A highly sought-after and rare compilation has been found and detailed here.
The 1984 British version of YESTERDAY ONCE MORE (UK) that’s more common as an LP had a brief run on CD and is now very hard to find. This compilation is somewhat notable for some rarer mixes, including the single mix of “Please Mr. Postman” and the original LP mix of “Those Good Old Dreams,” found nowhere else on CD.
Called THE CARPENTERS COLLECTION (THEIR GREATEST HITS), this older compilation from Holland has now been found and entered into our database. It’s a messy compilation, but as it’s official, we take a look at it.
A&M Corner member “A&M retro” has pointed out that after INTERPRETATIONS was first released in the UK and Canada, some slight revision work was done on the track “Tryin' To Get the Feeling Again” before it was released in the US, resulting in what we’ll now term the 1995 remix.
Karen’s original demo lead that Richard worked with had a lot of mouth sounds that were able to be eliminated in the remix.
Another minor remix was done on “Solitaire” in 2002 for the ESSENTIAL COLLECTION similarly to remove some mouth sounds.
Check out both “Tryin’ To Get The Feeling Again” and “Solitaire” in our database and see where these versions occur.
Paul Williams was the subject of a piece on CBS SUNDAY MORNING on Oct. 21, 2012. Carpenters were mentioned in the context of “We’ve Only Just Begun” along with a short video clip.
Originally on Youtube, now removed. The page is still at CBS News.
Along with clips from his past is a discussion about the current documentary in which he’s featured, PAUL WILLIAMS – STILL ALIVE.
And he mentions that his favorite song of his own is “The Rainbow Connection”.
New A&M Corner member “Mr. Guder” has posted a really nifty blog entry on the subject of Karen & Richard Carpenter’s first A&M album, OFFERING (a.k.a. TICKET TO RIDE). This is a must-read for all fans. Called “The Carpenters – A Simple Offering”, the blog can be found at “All Aboard For Skinker’s Swamp“:
Herb Alpert knows a thing or two about music. As a songwriter, he helped pen one of Sam Cooke’s biggest hits, “Wonderful World,” when only 24 years old. As a bandleader, Alpert achieved worldwide fame in the 1960s with his hugely influential group, the Tijuana Brass, racking up 13 million sales in 1966 alone – outselling the Beatles at a ratio of 2:1 in the United States during that year. And as a founder member of A&M Records with partner Jerry Moss, he helped transform his fledgling label into the world’s greatest independent record company, eventually selling the business in 1987 for a reported $500million. Yet perhaps the most inspired achievement of Herb Alpert’s incredible career came via his role as talent scout, when in 1969 he was first presented with a demo tape of an unknown brother-sister duo called the Carpenters. Read more…
A somewhat difficult-to-find compilation from the UK, released in 1993 and called MAGICAL MEMORIES OF THE CARPENTERS has been added to the database. This is a massive 5-disc set that was released by the Reader’s Digest organization featuring a huge number of Carpenters tracks.
And we’ve just learned that in Australia, a year later, the set was issued as a 4-disc set with the same tracks and mixes.