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 Post subject: Carpenters complete album set rereleased on records.
PostPosted: Nov Tue 21, 2017 3:16 am 
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I just received the complete set of Carpenters albums in the mail today from Amazon. A&M has rereleased all of the original albums on 180g vinyl presented nicely in a padded box. I have all of the original albums and the new ones look almost exactly the same except the new ones have a bar code and a 2017 copyright. The jackets and inner sleeves are faithful to the originals. It's a 12 album set and apparently Richard gave his blessing. I must say I'm enjoying the recent trend of classic albums being recut. I have Todd Rundgren-Something Anything and Carole King with the City-Now That Everything's Been Said.


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 Post subject: Re: Carpenters complete album set rereleased on records.
PostPosted: Nov Tue 21, 2017 6:00 pm 
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They needed to do two more sets: one where every album was remastered into SQ quadraphonic and the other set remastered into CD-4 quadraphonic using the original mixes.

I especially like Jambalaya and Top of the World in SQ and Close to You in CD-4.

They also needed to do it in DMM Super45Sonic and on colored vinyl that matches the color of the covers and colored labels and......

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 Post subject: Re: Carpenters complete album set rereleased on records.
PostPosted: Nov Wed 22, 2017 12:04 am 
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I couldn't agree more :-) I have the singles album and the Now and Then album in SQ Quad. I also have Horizon in CD-4 quad. Maybe those mixes could have been released in SACD.


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 Post subject: Re: Carpenters complete album set rereleased on records.
PostPosted: Nov Wed 22, 2017 3:55 am 
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DarrenWGaransi wrote:
Maybe those mixes could have been released in SACD.
After Richard dies maybe. Both the CD-4 and SQ mixes were done by staff engineers at A&M - not by THEIR mixers (Gerhardt and Young) - so Richard has ALWAYS hated them.

He hates the Q-8 only mixes worse than that - especially the ones that take a single rear channel and split it bass-and-treble across the two rear channels.

There's a tryout Japanese quad reel only mix of 1969-1973 that was done for U.S. Servicemen serving in the Orient during the Vietnam War that he ``tolerates'' (doesn't go ballistic wanting to stomp all over the copy in question and smash it to smithereens) because it has the discrete pre-mix for Jambalaya and Top of the World as bonus tracks - both of which sound very wide like a 60's three-track mix.

But normal LP turntables of the early 70s (not the audiophile kind) couldn't track the high-vertical-component mixes that show up on the SQ titles you mention - and U.S. CD-4 being half-speed-mastered before all the improvements to the technology came out - had a top-heavy and thin sound (other than the Japanese direct import editions which sounded just as good as a stereo record played on stereo equipment) - so he didn't like the sound of AMERICAN CD-4 either - not even in stereo.

He also hates the fact that the original issues go for pennies apiece in thrift shops, you can't GIVE the singles away even the Mono/Stereo white label vinyl promo copies (all A&M singles were pressed by CBS and therefore all styrene) and people are trading the Q8s for sometimes hundreds of dollars each.

So if anybody ever finds a Japanese QR of The Singles - they should pick it up.

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PostPosted: Nov Wed 22, 2017 4:32 am 
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Nice! The Carpenters are amongst my favorites.

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PostPosted: Nov Wed 22, 2017 1:14 pm 
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Wow thanks for the information. I knew Richard wasn't a fan of the quad mixes but the oldies suite on the now and then album does sound pretty good through my Lafayette SQ-W decoder. Only Yesterday from the Horizon album sounds really good in CD-4 when decoded on my Marantz. He should try not to take the audio purity thing to heart. He definately does have high standards though. No wonder the quality of their output was stellar. It has definately stood the test of time.


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 Post subject: Re: Carpenters complete album set rereleased on records.
PostPosted: Nov Thu 23, 2017 9:10 am 
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Thats great news.I always love the Carpenters music and also hearing Connecticut natives hitting it big.The Carpenters were my dads favorite ,He was crushed when Karen passed away.

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PostPosted: Jul Tue 31, 2018 3:12 am 
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I know someone who has a voice that is a true dead ringer for Karen Carpenter with a wider vocal range to include Julie Andrews vocal range as well. Her voice is great and she has more in common with her. At this time she does not seem to want to go into a studio and record. She could do the material Richard and John wrote for Karen. If I can get her to do a few recording sessions She will find herself in high demand. I will come up here and let you know what is up if and when makes a move.

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PostPosted: Jul Tue 31, 2018 3:37 am 
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That would be wonderful! I hope she does not waste her talent, and that people able to help her share it with the World do so.

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 Post subject: Re: Carpenters complete album set rereleased on records.
PostPosted: Jul Tue 31, 2018 3:45 am 
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I told her to do it as her voice wraps around Karen's. I have used her novelty recordings to fool people and when I play the cuts and ask who is it they always id her as Karen. She is not an imitator it is just the way her voice is naturally. It is truly a gift that she has and I told her she could bring such joy to millions and she could even cover Karen's songs as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Carpenters complete album set rereleased on records.
PostPosted: Jul Tue 31, 2018 7:27 pm 
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My sister was devasted when Karen died. She has all the albums.


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 Post subject: Re: Carpenters complete album set rereleased on records.
PostPosted: Aug Wed 01, 2018 4:02 am 
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I may be able to let you hear a bit of it if you like.


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 Post subject: Re: Carpenters complete album set rereleased on records.
PostPosted: Aug Wed 01, 2018 6:34 am 
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I have always been a fan of The Carpenters, I remember singing their song with my Mom. My personal favorite is Close to You, it serves as a lullaby for me and my Labrador Retrievers. I remember seeing them fell asleep on their heated dog beds, while I waiting for the song to be finished before closing my eyes and escaping the reality as I sleep.


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 Post subject: Re: Carpenters complete album set rereleased on records.
PostPosted: Aug Thu 02, 2018 5:48 am 
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Well if you are able to call a number to a conference line I may be able to give a demo of the person 'i referred to earlier who has those vocal qualities that I have been trying to get to go for it big time.
I have to set it up but we will have to see about when to do it.


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