A&M Corner member NowhereMan has pointed that way to a Japanese documentary about Carpenters and their song “I Need To Be In Love” featuring Richard Carpenter, John Bettis, and others associated with the group and the song and how it became a huge hit in Japan. Visit our discussion forum and check out the video and our chat about it.
MY MUSIC PRESENTS has once again given Carpenters fans quite a treat for the Christmas season. An additional half-hour program has been added to the prior CLOSE TO YOU: REMEMBERING THE CARPENTERS focusing on the duo’s Christmas recordings and TV specials. As a premium to raise funds for Public TV, another DVD is being offered this year. Titled CARPENTERS CHRISTMAS MEMORIES and longer than the TV program, it’s sure to be an annual favorite by fans who have been clamoring for Christmas videos for a long time. So keep an eye out for your local Public Broadcasting TV station’s schedule this holiday season.
On October 8th, 2016, the solo KAREN CARPENTER album turned 20 years old from its release in 1996. Join in the discussion at A&M Corner about the release of this important album 20 years ago.
In a roundabout way, we’ve once again been made aware of something that had slipped by us before, and that’s that there exists a dedicated single mix of the song “Flat Baroque”. Member Rick-An Ordinary Fool tried to tell us about it way back in 2003 – and it was reinforced by member A&M Retro, yet it went largely unnoticed for all these years.
Join us in our forum discussion of this fascinating find.
It has come to our attention that there exists a version of “Jambalaya” that has the stereo reversed. While it exists on two compilations from Great Britain, it also appears on the first version of the Japan ANTHOLOGY. The British releases are SINGLES 1974-1978 and the 1984 edition of YESTERDAY ONCE MORE, both the SING1 LP and the rare CD.
We’ve located someone in the UK (thanks, Nick!) who had a copy of the “Jambalaya” single and we’ve been able to confirm that the single has the same stereo orientation as the NOW & THEN album version.
That means that for our purposes, we can point to the SINGLES 1974-1978 compilation as being the origination point for the backwards stereo version.