Passage

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Passage is surprisingly ambitious, almost experimental by the standards of the Carpenters -- there are no Richard Carpenter-authored songs, a first for the duo, and what is here seems an almost conscious effort to sound different from their prior work. That includes the ornate versions of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft," both arranged by Peter Knight best known for his work with the Moody Blues on Days of Future Passed. The Evita song, which comes complete with its surrounding musical material, is so much more elaborate than anything else on the album that it seems completely out of place. Richard evidently had what he felt were ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Passage is surprisingly ambitious, almost experimental by the standards of the Carpenters -- there are no Richard Carpenter-authored songs, a first for the duo, and what is here seems an almost conscious effort to sound different from their prior work. That includes the ornate versions of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft," both arranged by Peter Knight best known for his work with the Moody Blues on Days of Future Passed. The Evita song, which comes complete with its surrounding musical material, is so much more elaborate than anything else on the album that it seems completely out of place. Richard evidently had what he felt were good reasons for choosing to record Klaatu's piece of space rock ersatz, and it is hard not to luxuriate in Karen Carpenter's enunciation of the lyrics, but overall "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" is one of those '70s records that is truly embarrassing to be caught listening to today, a pop culture Jimmy Carter-era artifact on a par with pet rocks. The album also has its unusually playful side, represented by the country number "Sweet, Sweet Smile" and the Calypso piece "Man Smart, Woman Smarter," although the latter doesn't work at all and neither track would ever find a place even on a "volume three" of the best of the Carpenters. Much more memorable was "All You Get from Love Is a Love Song," which also had more of a beat than one was accustomed to in the duo's music, and the dark, melancholy-tinged "Two Sides." The effort was admirable even if most of the results aren't memorable or essential.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/8/1998
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 082839470322
  • Catalog Number: 394703

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carpenters Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Peter Knight Conductor
Leon Russell Piano
Tom Scott Tenor Saxophone, Wind
Pete Jolly Piano
Tommy Vig Percussion
Richard Carpenter Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Tack Piano
Bobby Bruce Violin
Karen Carpenter Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Vince Charles Drums, Steel Drums
Earl Dumler Oboe, Wind
Jay Graydon Acoustic Guitar
Ed Greene Drums
Gregg Smith Conductor
Tom Hensley Piano, Tack Piano
Jackie Kelso Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Gayle LaVant Horn
David Luell Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Jay Dee Maness Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Kurt McGettrick Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Larry McNeely Banjo
Larry Muhoberac Piano
Ray Parker Jr. Guitar
Tony Peluso Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Lee Ritenour Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Julia Tillman Waters Vocals
Wally Snow Percussion
Jerry Steinholtz Percussion, Conga
Ron Tutt Drums
Maxine Willard Waters Vocals, Background Vocals
Carlena Williams Vocals, Background Vocals
Gayle Levant Harp
Joe Osborn Bass
Technical Credits
A. L. Webber Composer
Juice Newton Composer
Richard Carpenter Arranger, Producer
Ray Gerhardt Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Dave Iveland Engineer
Tony Peluso Contributor
Otha Young Composer
Roger Young Engineer
Tim Rice Composer
Terry Draper Composer
Tom Nolan Liner Notes
Roland Young Art Direction
Lou Beach Cover Art
John Woloschuk Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Parts OK, parts spectacular

    I wouldn't say this album is among the Carpenters' strongest... but there are great musical moments throughout, particularly for Carpenters' fans. ''All You Get From Love Is A Love Song'' has a catchy rhythm and fun lyrics, and ''Sweet, Sweet Smile'' is also upbeat and fun. The real gem in my opinion has to be Karen's rendering of ''Don't Cry For Me Argentina''... as a big fan of the musical ''Evita'', this is my favorite version - it truly shows off Karen's pure tone and wonderful feeling.

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