The Carpenters

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    Apr 21, 2011 4:41 AM GMT
    How many of you listen to the Carpenters?
    No one can sing like Karen Carpenter (RIP).

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    Apr 21, 2011 4:50 AM GMT
    . . . she was awesome, and much more influential than is generally acknowledged . . .
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    Apr 21, 2011 5:00 AM GMT
    There was a time when no one would admit to owning a Carpenters album despite record sales (pun intended). I find the backstory on her bitter brother Richard, whose brilliant arrangements were the power behind Karen's instantly-recognizable voice, most interesting. Overshadowed even after her death, the ill-suited material she picked when she went solo on her unreleased posthumous album proved how instrumental he was to her success.
  • Stephan

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    Apr 21, 2011 3:28 PM GMT
    Love them!
    if she was still alive, I am sure she would have more wonderful Hits!
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    Apr 21, 2011 3:31 PM GMT
    Pure voice.

    Can't really think of anyone with such a pure voice.


    ( It's so sad hearing her sing " I'll be Home for Christmas"......she'll never be home again ) icon_cry.gif
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    Apr 21, 2011 3:45 PM GMT
    OMG I grew up with them. I loved their music. I think I knew every song by heart and still can sing most of them from memory. I find it quite interesting that her songs have had a bit of resurgence in recent years. Good music does stick around.
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:08 PM GMT
    Karen's voice was beautiful, and Richard was a talented producer and arranger, but they were very much a matched set - neither was nearly as good without the other. I agree, Karen's disco album - awful.
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:10 PM GMT
    Still brings a tear...


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    Apr 21, 2011 4:15 PM GMT
    the "hip" music critics of the 1970's, in particular the jaded reviewers of "rolling stone" magazine; took Great Glee and pleasure in viciously attatcking Karen Carpenter's pure, beautifull voice as well as her "homesome" middle class image and persona.

    if you weren't getting drunk and stoned on various uncontrolled substances, trashing hotel rooms and having sex with multiple one night stand groupies, the rock 'n roll powers to be of the '70's branded you as "untalented".

    the fact that her voice and richard's arrangements have stood the test of time and are regaining popularity shows how great they two of them were!

    as huey lewis & the news in the 1980's:"it's hip to be square".
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    the carpenters are simply amazing. always the best christmas album during the holidays!
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    One of the most soothing voices I think I've ever heard. Simply divine
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:23 PM GMT
    Makes me cry every time I listen to their music. On a positive note, I just sold my tent on craigslist! I had a 9-person tent which is not big enough for wrestling orgies. JUST kidding.
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:31 PM GMT
    I know the lyric to every single songs of theirs. She has the most beautiful voice!!!
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:44 PM GMT
    I love The Carpenters!!!!! I grew up listening to them and Abba! I remember my mom used to play The Carpenters songs almost every weekend whenever she's home. Their (The Carpenters) songs always takes me back to those weekends with my mom, it always makes me smile icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:52 PM GMT




    One of my all time favorite from The Carpenters!!!!!


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    Apr 21, 2011 4:54 PM GMT
    The first song I have a memory of liking was a Carpenters album my mom had, I would put the 15 in and play Close to You (which is still one of my favorites songs) over and over again until finally my mom locked up the record player saying I was gonna end up scratching them (I was like 5 lol.)

    I also really really love music by Mama Cassidy from the Mamas and The Papas, both really great melodious singers, I have a hard time not singing something from one of the two almost every time I get in the shower. icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:57 PM GMT
    I just saw the Superstar: The Karen Carpenter story for one of my classes, it's really sad what happened to her. :c
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:58 PM GMT
    "The Carpenters" album (the one with rainy days and mondays on it) was the first album I ever bought as a kid of 8 years old....and I've been in love with her voice ever since.
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:59 PM GMT
    Please enjoy more of The Carpenters classics like this:





    I LOVE THE CARPENTERS!!!!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 21, 2011 5:16 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidThere was a time when no one would admit to owning a Carpenters album despite record sales (pun intended). I find the backstory on her bitter brother Richard, whose brilliant arrangements were the power behind Karen's instantly-recognizable voice, most interesting. Overshadowed even after her death, the ill-suited material she picked when she went solo on her unreleased posthumous album proved how instrumental he was to her success.



    why/what "bitter" icon_question.gif
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    Apr 21, 2011 7:23 PM GMT


    and


    Both are just pure joy.
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    Apr 21, 2011 7:54 PM GMT
    One of my top favourite singers. I have several Carpenters record albums in our record library.
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    Apr 21, 2011 7:59 PM GMT
    "Make Believe It's Your First Time", leave your sadness behind. Make Believe it's your first time, and I'll make believe it's mine.

    Died 1983, 32 years old. from complications of an eating disorder; the thought she was to fat.
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    Apr 21, 2011 8:40 PM GMT
    Love em of course! :^J Great compositions and vocals. Here's one of my favs:
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    Apr 21, 2011 8:45 PM GMT
    First heard "Close To You" riding in my sister's car in LA, August of 1970......

    And to think she ended up starving to death in the middle of Beverly Hills......icon_sad.gif