Iconic Songs in Thier Fully Realized Splendor
This is a lovely tribute to one the finest pop vocalists and one of the best musical teams of the 20th Century. It's pristine Carpenters. After all the orchestra has had more than 40 years to perfect their performance. Not a single note is out of place and yet nothing feels strained or contrived - not even the electric guitar solo in Goodbye to Love. It's timeliness, yet still a ride in the way, way back machine. Thank you Richard for taking these original recordings to the absolute highest level possible. It is your and Karen's rightful legacy of song.
Just Pure Sweetness!!
By The 70's LIVE!!
First off congratulations and THANK YOU Richard Carpenter for keeping Karen’s memory alive!!!! Her velvety voice puts me back in a time where all had to worry about was borrowing my dad’s Impala and picking up my girl. This album I can listen to all night and drift away!!!
Karen’s irreplaceable voice surrounded and now lifted by Richards perfection making talents. Will be. Sure to give you goosebumps. Some, as RC has said, are definitely “chill factor songs.”
A MUST HAVE
from Leon Russell, despite ruining the song.
This is possibly the best rearrangement of The Carpenters’ music yet!! Ignore everyone who says,”what’s the difference?” There are so many great and new musical additions and the strength of Karen’s voice is like never before. It’s like I get to relive discovering The Carpenters for the first time all over again. Richard Carpenter is truly a genius.
I got chills
Karens voice comes though very strong and the new arragements are wonderful! I'm so glad I ordered it. I have been a fan since I was a preteen (long time ago) and to this day Karen still gives me chills when I hear her sing. Great job Richard Carpenter!!!!!
Did not purchase after listening to samples. Karen's voice has been so filtered for noise and flaws that it sounds canned, like she is singing in a jar. The amazing quality of her voice is lost has been lost all the processing to remove "flaws". Great idea, the orchestra sounds great, but Karen's voice was ruined in the process.
Sounds like original
By Maryland Pizza
I’m a long time loyal Carpenters fan and own all of their CDs. In listening to the sound clips, these arrangements sound very similar to the original. Since the original arrangements on CD or so clear and beautiful, I’m wondering what is different about this CD. That said, since the original arrangements were so beautiful, it didn’t make sense to change much even when you add the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Update: I just bought CD from Target, because that CD has bonus track! Please Mr Postman, I believe.
The arrangements are just beautiful , respecting and making the originals just timeless now .. is a magical tribute to Karen Carpenter spirit. She never felt so much nostalgically and melancholic alive ❤️
But this release is not fresh and new. Richard’s initial arrangements surpasses the new material. And, as an audio file with top end equipment, I must say that the limiting and compression are very heavy. Wish that wasn’t so. And I’ll buy the vinyl release in hope of better mastering. In the mean time, enjoy your original vinyl and CDs.