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Horizon [Remastered] Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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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 (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,271 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"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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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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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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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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