Now & Then

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Featuring a surprisingly poignant cover photo of a suburban house -- not unlike the Downey, CA homestead in which Karen and Richard Carpenter grew up -- Now & Then is a concept album about the music that inspired Karen and Richard in their childhood. Besides the hit single "Sing" and a charming take on Hank Williams' "Jambalaya," the centerpiece of Now & Then is Richard Carpenter and John Bettis' nostalgic "Yesterday Once More." The song opens and closes a side-long medley of early-'60s pop hits that includes the Beach Boys' "Fun, Fun, Fun," Skeeter Davis' "The End of the World," the Crystals' "Da Doo Ron Ron," and Jan & Dean's "Dead Man's Curve." Also included are Shelley Fabares' "Johnny Angel," Bobby ...
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All Music Guide
Featuring a surprisingly poignant cover photo of a suburban house -- not unlike the Downey, CA homestead in which Karen and Richard Carpenter grew up -- Now & Then is a concept album about the music that inspired Karen and Richard in their childhood. Besides the hit single "Sing" and a charming take on Hank Williams' "Jambalaya," the centerpiece of Now & Then is Richard Carpenter and John Bettis' nostalgic "Yesterday Once More." The song opens and closes a side-long medley of early-'60s pop hits that includes the Beach Boys' "Fun, Fun, Fun," Skeeter Davis' "The End of the World," the Crystals' "Da Doo Ron Ron," and Jan & Dean's "Dead Man's Curve." Also included are Shelley Fabares' "Johnny Angel," Bobby Vee's "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," Ruby & the Romantics' "Our Day Will Come," and the Chiffons' "One Fine Day." Given Karen's immense skills as an interpretive singer, not one of the covers is less than interesting, and most are flat-out wonderful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/8/1998
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 082839351928
  • Catalog Number: 393519
  • Sales rank: 29,447

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carpenters Primary Artist
Buddy Emmons Guitar, Steel Guitar, Slide Guitar
Tom Scott Recorder, Wind
Richard Carpenter Keyboards, Vocals
Hal Blaine Drums
Karen Carpenter Drums, Vocals
Earl Dumler English Horn, Oboe, Wind
Ron Gordon Drums
Jimmy Joyce Choir, Chorus
Jay Dee Maness Guitar, Steel Guitar
Bob Messenger Bass, Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Wind
Tony Peluso Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Voices
Gary Sims Guitar
Doug Strawn Keyboards, Baritone Saxophone, Wind
Joe Osborn Bass
Technical Credits
Carpenters Producer
Brian Wilson Composer
Richard Carpenter Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Jan Berry Composer
Karen Carpenter Producer
Ray Gerhardt Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Hank Williams Composer
Artie Kornfeld Composer
Roland Young Art Direction
Len Freas Cover Design
Jim McCrary Cover Design
Roger Christian Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Number One Pick For Early 1960's Radio Fans

    If you were around in the early 1960's and enjoyed the "Doo-Wah" songs popular then, AND if you loved listening to the rock station radio DJ's who practiced the quick speaking, witty, song blending DJ style so popular at that time, then this album should be your number one pick of all time. The entire final two-thirds of the tracks (originally side B of the LP record) are a re-creation of about twenty minutes of what you would have heard on the best rock radio stations back then, complete with a "running" identify-the-group-in-this-mystery-sound-clip contest with a call-in contestant who is sure he has the answer! It's wonderful fun and the Carpenters covered the original early 60's hits so well, I actually prefer some of their versions to the originals. Get ready for MAJOR NOSTALGIA, you "Johnny Angel" fans!

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