What's The Last Album You bought?

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    I've bought this CD because there's some CR songs on it that I wanted to have.
    But "Good Times (Better Times)" and "Flying Machine" are not on it, and I wish they had picked these instead of Spanish Harlem, Amazing Grace and Girl From Ipanema.
    I'm not too optimistic.

    "'Don't Forget To Catch Me" is on CD1, I've never heard it before but the title reminds me of one of my favourite Saint Etienne songs.
     
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    I just bought 2 new Celine Dion albums on vinyl. :)

    These Are The Special Time
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    The Colour Of My Love
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    80s Car Songs.
    Haynes 80s.
    Smash Hits 90s.

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    Infinite Tuesday ... - Michael Nesmith

    I have no idea what the title means because it's a tie-in to his book of the same name which I haven't read but the disc is great history of his work.

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    The "[deceased singer] ...and RPO" albums are hit and miss with me. The risk - and frequently a fact of these albums - is that the "improvements" take away the soul of the and charm of the original. A bit like adding unnecessary CGI to a classic film to keep it "relevant".

    This version, though, benefits from Richard Carpenter's input.



    It's also very much in character for the Carpenters' material. He's been tweaking them for the best part of four decades now, to the point that it's almost impossible to find the original versions anywhere. The "augmented arrangements" are certainly understated and very close indeed to the standard Carpenters sound, so are just a natural continuation of what Richard has been doing all along.

    Most Carpenters compilation albums now contain remixes from the early Nineties which to many have become the definitive version. So these RPO versions one day becoming the go-to versions doesn't seem beyond the realm of possibility.



    I love what I've heard so far. The only downside in the age of the playlist is that many of the tracks are segued, so I'm going to be busy creating some shuffle-friendly clean versions.
     
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    Same goes for the "fake duet" recordings.

    Natalie Cole started it with her rendition of "When I Fall in Love" and there was some emotion attached to the fact that she was singing with her late father, Nat "King" Cole. But since then it's been way over done and you have to ask: What right does Celine Dion, for example, have to the recordings of Elvis Presley?
     
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    Thank you for your review @Mel O'Drama about this album, I almost wanted to buy it but after reading many other reviews and after hearing some songs on Spotify, I decided not to do buy this album anytime soon yet. I must say i love the Elvis Presley albums with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, but i gues it didn't out that great for the Carpenters sound. But maybe i'll have to hear the whole album, but i'll wait when this album is sold for the half of the price.
     
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    I hope it's not coming a new trend to do Royal Philharmonic Orchestra albums for other artist. ;)
     
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    I highly recommend the Carpenters/RPO album PC. It's even better than the Elvis albums, and having listened to it a few times now I'm going to go out on a limb and say that some of these are the most beautiful versions of Carpenters songs.

    Most of the arrangements are identical to the original with just a few added flourishes here and there. Some of the tracks are indistinguishable from the originals, but they sound great - almost as though they were recorded today. Re-recording them has lost some of the minor flaws of earlier versions that came with the limited technology. When tweaking Carpenters songs in the Eighties and Nineties, Richard used a lot of reverb on Karen's voice. That's gone on this new album, so Karen's voice sounds clear and natural and more intimate than ever.

    The additional passages from the RPO give the album a sense of journey and cohesion, and they enhance the songs rather than detracting from them. Some of them have almost moved me to tears. The preludes to songs like Hurting Each Other and We've Only Just Begun sound amazing.







    I think you will love this album @Payton Cross. I know I do!






    There are a few that I really enjoy, but some of them are quite tacky. I enjoy most of Barry Manilow's work, but his Dream Duets album never worked for me because it doesn't feel truthful.



    The Carpenters/RPO album has the same emotion because of Richard Carpenter's input. He's devoted so much of his life to tweaking and perfecting Carpenters songs and I've always felt there's an interesting and tragic psychology behind it due to his closeness to Karen and his desire to "fix" her and exorcise her demons.

    Whatever his reasons, this album feels like a very personal one for him, and it's all the better for it.



    They've already done Elvis, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Cilla Black and Aretha Franklin (and probably a few more), so I think it's safe to say it's a trend. I wonder who will be next?
     
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    I hope so too @Mel O'Drama, I love the songs "Hurting Each Other" and "We're Only Just Begun" they sound amazing, i think i will order this cd very soon, can;t wait to hear the whole album. ;)

    I believe it's gonne be a trend indeed. :), but I really love the Elvis Presley albums but i also would love to hear a Barbra Streisand Royal Philharmonic Orchestra album, i think her music would be perfect for that sound, because Barbra always use a orchestra in her recordings and live performens.

    I already can here Don't Rain On My Parade with a big band coming out of my speakers. ;)
     
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    Great!! I hope you'll let us know what you think of it when you've got it. :)

    Yes - her sound would be a good match with the RPO. I wouldn't be surprised if there is one in good time.
     
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    Yes i will let you know @Mel O'Drama when i got it, i'll think i wanne hear the album first for a couple of time before i do a review on it. :)


    I hope so too. ;)
     
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    Jim Stafford was popular in the seventies as a sort of successor to the rockabilly humorists like Roger Miller and Ray Stevens.

    This was his debut album which featured no fewer than four hit singles - Swamp Witch, Spiders & Snakes, My Girl Bill and Wildwood Weed.
     
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