CARPENTERS: THE VINYL COLLECTION
A childhood favorite of mine and even until now is CARPENTERS composed of the brother-and-sister team of Richard and Karen Carpenter. My earliest memory hearing a Carpenters song was when I heard their 2 earliest hits, “Close To You,” and “We’ve Only Just Begun.” And then when we were spending one summer vacation in Laguna with my grandparents, I heard the most beautiful voice, melody and that melancholic organ intro in “For All We Know.” My other favorites include “Sing,” “Yesterday Once More,” “You,” “Love Me For What I Am,” and “Goodbye And I Love You.”
I was completely devastated when Karen died of complications from anorexia nervosa at age 32. I thought she was so young to pass on because she had so many years ahead of her. However, I was also aware about her deteriorating physical condition. She had lost so much weight because of her illness. I remember my late uncle who used to be overweight at that time saying “well for sure I will not die of anorexia nervosa.” it’s a pity she died so early because I had always wanted to have that privilege to see her live in concert.
Paul McCartney once said that Karen had the best female voice in the world – melodic, tuneful and distinctive. I agree. There are many singers in the world but what will set you apart from the rest is the distinctive voice. When people hear your voice, they will immediately know that it is you. And Karen had that rare gift of having the most distinctive voice. Even the voice of our very own Karen Carpenter of the Philippines, Claire de la Fuente, while similar in tone does not come close the voice of the late, great Karen.
Aside from melodic and tuneful, Karen also had perfect pitch and excellent phrasing. She could sing long phrases straight without breathing and that was indeed a special talent. Examples are songs like: “Top Of The World,” “Goodbye to Love” and “It’s Christmas Time” where she sings long phrases effortlessly without breathing. Karen’s alto voice could also sing really low notes but also hit the high ones.
My favorite Carpenters albums are: “Horizon,” “Now & Then,” “A Kind of Hush,” “Christmas Portrait” and “Voice of the Heart.” I bought this set consisting of 12 vinyl albums online for $160.19 (P8,169.69) plus shipping of P4,440.47 for a total of P12,610.16. I already own old copies of these iconic albums but, with the recent release in the US of newly-pressed vinyl copies in time for Christmas, I said I should gift myself with this new set (together with the Beatles Stereo Vinyl Set).
Here are the 12 vinyl albums included in the set:
- Ticket To Ride (1969)
- Close To You (1970)
- Carpenters (1971))
- A Song For You (1972)
- Now And Then (1973)
- The Singles 1969-1973 (1973)
- Horizon (1975)
- A Kind Of Hush (1976)
- Passage (1977)
- Made In America (1981)
- Voice Of The Heart (1983)
- Lovelines (1989)