???Hi karlbrade...have to totally agree with you..5 stars from me too. This must be my all time fave song of the C's. It's very hard not to sing along with it or at least play like your bumping your head on speed bumps at each hit of those drums....or playing the drums. It all comes together so wonderfully ...the way it starts out with Karen's intimate low notes and then like a burst of sunshine and energy ...out it all comes with the perfect harmonies, drums and fantastic guitar. I absolutely just love it !!!
Post by YesterdayOnceMore on Feb 28, 2006 9:05:29 GMT -5
Nice - the basement voice is definitely evident in this one.
I have fond memories of this tune, having been requested to play/sing it for my little brother's 8th grade graduation class as they made their way out of the auditorium. It was the theme of their entire graduation ceremony, and it made for a great one.
This uptempo song has some great harmonies in it, always gets me, you know. In fact, in this particular song, it's rather intricate, the many parts being sung - lots and lots of great harmony. And, it's executed flawlessly.
5 big stars. Tim
"....all my best memories come back clearly to me, some can even make me cry...just like before, it's Yesterday Once More...."
This is the ultimate pop song. It has that great wall of sound. There's a lot going on in this song and each instrument is carefully placed and is clearly distinguishable. Why Richard did not receive atleast a Grammy award nomination for this arrangement is beyond me.
I love the drum work on this song tremendously. Too bad it's not Karen's work, but I feel some of the technique is similar to what she does on drums. I also love the slick use of the electric guitar. Once again Tony Peluso is puts in a victorious performance.
The lyrics are wonderful and I love the line, "You were the dawn breaking the night. The promise of morning light. Filing the world surrounding me".
But most of all I love Karen's vocal on this one. She starts off deep and rich and works into the upbeat pop vocal. I love the way Karen and Richard's voice weave in and out of each other in the backing and harmony vocals. Richard truly crafted an outstanding vocal arrangement. This song is pure pop music genius all the way.
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5 STARS FROM ME. I ALWAYS REMEMBER WAITING AND LISTING TO THE RADIO FOR A NEW CARPENTERS RECORD MANY MOONS AGO WHEN I LIVED IN THE COUNTRY OF MAINE.. OUR AM RADIO STATION ALWAYS LOVED THE CARPENTERS AND THEY GOT PLENTY OF AIRPLAY. I STILL REMEMBER THE DJ SAYING THEY HAD AN INCREDIBLE NEW SINGLE IN FROM THE CARPENTERS. MY HEART STARTED POUNDING LIKE MADE.. IT WAS TRUE LOVE FROM THE FIRST TIME I HEARD IT.. KARENS VOCAL WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD AND I LOVED THE DRUM WORK.. JUST COULD NOT GET ENOUGH OF IT. A GREAT GREAT SONG.
SUCH A BEAUTIFUL song Karen WOOOOOOW what can I say, just BEAUTIFUL and when she sings the 1st note "O MY" just gets me, down to my very soul I REALLY the way she sings it just so moving that I get teary eyed WOOOOOOW even today after all these years, its the same way" BEAUTIFUL " Richard is a genious, what a song to write WOOOOOOW sooooo full and rich I love how the music fades in and out focusing on Karens low note, really chills me " CHILL FACTOR " for sure to me
Post by Prisoner_Walking on Mar 17, 2006 7:17:57 GMT -5
When I first heard this track back in '95, I was a total ballad junkie and often overlooked 'Only Yesterday' in favour of 'Rainy Days' or 'Superstar'. Did I have no SENSE?
This has to be the pinacle of Carpenter greatness from a production perspective. Rich's snappy latin-flavored arrangement is almost scientifically void of a single blemish. Each juicy tom fill, guitar, or sax riff - perfectly considered, brisk and sparkling.
And few Carpenters tracks display Karen's glorious vocal talent as exquisitely as 'Only Yesterday'. The velvet of her now famous bottom E flat - a note which incidentally some male voices struggle to reach with such resonance; shortly followed by arguably THE most poignant lyrics ever recorded by such a tragic perfomer..."in my own time nobody knew the pain I was going through" - enough to raise every hair on the neck in an instant; and yet that upbeat, optomistic chorus - a blanket of pure sunshine. This truly is Karen Carpenter at her bitter-sweet best.
Post by JohnnyAngel on Jul 13, 2006 11:49:00 GMT -5
Far beyong 5 stars!! A little flashback: I remember back on 1977 (when I was seven) my mother gave me this LP as a birthday present (I'll never forget) 'cause at that time I was the biggest fan and only had the 45 RPM There's a kind of Hush, and after heraring the hole record religiously, I remember I asked my mother to play again the "castañuela's song" (castañuela is a spanish percussion instrument that consists on two concave pieces of wood or ivory tied with a cord very popular in Spain). The song is perfect, Karen sounds beyond reality, Richard's arrangement is a dream come true, the vocal harmonies are how must heaven looks like, and lyrics are greatly optimistic, what else could I ask?