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Carpenter, Richard - 1987 Time

ARTIST: Carpenter, Richard
YEAR: 1987


LINEUP: Richard Carpenter - lead and background vocals, keyboards * Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick, Scott Grimes - lead vocals * Tim May, Tony Peluso - guitars * Paul Liem - drums * Joe Osborn - bass * Jim Cox - synthesizer * Pauline DeCosta - percussion * John Phillips - alto sax * Herb Alpert - flugelhorn

TRACK LISTING: 01 Say Yeah * 02 Who De We Love * 03 Something In Your Eyes * 04 When Time Was All We Had * 05 Time * 06 Calling Your Name Again * 07 In Love Alone * 08 Remind Me To Tell You * 09 That's What I Believe * 10 I'm Still Not Over You

As syrupy and sugar sweet The Carpenters could be, I have always been a big fan of the brother and sister duo. Richard's knack for stunning vocal and orchestral arrangements paired with the golden voice of Karen Carpenter was pure pop heaven to me and still is. I've listened to their records for years and I'm still awestruck by the beautiful and melodic music they created. Of course with the untimely death of Karen in 1983, The Carpenters were no more and the music world lost one of the most successful acts in history. Since then, much has been written about The Carpenters both positive and negative. Richard's addiction to pills, Karen's life ending eating disorder, sex, drugs and rock n' roll and yet despite these revelations they remain a fascinating story all these years later. Richard taking stock of his own career following Karen's passing, disappeared for a while diving into antique car collecting and charity work until the surprise of 1987 - the Richard Carpenter solo album 'Time' appeared on store shelves.

The Songs
Admittedly I was somewhat apprehensive about such an album which took nearly two years to complete. This was the late 80's after all and I feared Richard would succumb to the current technologies and over production that ruined so much pop music of the era. My fears were well founded on the first track 'Say Yeah!' penned by none other than GD fave Paul Janz. Unfortunately, this quirky track lacks any spark and the synth programming kills it for me. The appearance of legendary vocalist Dusty Springfield on 'Something In Your Eyes' is a nice touch, but the dedication to Karen Carpenter 'When Time Was All We Had' and the following instrumental title track make the LP worth while. On the flip 'Calling Your Name Again' co-written by Richard Marx is a standout as is 'Remind Me To Tell You'. Both nice little pop numbers, the later sounding a bit like REO Speedwagon - lite for lack of a better description. Last but not least is 'That's What I Believe' sung by Scott Grimes who was fifteen years old at the time. Grimes would go on to become an actor on television shows like 'ER' but he also released an interesting album in 1989 'Scott Grimes' along the lines of Rick Springfield and Bryan Adams and was produced by Richard himself.

In Summary
Overall, not the best of Richard Carpenters work although in several tracks his genius and talent shine through the 80's overkill. Despite the AOR connections to this album, I really can't recommend it to anyone other than hard core Carpenters fans and completists. While I never thought Richard would return to the sound of those early Carpenters records, the direction taken here was and is somewhat disappointing.

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#1 | jeffduran on May 18 2008 22:40:50
'Calling Your Name Again' is a great AOR tinged pop song! This proved to be a good move imo resulting in some very catchy tunes! Thumbs Up
#2 | JuniorNB on November 14 2008 13:41:18
I have this cd at home. It actually is getting big bucks on the internet. I like 'Calling Your Name' and 'Something In Your Eyes', which features the great Dusty Springfield on lead vocals.

If there's any interest, I'll rip it and post a link.
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