Bless The Beasts And Children

(Barry De Vorzon/Perry Botkin, Jr.) Screen Gems-Columbia Music, Inc BMI 3:07

Single released as b-side: 8/12/71
Billboard #67, 11/10/71

Original album mix:
A SONG FOR YOU LP, and original A&M CD
CARPENTERS COLLECTED
ULTIMATE COLLECTION (NL)

A mono folddown exists on promo single.

Original soundtrack mix: has vibraphone instead of English horn at open and close
– BLESS THE BEASTS AND CHILDREN soundtrack album
JAPANESE SINGLE BOX

1985 remix: stereo piano added, bass and drums enhanced, track ends cold instead of fade-out, intake breaths audible on “the children” as the song ends (Thanks to “closetoyou10″ for that latter info.)
A SONG FOR YOU (MFSL) and the COMPACT DISC COLLECTION version
– A&M GOLD SERIES VOL 2
– A&M NEW GOLD SERIES VOL 2
ANTHOLOGY (89)
ANTHOLOGY (97)
– CARPENTERS BEST VOL. 2
CLASSICS VOL 2 and YESTERDAY ONCE MORE (85)
FROM THE TOP
INTERPRETATIONS (UK)
INTERPRETATIONS (US)
MAGICAL MEMORIES OF THE CARPENTERS
SWEET MEMORY by and by
THEIR GREATEST HITS AND FINEST PERFORMANCES (Readers Digest)
TREASURES (JP)
TREASURES (UK)
YESTERDAY ONCE MORE (98)

1990 remix: English horn panned slightly right, intake breaths removed as the song ends with “the children”
– 20/20 BEST OF BEST SELECTION
20th CENTURY MASTERS MILLENNIUM COLLECTION
– 40/40 BEST SELECTION (JP)
– 40/40 (US)
BEST OF BEST+
– ESSENTIAL COLLECTION
GOLD (US)
THE SINGLES 1969-1981 SACD on SACD stereo layer and CD Audio layer
ULTIMATE COLLECTION (UK)

Karaoke mix:
ORIGINAL MASTER KARAOKE-YESTERDAY ONCE MORE

SACD 5.1 surround mix:
THE SINGLES 1969-1981 SACD on surround layer

Quad mix:
A SONG FOR YOU quad Q8 tape

Instrumental recording: totally different recording
– PIANIST, ARRANGER, COMPOSER, CONDUCTOR

Chris May says:
Basically there are two things to listen for when separating the ’85 mix from the ’90 mix. The mix from ’85 has the English horn at the intro more ‘centered’. The overall instrumental placement (i.e. stereo pan etc) are almost identical between the two mixes, however the ’85 mix is a little more dull sounding in comparison. The mix from ’90 is a bit ‘brighter’ on the piano, English horn panned slightly to right at intro, and there is better separation between the kick drum and bass, making the overall playback a bit ‘punchier’. The levels are also a little hotter on the rhythm section in this mix.

A note of trivia: During the tracking of Karen’s lead vocal, one of the studio personnel opened the door to the isolation booth, just as Karen was singing the lyric “For in this world they have no voice…”. On the original mix of the song in ’72, you can clearly hear the squeaking of the door behind the vocal. Richard mentions years later that it wasn’t until after the song made it to print and radio that they “shuddered” when hearing this, as they never caught it during mix-down, something that generally would never happen with a Carpenters recording. In 1985, while being remixed for the “Yesterday Once More” project, they were able to address it with some frequency notching, making it much less noticeable.

Regarding the SACD surround mix:
Although this one has the “stereo” piano recorded in ’85, the overall mix tends to sound a little more like the original. The Wurlitzer electric piano is brought up a bit, and the backing vocals at 1:48 (second chorus) are mixed very hot in the mix, unlike all previous recordings, where a subtle “blend” was heard, allowing the listener to hear nuances that we never knew were there. A great surround mix!