The massive 6-CD Carpenters set that was first issued as a mail-order set in Japan in the mid-90s has gotten another pressing in Japan. Now titled BEST SONGS, the set features new colorful-but-plain artwork rather than the watercolor images used on SWEET MEMORY. It is currently assumed to be using the same mixes as the older set, and we’ll find out soon enough as members weigh in with their experiences. Follow our discussions on the A&M Corner Forum.
Member Misael Castillo Lopez has tipped us off to an official compilation that was released in Brazil in 1994. It’s a 14-track disc called THE BEST OF CARPENTERS (Brazil) that has proven to be a bit difficult to find, but searches have finally turned on up for evaluation.
Member Rick-An Ordinary Fool has unearthed an article published in Broadcast Programming & Production back in 1976. In the article, Richard Carpenter contacted Don Elliot at KIIS radio Los Angeles in regards to how the Carpenters records sounded on the air, whether it was proper stereo, mono, or the dreaded CSG processing. It’s a fascinating read for those of us with a technical bent or for those who are interested in all-things CARPENTERS.See for yourself in this thread on the A&M Corner Forum.
The subject of the recording of “B’wana She No Home” has received a lot of discussion lately on the forum. Is it mono? Is it stereo? If stereo, why so narrow? Why so muddy?
Which also brought up the topic of the vinyl versions on the single and the PASSAGE album. Some fascinating theories, audio examples, and discussions on this one track can be found in our Forum. Join in with your views.
A recent discussion of the forum of the 2-LP compilation YESTERDAY ONCE MORE issued as a TV direct response advertisement has led to its inclusion in the Resource. Normally, early compilations in other territories have been omitted as they pretty much always contain the standard album or single mixes up to the time that they were issued. But this YESTERDAY ONCE MORE compilation in 1984 kind of started the ball rolling for Carpenters compilations and set the stage for the 1985 compilation that began the remix bandwagon. As such, we felt it was a natural for inclusion here.
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.