I went middle of the road on this vote. This song has been in topics before and many don't like it but I did. I knew early on they wrote about the guy they worked for and were fired from and guess I just liked it because it was actually about someone they knew.
This is one of my favorite tracks from this album. This musicianship is outstanding. It has a bit of a jazz pop fusion sound. For some reason the feel of this song always makes me think of "smooth sailing".
I love Karen's vocal on this song. She really sings life into it. And I especially love the vocal trade off between Karen and Richard at the end. This vocal technique once again was very cutting edge for 1970. Carpenters definitely made a mark and the led the pack with this album.
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:DGave this one 4 stars...i really have always really liked it ...it is a unique performance, not only because it's a great song, but it is about someone they knew and worked for. Maybe Mr. Guder didn't like it ....but the C's are very kind in their wording and description of him as being straight-laced...many singers of today would really blast the guy...since everything has to be So Reality-based. I love to see Karen singing and playing the drums on this one in the Live in Japan video....She never misses a beat and has a lot of fun with it. I especially like the "bada bada" exchange R. and K. with it. That's my favorite part. They are SO together in harmony on it.
Post by YesterdayOnceMore on Oct 13, 2005 16:25:40 GMT -5
5 stars. Love it. Cool, jazzy edge. Outstanding vocal arrangement. Love the ping pong da ba da's at the end. That's hard to do. Timing is impecable, vocals are tight, and it's a fun tune. Excellent little song that stood out among the others for me - probably because of its jazz influence. Tim
"....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 BethMosior on Oct 15, 2005 13:28:37 GMT -5
I really love this song, the arrangment is like trying to say get real, get a life ( what ever that is LOL )and the way Karen delivers the song make you feel like the poor man is standing thier having to listen to her its just such a coooooool song and to watch Karen sing it really is more coooooooooooool
Post by Prisoner_Walking on Feb 18, 2006 10:58:10 GMT -5
One of the more enjoyable jazz-influenced Carpenter recordings. I think "Mr. Guder" works even better live, especially with the wicked jazz solo break and those quadruple speed "bada bada" vocals! I often wonder whether Mr. Guder is still alive and what he actually thought of this recording. It was one of the rare occasions Karen and Rich 'stuck their fingers up' to 'the establishment' and then years later Rich says "sorry" and he wished they hadn't recorded it! How nice is he?!
Post by wisejester7 on Jul 21, 2006 9:47:35 GMT -5
The vocal interchange between Karen and Richard on this song is outstanding. If you watch their faces, especially Karen's, you can tell that they're having a lot of fun and enjoying their own musicality. Karen seems to relish sharing vocal leads and exchanges with Richard. I've heard that Richard just thinks he is good for background work and that he thought that Karen had the rightful lead voice ( agreed) , but ( to me ) Karen really liked the teamwork songs...both vocally and instrumentaly. She seems to be experiencing pure joy when behind her drums and being just one of the team.