Interpretations: A 25th Anniversary Celebration
Artist: Hal Blaine
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Notes: INTERPRETATIONS: A 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION contains three previously unreleased tracks. The Carpenters: Karen Carpenter (vocals, drums); Richard Carpenter (keyboards, background vocals). Additional personnel: Tony Peluso, Tim May, Dennis Budimir, Fred Tackett (guitar); Jay Dee Maness (pedal steel guitar); Bob Messenger (flute); Earl Dumler (oboe); Tom Morgan (harmonica); Chuck Findley (trumpet); Pete Jolly (keyboards); Joe Osborn (bass); Hal Blaine, Jim Gordon, Cubby O'Brien, Larrie Londin (drums) Producers: Richard Carpenter, Jack Daugherty, Karen Carpenter. Engineers include: Ray Gerhardt, Roger Young, Dave Iveland. Includes liner notes by Paul Grein & Richard Carpenter. Digitally remastered by Arnie Acosta. Recorded between March 1970 & March 1980. Personnel: Richard Carpenter (vocals, piano, keyboards, background vocals); Karen Carpenter (vocals, drums, background vocals); Timothy May , Tony Peluso (guitar, electric guitar); Dennis Budimer, Fred Tackett (acoustic guitar); Bob Messenger (flute, saxophone); Tommy Morgan (harmonica); Doug Strawn (clarinet); Earl Dumler (oboe); Chuck Findley (trumpet); Pete Jolly (keyboards); Cubby O'Brien, Hal Blaine, Jim Gordon , Larrie Londin, Ron Tutt (drums); Gregg Smith (background vocals). DJ: Tony Peluso. Audio Remixers: Roger Young; Robert DeLaGarza. Liner Note Authors: Daniel Levitin; Richard Carpenter . Photographer: Ed Caraeff. Arrangers: Ken Welch; Mitzie Welch; Paul Riser; Peter Knight; Richard Carpenter . Although the Carpenters were hardly considered fashionable during their '70s commercial heyday (rock critics particularly detested them), by the time this greatest-hits album (fleshed out with a few previously unreleased tracks) was released, the critical consensus was swinging in their favor. Maybe it was a '90s irony thing (lounge revival, anyone?); more likely it was just that with the passage of time, people could finally hear the melancholy that lurked under the surface-happy face of the Carpenters' lush production style. In any case, this is a terrific best-of, with all the hits plus their all-time weirdest cover, Klaatu's "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft." You make the call: Karen and Richard Carpenter--secret space cadets?
The brother and sister duo of Karen and Richard Carpenter were purveyors of a exquisitely crafted pop sound that garnered them a enormous string of Top 10 hits in the 1970s. Employing first-call sidemen, compositions from top writers like Bacharach-David and Paul Williams, and innovative, harmony-laden production, Richard Carpenter created an ideal, wonderfully slick bed for Karen's angelic voice. Unfortunately remembered almost as much for Karen's 1982 anorexia-related death as for their music, the Carpenters brought a truly innovative sound to the soft-rock genre.
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