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Horizon [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

CarpentersAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • 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 (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 31 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Masterpiece July 25, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Horizon, the album recorded smack dab in the middle of the Carpenters twelve-year career, introduces a more mature musical sound while revealing an emotional depth that was somewhat missing on Now and Then. Karen's voice is in prime form while the Carpenters sound has reached sublime perfection. The music in Horizon perfectly gels with Karen's impeccable voice to create a listening experience unrivaled with any other Carpenters album. The opening "Aurora" introduces us to several lyrically vivid images set up against a dream-like piano solo. The strings enhance an opening song which is too beautiful and all too short. (1:00) From this moment, we realize we are not embarking into a regular Carpenters album. Karen's voice is never in better form as it is in "Only Yesterday", the first full song on the album, and second single (#4 in 1975). She begins with the husky low "After long enough of being alone" before rising to the "Only yesterday when I was sad and I was lonely" of the chorus. Few other Carpenters songs highlight her incredible range as this one. The song is even built differently than a regular Carpenters song, segueing into the electric guitar solo after the first chorus rather than after a bridge. From the bouncing "Only Yesterday", we slide right into a great cover of the Eagles' "Desperado." The song and lyric prove to be perfectly suited for Karen's voice and reading. And the classic harmonica only heightens the longing. One of the album's highlights comes next with "Please Mr. Postman", a #1 hit single that is just too much fun. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars And Karen at her melancholy best.
A must-have cd even if you're a casual Carpenters fan. Many perfectly arranged songs by Richard. And Karen at her melancholy best.
Published 20 days ago by Stephen King
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy !
I am updating my review of this album and my experience with Amazon. I finally got my album and the other music I ordered. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Horizon
This is the first of the carpenters original albums I have purchased, way back in 2012! I recently purchased others as gifts. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K.C. Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars VOICE OF AN ANGEL
Im in my 20's i have most of their music but this album is special what can i say ive listen to this Album over and over every song will never get old... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J DICE
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Perfect
I feel almost silly writing a review of any Carpenters CD. To even say they are excellent, makes me feel uncomfortable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. Blum
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 5 months 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 9 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 11 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 11 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 13 months ago by Suzanne Hanus
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