The single that launched their carreer. It has been played somany times in the UK its an institution. It made NO 6 over here in 70 & I love the XXXXstended version on the album....Not my fave song but still a classic. 3***
Very well stated Dave!! Guess I digress too, especially with Close t. You. Cuz I surely had stars in my eyes in those youthful days as I had my first big crush on a blond blue eyed guy who just melted me with his smile. Anyway, Gave this 4 stars. I've heard it gazillion times, and now and then get tired of it. But i love the long pause and the trumpet really does make me think of Herb A. also. What a truly beautiful song and harmonies.
What can I say? Just a classic! Just a positive song about love and all the emotions of when it is new and fresh and affecting you in every way.
A light touch to the arrangement, Karen's voice just right, and an undeniable sing a long chorus at the end. I love the album version of this song. Just when you think its over, here come the voices for one last encore..."waah, close to you..." Everyone knows this song. It has stood the test of time and wil continue to do so.
Post by YesterdayOnceMore on Jan 21, 2006 18:28:07 GMT -5
This was my first listen to Carpenters music. For that reason, I gave it all five wonderful stars. Though I have many more songs I now consider favorites, I do love this classic Carpenters tune. I mean, "Why do birds suddenly appear" is as much of a recognizeable phrase these days as as "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." People of all ages instantly recognize this as Carpenters. And, rightfully so.
It's a beautiful song. It caught my attention immediately the first time I heard it. The lush vocal arrangements are wonderful, and the simplistic piano intro, and the trumpet solo are all just perfect.
Bravo for a job well done, and a real tight, artistic arrangement of this Burt Bachrach tune, which flopped before Richard got his hands on the arrangement, and Karen's voice and touch at the drums was added to make it a masterpiece.
"....all my best memories come back clearly to me, some can even make me cry...just like before, it's Yesterday Once More...."
Post by Prisoner_Walking on Feb 18, 2006 10:16:35 GMT -5
A classic recording for many reasons: that instantly recognisable piano intro; Karen's whispery vocal "why do....."; the "wahhhhhh" chorus at the end. I agree with Smoothie2 though, I get tired of hearing this song sometimes...and often skip the song on a disc. I prefer listening to the Live In Japan version which sounds a touch more majestic and fun to me. I guess things might have panned out differently for the Carpenters had "Close To You" not come along, so just for that alone, it deserves 4 Stars. L
eVEN THOUGH i'VE DONE MY RATING FOR c. TO yOU, ???I just had to mention, as these tidbits here and there of info do pop up, I was watching, a re-run of the sitcom Full House (famous mostly for Mary K. and Ashley Olsen) Anyway, during this unexciting period of time, the guy who plays Danny ( Bob Saget)..he just broke up with a girl in the show and feeling blue... all of a sudden a pretty gal is introduced to him and his face lights up , and since I was watching it-and/or reading it closed captions (as I do late at night)...I don't know if the actual song was sung by the C's, or if it was just an instrumental, since I think this is something only he could hear....like "oh, my, I know I heard bells ring, when I met him" anyway,...Great song choice....!
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Very well spoken comments and words by everyone. I recall reading in an album cover that Richard predicted this would either be a flop or a really big hit- and I'm very glad it made it big and became "the basic" Carpenter song for even non-fans. Like many of you I have numerous other Carpenter songs that I personally like better now, but this is still great and on history alone deserves at least 4 stars.
I think the song "Close to You" is the best song the Carpenters ever had. I am sure the music and arrangement account for a lot of how good it is but for my money it is Karen's voice that sets it apart.
There are other songs that I like that I think are just about as good. Sarah Maclachan's "Angel", Carly Simon's "That's the Way I've Always Heard it Should Be" are just a couple that immediately come to mind, and many others. But as good as they are there is a sound in Karen's voice that when it hits just right, like it does in "Close to You", everything else fades just a little.
I have listened to this song countless times and it just never seems to get stale. When I hear this song I can actually feel it. Karen's voice connects with me on some level I can't identify or understand but it is real just the same.
Periodically the stars line up for some reason and the right person steps in to place and fortunately for us it was recorded at the time. Karen and "Close to You" was one of those times and it created something of a special beauty that isn't seen in our earthly lives very often. Karen had a very special gift and a rare talent and I am glad I got to hear it.