This time I'll be talking about someone COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.
See? I do like to mix it up a bit. It is not widely known that Karen Carpenter did, in fact, record one solo album without her brother Richard. I'd like to focus on the solo album.
The story behind the solo is somewhat convoluted and often controversial among the Carpenters fandom. Although it was recorded in 1979 and scheduled for release in early 1980 it was ultimately shelved at the time. Karen Carpenter passed away in 1983 and the album was eventually posthumously released in 1996, 13 years after her death and 16 years after it was recorded.
Richard Carpenter has always steadfastly claimed that it was Karen's decision to shelve the album in 1980. All I will say is, I don't really believe this based on everything I have read. I think the decision was forced on her. The album should have been released at the time. Since it wasn't, I am grateful that Richard finally let the fans have the last part of Karen's legacy.
The album was produced by Phil Ramone with the bulk of the recording done in New York with Billy Joel's band at the time. . This is a great article written by Rob Hoerburger for The New York Times from 1996 regarding the album.
I just wanted to share one or two of my favourite songs from the album. I LOVE this one:
This is quite groovy too.
Don't you just love that 70's sound? No? Oh well - we can't all be groovy and have good taste.
Incidentally, this song was written by Rod Temperton who had also written the songs Rock With You and Off The Wall which he originally offered to Karen. She passed on them and the songs then went on to be hits for Michael Jackson. Useless trivia that my brain remembers instead of where I put my glasses or keys five minutes ago. Sigh.
There are also several out takes from the album floating around the internet. I like this one.
Oh, who am I kidding? I like them ALL. So I had better leave it there.
I should probably try to find some music I like that was recorded in this century by somebody who is actually breathing. Might be handy. Any suggestions?
Linking up with Robomum for The Lounge.
What music do you love?
Which artists do you recommend I listen to
to catch up with this century?