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 Posted:   Aug 27, 2021 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I grew up as a huge Carpenters fan. There was never a time when I didn't love their music. As a youngster I had no idea they were mocked for their squeaky clean style or that their success was waning. I just knew I adored their music.

I remember buying their album "Passage" and playing it for the first time. My reaction was, WTF did I just listen to?! This almost equaled my reaction to the Star Wars Holiday Special. It's batsh*t crazy nonsensical in style and tone.

I've grown to appreciate the album a little more over the years but I still prefer their more "classic" styling. Not until now did I understand why they went in an off the wall direction. They literately were throwing poop at the wall and seeing what sticks.


 
 Posted:   Aug 27, 2021 - 12:44 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

I was/am not a fan of their version of "Calling Occupants".
That was my particular WTF moment from them.
But they did make up for it with "All You Get From Love" and "Sweet Sweet Smile".

Plus the album has the bass work of Joe Osborn, who in my eyes can never do wrong.

(But it's still weird hearing Karen use a phrase like "all strung out".)

 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2021 - 8:21 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

I never got the experimental tag about this album. Except for "Calling" and "Bwana", the other songs didn't seem any less MOR than pretty much all their other songs.

"Carpenters Sing Hendrix", THAT's experimental.
Or, "Brace yourself as Karen goes full-on Jagger in her version of 'Paint It Black'!"

I was such a smug, rock n roll purist back then, that if it was a song my folks liked, I pretty much hated it.

 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2021 - 4:54 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

I've tried listening to other things besides their greatest hits. So few of them appeal to me.

She died just about the time Linda Ronstadt made her big hit with Nelson Riddle. KC would have been so perfect for that niche.

 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2021 - 7:08 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

Count me in as a Carpenters fan. I still play their hits a lot.

 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2021 - 9:02 PM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I've tried listening to other things besides their greatest hits. So few of them appeal to me.


Not a Carpenters fan??? You must of been one of those rebel Captain and Tennille fans. I imagine Muskrat Love was your wedding song.

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2021 - 3:53 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

I've tried listening to other things besides their greatest hits. So few of them appeal to me.


Not a Carpenters fan??? You must of been one of those rebel Captain and Tennille fans. I imagine Muskrat Love was your wedding song.


I'm a fan, just not of much outside the 2 cd's of hits.

No wait. I do have her solo thing-ie, which was great. And the final one that had that Hawaiian song thing-ie. ("Lovelines" and "Karen Carpenter").

I did have the C&T greatest hits, but no more.

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2021 - 7:34 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I've tried listening to other things besides their greatest hits. So few of them appeal to me.


Not a Carpenters fan??? You must of been one of those rebel Captain and Tennille fans. I imagine Muskrat Love was your wedding song.


I'm a fan, just not of much outside the 2 cd's of hits.

No wait. I do have her solo thing-ie, which was great. And the final one that had that Hawaiian song thing-ie. ("Lovelines" and "Karen Carpenter").

I did have the C&T greatest hits, but no more.


I knew DIB had to be a fan of the Carpenters!

 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2022 - 9:42 AM   
 By:   msmith   (Member)

I can't believe I got this album 45 years ago. Still, it's a great album.

 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2022 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I can't believe I got this album 45 years ago. Still, it's a great album.

Wow, its been that long? I guess so! One day recently I played my Carpenters "Mega Playlist" while house cleaning. Really made an unbearable chore, bearable.

 
 Posted:   Sep 24, 2022 - 11:43 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

One day recently I played my Carpenters "Mega Playlist" while house cleaning. Really made an unbearable chore, bearable.


I can vouch for that. These songs lift your mood. My first contact with the Carpenters was in my mid-teens. I found The Singles: 1969–1973 at our church rummage sale for 50 cents. Used vinyl. What a revelation. It was part of my life from then on. I had heard some of these songs on A.M. radio (mono, not morning), but you don't begin to hear how great they are until you listen to them properly.

Since the CD era, my primary source of Carpenters has been a 2-disc set, Classics Volume 2, previously released as Yesterday Once More. The jewel case has a cover photo that Richard once commented on. He said it was a favorite, because you can just see "a shadow" of illness coming over Karen's face, while he looks worried.

 
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