Close To You CD (1999)

Artist: Carpenters

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Label Uni/a&m
SKU 60078361
UPC 082839318426
UPC 14 00082839318426
Format CD
Release Date 1/12/1999
Author Carpenters
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Technical Info
Engineer Dick Bogart; Dick Bogert; Ray Gerhardt
Producer Jack Daugherty
CatalogID 3931842
Lable Name A&M (USA)
Released 01/12/1999
Original Release 1970
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 38m : 35s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00082839318426
Musical Guests
Hal Blaine
Album Notes and Credits
The Carpenters: Karen Carpenter (vocals, drums); Richard Carpenter (keyboards, background vocals).
Additional personnel: Jim Horn, Bob Messenger, Doug Strawn (woodwinds); Joe Osborn, Danny Woodhams (bass); Hal Blaine (drums).
Digitally remastered by Richard Carpenter.
Personnel: Richard Carpenter (vocals, keyboards); Karen Carpenter (vocals, drums); Doug Strawn (woodwinds, keyboards, wind); Jim Horn, Bob Messenger (woodwinds, wind); Hal Blaine (drums).
Arranger: Richard Carpenter .
Karen and Richard Carpenter's third album, released in 1970, includes two of their signature songs, Bacharach/David's "(They Long To Be) Close To You" and Paul Williams' "We've Only Just Begun," a tune originally written as a commercial jingle for California's Crocker Banks. The rest of the album continues the siblings' exquisite taste in outside material, returning to Williams for "I Kept On Loving You" and to Bacharach for the Shirelles' "Baby It's You." Also featured here is an appealing version of the classic "I'll Never Fall In Love Again."
Other fine covers include Tim Hardin's "Reason To Believe" and an arrestingly mournful version of Lennon/McCartney's "Help." The album also includes four Richard Carpenter originals, with "Another Song" and the girl-groupish "Maybe It's You" the highlights. CLOSE TO YOU is one of the Carpenters' most commercially and artistically successful albums.
Artist Overview
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.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.136) - Ranked #175 in Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time"
Disc 1
1 We've Only Just Begun
2 Love Is Surrender
3 Maybe It's You
4 Reason to Believe
5 Help
6 Close To You
7 Baby It's You
8 I'll Never Fall In Love Again
9 Crescent Moon
10 Mr. Guder
11 I Kept On Loving You
12 Another Song

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