Now And Then

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Catalogue Number: A&M SP-3519; CD 3519; 82839 3519 2
Jukebox album release: LLP3519
Date of Release: 05/09/73
Chart Position- U.S.: #2; U.K.: #19; JAPAN: #1
Album Singles: “Sing”/”Druscilla Penny”
“Yesterday Once More”/”Road Ode”
Medium: Reel/Vinyl/8-track/Cassette/CD

Track Listing:

 

1. Sing 3:20 (Raposo)
2. This Masquerade 4:50 (Russell)
3. Heather 2:47 (Pearson)
4. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) 3:40 (Williams)
5. I Can’t Make Music 3:17 (Edelman)
6. Yesterday Once More 3:50 (Carpenter/Bettis)
7. Oldies Medley:
a. Fun, Fun, Fun 1:32 (Wilson/Love)
b. The End Of The World 2:25 (Dee/Kent)
c. Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) 1:43 (Greenwich/Barry/Spector)
d. Deadman’s Curve 1:40 (Berry/Christian/Kornfeld/Wilson)
e. Johnny Angel 1:30 (Duddy/Pockriss)
f. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes 1:45 (Weisman/Wayne/Garrett)
g. Our Day Will Come 2:00 (Hilliard/Garson)
h. One Fine Day 1:40 (King/Goffin)

8. Yesterday Once More [Reprise] 0:48 (Carpenter/Bettis)

Album Credits:

Produced by: Richard & Karen Carpenter
Arranged & Orchestrated by: Richard Carpenter
All Vocals: Richard & Karen Carpenter
Keyboards: Richard Carpenter
Bass: Joe Osborn
Drums: Karen Carpenter
Flute & Tenor Sax: Bob Messenger
Baritone Saxophone: Doug Strawn
Recorder: Tom Scott
Lead Guitar: Tony Peluso
Guitar: Tony Peluso & Gary Sims
Steel Guitar: Buddy Emmons & Jay Dee Maness
Oboe & Bass Oboe – English Horn: Earl Dumler
Voice of D.J.: Tony Peluso
Engineered by: Ray Gerhardt, Assistant: Roger Young
Mastering Engineer: Bernie Grundman
Art Direction: Roland Young
Photography – Front Cover: Jim McCrary
Illustrations – Front Cover: Design Maru; Inside Cover: Len Freas
Special thanks to: The Jimmy Joyce Children’s Chorus on Sing, Ron Gorow, Hal Blaine: Drums on Jambalaya

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The followup to the monumental A SONG FOR YOU titled NOW AND THEN contained the huge worldwide hits of “Yesterday Once More” (#2 in the US) and the simplistic “Sing” (#3 in the US) by the SESAME STREET composer Joe Raposo, but it’s biggest and most unique attribute has to be the oldies medley that occupies the whole second side of the LP. Carpenters had been featuring an oldies medley in their stage show, glued together with Tony Peloso’s DJ schtick, and when once-again faced with a deficit of material when picking songs for this album, opted to include a studio version.

The song “Yesterday Once More” appeared on the original vinyl of NOW AND THEN in a slightly stripped-down state from the way it ultimately sounded as a single and on compilations in later years. It’s been theorized that because of time pressures to get the album out, the track wasn’t quite finished off in time. The listener will note the absence of the guitar and oboe figures toward the end of the track on the original album, and subsequently the Remastered Classics version on CD.

Other notable tracks include “Heather”, a faithful reworking of an instrumental song that had been played as the backing to a TV commercial of the day, and Leon Russell’s “This Masquerade”, a ballad just made for Karen’s voice.

The highly anticipated NOW AND THEN shot up the charts, reaching number 2 in June of 1973.

Original promotional ad for this album:

Billboard Now amp Then Ad June 2 1973