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Interpretations: A 25th Anniversary Celebration

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  • Audio CD (16 Nov. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M Records
  • ASIN: B000007XUR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,463 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Without A Song
  2. Sing
  3. Bless The Beasts And Children
  4. This Masquerade
  5. Solitaire
  6. When I Fall In Love
  7. From This Moment On
  8. Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again
  9. When It's Gone
  10. Where Do I Go From Here
  11. Desperado
  12. Superstar
  13. Rainy Days And Mondays
  14. Ticket To Ride
  15. If I Had You
  16. Please Mr. Postman
  17. We've Only Just Begun
  18. Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (The Recognized Anthem Of World Conctact Day)
  19. Little Girl Blue
  20. You're The One
  21. (They Long To Be) Close To You

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CD Interpretations: A 25th Anniversary Collection A&M Records, 540 251-2, 1994, 21 Track

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The sound Richard and Karen Carpenters made was unequivocally Mum-Pop (as opposed to Dad-Rock), and quintessentially bourgeois, but there is not necessarily any shame in that. The suburban life has its own poignancy, and The Carpenters' semi-detached soul expressed this quotidian sorrow better than anyone. "What I've got they used to call the blues", Karen sighs on "Rainy Days And Mondays" in that low, lazy, languorous but diamond-clear voice, "Nothing is really wrong, feeling like I don't belong..." This mannered, mellow melancholia was perfect feel-sorry-for-yourself music. Indeed, the Carpenters were at their worst when at their chirpiest: the excruciating "Jambalaya" and "Top Of The World", the icky one-world sentiments of "Sing" (originally written for Sesame Street), "A Kind Of Hush" and "Bless The Beasts And Children", and the simply berserk "Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft".

Richard Carpenter's genius, like Isaac Hayes, was as a reinterpreter of other people's material (Burt Bacharach's "They Long To Be Close To You", a radically downtempo version of "Ticket To Ride"), and although space and time have bestowed unintended comedy value upon lines like "Why do birds suddenly appear / Every time you are near?", the Carpenters sound--lush yet simple, sophisticated yet naive, all plinking pianos, tinkling glockenspiels and heavenly harmonies--is timeless. --Simon Price

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Is Karen Carpenter one of the greatest vocalists of all time? My answer would be - yes. Karen's voice has such a quality and purity about it that it is truly moving, and the opening a cappella version of 'Without a Song' illustrates the beauty perfectly.
The album gets off to a slow start with the pretty sickly 'Sing', please somebody show the school choir the door, it detracts from the song, and this is followed by one of the rare hideous songs that the Carpenters sang - 'Bless the Beast on the Children', but this is not to say that the album is poor, in fact the exact opposite. This is a truly wonderful collection of some of the Carpenters best known and most loved songs - all delivered in the wonderful manner and with the purity and class that people would go crazy for today.
There is no modern day Karen Carpenter, and to suggest that there was would take away from her talent, I think she was a one off who could turn any song into a beautifully crafted piece of music. This is no better illustrated then the superb version of 'Solitaire', if you have any doubts about her ability, take a listen to Andy Williams' version of the same song, and you will have a little bit more respect for the Carpenters abilities.
One of my personal highlights is the exceptional version of 'When I Fall In Love', it exudes charisma, beauty and class and any singer would be proud of delivering such a heartfelt and wonderful version of such a beautiful song. This is continued in 'Tryin' To Get This Feeling Again', an amazing version of this song.
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This is a superb album and a must for all Carpenters fans. Lots of good remixes, but... the best track by far has to be the C's rendition of the old Manilow hit "Tryin' to get the feeling again". It's almost as though Karen is singing directly into one's ear, she seems so close. "Tryin'" ia a beautiful song and Karen delivers the vocal with such brilliance that you'll want to hit that 'repeat' button over and over. Also, this song and the opening song ("Without a song"), are not yet available on any other Carpenters' recordings. So I would say: Yep - make that purchase!!!
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A collection of songs from this timeless duo. Karen carries her brother through another brilliant album of easy listening music. Her voice will live on as the best and most true voice of our age. Such a sad loss of such a beautiful person with the most incredible voice.
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It is not fashionable these days to like bands, such as the Carpenters or Abba, that make sounds that resemble actual music, which is why Mr. Price above has to damn with faint praise - otherwise he would lose all "cred" with other critics. In fact, this particular CD is a very good one. Our learned critic mentions that the Carpenters were only good at interpreting other people's material - the same criticism could be levelled at Frank Sinatra, but I don't see anyone worrying about that. In fact, most modern pop/rock is total and complete rubbish because so many supremely untalented individuals feel obliged to write their own material.
This CD is a good showcase for Karen's extraordinary voice and Richard's musical ability. The version of "From this moment on" with its backing of one of Bach's two-part inventions is very clever and well done. I never did like "Close to you" or "Sing", but there is the gorgeous version of "Desperado", for me the highlight of the CD. The rest is enjoyable and listenable. So, if you unashamedly like musical sounds, this could be for you.
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Interesting re-mastered compilation (with some tweaks). Long time since the duo recorded but their popularity still shines.
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A brilliant cd from the late great Karen Carpenter,the songs are all great and the service from Amazon 1st class!
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