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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IT HAS BEGUN TO ARRIVE- the long-awaited CARPENTERS THE COMPLETE SINGLES!
TJL Productions, in conjunction with America’s Public Television stations, is releasing an exclusive new Carpenters Singles collection:
In late November and early December, many Public Television stations will be airing an updated rebroadcast of CLOSE TO YOU: REMEMBERING THE CARPENTERS. As part of their pledge drive associated with this airing, the stations will offer premiums that include the new, expanded DVD and also a brand new CD compilation featuring all of the A and B-sides to Carpenters’ US singles. This new compilation is exclusive to this Public Television project and will not be available in any retail outlet, so real fans who have been seeking out some of these rare mixes should take advantage of the offer and support their Public Television station.
The 3-CD set has beenissued by TJL Productions, has been compiled by Jim Pierson with assistance and supervision from Richard Carpenter, and has been mastered by the Erick Labson at Universal Mastering.
Our Resource has just obtained this release and we’ve verified and detailed all of the tracks and mixes used. Be sure to listen carefully yourself in case we missed something. Meanwhile, check out the discussion in our Forum and the new album’s page in our discography.
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