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.
Back in 1981, Carpenters appeared on Dutch TV performing their current hit, “Touch Me When We’re Dancing”. They sang live to a backing track, making this a special treat for fans.
Check out the video and our discussion in the Forum.
A Minneapolis/St. Paul area group called Rainy Days & Mondays has been performing their Carpenters tribute around the area. Musician Boyd Lee and wife Aimee (who sings in Karen Carpenter’s alto range) have assembled a group which stays true to the Carpenters sound, preferring real strings and horns over synthesizers and giving the group its authentic sound. They are making two Twin Cities appearances later in January. You can read more about these productions at DL-Online and keep up with their activities on their Facebook page.
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