What Is The Carpenters Greatest Song?

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In today’s livestream I discuss the incredible songs of the hit 70s group the Carpenters.

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Lonny Johnson
Lonny Johnson 4 meses atrás
Karen doesn't need autotune. She is nearly 100% dead on. There's a guy, think his channel is Wings of Pegasus, who does electronic analysis of singers' pitch control and Karen is one of the most accurate he has ever found. The best.
Ted Barsalou
Ted Barsalou 2 dias atrás
@Gary Torresani I thought she was known as "one bite" Karen.
Girls can be drummers
Girls can be drummers 10 dias atrás
These comments are getting old and annoying. Don't y'all have anything else to complain about than autotune? Lol.
Dave Burns
Dave Burns 12 dias atrás
He’s good
Renee Parker
Renee Parker 13 dias atrás
She was a natural, which means she was the rarest of the best.
Kevin Frazier
Kevin Frazier 14 dias atrás
One of the purest voices in the history of music. Even the Carpenters Christmas album is iconic. One of the best holiday albums of all time.
Alan Ingram
Alan Ingram Mês atrás
"Superstar" is my absolute favorite song from The Carpenters. This song makes my eyes well up with tears knowing she is no longer with us. Karen Carpenter is irreplaceable. There will never be another.
Olivia Edralin
Olivia Edralin 3 dias atrás
Superstar is the Icon song for me!
CJ Smith
CJ Smith 6 dias atrás
I love that song so much too!
beeleo 12 dias atrás
@peteysaw Yep, written by Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell along with Delaney. Also performed as "Groupie" by "Delaney & Bonney."
Daniel Dolce
Daniel Dolce 15 dias atrás
My favorite too.
The Reaction
The Reaction 19 dias atrás
@peteysaw Baby baby baby baby oh baby. Lyrical genius.
David Scott
David Scott Mês atrás
One thing I loved about Karen was that you could hear every word she sang. She reminds me of those British singers like Petula Clark and Vera Lynn, who enunciated every word clearly.
sail2byzantium 3 dias atrás
This is a great point. I never fully appreciated this before, at least not in any articulated sense (if maybe a fuzzy intuition), but it is absolutely true!
Scott MacDowall
Scott MacDowall 4 dias atrás
She is in the top 5 all time female singer, she lived a tragic life not understanding her own awesome worth… she had a dominating mother and a poor body image, very sad 😢
David Mintzer
David Mintzer 8 dias atrás
EXACTLY! It's a song---music and Words!
Porcaro4ever 3 meses atrás
It's plainly obvious that Karen's voice was the hook to their sound but sadly I do not think Richard gets the love he deserves. Most of these arrangements were his and also not only played keys so incredibly well he was a part of the smooth wave of background vocals with Karen.
sail2byzantium 3 dias atrás
RE: I do not think Richard gets the love he deserves Absolutely right. I wonder if part of that owes to how Richard defies a certain typical (or stereotypical) American aesthetic in pop music that prefers stronger looseness and informal "spontaneity" in the playing, when his musical preferences shows that greater structural tightness, formality and strictness of form of the music (but never being crimped)--and which is absolutely beautiful and masterful.
mike dobbs
mike dobbs 3 dias atrás
Carpenters had a unique sound that only siblings can bring to harmonies. Their Christmas recordings utilized the OK Chorale to cover the higher/lower parts as well as adding vocal range and depth to the songs of Christmas. 50 years later, their music is still my family’s go to Christmas music along with Amy Grant.
Shane Jung
Shane Jung 5 dias atrás
​@Girls can be drummers it is incredible!
Girls can be drummers
Girls can be drummers 10 dias atrás
Crescent noon is so criminally underrated I love that song
Debbie Schmidling
Debbie Schmidling 28 dias atrás
I grew up with the Carpenters! I love their music to this day! Karen's voice is like no other. ❤❤
Karen Katz
Karen Katz 6 dias atrás
Walked down the aisle to it❣️
Martha Geppert
Martha Geppert 3 meses atrás
Props to Herb Alpert who gave them a recording contract and allowed us to fall in love with their music.
Ted Parkinson
Ted Parkinson 15 dias atrás
Herb not only signed them, but he kept them signed even after their first album was unsuccessful. So he had faith in them.
Doug Castleman
Doug Castleman Mês atrás
@Dr 3 Putt Shouldn't say "was" there...Alpert is STILL out there and making great new music too...
American Mafia
American Mafia 2 meses atrás
Good point, Martha! In the CARPENTER'S LEGACY show that's running in Las Vegas right now, Ned Mills, who plays Richard Carpenter in the show, also plays trumpet and opens the show as Herb Alpert!
Thomas Luby
Thomas Luby 2 meses atrás
@Steve Tournay "...scheduled to perform..." not "...scared to perform..." 😅😄😃
Klaus Bergmaier
Klaus Bergmaier 2 meses atrás
@Steve Tournay But then I wonder why this wonderful contribution goes uncredited...
Tim Coughlin
Tim Coughlin 5 meses atrás
Karen was 33 when she passed. The day she died I was driving between appointments, it was rainin, the announcer of the FM station interrupted a song to announce her death. He was choked up and said this song was so appropriate, and played Rainy Days and Mondays. I had to pull over as I started to cry. Such a great talent.
LM H 27 dias atrás
She would have turned 33 in March 1983, but she died in February 1983.
Katie S
Katie S 3 meses atrás
My reaction was pure shock. Anger at her disease. And then tears for the loss of this angelic voice and such a sweet lady. So many young girls and women suffered from a body shaming media that destroyed the mental health of so many. I still miss her. To everyone who is unhappy with their looks. You are perfect. You are beautiful, just the way you are.
Jodie Ensby
Jodie Ensby 3 meses atrás
Another moot point, she didn’t die from anorexia nervosa, she died from heart failure due to incredibly low iron stores caused by years of abusing her body by starvation - anorexia is the name for the mental disease of a person starving themselves. Regardless it was the biggest tragedy in the music business.
Tony M
Tony M 4 meses atrás
that would make anyone bust out. that is one of her best. I used to go on short runs for a warehouse w/2 older gentlemen , when I was about 27, into blues/rock/metal/punk ,and they were both in their '50's I think. we'd play the radio old style, their kind of music. they'd ask me trivia questions like "who's this singing?" I'd say "that's Ernie Ford "and I nailed a good deal of 'em, and I looked a little younger than was truly. but when Karen died, Frank, one of the elder music lovers and I, agreed on one thing. "Karen Carpenter must have been sent from heaven".
E Colon
E Colon 4 meses atrás
That moment must have been devastating, so sad! I love her songs every single one of them. She suffered a lot 😪.
Casper Stiffwood
Casper Stiffwood 12 dias atrás
1.Superstar 2.Goodbye to Love 3.Close to You Karen's low notes in Masquerade always give me chills.
Norman Klein
Norman Klein 2 dias atrás
I heard a quote from Karen Carpenter where she said, "the money is in the basement".
Olivia Edralin
Olivia Edralin 3 dias atrás
Yup. Great selections!
timogriffith 15 dias atrás
We’ve Only Just Begun. Hands down. Perfection. Lyrically, harmony and her flawless voice.🧡
Ron Murphy
Ron Murphy 7 dias atrás
Rick does say there is little difference among their top 5 songs he mentions...its just that Close To You is the one that does it for him if he had to pick one....
Daniel Lloret
Daniel Lloret 15 dias atrás
Richard's arrangements were the unsung heroes of these songs, absolutely phenomenal
Twee Glaister
Twee Glaister Mês atrás
What a star - a shy drummer who transformed into one of the most beautiful voices ever - RIP Karen C.
Micki Bowers
Micki Bowers 3 meses atrás
Karen died at the tender age of 32! A shattering loss to the world. There hasn't been - nor will there ever be a singer that rivals her. She was also an incredible drummer. She preferred to be known as a drummer that sings. Richard was one of the most brilliant keyboardist, pianist and arrangers of all time who used the layering of their vocals (ONLY Karen and Richard's vocals) to create the wall of sound harmonies. He also brought in an electric guitar to one of their ballads (Goodbye to Love). They took major heat for that - but it turned out to be absolutely fantastic. They NEVER used - or needed - Autotune. She had perfect pitch. Her voice should have been dubbed the eighth wonder of the world. It is absolutely impossible to pick a greatest Carpenter's song (BTW, they were the CARPENTERS - not THE Carpenters). They were ALL just amazing.
Ryan Campbell
Ryan Campbell Dia atrás
​@Kasey Williams except Karen actually died when she started eating again. :(
Norman Klein
Norman Klein 2 dias atrás
I love and appreciate Karen Carpenter, but both Eva Cassidy and Linda Ronstadt were right up there with her talent wise. They both also had perfect pitch and each brought special elements to their works.
D-Fens DogG
D-Fens DogG 16 dias atrás
@Kasey Williams DUDE! 😆
WHATEVER GOES FOR ME 16 dias atrás
@Salvatore Rossignolo Anorexia made her look older because her skin lost its elasticity due to malnutrition and dehydration.
tracy swish
tracy swish 21 dia atrás
Neil Peart was an incredible drummer.... Karen was an incredible singer. Neil and Karen couldn't swap positions.
Michael McCawley
Michael McCawley 5 meses atrás
Karen's dynamics set her apart. Not only does she swell in volume at the end of a phrase, she opens her mouth during the crescendo to alter timbre at the same time. It's engaging. It feels like she's turning her head and singing to you, personally. Not been replicated or equaled.
Olivia Edralin
Olivia Edralin 3 dias atrás
Wow very well mentioned,,,
Stewart M
Stewart M 5 meses atrás
Eva Cassidy was the only other singer with as clear a voice or as masterfully skilled at dynamic phrasing
Joe Suhrada
Joe Suhrada 5 meses atrás
Oh man, that is EXACTLY what I have always said about her delivery. Like she is talking to YOU, and you intimately. It’s a combination of her timbre, the way she adjusts it, and the feeling she puts into her phrasing and timing (her dynamics.) So you have said this perfectly and analysed from the most learned perspective. I have explained this before to rubes who said she wasn’t special. The closest others came include Matt Monroe in a simple way. On a small handful of numbers, Sinatra conveyed this, to wit: “I Have Dreamed” and “The Way You Look Tonight” and a few others and he has a body of work that may be the greatest overall next to Ella’s for a vocalist in the 20th century. Do you agree? I would think we could talk about this for hours, because you are the first guy I saw define this the way I do and I am certain about it!
G. Dub
G. Dub 2 meses atrás
Her voice always brings tears to my eyes immediately. Superstar kills me every time.
Musiclover26 3 meses atrás
One of my favorite songs by far is "For All We Know"...her low voice in this tune is spectacular.
Adriano Me
Adriano Me 10 dias atrás
It brink tears to my eyes
Tammy Mullins
Tammy Mullins 19 dias atrás
Sung at our wedding 1980😢
Love Laugh Live
Love Laugh Live 25 dias atrás
That song was written by James Griffin, founding member of bread, along with Robb Royer (the other founding member of bread), and they both won Academy Awards for 'Best Song in the Motion Picture' in 1970, but because they were under contract, they were forbidden from using their real names as the songwriters, so the songwriting credits went to their nom de plumes - Arthur James and Robb Wilson. James Griffin (RIP) was a fantastic singer and songwriter, but sadly, if not tragically, has never received the recognition and well deserved credit for either of those musical gifts he had, because Elektra pushed David Gates' love songs ('Make It With You,' 'Baby I'm a Want You,' 'Everything I Own,' 'Diary,' etc.) as A sides (which did top the charts), and James Griffin's songs were pushed aside and pushed away, onto the B sides of the singles and the deep cuts of their albums. Although he did receive an Oscar for this beautiful love song that the Carpenters made so famous, even then, Griffin (and Royer) still did not receive the credit they deserved, by having to use fake names, rather than their own names.
Guns, Guitars And Gambling
Yes, I was expecting Rick to include that…and perhaps “It’s going to take some time.”
Roberto Davalos
Roberto Davalos 27 dias atrás
Karen originally was a soprano. Her voice was accidentally discovered to be fabulous when she started to sing at lower key
Sandra Carlson Taylor
Sandra Carlson Taylor 3 meses atrás
I love Karen’s voice! I’m a contralto and it’s hard to find good songs in my range - and The Carpenters songs are perfect!
Pat C
Pat C 9 dias atrás
Me too!!!!
Mk Shffr
Mk Shffr Mês atrás
Nothing stirs the soul like a good contralto.
Ally Aktavite
Ally Aktavite 27 dias atrás
Karen understood how her audience loved her deeper notes. She said, “The money’s in the basement.” Thank you, Rick, for highlighting the beauty of the Carpenter’s music.😍
Walking Through The City
My parents knew Karen and Richard (and their parents) in the late 1970's and early 80's. They attended Karen's funeral as well. To this day, my folks will talk about how kind and accommodating both Karen and Richard were.
Barb Cole
Barb Cole 18 dias atrás
@Nancy Penn They were raised and bullied into trying to please and be better at everything. That's what many abused kids do.
Nancy Penn
Nancy Penn Mês atrás
@John Labus thank you for your reply!! It's a wonder that such quality people can come from such negative parents. That defies many odds!! God bless "em!!
John Labus
John Labus Mês atrás
I have heard that the parents were very manipulative over their children and wouldn't let them grow up and be adults on their own. After buying their parents a home so that they would move out of the large house that the kids bought for all of them, the mom refused and Richard and Karen ended up moving into the smaller house. I can't say that I have any respect for the parents.
Nancy Penn
Nancy Penn Mês atrás
Maybe you could confirm or debunk this...I had read somewhere that her mother preferred Richard and was verbally abusive towards Karen. Telling her she was fat and ugly as well as not talented. At least not like her brother.
William Adams
William Adams 5 meses atrás
You never confuse her voice on the radio with another singer,so distinctive,so beautiful
WHATEVER GOES FOR ME 16 dias atrás
That's what makes a singer above everyone else when their voice is so distinct from the others. Other examples Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, even Elvis and Frank Sinatra. For women, Karen seems to be the only one I can think of since I know the singer because of the original song and not the voice. Karen could have covered another popular song and the voice alone will make me realize it is Karen. The belters most probably would have sounded similar if they were asked to sing one song (not their own) the same way.
Michael Howe
Michael Howe 27 dias atrás
Like Steve Perry, unmistakable.
Puggy Nugz
Puggy Nugz 4 meses atrás
Just goosebumps!
anna demo
anna demo 4 meses atrás
100% correct. Nobody sounds like that.
steve rollins
steve rollins 4 meses atrás
@William Adams That's SO true! When me and my wife go shopping every Tuesday at Walmart they pipe music through and it's the same thing the singing is just some person yelling and it all sounds the same
Mark Senter
Mark Senter 19 dias atrás
So much appreciate you bringing this forward, Rick! These are songs that lit-up my high school years with so many memories and nostalgia! Karen's voice will go on for an eternity...
Paul Wysocki
Paul Wysocki 2 meses atrás
Excellent job Rick! Thank You so much for recognition to one of the finest female vocalists of all time. Her voice quality and delivery is uncopiable. Her haunting style of singing is so captivating and Richard, such a great musician had a fantastic arrangement capability.
N SAL 3 meses atrás
I have an uncle who was a professional local singer, and during one of his shows he talked about Karen being one of his greatest influences. He mentions how her voice will forever be unmatched and timeless, because you will never not understand a word she has ever sung in her songs. She so pure and clear. Legend.
Cape Flattery
Cape Flattery 3 meses atrás
That is such an insightful and useful way of looking at singers--you can understand every word she sings. It also makes me think of another singer 20 years later--Layne Staley. Despite all that noise and distortion, you can understand every word he sings, as well.
Dave Rice
Dave Rice Mês atrás
Thank you, Carpenters. Thank you, Rick. Anorexia may have been the mortal cause, but she went home to lead the angels choir. Almost makes me shed a tear when I listen the her. And she was a very good drummer, too. I can only imagine what she and her bro would have done in the last 40 years. We are a little less for the loss. But we are better for the short time she and Richard shared with us.
MIKELIN8 Mês atrás
To me, Karen had the best female pop voice of all time. My favorite songs by her were "Superstar" and "Merry Christmas, Darling" To me, those two songs are perfect and should never be covered. I feel nobody could ever do them better than Karen did.
Love Laugh Live
Love Laugh Live 25 dias atrás
What a beautiful Christmas song 'Merry Christmas, Darling' is. I can't listen to it without getting emotional.
M. M.
M. M. 5 meses atrás
My dad passsed away a week ago, & while in the hospital days before he passed on, we would play the carpenters. Which was one of his all time favorite acts. While attached to a respirator, he would still respond by tapping his fingers along with the carpenters music.
Olivia Edralin
Olivia Edralin 3 dias atrás
@Heene never,, lost my devoted dad just a little over last year,,,,🥹🥹🥹. Still brings a lot of sadness knowing he’s no longer with us…❤
Olivia Edralin
Olivia Edralin 3 dias atrás
Wow,,,, thank you for sharing,,,,,🥹🥹🥹
Joseph Spiegel
Joseph Spiegel 5 dias atrás
OK you got me… 💔
Mary O
Mary O 18 dias atrás
So sorry for your loss. What a lovely memory for you.
One Cool Dude
One Cool Dude 24 dias atrás
@Dominick Milano So sorry. My condolences to all of you. I know losing a parent is very hard. I miss my Dad every day.
Blue Bubbly
Blue Bubbly Mês atrás
They were as Great and received as Apple pie truly American♥️ A gift!
David Almieda
David Almieda Mês atrás
Grew up listening to them. As near "perfect pitch," I've ever heard. Every time she'd sing on TV, near perfect every single time. And live!
Walker and Kays
Walker and Kays 3 meses atrás
As a j azz singer, I can truly say this voice is beyond magnificent. Control, vibratto, pitch all combined into the angelic beauty we get to hear. Her voice sometimes makes me cry with joy. And their harmonies - wow!
Peter Laman
Peter Laman 3 meses atrás
Back in those days pop songs still had MELODY!
Huffdaddy 3 meses atrás
"Goodbye to Love" is another song that is right up there at the top for me.
sidekick 4ever
sidekick 4ever 28 dias atrás
​@Steve Tournay hey bud, just curious about your knowledge of the band instant joy. A great group of musicians that most people aren't familiar with....
Michael Coletta
Michael Coletta 28 dias atrás
I posted the same before finding your comment. I'm shocked Say goodbye to love was not on this list. It is absolutely a top 3 Carpenters song!!
Peter Cooper
Peter Cooper Mês atrás
Goodbye to Love is easily my #1. It's so energetic yet so melancholy and Karen made it feel like she meant every word. I also love the idea that there were stations in the 70s disturbed so much by the guitar solos that they wouldn't play it!
Edward Corrigan
Edward Corrigan 2 meses atrás
@Thomas Luby One of my favorites.
Thomas Luby
Thomas Luby 2 meses atrás
"For All We Know" was another hit they had that Rick did not mention.
Jive Turkey
Jive Turkey 5 meses atrás
The Carpenters were that one unique group that both hippies, hard rockers and our grandparents ALL LOVED. Can't think of another that ever accomplished that much crossover appeal.
Sunny Seacat
Sunny Seacat 9 dias atrás
Beatles. Frank Sinatra. Bob Marley & the Wailers.
Thomas M Leahy
Thomas M Leahy 5 meses atrás
@Steven Koehler Twas his record label that started them on their road to success. That's a Herb Alpert-like horn on Close to You. Is it Herb or someone else?
Alex C
Alex C 5 meses atrás
Glen Ishii
Glen Ishii 5 meses atrás
So true. My first love is metal and hard rock, but the Carpenters have a special place in my heart. When I hear Karen sing, it makes me say, “Who’s crying? I’m not crying”. 😂 But seriously, she did have the silky voice of an angel that very few others can match. She’s number one in my book.
Bill Wheaton
Bill Wheaton 5 meses atrás
@Derek Yeah. No one ever accused me of being cool back then. That didn't come until I was in my 40s
Aldopetti 3 meses atrás
I love the way you enjoy her voice. “This masquerade” is for me her best performance, where her low register stands out and makes it a masterpiece
Tannhauser62 Mês atrás
That's my pick as well.
W Morgan
W Morgan 2 meses atrás
" I Won't Last A Day Without You " is my favorite Karen Carpenter song.
Lynne de Lacy
Lynne de Lacy 3 meses atrás
Dad chose Top of the World for his funeral as a tribute to my mum Not a dry eye in the house 10 years on it still brings tears to my eyes
Karen Poe
Karen Poe 19 dias atrás
My Daddys favorite too! It's still so hard to hear♥️
Betty Johnson
Betty Johnson 10 dias atrás
The Carpenters - There was nobody before them and nobody since. That voice, those arrangements, the harmonies. So beautiful.
Aspasia 1
Aspasia 1 3 meses atrás
Karen will always be my favorite female singer, back in the day you couldn't have a high school talent show unless someone covered one of her songs. I was fortunate enough to have a band teacher that was crazy about the Carpenters so we always learned and played their songs. I once saw an interview of Michael Jackson when he was asked who was is favorite singer, he said Karen Carpenter because she pronounced every word clearly and perfectly. He said more things about her, but that one statement I remember clearly because that was also one of my reasons for loving her voice. I would love for you to do a video on Barry White and his Love Unlimited Orchestra. I loved their music.
Sunny Seacat
Sunny Seacat 9 dias atrás
Never Barry White.,....never!
Jim Sweeney
Jim Sweeney 4 meses atrás
I avoided the Carpenters' music when I was young. When I finally grew up I finally realized what an incredible voice she had. Wow.
Mary O
Mary O 18 dias atrás
@lesko brandon good for you! That’s what my kids heard too!
Gandalf Shakur
Gandalf Shakur 22 dias atrás
John Andresen
John Andresen 22 dias atrás
bangin' drummer too
steve clark
steve clark 24 dias atrás
i didnt avoid, i just didnt pay much attention until after she passed, i was sleeping in the back of a car and top of the world came on and the speaker was right in my ear and relaized how crystal clear perfect voice Karen had. To me, doesnt matter the song, it's her voice i love
lesko brandon
lesko brandon 26 dias atrás
My kids didn't have a choice. What's funny is I grew up with them & in the 80s & 90s when my kids were stuck in the car on trips it was Carpenters time & to this day they tell me how much they appreciate me forcing the old music on them. From the Carpenters to Hendrix, the Beatles, Zeppelin. They heard it all. Great memories.
chopkong 2 meses atrás
My favorite is Superstar. When Karen Carpenter sings, you can feel every depth of her despair. I'm still heartbroken 40 years later. She was America's sweetheart, and every red-blooded American male wanted to be her prince.
Kathryn Layfield
Kathryn Layfield 9 dias atrás
My heart still aches that Karen Carpenter left us too soon. Can you only imagine what else she would have brought to the world with her golden voice. She will forever live on for those who came of age in the 70's. Rest in Peace beautiful Lady.
Ron Brown
Ron Brown 3 meses atrás
I've heard Karen was referred to as One Take Karen many times. She was always prepared when in the studio and layed down a perfect vocal every time.
THOMAS MAGNUM 2 meses atrás
Richard once claimed that Karen’s vocals on “Superstar” were laid down on the very first take, reading lyrics off a napkin!
David Vicari
David Vicari 20 dias atrás
I was too hip for the Carpenters in the day. The voice, undoubtedly divine gift force of nature of course. This last Christmas season, all the famous artists’ material is trotted out- it really struck me, we had the Carpenters Christmas album, the arrangements are just outstanding genius.
The Sisyphean Journal
The Sisyphean Journal 3 meses atrás
The other thing about Karen Carpenter is that although she never overenunciate it, you could always understand every single word she sang.
Mike Kocik
Mike Kocik 5 meses atrás
Never been my kind of music, but you CANNOT deny the mastery of her voice. Today? Too many celebrities in music, too few musicians.
Boomer PPG
Boomer PPG 9 dias atrás
Too many celebrities in music, too few musicians….. Damn, you said a mouthful! Well done!
gary lagstrom
gary lagstrom 29 dias atrás
Karen Carpenter was an Angel 😇 sent from Heaven and left us way too soon! One of the most beautiful voices ever heard! The compositions are the direct result of her brother Richard Carpenter who really played to Karen’s strengths as a singer! I LOVE ❤️ the music of The Carpenters! RIP Karen! My personal favorite is SUPERSTAR
Alex H
Alex H Mês atrás
The first English song I heard was Yesterday Once More in 1972 and I didn’t understand a word in English. It was literally “love at first note”. 50 years passed, I still listen to Carpenters everyday and now I fully understand the lyrics. Karen Carpenter has a voice of an angel, maybe that’s why god called her back to heaven so early.
Brenda Schultz
Brenda Schultz 3 meses atrás
New book out about each and every song. Richard contributed heavily. Checked it out from public library.
herbyverstink 3 meses atrás
what is the title if you dont mind?
Fredderick Resende
Fredderick Resende 29 dias atrás
I think you forgot to mention probably my favorite (though I love all of them) and that is "Only yesterday" which really marked an era of my childhood. This song has a super pristine melody/arrangement, wonderful lyrics and of course when you add Karen's perfect vocals, it is just heaven!
Vonnie Demers
Vonnie Demers 3 meses atrás
When I was a 4th grader in the 70s I did a baton twirling routine to "On Top of the World". We did "Sing" in our holiday show. And my favorite is of course.... "Superstar". I'm 57 now and wondering why I'm crying like a baby.
Phil Bellmore
Phil Bellmore 5 meses atrás
Even a rock and roller like me would stop song surfing on the car radio when Karen's voice came on. Just pure magic. A rare rare gem. ❤️
Clay Butler
Clay Butler 5 meses atrás
Same. I listen primarily to metal, progressive rock, grunge, classic rock stuff. But my deserted island playlist definitely includes Carpenters and Barry Manilo.
jiujitsu344 5 meses atrás
I played rock and metal most of my musical career, and now play R&B and jazz. But The Carpenters will always be one of my favourite groups of all time. Karen's voice is just sublime and so moving.
Tricia Colombo
Tricia Colombo 15 dias atrás
One of the greatest female singers ever. Me & my brother listened to every. Single. Song. Listening to the crackle, just incredible. Auto tune is the worst thing ever invented!!!!
FrostyDufour 16 dias atrás
For me, it's Superstar all day long. Perfect vocal, perfect arrangement everything. Lyrically it touches on the darker aspects of fandom before the chorus lifts us away from getting too heavy or sad. Total chef's kiss💋
Dip9tone 3 meses atrás
For all we know,, the beauty of Karen's voice touches not only musicians in the deepest way! She could turn your soul around, creating flashes of warm and cold over your body, goose bumps and looking into a wide horizon of deep blue while starting to cry. I loved their songs then and still do nowadays. They wouldn't use Autotune, because they were already musically autotuned already. Richard was a perfectionist and I miss sometimes the chorus effect of their harmony singing! The chorus effect, that's necessary in a choir, and that which we sometimes like pedal wise on our electric guitars (not to sound too plain). They made beautiful music! Through their work, we still can invite Karen into our living rooms!
Mark Helm
Mark Helm Mês atrás
@Andy C. RIght. There wasn't any auto-tune or protools. They didn't even have click tracks. These tunes are all played by humans, mostly live in the studio. I'm guessing that some of those tunes were recorded to 16-track recorders. I don't think A&M upgraded to 24 tracks until 1974-ish.
Andy C.
Andy C. 3 meses atrás
Autotune didn't exist then.
Patrick Chastain
Patrick Chastain 3 meses atrás
Yep, for all we know. I picked up what you put down!
M231231 23 dias atrás
I was around when the carpenters were huge. I laughed at a brother sister duo. Somewhere along in life, the laughing stopped. I realized how great they were. They were incredible. Her voice was velvet.
Ian McLennon
Ian McLennon 4 meses atrás
Arrangements like those of The Carpenters were possible because they were on A & M Records, a label that supported artistry. It didn't hurt to have Herb Alpert in your corner, either.
Michael Fox
Michael Fox 5 meses atrás
Ric I am 60 years old and I hope your younger audience will listen to more of Karen's singing she is up there with one of the most beautiful singing voices of all time
Daniel Weeks
Daniel Weeks 5 meses atrás
@Carole Scharwatt She can make a grown man cry.
Carole Scharwatt
Carole Scharwatt 5 meses atrás
I'm in my early 80's Rick. I could never get enough of her. She's one of a kind. Never get tired of listening to the Carpenter's. Can you tell how much I've missed them?
Daniel Weeks
Daniel Weeks 5 meses atrás
Paul McCartney said best female voice in the world.
josh smith
josh smith 5 meses atrás
I'm 38 and have been listening to The Carpenters for 30yrs. Their Christmas record is a classic! Love them! Karen's voice is one of the most beautiful things the world has to offer.
Linda Ambrose
Linda Ambrose 5 meses atrás
I am 60 as well. I am with you and agree with you!
mindeloman 27 dias atrás
I was your typical hard rock heavy metal kid that absolutely laughed at the likes of the Carpenters. Then I got older and understood and appreciated all musical talent and ability. Karen Carpenter leaves me in tears.
pascalrouen 2 meses atrás
Karen is my favorite vocalist of all time. Her voice is the sweetest, smoothest, purest voice I’ve ever heard.
christopher noble
christopher noble 3 meses atrás
Anyone remember The Carpenters' version of Klaatu's "Calling Occupants (of Interplanetary Craft)?" Karen could've sung an interoffice memo and chart it!
Cherie Parks
Cherie Parks 8 dias atrás
"We are your friends!"
James Sn
James Sn 19 dias atrás
As soon as I heard it, I ran out and bought the 45 single. I still have it.
Love Laugh Live
Love Laugh Live 25 dias atrás
Very very very weird and bizarre 'song.'
I remember! 😉
THOMAS MAGNUM 2 meses atrás
I got high one time listening to that Grammy- nominated, criminally underrated single, cranked up the volume so loud that my neighbors called the police!
dmonat 26 dias atrás
Karen was a perfectionist. I don't think I've ever heard her off key!!!! I learned to sing with her in my ears! RIP
Wendel Mediarito
Wendel Mediarito 3 meses atrás
Carpenters are also synonymous to their composers - Paul Williams and Burt Bacharach in their early songs
tony giovingo
tony giovingo 5 meses atrás
Hey Rick, you have to get Richard Carpenter in for an interview! He is mostly responsible for those beautiful arrangements. Love the Channel.
Rick Roberts
Rick Roberts Mês atrás
I’m very honored to grow up listening to the carpenters in school, I still think the carpenters were the best group I’ve listened too, the are the best and will always be the best, thank you Richard and Karen for the gift in music that you gave all of us to cherish ❤
John Smith
John Smith Mês atrás
I grew up with Carpenters on the radio. So I didn’t analyze them. I just adored them. Now analyzing the music, I believe that I understand the formula better. Richard and the production team were fabulous musicians who excelled at understatement. They were the delivery device. What they delivered was Karen’s vocal. Karen had such emotion, warmth, and sincerity. And it’s the tender point to the arrow that goes right into my ear, then brain, then heart. She is the ideal mother’s voice that nurtures an infant’s soul. The total package is art that still haunts me.
Brennan Young
Brennan Young 4 meses atrás
Karen's voice earns all the praise mentioned here in the comments, but let's not overlook her superb drumming skills.
Nicholas Carpenter
Nicholas Carpenter 21 dia atrás
I love a lot of the Carpenters music, but Karen's voice is perfect and beautiful.
Per Allwin
Per Allwin 2 meses atrás
Leon Russell said it himself, that his favorite version of his song “Superstar” was the one by Karen Carpenter.
Fred The Cat
Fred The Cat 5 meses atrás
A little shoutout to Paul Williams and Roger Nichols for writing “We've Only Just Begun”, “Rainy Days And Mondays“ (and many many other great songs, of course) who were so beautifully interpreted by Karen Carpenter and her brother… ☺
Wired Weird
Wired Weird 5 meses atrás
"Rainy Days and Mondays" was originally offered to The 5th Dimension but, thankfully, they passed on it because Karen made it her very own 👏
William Ludlow
William Ludlow 5 meses atrás
Her brother needed her where as she didn't need him. She really needed to do her own thing.
Scott Slotterbeck
Scott Slotterbeck 5 meses atrás
'We've Only Just Begun' started as an ad for Crocker Bank.
G Ayers
G Ayers 28 dias atrás
She was just under a month from being 33 years old at the time of her passing. 3/2/50 - 2/4/83 It’s almost unbearably sad and tragic. Thank you for the time you gave us, Karen!!
Connie Atkinson
Connie Atkinson Mês atrás
Karen practised many hours to perfect her low notes and deep voice because she knew that was what would make her stand out. She was spot on.
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The Leon Russell songs the Carpenters did were some my favorites. Masquerade, A song for you, also their version of Solitaire.
Kimberly Nolin
Kimberly Nolin 2 meses atrás
I think he wrote Superstar, too.
G. Dub
G. Dub 2 meses atrás
Yes, and Leon’s own live version of A Song For You is on youtube - it kills me, that one. My god.
Gary Schnaus
Gary Schnaus Mês atrás
Many many great hits, but Solitaire was my favorite! Karen's voice was one of a kind!
MID-CITY LIVE! 4 meses atrás
Some of these songs go down one instrument and vocals with no reverb, In your face, up front and dry. She can pull it off with her voice alone- its amazing.
bootlebeats 5 meses atrás
I heard them live when they performed at my college. I was stunned that they sounded like their records. They played through Kustom amps and P.A.. That was it Their success was just taking off. After the performance, they were breaking down their own road crew. I just walked up on the stage and started talking to Karen while she was tearing down her kit. I asked her how they were able to nail the blend of those complex harmonies. She said while they were playing gigs at Disneyland, they took individual voice lessons (with the same vocal coach) on one day of the week then the whole band would have a group vocal lesson with the same coach for blending work. The result was they nailed their harmonies as polished and beautiful as the records. I learned later that Karen and Richard did all the background vocals on the records. There were six members in the live band and they all sang so I just assumed it was all of them recording the vocal background... it was that good. She was such genuinely kind musician to take the time to explain their process. A memory I'll always treasure. P.S. She was a great drummer too!
EF 2 meses atrás
You should have asked for her number too bro. 😉
John Brady
John Brady 4 meses atrás
@bootlebeats Hey man, I'm 68. I got at least 50 years of things I regret doing or not doing. But really, it was a good thing you did honoring her musical skills. They were probably used to hauling their gear around I'm sure. Best regards, John...
bootlebeats 4 meses atrás
@John Brady DOH! I didn't think of that because, after talking with her, she Introduced me to their guitarist to ask him a few questions as I was getting my degree in guitar. He offered some good advice. Great comment on your part... I'm actually feeling a delayed embarrassment 50 years late. I should have gone back to help her out. I guess I was distracted by the moment learning stuff. 🤔
John Brady
John Brady 4 meses atrás
I thought you were going to say, you asked if she needed help moving the equipment to the truck. 🤔
Julie Desnick
Julie Desnick 4 meses atrás
Thank you for telling us about this wonderful experience!
Scott Wert
Scott Wert 28 dias atrás
Great segment. There's a reason we are still listening to these songs 60 years later. Talent is a wonderful thing. Karen's voice was phenomenal. Don't short change Richard (great harmonies). Superstar was/is my favorite Carpenters song. But there are so many good ones. Again....nice job.
iAncientOne 29 dias atrás
My faves are not as well known. ‘Road Ode’ and ‘Bless the Beasts and the Children’ are just stunningly beautiful. Richard’s production and arrangements were unparalleled.
Love Laugh Live
Love Laugh Live 25 dias atrás
I cannot listen to 'Bless The Beasts and the Children' without weeping. It is a truly heartbreakingly beautiful song, both musically and lyrically.
David Dew
David Dew 3 meses atrás
I still cry when I hear Karen's voice...
Christopher Coughlin
Christopher Coughlin 28 dias atrás
Still love "We've only just begun" as much as anything I've ever heard. What an incredible arrangement and the song is so touching.Brings a tear to my eye for a better time and a better country.
CF Win
CF Win 14 dias atrás
“Sing” ! Even my teenagers know that song and that’s the only Carpenters song they know.
spannerman 3 meses atrás
I'm not a musician. But what I love about Karen is her ability to change her Vibrato in the middle of a song.
Joe staffieri
Joe staffieri 5 meses atrás
Richard was far from being only a keyboard player. He arranged all the harmonies with his & Karen’s voice stacking the voices 8 times over. He learned this from Les Paul & Mary Ford recordings.
Charles Maeger
Charles Maeger 5 meses atrás
Great comment. Little known: the Carpenters father was an integral part of producing their music. Richard and Karen grew up with their fathers musical influence in their lives.
David Fong
David Fong 5 meses atrás
Thank you! Richard's great work was overshadowed by Karen's wonderful vocals and I'm glad you spoke up for him here! My grandmother LOVED their music!
Terry Stowers
Terry Stowers 5 meses atrás
@john mcgarry Well said. I dig when folks utilize uncluttered irony to convey their thoughts in forums like this. Rick is definitely the sort of clever entrepreneurial dude to employ the use of his own non-monetized public forum in a shameless effort to make a thinly veiled grab for our hard earned legal tender. We can see right through his ruse, can’t we? ‘Murrica, land of the free, if we can at all manage to finagle our way out of paying…😁👍
Thomas M Leahy
Thomas M Leahy 5 meses atrás
@Jordan Bryson Everyone's overuse of the word amazing over the last 3 decades has, for me, rendered it impotent, almost meaningless.
Thomas M Leahy
Thomas M Leahy 5 meses atrás
@Gill Travers Les Paul and Mary Ford. They had a lot of fun with their overdub innovation, started a landslide inspiring others.
Tyler Myers
Tyler Myers 3 meses atrás
“Top of the World” vocal harmonies just do it for me. Goodness, the warmth is incredible.
Charles Janes
Charles Janes Mês atrás
For me, "Now" may be the most poignant and beautiful recording. I believe it was the last song she recorded, and she was very ill and close to death at the time. Her voice was still amazing, and there is so much irony and beauty in her rendition of that vocal. Check it out and see if you can not tear up thinking of her singing that in the studio shortly before she left us.
Ratman 007
Ratman 007 27 dias atrás
Karen's voice was clear like water. She could've sang 'Three blind mice' and it would have been a gem.
Dave Jones
Dave Jones 12 dias atrás
A friend once told me that Bono had described Roy Orbison’s voice/vocals as liquid gold, this ought be attributed to Karen also and come to think of it to Nat King Cole and Jim Reeves I think, but I digress, Karen’s vocals are divine, it is truly tragic that somebody who brought so much joy to countless millions should slip away so young really 😢
Lori 27 dias atrás
I love how you pick up every instrument and key change. You are fun to watch because your joy and appreciation of music is extraordinary. I don't think Karen or Richard's giftedness was as appreciated as it could have been. Their songs won the hearts of the people, but I don't remember back then people saying what a stunning voice she had or Richard's brilliant musicianship and arrangements, and production skills. So very sad we lost her so young.
Rhonda Wilkins
Rhonda Wilkins 5 meses atrás
My Uncle D worked at A&M RECORDS HOLLYWOOD from 1969-1999. Beginning at age 7, I would be allowed to go to work with him during my summer school breaks. I literally witnessed music history being made behind those gates and the kindness of Herb Alpert. My own music journey playing piano and flute was heavily influenced by watching Richard and Karen LIVE at A&M. Almost 40 years after Karen's tragic death, she is still the BEST FEMALE SINGER and nobody else can touch her vocals. Richard is still the master of composition. " SING" 1973 is my favorite Carpenters song. Also, every song on their "Christmas Album."
Kelly Schroder
Kelly Schroder 5 meses atrás
VocalEdgeTV 5 meses atrás
Absolutely. Their two Christmas albums occupy the number one spot for me.
thequeendt 5 meses atrás
What an honor! ❤
Gregg Oreo
Gregg Oreo 5 meses atrás
What a beautiful life , and boy hood, and Muse 0f talent for music that you have had. If you're ever discouraged. Just reflect on those wonderful days. Those gifts are still you. God bless you. Gregg Oreo long Beach Ca
Joni Sare
Joni Sare 5 meses atrás
Please share more! Rhonda, you were that fly on the wall that I had wished to be. Amazing. I want to know- did they sing the songs as the composer wrote them or did they make any changes during the recording sessions? Did they laugh and joke around …or more serious? Can you give more scene setting description?
Duane Blake
Duane Blake 27 dias atrás
Rick, nice job introducing the Carpenters. We've Only Just Begun was my own wedding song in 1990. Still gave me goosebumps when you just played it some 30 years later! Karen Carpenter has the voice of an angel. Unreal.
Cherie Parks
Cherie Parks 8 dias atrás
1982 for my wedding
Mark Martinson
Mark Martinson 15 dias atrás
Glad you are talking about the Carpenters. They deserve to be highlighted.
Ron Carney
Ron Carney 21 dia atrás
Karen`s glorious unique voice will be an ongoing gift to society!
JOHN BUTLER 3 meses atrás
I am so grateful for my older brothers introducing me to the Carpenters when I was a kid. I grew up in the 80s, and I felt weird for liking them when my peers just weren't into them at all. I now know not to care what other people think. Good music is good music... period. I love watching others enjoying the things I love, and you look like you're having a grand time revisiting this great music. I love your eclecticism and your enthusiasm for all great music.
MarkPorter Mês atrás
I second your "Good music is good music...period"! And I'd add, "...for all time." Good and great music lives on, thank goodness!
Amalia's Art
Amalia's Art 28 dias atrás
We've Only Just Begun was my older sister's wedding song. I believe the song was actually a tv commercial for a bank opening. Her voice was so beautiful, just clean. Richard had a great voice as well.
Love Laugh Live
Love Laugh Live 25 dias atrás
Written by the late, great James Griffin, who was one of the founding/original members of bread...a band that is, sadly, only known, if not dismissed entirely, as being nothing more than a 'soft rock group who did syrupy sweet love songs.' Bread was so much more than David Gates' love songs, but sadly, James Griffin, God rest him, never received the recognition or much-deserved credit for being a member of that band). Even when winning an Academy Award for this beautiful song that the Carpenters made so famous, he and Robb Royer (who co-wrote the song along with James) weren't even allowed to use their own/real names, due to contractual agreements/restrictions when they were in bread, so it was changed to 'Arthur James' and 'Robb Wilson' who wrote this song and won the Oscar for it. How I wish people really knew how brilliant a band Bread was - so much more than David Gates. Much, much more.
Nancy de Volder
Nancy de Volder 5 meses atrás
My theory is that Karen’s voice is so moving because it reminds us of how a mother sings to her child.
Brennan Roy
Brennan Roy 3 meses atrás
@Banacek60 Chord 😆😆
Gary Mootz
Gary Mootz 4 meses atrás
Odd I always her that mothers pitch their voice higher when interacting with their children and Karen's singing voice is rather low most of the time.
Jordan Bryson
Jordan Bryson 5 meses atrás
That's it exactly!! Such sincerity....
Ian sands
Ian sands 5 meses atrás
What a great comment.
Ulrich 5 meses atrás
Years ago I bought my Mum their greatest hits because this music reminds me of her.
Karen never needed fake auto-tune, she WAS real life auto-tune, personified.
Robert Smith
Robert Smith 22 dias atrás
One of the greatest natural voices of the last 60 years and she died at age 32. She would have been considered a legend by all, not just some, if she had lived another 20 years. Her voice is a master class study, at most music schools. To have such spot on pitch without the effort that many singers try to imbue today is phenomenal. She knew what her voice could do in all of its aspects, and she did it for the 12 years she was a popular recording artist before her untimely death. May God's mercy be on Karen Carpenter.
Anna Wells
Anna Wells 3 meses atrás
My favorite present growing up was the Carpenter album with the car on it. I was 10 in 1975, and besides trusting Jesus as my Savior, I thought this was so glorious. I was always singing from then on, while doing cartwheels in the backyard. I have the same range so i have always loved her, and Richard.
Home At Last
Home At Last 25 dias atrás
One of the reasons her voice was so great is because she kept her throat muscles totally relaxed, so she was truly singing with her most natural voice.
Byrdog 4 meses atrás
Karen’s voice still brings a tear to my eye… so blessed to be a kid when this music was bestowed upon us.
hbofbyu1 5 meses atrás
Richard Carpenter doesn't get enough credit for what he did to showcase Karen's voice. He is a brilliant musician.
dugsdale 5 meses atrás
@Hatdrummer Oh, indeed. My impression was that the "product" was selling just fine, and the impetus to sweeten it was artistically, not commercially, motivated, and came from Richard, but I could be wrong. And you're right, the "collector market" (of which I am not one) is aware there are several editions of the "Carpenters Singles" box set that have been put out over the years; apparently the Dutch version is the one to have, because "reasons" (that don't really matter to normal people). The thing I love about the way Rick presents this stuff is the sense of live, spontaneous, infectious discovery he has...never more so than with this Carps post of his.
Hatdrummer 5 meses atrás
@dugsdale He may, but this sounds like a record company marketing situation.. where product is withdrawn, re-issued, updated, bc they unfortunately can't make new stuff.. and these collections are for die-hard fans and collectors.. No one improves on Richard's great work on the original Close to You, but there are contracts and paychecks involved here along w product. Personally I would not be second guessing Richard and I would not want to be in his place, but I am surprised, that he does not have at least an annual concert with the best singers to celebrate Karen and their music, but again, this may be restricted by the record company. And the royalties probably mean he does have the need.. That's why this video showcasing this group and Karen voice is wonderful, dugs.. yes?
dugsdale 5 meses atrás
My understanding is that every few years he's gone back into the studio to "sweeten" the old hits, when he gets an idea how the charts would sound better. the vocals and harmonies remain, of course, but if you're looking for an as-originally-released collection, good luck--Richard reportedly makes sure the old versions go away, when he's ready to reissue a new set. (This may be old info, dunno if he's still doing this, but ... that's the word, anyhow.)
Hatdrummer 5 meses atrás
yes and in getting that California sound.. he had perfection.. he was their producer.. Unfortunately they were both not protected.. but while not getting credit, at least he was given the space to create.. and he made masterpieces.. and Karen's voice was a jewel.. but she would have preferred to be back there drumming.. a very reluctant star.. it led to many troubles.. they were too good..
jml2621 5 meses atrás
An even better Producer.
marcump 29 dias atrás
Karen and Richard were incredible; listening to their music will move the hardest person.. anytime a song makes you tear-up you know they've done something right. Thank god there was no Auto-tune to ruin the nuance. Today's Auto-Tune should'nt be allowed; if people cannot sing they shouldn't be in the music business.
Timothy Eaton
Timothy Eaton 11 dias atrás
Karen's voice makes me weep. Anyone else find her the voice of an angel?
Steve Nelson
Steve Nelson 4 meses atrás
Greatest song was probably Superstar. Karen’s voice at it’s ultimate perfection. Most important song was Goodbye to Love with the…..then…..unique wailing guitar solo from Tony Peluso. It was literally the invention of the power ballad. Personal favorite…..too many to mention, but Goodbye to Love and Only Yesterday are probably my favorites.
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