Now & Then

Now & Then

by Carpenters
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Now & Then

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/08/1998
Label: A&M
UPC: 0082839351928
catalogNumber: 393519
Rank: 30159

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
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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Now & Then 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Mister-Music More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago