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Reseña de álbum

The Carpenters' first long-player, cut in 1969 (and originally released as Offering) amid the breakdown of America's postwar social contract, the Vietnam War's soaring to a crescendo of bloodshed, the coming apart of the Beatles, and the final flowering (and wilting) of the youth rebellion of the prior four years. And in the middle of all of that, Karen and Richard Carpenter issued a finely crafted record that moved effortlessly between Spanky & Our Gang-style pop/rock ("Your Wonderful Parade") and art-song. In some ways, Ticket to Ride is the Carpenters' most interesting album, for it contains a range of interests and sounds that were modified or abandoned on subsequent albums. The lushly orchestrated "Someday" is a brilliant showcase for Richard's arranging skills and the most dramatic side of Karen's voice — it points the way toward songs like "Crescent Noon" on the next album, and although that highly dramatic sound proved a blind alley, it did result in some ravishing performances by the duo. "All I Can Do" is the most solid reminder of their origins as part of a light jazz trio called Spectrum, a pleasing vocal workout that might've been well covered by the Manhattan Transfer. Their version of "Get Together" is about as convincing as a version by the Cowsills would've been, but it's balanced by Richard's slow ballad arrangement of "Ticket to Ride," an unexpected and beguiling (if too upbeat) cover of Neil Young's "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing," and a couple of superb originals, "Eve" and "All of My Life."

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The One That Started It All

This debut album for the Carpenters was released in 1969 and the material it contains somewhat betrays the period. This album contains music from both Richard and Karen's personal interests and the individual performances of each track hints at this. Richard's strong interest in multi-vocal overdubbing that became the Carpenter trademark stems from his study of Gregorian chants and choir arranging in college and the desire to stack overdubbed four-block harmonies resulted in the opening and closing choral tracks of this album. Karen's drumming and experimental bass playing, the latter an instrument that she dropped professionaly, is heard on two tracks, my favorite of the two is "All Of My Life." Her drumming on "Your Wondeful Parade" displays her talent with that instrument beautifully. Karen's drumming would place her in the top 10 of female drummers of rock and it was rumored that the Who was considering her to be the replacement of Keith Moon. She was that good. This debut hinted at what was to come, Karen's "voice" on the song "Someday," Richard's string arrangements and overall knack for soaring ballads, production quality, and capable covers of other songwriters. The finished result of the album is soft "California" rock.

Amazing debut album

Wow ! How two clean-cut kids with actual musical talent and vision ever made it in the music business is beyond me. This is the Carpenters in their very purest form...a sort of "unplugged" where performances are edgier and raw-er. There are a couple of "kooky" numbers on this disc, but, they add to the fun of the whole project. The voice of Karen that you will hear on this disc is not the voice of later years. They didn't over-process her at this point and she sounds fantastic....fantastically real. Don't get me wrong, she's great later in the career...but, never recorded as dryly. There's a passionate actress pulling at your deepest emotions on this disc. Later, she would go more of a conventional route. Wonderful themes. Amazing....amazing they were greenlighted to go forward. Thank you Richard and Karen !

Long-overlooked classic

"Ticket to Ride" was quickly shunted aside because their next album, "Close to You," featured the highly-processed harmonies and overdubs that became the Carpenters sound. The stakes weren't as high in the production of this album, resulting in truly their most inventive sounds. Back then, Richard and Karen alterated singing lead on songs--Richard sings lead on several here. Their interest in gregorian chants and focusing on minor keys is also evident here, with masterpieces like "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" and "Ticket to Ride." Their vibrato-70s interpretation of "Get Together" is a highly funky song in a way no one recorded at the time. In fact, not one of the songs here is even medium--all are great. Take a listen to this unknown gem of an album.

Biografía

Se formó en: 1968 en Downey, CA

Género: Pop

Años de actividad: '60s, '70s, '80s

Con sus suaves, etéreas melodías y sus meticulosos, cuidados arreglos, the Carpenters destacaban comparados con el pop/rock excesivo y chillón de los años 70; pese a todo se convirtieron en los artistas más populares de la década, consiguiendio que 12 de sus temas alcanzaran el Top 10, incluidos tres singles número uno. La bella y calmada voz de Karen Carpenter era el elemento más distintivo de su música, se adaptaba perfectamente en medio de los precisos y suntuosos arreglos de su hermano Richard....
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