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Interpretations: 25th Anniversary
Genres: Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
This collection features three previously unreleased tracks, but they're beside the point. More importantly what is here are the sickly sweet vocals of Karen Carpenter, the lush '70s style production that's as hip as a woo... more »
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This collection features three previously unreleased tracks, but they're beside the point. More importantly what is here are the sickly sweet vocals of Karen Carpenter, the lush '70s style production that's as hip as a wood-paneled station wagon or a wide-lapel polyester leisure suit, and songs that immediately stir up memories of the dentist office's waiting room. It doesn't feature all the hits, but "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Superstar," "We've Only Just Begun," and "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" (a bizarre late-take on psychedelia) are illustrative of Richard and Karen's abilities to make substantial pop-lite. --Rob O'Connor
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"Richard Carpenter is amazing. He took a scratch vocal of Karen trying out "Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again" and managed to get a totally finished record out of it (did the same earlier on "Now"). And work much other magic in this lush collection, beautifully mastered and sequenced. Richard at this point has remastered virtually every important Carpenters recording (listen to the original version of "Close To You"...it has almost nothing to do with the current version)...the Carpenters is the only act I can think of whose music keeps evolving over new releases with no new music actually being recorded. If you haven't by now been convinced Karen is one of the greatest pop voices of all time and Richard one of the great producers, this one will win you over."
"Interpretations" has little "New" Material
James Koenig | Minnesota | 08/05/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Interpretations, released on the Carpenters 25th anniversary is somewhat of a disappointment to me, as it only has three "new" previously unreleased recordings, these being: "When I Fall In Love", "From This Moment On", and Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again". The rest of the songs on the album are remastered/remixed versions of previous Carpenter hits.
Is it worth the asking price for three additional songs? Each buyer will have to decide that for himself/herself. The fact that these songs were never included on previous albums says something about their quality as perceived by Richard and Karen Carpenter.
As big a fan as I am of the Carpenters, my reluctant advice is to skip this album.
Jim "Konedog" Koenig"
Happy to be proved wrong
Gontroppo | Bathurst, NSW Australia | 06/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have a distrust of remastering and remixing. So often, something is lost in the process. I hesitated to try Richard Carpenter's remixed tracks for years. But, boy, was I wrong! He has done his task professionally, and has done it with subtlety.I love this album. It includes so many terrific songs that bring back memories. [We started listening to The Carpenters on our honeymoon ...]Some interesting tracks:
From This Moment On features an interpolation of Bach's Well Tempered Clavier Book 1, Prelude no 2 into Cole Porter!Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft is an excellent version of the Klaatu original. [And some people still think it really is the theme song of World Contact Day!]The A Cappella version of Without a SongThe songs have been thoughtfully put together to create a great program. Highly recommended."