Middle of the road again. I was never all that fond of the Bacharach/David songs but never-the-less, when this medley came on, I sang along with it and for the most part, enjoyed it, but I much prefer their hits medley instead that they sang regularly at concerts.
I gave the medley a five. Given the success of Close To You and the fact that doing a Bacharach/David medley started the duo to the top, it's quite fitting that they would do this medley. With it's fast tempo, clever lyrics and Karen and Richard's lush overdubs this collection is the bomb! It would have been quite standard in the 60's but it was refreshing in the 70's. We NEEDED to hear good music and this medley proves Carpenters did it the best.
Post by YesterdayOnceMore on Oct 31, 2005 21:31:23 GMT -5
Another FIVE-STAR performance. Okay, Bachrach did some wonderful stuff - but no one seemed to really be able to do his songs justice. I mean - they just sounded like nice, middle-of-the-road "elevator" music to me. Dionne Warwick had a "pop" flop with What Do You Get When You Fall In Love. Again - she sang it okay, and it was a cutsie little song, but it sure didn't do anything for me on an emotional level.
HOWEVER, clearly Richard Carpenter knew what a Burt Bachrach song SHOULD sound like, and he breathed life into the arrangement of this medley. Then, of course, Karen sang her heart out, and made the whole medley explode with harmony, and life, and wonderful excitement. It was Carpenters interpretation of Bachrach that did the trick. Listen to those wonderful stacked harmonies, and that beautiful Karen Carpenter voice. Who could ask for anything more?
Another five star exceptional performance!!! Tim
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I went with four mainly for the sentimental value of this medley. This was one of my favorite tracks when I had this album on 8-track back in the seventies. I just thought this medley was the most clever thing ever.
I really like Richard's vocal work on "Walk On By". My favorite in the medley is "Do You Know The Way To San Jose", I always wished Carpenters would have recorded a full length studio version of this song. Though I am happy with the longer version in the live medley.
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Post by Prisoner_Walking on Feb 20, 2006 15:44:47 GMT -5
When I first heard the tan album, I was completely new to the Carpenters and Bacharach. I must admit, as a fifteen year old boy surrounded by the brit-pop sounds of the mid 90's (and yet to be sucked in by the Carpenter magic), I thought this medley sounded very amusing and kinda in keeping with their goofy look on the cover! I remember thinking "why are they singing this track so fast?" ("that you don't see the tears, just LET ME BREATHE...!")
But this medley has grown on me tons, and I agree with Carps1000, it's a shame they didn't have time to include the longer live version to add some variety to the medley AND lengthen the album. I absolutely LOVE the way Karen sings, in full chest tone, "if the way I hold you can't compare with her car-eeee-s" on the Vegas '74 version of "Make It Easy On Yourself".
Anyway, the harmonies are tight, Karen's drumming is spot on, even if Rich's arrangement seems bit hurried, it's still a classic Carpenter moment!
Post by carpentersgermany on Mar 10, 2008 14:08:18 GMT -5
4 Stars I really like this medley. But the ending always seemed to abrupt for me. I prefer the version they did with Carol Burnett on her show. In the show the medley ends with "Walk on by", instead of "Do you know the way to San Jose". I think this is the perfect final for this beautiful medley.
Can anybody tell me if they ever recorded this version?
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