Interpretations: A 25th Anniversary Celebration

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The point of the relatively brief Interpretations: A 25th Anniversary Celebration video compilation is to present performances by the Carpenters of songs written by people other than Richard Carpenter. That includes some of their biggest hits, such as "They Long to Be Close to You," "We've Only Just Begun," "Rainy Days and Mondays," and "Superstar." No sources are given for the material, though it can be presumed to come from the Carpenters' television specials, since they are usually found on what look like TV sound stages, miming the studio recordings of their songs. Karen Carpenter is generally seen wearing a gown or lacy granny dress, while Richard turns up in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The point of the relatively brief Interpretations: A 25th Anniversary Celebration video compilation is to present performances by the Carpenters of songs written by people other than Richard Carpenter. That includes some of their biggest hits, such as "They Long to Be Close to You," "We've Only Just Begun," "Rainy Days and Mondays," and "Superstar." No sources are given for the material, though it can be presumed to come from the Carpenters' television specials, since they are usually found on what look like TV sound stages, miming the studio recordings of their songs. Karen Carpenter is generally seen wearing a gown or lacy granny dress, while Richard turns up in tuxedos with frilly shirts and droopy bowties, as if the two of them are just about to leave for their senior prom. Some segments are slightly more elaborate. "Bless the Beasts and Children" features footage of animals and children; "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" begins with a disc jockey and features an orchestra; "They Long to Be Close to You" seems to be, if not a live performance, at least not just a lip-synched version of the original recording. Far better than the rest are several renditions of standards by Karen, notably "Little Girl Blue" and "When I Fall in Love," though in these late tapes she looks thin and prematurely old, in striking contrast to the younger version of her on the early tapes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/1995
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 731454031226
  • Catalog Number: 540312
  • Sales rank: 49,512

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carpenters Primary Artist
Pete Jolly Keyboards
Richard Carpenter Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jim Gordon Drums
Hal Blaine Drums
Karen Carpenter Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Earl Dumler Oboe
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Gregg Smith Background Vocals
Jay Dee Maness Pedal Steel Guitar
Timothy May Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bob Messenger Flute, Saxophone
Tommy Morgan Harmonica
Cubby O'Brien Drums
Tony Peluso Guitar, Electric Guitar, DJ
Doug Strawn Clarinet
Fred Tackett Acoustic Guitar
Ron Tutt Drums
Larrie Londin Drums
Dennis Budimer Acoustic Guitar
Joe Osborn Bass
Technical Credits
Peter Knight Arranger
Vincent Youmans Composer
Richard Carpenter Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Arnie Acosta Mastering
Don Addrisi Composer
Dick Bogert Engineer
Karen Carpenter Producer
Jack Daugherty Producer
Robert DeLaGarza Remixing
Ray Gerhardt Engineer
Dave Iveland Engineer
Paul Riser Arranger
Ken Welch Arranger
Mitzie Welch Arranger
Paul Williams Composer
Roger Young Engineer, Remixing
Dick Addrisi Composer
Terry Draper Composer
Chuck Beeson Art Direction
Edward Eliscu Composer
John Woloschuk Composer
Daniel Levitin Liner Notes
Roger Nichols Composer
Billy Rose Composer
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