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Horizon [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

CarpentersAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 8, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B00000G3WY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,696 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Horizon" a true masterpiece March 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Horizon" is easily the Carpenters most technically advanced album musically and Karen's most alarmingly intense vocal work of her entire career. The album contains three great hits "Please Mr. Postman","Solitaire" and fan favorite "Only Yesterday". Yet there are many other wonderful songs.

"I Can Dream Can't I" is an excellent big band song which remains true to the style of the 1940's with the technology of the 1970's and is arranged by veteran Billy May.

The Carpenters' rendition of the Eagles' "Desperado" is absolutely mind blowing. Karen's vocal on this song is chillingly dark and soulful. And Tommy Morgan's harmoica adds a mystique to the song.

"(I'm Caught Between) Goodbye And I Love You" is a country flavored bittersweet song which in it's simplicity is absolutely effective in showcasing Karen's soulful yearning.

"Love Me For What I Am" is one of the Carpenters finest power pop ballads with electric guitar and stirring lyrics. The message in this song is strong and is delivered by a impeccably by Karen.

"Happy" is highlight of this album. It's a great upbeat song with some sythesizer effects toward the end which give this song an otherworldly appeal. Carpenters guitarist extraordinaire Tony Peluso wrote this song and of course contributes all the guitar parts including a great guitar solo.

This album moved along seemlessly from one great song to the next. Every song on this album is outstanding.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Angie
Format:Audio CD
Even though I consider HORIZON to be a solid, unforgettable Carpenters' album, I hardly ever listen to it, not because I don't like it, but because this album is often painful emotionally. With the exception of the breezy, (almost) happy "Please Mr. Postman" most of the songs attack your heart and leave you incredibly sad. Part of that, of course, has to do with Karen Carpenter's tragic death and the temptation to "read" into the feelings we think she must have been experiencing during her struggle with anorexia nervosa. The gloomy cover (perhaps a response to criticism of their previously "cheesy" album photos) certainly doesn't help.

"Love Me for What I Am" can especially pull at the listener because it eerily echoes what many women with eating disorders go through: a non-verbal plea to be accepted and loved for who they want to be, not who they SHOULD be. I am probably guilty of reading WAY TOO much into this track, but I can't shake the idea that this song resonated with Karen more than some of the other ones. "Solitaire," while an incredibly beautiful song, doesn't share the same intensity. I remember reading years ago that Karen didn't particularly care for this Neil Sedaka-penned song.

The sadness also seeps into songs you would think would be perkier ("Happy" and "Only Yesterday" are both supposed to be about the transformation of successful love yet hang wearily in the air.) One of the great things about Karen's voice was how it automatically lent dignity to even the most silly of songs (this applies to later albums such as "Made in America" and "Voice of the Heart"). Her great legacy includes the talent she had for giving layer (and sometimes irony) to each song she recorded.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best Work April 18, 2003
By Mark
Format:Audio CD
From several different perspectives, these are some of the finest recordings the Carpenters have ever made. This album stands out in my mind because of the warmth and presence of Karen's voice. Her lower register is showcased beautifully here. The audio quality is exceptional (especially given the fact that it was recorded way back in 1974!). The arrangements are rich and smooth and it shows that this was a work of art that was not rushed or thrown together. Not many artists nowadays create music this high in overall quality. My only disappointment is that the album is relatively short. But it was to be released on vinyl so that's the reason. On a technical note, this is the first Carpenters album that was recorded using a 24 track recorder running at 30 inches per second. Their previous albums were recorded on tape traveling at 1/2 that speed so this album marked a big improvement in the quality of their recordings. Get it and enjoy it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHM Bliss January 23, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Although this 1975 LP marked a downturn in the Carpenters US success, I believe it's one of their best albums. When it came out much was made by critics of the brevity of the piece. This one can't deny. At 10 tracks, 2 of which, the opening 'Aurora' and closing 'Eventide', are only about 90 seconds long each, the whole CD lasts just 34 minutes.

But it is a magnificent 34 minutes! Including the 2 huge singles 'Please Mr Postman' and 'Only Yesterday' along with flawless versions of 'Desperado' and 'Solitaire', both unknown to my young self then, but 36 years later they remain the definitive interpretations.

I don't know if it was some king of studio wizardry but the production here is exceptionally brilliant and I've never heard Karen sing better. She really does sound like she's singing right in your ear and anyone hearing this album could not fail to appreciate her as one of the finest vocalists of all time. Even on relatively unknown songs like '(I'm Caught Between) Goodbye And I Love You', 'Happy' and 'Love Me For What I Am' the quality never slips and the Carps rendition of 'I Can Dream Can't I', my mother's favourite song of theirs, is simply breathtaking.

Richard Carpenter has since said he didn't feel the album was up to par at the time. I have to respectfully disagree with him and for me, this is perhaps my favourite Carpenters album ever. The production, harmonies and songs are just sublime and if you've never heard it, you are really missing a treat...

I'm reviewing the fancy Japanese SHM CD MLPS 2009 edition of 'Horizon' which is just stuffed with treats. You can hardly fit them in the perfectly replicated 'flip-top' mini LP sleeve! The master is the 1998 one, which is excellent, but it doesn't matter what format you get 'Horizon' on, it's total beauty will always shine through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
Not a single flaw in the cd, played perfect, The sellers were great. They were fast and provided a top product at a low price.
Published 20 days ago by Jeffery W Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Horizon
This was a great fine of the Carpenters doing other songs since I had never heard before. I am glad to have found it on Amazon.
Published 4 months ago by Peace
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful arrangements of songs
I can't say I love this CD enough. Every song rings with a story & meaning. I can get all wrapped up in it, and taken to another place or time.
Published 6 months ago by Sunshine
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
It was my mistake, in that, I was wanting one song but most of the rest were ones they weren't known for or ones I was familiar
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Carpenters!
I had this album on vinyl when I was a youngster and I still love it. It's one of my favorite Carpenter albums. All of the tracks are great!
Published 8 months ago by Suzanne Hanus
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Photo Of Karen !!
Although not my favorite album , it's still worth a listen or two or three ! The photo of Karen is beautiful .
Published 9 months ago by timmyd1970
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the Carpenters...
I've had 'best of' collections of The Carpenters and I decided to get some of the original
albums. Of three that I purchased, I like 'Horizon' the best.
Published 11 months ago by Chef Laura Gardener in Seattle
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth waiting for
I've looked for months at this CD. I love the Carpenters and I love this album. I recommend it to and Carpenters fan.
Published 12 months ago by Dave in lr
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Album
I was glad I purchased this album for it gave me a new look into the work of this fantastic brother/sister duo.
Published 13 months ago by Noelle Lesniak
5.0 out of 5 stars カーペンターズ - HORIZON
SHE passed away too young..., AND they ...,sing stupid song - What a Wonderful World...!,what is it...?! this absolutely terrible world...,and , this life tortures the soul... Read more
Published 14 months ago by kagemasa gengoro
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