Carpenters

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American vocal and instrumental duo consisting of sister Karen Carpenter and brother Richard Carpenter. Carpenters were the #1 selling American music act of the 1970s. Though often referred to as "The Carpenters", their name on official releases and press materials was "Carpenters". During a period in the 1970s when louder and wilder rock was in great demand, Richard and Karen produced a distinctively soft musical style that made them among the best-selling music artists of all time.

Originally from New Haven, Connecticut, their parents decided to move the family west to Los Angeles, California. Richard and Karen originally played jazz, with Karen having an interest in playing the drums. They were briefly known as Spectrum and then Carpenters, where they then recorded for a small label, Magic Lamp. In their move West, they met Lou Adler who introduced them to Herb Alpert, who was always was looking for new talent, and signed them to his label, A&M Records in 1969.

While Richard penned compositions with writing partner, John Bettis, many of the duos' hits were written by others and some were cover versions previously big hits for other artists, such as The Beatles and Motown's, The Marvelettes. Their 1973 album, "Now and Then", B-side consists of a 9-song medley of 60's hits recorded like a radio show.

Carpenters' melodic pop, produced a record-breaking run of hits on the American Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts, and they became leading sellers in the soft rock, easy listening and adult contemporary genres. Carpenters had three #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and fifteen #1 hits on the Adult Contemporary Chart. In addition, they had twelve top 10 singles (including their #1 hits). To date, Carpenters' album and single sales total more than 100 million units.

During their 14-year career, Carpenters recorded 11 albums, five of which contained top 10 singles (Carpenters - Close To You, Carpenters - Carpenters, Carpenters - A Song For You, Carpenters - Now & Then and Carpenters - Horizon), thirty-one singles, five television specials, and one short-lived television series. They toured the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, The Netherlands and Belgium. Their recording career ended with Karen's death in 1983 from cardiac arrest due to complications of anorexia nervosa. Extensive news coverage of the circumstances surrounding her death increased public awareness of the consequences of eating disorders.
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Albums

Carpenters - Offering illustration d'album Carpenters Offering (Album, Comp) A&M Records US 1969 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - Close To You illustration d'album Carpenters Close To You (Album, Comp, MiniAlbum) A&M Records, A&M Records Japan 1970 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - Carpenters illustration d'album Carpenters Carpenters (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records Europe 1971 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - A Song For You illustration d'album Carpenters A Song For You (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records UK 1972 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - Now & Then illustration d'album Carpenters Now & Then (Album) A&M Records Barbados 1973 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - Live In Japan illustration d'album Carpenters Live In Japan (Album) A&M Records Japan 1974 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - Horizon illustration d'album Carpenters Horizon (Album) A&M Records US 1975 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - Live At The Palladium illustration d'album Carpenters Live At The Palladium (Album) A&M Records Germany 1976 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - A Kind Of Hush illustration d'album Carpenters A Kind Of Hush (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records Peru 1976 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - Passage illustration d'album Carpenters Passage (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records Rhodesia 1977 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - Christmas Portrait illustration d'album Carpenters Christmas Portrait (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records Brazil 1978 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - Made In America illustration d'album Carpenters Made In America (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records UK 1981 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - Voice Of The Heart illustration d'album Carpenters Voice Of The Heart (Album) A&M Records South Africa 1983 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - An Old-Fashioned Christmas illustration d'album Carpenters An Old-Fashioned Christmas (Album) A&M Records Australia & New Zealand 1984 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - Lovelines illustration d'album Carpenters Lovelines (Album) A&M Records Mexico 1989 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - As Time Goes By illustration d'album Carpenters As Time Goes By (Album) A&M Records Indonesia 2001 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - Carpenters With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra illustration d'album Carpenters With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Carpenters With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Carpenters With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Album) A&M Records, Universal Music Group US 2018 Vendre cette version
B002914002 Carpenters With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Carpenters With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Carpenters With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra(CD, Album) A&M Records, Universal Music Group B002914002 Canada 2018 Vendre cette version

Singles & EPs

Carpenters - Ticket To Ride illustration d'album Carpenters Ticket To Ride (Single) A&M Records Australia 1969 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - (They Long To Be) Close To You illustration d'album Carpenters (They Long To Be) Close To You (Single) A&M Records Greece 1970 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - (They Long To Be) Close To You illustration d'album Carpenters (They Long To Be) Close To You (EP) A&M Records Mexico 1970 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - Close To You illustration d'album Carpenters Close To You (EP) A&M Records Australia 1970 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - Ticket To Ride / (They Long To Be) Close To You illustration d'album Carpenters Ticket To Ride / (They Long To Be) Close To You (Single) A&M Records Spain 1970 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - We've Only Just Begun illustration d'album Carpenters We've Only Just Begun (Single) A&M Records, A&M Records Australia 1970 Vendre cette version
Carpenters - For All We Know illustration d'album Carpenters For All We Know (EP) A&M Records New Zealand 1970 Vendre cette version

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stanleyainsworth

stanleyainsworth

30 juillet 2018
I love Karen always have I'm 60 yrs old and I still cry when I listen to you guys music. I've always felt I could have helped her . maybe not . But I still miss her I think she is the greatest, I'll miss her till I die, and hopefully after. You guys created something that is magical , will not ever be redone . It hurts to think she is gone , I loved her so much. and Richard your almost as good as Karen, and I still respect you. Your music made people feel good about themselves. Karen's voice is amazing, like the perfect rose' . I love her and you too.Thank you for all the music you have created.
Xercus

Xercus

3 janvier 2017
Yep, they were an amazing duo. Then again, if it were not for Karen Carpenter's alto voice, the whole thing would be mediocre. However, Richard managed to make her that little bit better and so it all made for a decade of solidity from a duo that really delivered the goods.
I personally don't see the point in everything being changed over and over by Richard through the years though (even if ever so slightly). Still I think he took the new times in and tried to his best ability and by all means, it is in reality almost never for the worse. Still I never got the point of these alterations... It worked in the original incarnation of the songs as well :)

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