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Karen Carpenter

14 July 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 7 Dec 2009
  • Release Date: 7 Dec 2009
  • Label: Polydor Associated Labels
  • Copyright: (C) 1996 A&M Records
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  • Total Length: 45:34
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  • ASIN: B001KWNOIC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,991 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gav.76 on 9 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD
Why on earth couldn't Richard Carpenter see what an absolute masterpiece his sister had recorded back in 1979? Jealousy perhaps? It's without a doubt that this album would've been a smash hit if it had been released back in the day. Every track suits Karen's vocals perfectly, and while some may not have remained in the same Carpenters style, it just goes to show how versatile her amazing voice really was. Who'd have thought Karen had a disco diva hidden in her? My favourite song on here has to be the awesome "My Body Keeps Changing My Mind"...what a shame there wasn't the opportunity for a 12" single release!!! Also in the same style we get "Love Lines"..pure class! Other top highlights on this album for me are "If We Try", "If I Had You" and "Remember When Loving Took All Night". Superb production by Phil Ramone and Rod Temperton too. Every Carpenters fan should have this album in the collection! 10/10
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Felicia Davis-burden VINE VOICE on 30 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
It took a long time, much persuasion, the seeping out of three songs and the rearrangement of a fourth; but in 1996 Karen Carpenter's solo album finally appeared.

There's no doubt it was worth the wait, even if 1970s cliches plague this collection even more than the Carpenters' albums. But don't worry about this album being an embarrassment. The production values of 1979 New York make for some over-embellishment, and Karen was pushed to emote fittingly, but the result is surprisingly good.

It is refreshing to hear Karen being coaxed out of her 'good girl rarely been kissed' comfort zone and recording songs expressing more carnal emotions. I particularly like her excursion into Disco 'My Body Keeps Changing My Mind'; Richard Carpenter gave her his blessing to go solo, reportedly on the condition she didn't 'do Disco'. Phil Ramone somehow seduced her into it, and I'm glad. Karen sounds sensuous and able to swing within the groove.

The songs in general plough a cliched furrow in attempting to paint Karen as a more 'grown up' woman. One minor miracle occured when Paul Simon's 'Still Crazy After All These Years' was twisted from Folk-Pop into a jazzier vehicle for Karen's faux-worldly tones. It works amazingly well.

There is a beautifully simple version of 'Make Believe It's Your First Time'. We have become familiar with Richard Carpenter's sentimental, somewhat over-produced release of the song; hearing Karen's original master with a comparatively austere setting is a lovelier revelation.

The album is by no means a classic, but a must for anyone who wanted to hear what Karen achieved by herself, in a musical environment far away from 'home'. Karen sang beautifully and discovered new powers that she would put to great use in the final sessions with her brother. Well done everyone who coaxed the album out of obscurity!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Trump on 16 Nov 2006
Format: Audio CD
Recorded with most of Billy Joels backing band but held back from release due to its mixed reception, you have to wonder why. Maybe it was recorded at the wrong time and yet a lot of the music here is in the genere that was prevailent at the end of the 70s. Karen Carpenter decided to record solo wthout her brother Richard, so gone are the mushy harmonies that defined the Carpentrs sound. Instead you get Karens wonderful voice in a more pure sense of the word. Listen to the rendition of 'Make believe it's your first time' contained here. Yes it omits the bridge verse included in the Carpenters later recording but the vocals set against some plaintive piano playing are a sheer delight with a real feel for the words of the song that builds to a wonder climax. This for me is the definitive version and is the albums standout track. Elsewhere Karen duets with Peter Cetera of Chicago on 'Making love in the afternoon' and tackles a couple of obscure songs penned by Russell Javors of Joels band; 'All because of you' and 'Still in love with you' which are a touch rocky in feel. The late 70s vibes prevail through the wonderful title track and 'If I had you' with its multi layered backing vocals. A welcome addition to any Carpenters fans collection.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Karmagirl81 on 18 Mar 2005
Format: Audio CD
Although this album wasn't considered really good enough for release when Karen recorded this album with Phil Ramone, after her tragic death in 1983, the fans tried for years to get it released...and in 1996 it happened. This album shows just how much diversity there was in Karen Carpenter's voice and if you listen to it expecting the Carpenters sound, you'll probably be shocked. However, this is a fantastically produced album sung by the best female singer to ever live. there is not a song on here that could disappoint. A must for any Carpenters fan or a person with an ear for good music!!.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bazzit on 3 Dec 2007
Format: Audio CD
After relistening to the album Karen phoned Phil Ramone and said "the album is *** FANTASTIC" and she was right. The album has so many highlights and her extaordinary work with Rod Temperton shines through on many tracks. Her heartrending vocal on 'Make Believe Its Your First Time' has the tingle factor which is somehow missing from the later version. But perhaps my favourite moment is the intro to the last track 'Last One Singin the Blues' when Karen says to drummer Liberty DeVitto "just a zinch slower Lib" - once a drummer always a drummer I supppose? I think people sometimes forget what a great musician she was. Oh yes, and by the way - WHAT A VOICE!
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