Skip to comments.Carpenters - Solitaire (1975) (Video via You Tube)
Posted on 08/07/2013 4:58:52 PM PDT by beaversmom
I'm a little late to the game, but late than never. I'm just realizing the beauty and talent of the Carpenters:
She was a beautiful lady, I got to say a quick “hello” to her at Hampton Roads Coliseum years ago when they put on a concert there. She died way too young, and in a way I’ll never really understand. What music have we missed since she passed ... I’ll always wonder.
Karen Carpenter was a fantastic musician and composer. In addition to her gifted senses of pitch, rhythm and dynamics, she was an passionate perfectionist musically, and in other ways as well.
She was also romantic and sensitive, and the mixture of these characteristics led to an outcome which was - in terms of her personal life - a tragedy on many levels.
Her songs of the early 1970s are among the most vivid musical memories I have of those years - along with the songs of Jimmy Webb. Years that were remarkable for the incredible breadth and richness of the music that was available for nothing on any kid’s transistor radio.
YouTube has opened a world I though had closed when my old LP’s got trashed.
Karen is the Tops!
s good friend of mine’s wife used to babysit the Carpenters where they were kids.
They were local.
Too bad she died so young
Since this is an anonymous site. Yea, I like The Carpenters. Brings a tear to my eye that we lost her so early.
don’t forget. Girlfriend was a drummer too. She knew what the pocket was and sang in it. That comes from her drumming.
I agree...couldn’t live w/out you tube.
She is one of the few that didn’t use all the belting and melismas and riffs because her tone, dynamics, rhythm, and phrasing were spectacular. I sing a lot of her songs as I have a similar sounding low end that show off my voice. Thus I have a huge appreciation to the smallest of detail in her songs done to the breath work. She was a gift from God. God bless her soul. She is an incredible inspiration and teacher for us vocalists that value beautiful tone, subtle, and control.
People are taken aback when I list my musical preferences — Led Zeppelin, Boston, Pink Floyd...Carpenters, America, Bee Gees. I guess we all have a hard and soft side. Karen had such a clean beautiful voice that touches one’s soul.
America’s greatest hits is probably THE greatest hits album IMO.
In my ripe old (still under 50) age I am discovering/rediscovering lot of great music I had previously ignored.
Oh, not the put a gun to her head and shoot murder, but the kind that sees her in such pain and agony and no one tries to stop her, to slow her down.
She told us how lonely she was for love and exposed her romantic heart for all to see and feel
and her brother wanted to do one more gig.
THAT'S my opinion and I wish I didn't have it ... but Karen didn't need to die.
She always makes me cry when I listen to her. She is singing to me, but she’s gone.
It’s yesterday, once more.
Oh God, I’m listening to Solitaire and can’t hold it together.
There is no current pop vocalist who can compare with Karen Carpenter. I hear her voice, even on those old, analog recordings, and I melt. The beginning of “Hurting Each Other” is simply amazing.
God I miss her. I had the blessing to attend a performance. It was I think 1975 in Harrah’s at Lake Tahoe. Their opening act was the Righteous Brother. I still remember the performance from both of these great talents. I remember Karen asking anyone in the audience if there was a child because she was going to sing SING A SONG. Me being shy and also sitting way in the back kept quiet though I knew the words. Looking back I regret it lol, but I can never forget Karen she looked fine on stage health wise. She is the only talent that is in my Heart and I will never forget the 1 and half hour of pure joy she gave me listening to this angelic gift from God.
She was a treasure.
My wife, from South America, tells me that part of her English education there was required listening to the Carpenters....clear and crisp....perfect pronunciation.
And you probably have some tattoos, too :-)
Here you go. Probably their greatest hit.
I was fortunate to see America twice, once in the ‘70s and once in the ‘80s.
Great, great music.
A few notes:
1) The tune was written by Neil Sedaka.
2) The song was not about the homeless. It was about a man so romantically dysfunctional that he couldn’t find a love relationship, probably terminally shy.
3) I consider Karen Carpenter the top female pop vocalist of all time. Just try hitting some of the low notes on this vocal. I can’t. Incidentally, I think Nat King Cole had the best voice of any male pop singer.
4) The Carpenters were a fledgling group in the late 1960s who had been signed by A&M Records (the A of A&M was trumpeter Herb Alpert of the Tijuana Brass). Burt Bacharach had penned a smash hit for Alpert called “This Guy’s In Love With You” and followed it up with a song so syrupy that Alpert refused to record it. He pushed it off on the Carpenters and it became their most successful single - “Close To You”.
“Americas greatest hits is probably THE greatest hits album IMO”
That’s interesting. Maybe I will get if for hubby. He has a CSNY greatest hits album that’s very good too. Sometimes they are just so slapped together.
They were great, a couple of their tunes just can’t be topped.
They are IMO one of the few groups that gets it all right. Melody, harmony, catchy hooks and a distinctive sound. You KNOW when it’s America.
To me, there’s nothing they do ‘exceptional’. It’s just a total package coming together thing. There are far better players, singers etc. But they do it all at a level that just fits so well together.
For the genre, I don’t think Sister Golden Hair CAN be topped. And as a piece of music alongside the rest, it holds up well.
My favorites (in order) are:
Sister Golden Hair
A Horse With No Name
Today’s The Day
I Need You
You Can Do Magic
I believe ‘You Can Do Magic’ was not written by America, but they definitely made the song a hit with their style. I remember being floored upon hearing their first hit, ‘A Horse With No Name’, as a freshman in my dorm room at Penn State. I knew then this was a special band. Then it was hit after hit, all through the ‘70s, all through college. I just loved that band. ‘Tin Man’ was also very easy to play on guitar, so I had to throw that one into my top 9. I think the only “hit” they had that I didn’t care for was ‘Sandman’.
By the way, I think I read that Dan Peek died recently.
Can you explain “the pocket “ to us unschooled music lovers? I wonder what became of her brother, since she was positioned as the Star?
I'm the same way. I don't have one mood or one taste in food either. Variety is good. America is nice. A dear friend reminded me of them a few months back...love Lonely People. Need to get that on my FR page. America - Lonely People http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRDnEqW1vAc So much wonderful music out there to be discovered and rediscovered.
I guess we all have a hard and soft side.
I'm the same way. I don't have one mood or one taste in food either. Variety is good. America is nice. A dear friend reminded me of them a few months back...love Lonely People. Need to get that on my FR page.
America - Lonely People
So much wonderful music out there to be discovered and rediscovered.
Wonderful story. Thank you for sharing.
She can definitely touch deep into people.
I know some of the music. I've heard it, but never really listened to it and appreciated it until now.
I heard that one last night. I know that one, but "heard" it for the first time last night. Makes me sing along and so happy.
In the pocket is a right on rythym .. having that toe tapping, just perfect timing.
She had a very serious eating disorder. She was set off they think by a DJ's comments about her weight early on and some weight gain did come later. She was a tall woman so she would weigh more. With her disorder came a problem all too common even after recovery which is it weakens the heart somewhat sometimes. You can look at earlier videos and later ones and see the toll the disorder took on her.
Richard was dealing with his own problems I've read including a pill problem. Neither were in a condition to solve the other ones problems. Both IMO were musical geniuses. Her voice has been unmatched by anyone I've heard. On songs like Goodbye to love her voice was actually the only one on the recording. She did her own back ups.
“Merry Christmas, Darling” is a lovely song.
That was my favorite song when I was a child. I remember my parents always listened to AM radio in the car and when that song came on I was the happiest kid in the world. Karen had the most unmistakable voice and all the warmth came through, even in tinny car dash speakers. I’m glad you’re re-discovering the Carpenters.
I would say this one gives a run for the money...