple. And it's anything but simple."
In their first sessions for this song, Karen Carpenter played the drums, which Alpert didn't like. Said the producer: "I thought it was a little light. And so I asked them to go back in the studio again, because Karen was playing drums. And they recorded it the second time and I still felt they were missing a little something on the groove, so I suggested very carefully to Karen that maybe Hal Blaine should come in and play drums on it."

Blaine replaced Karen on drums and they got the take they liked with Richard on piano, Joe Osborn on bass, and Karen singing.
The trumpet part in the middle of the song didn't come easy: Richard had a very specific sound in mind, and had multiple trumpets trying to play it, which wasn't working because each trumpet was playing slightly different. Chuck Findley solved the problem by playing all the parts himself, then layering them together to create the elusive sound Richard wanted.
This was the first of a string of hits for the Carpenters. They dominated Easy Listening radio in the early '70s.
The Carpenters' first single was a cover of The Beatles' "Ticket To Ride," which hit #54 in the US. This was their second single.
This was featured in the 1989 movie Parenthood, starring Steve Martin. It was used in a scene where Rick Morranis' character sings to apologize to his wife in the middle of teaching her class. 
The Cranberries sang this at Woodstock '94, and included it as the B-side to their 1995 single "I Can't Be With You."

Release Date: May 15, 1970

Released: 19/08/1970

domingo, 15 de enero de 2017

240º-The carpenters story 2017-

Sat 28
JAN 2017

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New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham
The Carpenters Story

Sun 29
JAN 2017

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Milton Keynes Theatre
The Carpenters Story
Milton Keynes

sábado, 14 de enero de 2017


On September 25, 1971, with just two albums under their belts and on their very first tour outside of America, The Carpenters taped an episode of the BBC’s prestigious In Concert series. The artists lip-synched some tunes, like "Help!" and the Burt Bacharach Medley, but most of the songs on the BBC Concert were performed 'as live'. It was recorded on September 25 and aired on BBC1 on November 6, 1971. VH-1 has televised the concert for American audiences, however in order to fit it into a half-hour time slot with commercials, they left out "And When He Smiles", "I Fell in Love with You", "That on the Road Look", and "Lust for Earl and the Married Woman". In addition to singing, Karen also plays the drums during some of the songs. The program featured what are today considered to be some of the most iconic performances from Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, The Kinks, James Taylor, Carole King and others in their prime. This Carpenters performance is no exception with the young Karen’s clear as a bell vocals, brother Richard’s beautiful piano playing and stunning arrangements plus an absolutely crack band backing them up.

Most episodes of In Concert were shot in front of intimate crowds at the old BBC Television Centre in London and were known for being sensitively recorded and mixed. As far as I can tell, this is one of the few times the series deviated from purely live performances as the Burt Bacharach medley and “Help!” were lip-synced (and where are the string section hiding that we hear from time to time?). Those pre-recorded moments aside, it’s a pleasure to be able to concentrate on the fine musicianship here without the goofy middle of the road showbiz trappings of later TV specials like The Carpenters…Space Encounters in 1978 that featured Suzanne Somers and John Denver as aliens.

jueves, 12 de enero de 2017

238º-Richard Carpenter Sues for Karen Over Legendary Music Catalog-


1/11/2017 11:10 AM PST

Richard Carpenter has filed a lawsuit against 2 music companies he claims ripped him off in the royalties over Carpenters tunes, and he's brought Karen into the legal action as well.
Richard and Karen Carpenter's estate claim Universal Music Group and A&M Records have shut them out of profits for iTunes and other online sales distributors.  
It's a whole new world out there with digital downloads, and Richard claims Universal and A&M are not giving artists their fair cut. He goes on to say the courts have agreed with him -- notably in a case involving Eminem -- and now he says it's time to pay up.
Richard and Karen's estate have crunched the numbers, and they want more than $2 million.