April 1, 2013 – 4:43 am

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Amsterdam 1976 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Jaap Eden Hal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; November 16, 1976. Excellent FM broadcast.

Take this in memory of one of the great vocalists in pop music and/or as musical comfort food. [Plus there aren’t that many Carpenters soundboards that are circulating.]

Thanks to the person who shared this on the net in 2004 and to uninvited94 for keeping the show alive at The Traders’ Den.

Original notes:

Lou’s Notes: Their latest album at the time, A Kind Of A Hush, had been released in June 1976. Karen had started her battle with anorexia nervosa in 1975, having to partially cancel their European/Japanese tour. She would sadly die in 1983 from the disease, when it seemed she was doing well and poised for a comeback. She was only 32 - I was 29 at the time. A few glitches were fixed and the show was re-tracked. Volume levels were raised slightly.


Extract from The Carpenters: The Untold Story, by Ray Coleman:

During the German leg of that European tour, Richard and Karen went their separate ways most of the time… They carried on normally with no signs of the prima donna touches exhibited by so many artists. Their energy level was extraordinarily high in public, even though he was relying on sleeping pills at night and she was eating little. Although Richard’s pill-taking habits were about to surface in a self-destructive debacle, there was no visual evidence of this. The public was completely unaware of this private drama that was about to reach a crescendo for the Carpenter family…

Their nadir came in September 1978 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Richard had reached the point where everyday, he could hardly control his slurred speech until 5 pm - and he simply could not wait to get back to bed.

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Track 01. There’s A Kind Of Hush (4.1MB)
Track 02. Jambalaya (on The Bayou) (5.3MB)
Track 03. I Need to Be in Love (8.9MB)
Track 04. (They Long to Be) Close to You (a parody as it might have been done by Spike Jones and his City Slickers - Richard on vocals) (3.5MB)
Track 05. Yesterday Once More (3.3MB)
Track 06. Two Man Band (Richard on piano/vocals, Karen on drums) (11.4MB)
Track 07. Warsaw Concerto (Richard on piano) (11.8MB)
Track 08. From This Moment On (4.0MB)
Track 09. Greatest Hits Medley: (They Long to Be) Close to You/For All We Know/Top of the World/Ticket To Ride/Only Yesterday/I Won’t Last a Day Without You/Hurting Each Other/Please Mr  Postman/Superstar (19.5MB)
Track 10. Rainy Days And Mondays/Goodbye To Love (cut) (6.3MB)

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  1. 4 Responses to “THE CARPENTERS - AMSTERDAM 1976”

  2. Carpenters - thanks BigO. Remember that yodel and beer hall music was still popular at that time, and Marget Almer was a star on German TV and videos. This show was quite “pop”, but Karen is compelling in I Need To Be In Love. Her failed romance devastated her, and this is like her life story. The precision of her voice betrays the perfectionism alluded to in the song. I believe that this was her equivalent of a blues song. You can see something of her desperation, like, “can’t you see me? I’m here, baring my soul, but I don’t know how to find my way.” I wonder if she couldn’t bear to sing Close To You at that time, so Richard remade it to lighten it up? Thanks for the insight from Ray Coleman.

    By 5yrsnojob on Apr 1, 2013

  3. Karen starts off the greatest hits medley with Close To You, but as a lifetime choir singer, I can tell you that was a master presentation of control by Karen. But note that every word was truncated and a lot of the life forced out of it. Not the light, breezy song it originally was. See how different it is from the rest of the medley, the words don’t flow from one to the other.

    By 5yrsnojob on Apr 1, 2013

  4. I like Jimi & Janis, but I have always liked Karen. There is never very much out there, that is live, by them. Thanks, & have a nice day

    By jimg on Apr 1, 2013

  5. ‘Reach a crescendo’ - nothing like professional music writers, eh?

    By Adam Smith on Apr 3, 2013

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