Carpenters Perform Carpenter

Carpenters Perform Carpenter

by Carpenters

CD

Overview

Those who listened to the Carpenters during their heyday without paying attention to those names that appear in parenthesis after song titles might not be aware of a musical development that took place during the group's career. As time went on, Richard Carpenter became a more significant source of the Carpenters' songs as a writer. Richard was contributing to the songwriting at the outset, for example placing "All of My Life" and "Eve" on the debut album, Offering (aka Ticket to Ride) in 1969. But it wasn't until 1972 that "Goodbye to Love" (co-written with John Bettis) gave him his first representation as a writer on the A-side of a Carpenters single. When that song peaked at number seven on the Hot 100, Richard began putting more of his songs out as Carpenters singles, and he scored further hits with "Yesterday Once More," "Top of the World," "Only Yesterday," and "I Need to Be in Love." But his songs were still mixed in with many outside contributions, such that the Carpenters' musical legacy remains a combination of his writing and that of many others. A quarter-century later, as A&M looked for further ways to exploit the Carpenters catalog, the idea of assembling a compilation devoted to Richard's compositions was a valid one, and the tracks here mix his hits with a selection of the many album tracks he wrote. The collection presents the Carpenters at their most natural-sounding; Richard was writing for Karen Carpenter's voice, so the songs effectively exploit the qualities of that voice. When outside material was being arranged for the Carpenters, the results sometimes reflected the adjustment in a way that could make nonfans cringe. That's not the case here. Neither, however, does the album make the case for Richard as an important songwriter beyond the handful of songs for which he is known to those who know.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2003
Label: A&M
UPC: 0606949367626
catalogNumber: 000074502

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carpenters   Primary Artist
Buddy Emmons   Pedal Steel Guitar
Tom Scott   Woodwind
Richard Carpenter   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jim Gordon   Drums
Hal Blaine   Drums
Karen Carpenter   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Earl Dumler   English Horn,Oboe
Jim Horn   Oboe
Jay Dee Maness   Pedal Steel Guitar
Timothy May   Banjo,Guitar
Bob Messenger   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Cubby O'Brien   Drums
Tony Peluso   Guitar
David Shostac   Flute
Gary Sims   Guitar
Sheridon Stokes   Flute,Recorder
Ron Tutt   Drums
O.K. Chorale   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Peter Knight   Arranger
Irving Berlin   Composer
Albert Hammond   Composer
Richard Carpenter   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Remixing
Danny Wilde   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Dick Bogert   Engineer
Karen Carpenter   Producer
Jack Daugherty   Producer
Ray Gerhardt   Engineer
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Armin Steiner   Engineer
Roger Young   Engineer,Remixing
Annie Leibovitz   Cover Photo
Bill DeMain   Liner Notes
Frank Pooler   Composer

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Carpenters Perform Carpenter 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a portfolio of the finest vocals Karen would present on timeless less played Carpenter classics. New listeners will find this extraordinary!