Let Me Be The One is a number 5 boys and girls. It's a definite 5. The power of Karen's voice, which she uses quite gently on this song, is no less powerful than any other. I wish there had been more expanded lyrics because Karen's reading is spot on.
Post by GoodOldDreams on Oct 30, 2005 23:08:11 GMT -5
Four stars for the powerful lyrical and emotional content of the song. K delivered this Roger Nichols/Paul Williams song with a warmth, earnestness and yearning that color most of the C's song selections so well.
***NOTE: Instead of the more familiar fade-out of the refrain at the end of "Let Me be the One" on the "Carpenters" album, the slightly longer cut of this song from Disk #2 (1971-1973) of the "From the Top" compilation shows a more humorous side of K at work when she ad-libbed at the end, "... figure out where the rest of the melody is... I'll sing it... bung!" That bit of unedited "zing" and rare public glimpse into the original studio recording session added new appeal to this song for me!
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Post by YesterdayOnceMore on Oct 31, 2005 21:24:25 GMT -5
5 WONDERFUL, HUGE stars. I have always loved this one. I like the crescendo as it builds from a soft, sweet love song to a powerful ballad - it's teaming with emotion - its pleading vocal beckons one, yet, it's strong and vibrant, and so beautifully sung by Karen. Of course, the studio version is light-hearted and fun (From the Top Collection) but I remember hearing this one for the first time on the Tan album and thinking "they've outdone themselves yet again with another BEAUTIFUL, moving song."
5 GREAT BIG WONDERFUL stars on this one.
"....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 heartwaves on Nov 23, 2005 12:18:47 GMT -5
I have always SOOOO loved this song, also....I play it often! The way Karen slowly & romantically sings the one part, "Let me be the one" really gets to me! I love the mix of an upbeat and downbeat tune, all together....if you get what I'm meaning? It pulls at my heartstrings! It's an excellent song, which I beleive should have made it to the airwaves!
Post by Prisoner_Walking on Feb 20, 2006 13:45:52 GMT -5
I totally agree with all you guys who love this song: we should be listening to it on Greatest Hits collections now - if only A&M had released it in '71! I particularly love Karen's effortless vocal in the verses and bridge ("when this whole world's turned upside down...").
Although I enjoy hearing the "bonus" original studio ending used on some box-set versions, I much prefer Rich's original album mix (piano too bright on the remix).