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Karen Carpenter

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Karen Carpenter by Karen Carpenter [Audio CD]


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. LovelinesKaren Carpenter 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. All Because Of YouKaren Carpenter 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. If I Had YouKaren Carpenter 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Making Love In The AfternoonKaren Carpenter and Peter Cetera 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. If We TryKaren Carpenter 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Remember When Lovin' Took All NightKaren Carpenter 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Still In Love With YouKaren Carpenter 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. My Body Keeps Changing My MindKaren Carpenter 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Make Believe It's Your First TimeKaren Carpenter 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Guess I Just Lost My HeadKaren Carpenter 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Still Crazy After All These YearsKaren Carpenter 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Last One Singin' The BluesKaren Carpenter 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 8, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002G64
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,427 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful By C. Martinez on December 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'm a 32 year old hispanic male with alot of different musical tastes, from disco, punk rock, r & b, oldies, salsa, merengue, big bands of the 40's, MOTOWN, pop, ect....but everytime i hear Karen Carpenter sing, everything stops for me. I have to stop and listen. This woman had a voice that soothes my soul, it's as simple as that. It's soft, it's crystal clear, it's sweet, it's homie, it's warm and above it all, it's REAL...I love this woman. It is a real shame that we are living on a generation where any no-talent idiot like 50 CENT, Britney, J-Lo and countless others make millions selling records with NO REAL talent! Music today SUCKS, thank god we can go back to our old records and listen and have great memories. It is a crying shame

that Karen Carpenter is gone, she would have been making some great music today. Anything she and her brother made, gets a 5 and plus stars rate from me. Always.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
it simply defies comprehension that this album was considered insufficiently good to be released, and after hearing it, it becomes painfully, and sadly, clear what were the reasons behind the shelving; this collection of songs reflects who karen carpenter was when approaching 30, as seen by the fact that she herself selected all the compositions, and according to ramone, had the final say; the songs are all fine, the execution is really excellent, both in arrangements and in production, and karen is, as usual, in top form; perhaps she sounds a bit tentative and unconvincing only in her delivery of 'still in love with you', which is a bit too rock-oriented for her, but elsewhere she shines; especially touching are her heartfelt and sincere readings of 'all because of you', 'if we try', and 'make believe it's your first time'; i couldn't help but pity richard when i read his claim that only 'if i had you' was a possible single - hullo! how about the gorgeous, sunny, uplifting 'making love in the afternoon', or the irresistible disco of 'my body keeps changing my mind' - they would've been surefire hits; and even though this album is a highly enjoyable experience, it's impossible to avoid a feeling of sadness, AND anger, when listening to this, just because things REALLY might have turned out different for karen had this, as she wanted, come out in 1980
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130 of 140 people found the following review helpful By kone TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In 1979, Richard Carpenter was hooked on quaaludes and submitted himself to the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, to rid himself of the additction. He would take over a year off from music and the Carpenters. Rather than remain idle during this time, Karen Carpenter decided to make a solo album, and chose the accomplished New York producer, Phil Ramone, to guide her through it. This was a startling break for Karen, who had never made a single record with anyone but Richard.

The album took over a year to make and the "sound" of Karen Carpenter singing solo is quite different than her previous songs with Richard. Richard Carpenter learned to make multi-track overdubbings from listening to his favorite childhood recording duo, Les and Mary Paul, and he used the overdubbing technique to give the Carpenter sound its rich distictive quality. There is very little of that in the Karen Carpenter solo album, and hearing Karen sing to a simple musical accompaniment is very different indeed. So different in fact that Richard Carpenter, Herb Alpert, and the A&M recording label back in Los Angeles put pressure on Karen NOT to release the album at all. After an intense closed-door meeting, Karen reluctantly relented and decided to shelve her album. Thus, it was never released.

Fast forward to 1996, 13 years after Karen's tragic death from anorexia nervosa compications, with Richard under pressure from longing fans to hear Karen's shelved album, he finally decides to release the album. In the liner notes, Karen lovinging dedicates her solo project to Richard.

Not only is this a different Karen Carpenter sound, the image portrayed and the lyrics of the songs are decidedly sexier than anything Karen had attempted before.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By J. Wade on November 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I guess hindsight is always 20-20. Richard Carpenter's feelings of guilt after the death of his sister were quite evident since he had creative control over the music and approval of the script in the Karen Carpenter Story (The television movie made circa 1990). We got to see Karen portayed as a woman who had virtually no say in her own career and personal life. Her brother and mother were shown making the decisions for her. Her mother allegedly even chose Karen's clothing for the first three album photo sessions. Richard made the majority of the decisions affecting their choice of songs, tours, and most enduringly the production techniques employed on their recordings.
When Richard went to a hospital to get help with his quaalude addiction, Karen made the decision to go to New York and make this album with Phil Ramone. In the movie, Richard was not too happy that Karen was going to work without him. We can all be thankful that Karen did not let that stop her. Otherwise, we might never have known (albeit 16 years later) how lovely Karen's talent could be without Richard. To be fair, Richard does what he does very well, and their success certainly proved that he was a formidable songwriter and producer. But his achilles heel in my humble opinion is his penchant to smother Karen in layer after layer of overdubbed instrumentation. A prime example I cite is the gorgeous jazz-blues Paul Williams song on Voice of The Heart, "Ordinary Fool". Richard almost ruins the song by overdubbing a Mr. Rogers sounding electric piano (his favorite overused instrument)and a horribly inappropriate flute solo. If the song had used the jazz trio approach (bass, drums, piano), the song would be a classic. Less is more sometimes.
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