As with many recording artists, Carpenters’ output was supported with promotional advertisements that were placed in trade magazines like Billboard, Cashbox, etc. These ads generally appeared during the week that the promotional singles and albums were being sent to radio stations as an extra nudge to get programmers to play the new recorded works and then were never seen again, except to those who saved the magazines.
A&M Corner member Chris-An Ordinary Fool has been diligently retrieving these from various web archives and we thought they should be seen among the relevant pages of our site. Sometimes the artwork was inspired, and other times not-so-much. But they are all fun to look at. Thanks Chris!
Universal has been doing a series of short ‘hits’ discs that present their artists’ best known songs and are given the title ICON. Now it’s Carpenters turn in the ICON series with this 2014 entry. Eleven of their best-known songs are presented here and we’ve been discussing it in the A&M Corner’s A SONG FOR YOU forum. Join in the discussion about this latest compilation from our favorite duo.
We continue in our discussion with John Bettis regarding many of the songs he’s contributed to the Carpenters’ catalogue via his songwriting partnership with Richard Carpenter. John also shares some of his own personal thoughts on the shelving of Karen’s solo album from 1980, along with his overall feelings about the recent biography Little Girl Blue: The Life Of Karen Carpenter written by author Randy Schmidt. We also discuss the rumored song from Christmas of 1982 that was written for Karen shortly before her sudden death that she never had the opportunity to hear.
Listen to: The “Third” Carpenter: A Conversation with John Bettis, Pt. 2 [Extended Edit]
Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee John Bettis has written number-one hit songs for many artists, to include Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, The Pointer Sisters and Madonna. However, in this first of a two-part interview, we very candidly and exclusively discuss his co-writing partnership with Richard Carpenter of the famous brother-sister duo Carpenters, as well as talk about how many of the hits were constructed, including John’s relationship with both Richard and Karen and what went on behind the scenes.
Listen to: The “Third” Carpenter: A Conversation with John Bettis, Part 1
Just crossing our desk is a 2001 compilation from the Netherlands called YESTERDAY ONCE MORE – DE NEDERLANDSE SINGLES COLLECTIE. It’s a close cousin to the 20-track UK GOLD, issued around the same time and sharing 19 of the 20 tracks and mixes. Its only difference is the inclusion of “Sweet, Sweet Smile” in place of “Calling Occupants” and a slight reshuffle of the track listing.
Scans of the cover on computers tend to blacken out the mirrored silver-foil Carpenters logo. It’s actually much more attractive than the scan indicates.
Previously mentioned in passing as part of the GOLD (UK) listing, we can now confirm the mixes and add the title to our database. Check it out – it’s listed as YESTERDAY ONCE MORE (NL).
Three new versions of Carpenters’ SINGLES 1969-1973 have been released in Japan in late April of 2014. Richard Carpenter and Bernie Grundman remastered the album for release on an SHM-SACD, a Platinum SHM-CD, and a standard SHM-CD. The first two come packaged in special box packaging while the third is a standard mini-LP format. Early reports from all over the world hail these releases as very much improved from prior issues. All mixes used are the same as the Remastered Classics, but the sonics are definitely improved. Join in our discussion at A&M Corner.