5 Stars again. Fab Brill Great. I begged A & M to release the 12 inch version of this as well so it might climb higher than the 9 pos it peaked at over here but A & M didnt so it dropped...When I 1st heard it I didnt realise it was about aliens & W C day...to busy screeching about the place when it went top 10 over here. C 1000
:D4 stars ...very unique...fun and musically just really superb! My fave part of it is the change in the tempo about half way through it ...the clapping and outstanding piano hits... I like it much better now than when it first came out....at the time it came out I didn't care for it..since it was so different...maybe I thought K. and R. were a bit desperate in coming out with such a song which didn't grab me cuz I didn't believe in aliens and didn't know much about World C. day. Thanks to finding the site here a few yrs. ago, I bought one of the cd s that has that on there to really get the most out of it. So, even though, I still don't believe in aliens, I can appreciate the song...not specifically about aliens or other possible life forms, it's an outreach song...reach out and accept others different than ourselves perhaps.
Post by wisejester7 on Sept 13, 2006 12:33:23 GMT -5
My first impression was that this song was a step in a different direction. The C's liked to stretch their musical 'muscles'. This is one of those songs where they do just that.
The more I listened to Calling Occupants... the more I liked it. The video is different, too, but my favorite is when K is standing at the piano and K and R are exchanging lines in song. I love the sparkle Karen gets in her eyes whenever she gets to sing like this with Richard.
Post by Rick Henry on Sept 17, 2006 10:40:01 GMT -5
I hinged on giving this one four or five stars - but eventually went with five stars - just on the basis of it's fantastic musicianship.
Once again Peter Knight was employeed, by producers Richard and Karen Carpenter, provide the outstanding orchestration for the otherworldly song - which is a classic in the Carpenters camp.
The original (done by Klaatu) was done with synthesizers to achieve the space age sound effects - where as Carpenters' recording was all done beautifully with real instruments. A lot of work went into making this song the event it is.
Who would have thought Karen could sing a song like this as well as she did. Once again this song just goes to prove that Carpenters are more than just singers of love songs - they always have been. The casual listener (who only knows the hits) may not realize the depth and range of Carpenters' talents, which is a shame as Carpenters have so much more to offer than just their hits.
This song actually received a Grammy Award nomination for it's excellent musical arrangement.
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