Passage

Passage

by Carpenters

CD(German Import)

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Overview

Passage is surprisingly ambitious, almost experimental by the standards of the Carpenters -- there are no Richard Carpenter-authored songs, a first for the duo, and what is here seems an almost conscious effort to sound different from their prior work. That includes the ornate versions of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft," both arranged by Peter Knight (best known for his work with the Moody Blues on Days of Future Passed). The Evita song, which comes complete with its surrounding musical material, is so much more elaborate than anything else on the album that it seems completely out of place. Richard evidently had what he felt were good reasons for choosing to record Klaatu's piece of space rock ersatz, and it is hard not to luxuriate in Karen Carpenter's enunciation of the lyrics, but overall "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" is one of those '70s records that is truly embarrassing to be caught listening to today, a pop culture Jimmy Carter-era artifact on a par with pet rocks. The album also has its unusually playful side, represented by the country number "Sweet, Sweet Smile" and the Calypso piece "Man Smart, Woman Smarter," although the latter doesn't work at all and neither track would ever find a place even on a "volume three" of the best of the Carpenters. Much more memorable was "All You Get from Love Is a Love Song," which also had more of a beat than one was accustomed to in the duo's music, and the dark, melancholy-tinged "Two Sides." The effort was admirable even if most of the results aren't memorable or essential.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/08/1998
Label: Imports
UPC: 0082839470322
catalogNumber: 5002928

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carpenters   Primary Artist
Peter Knight   Conductor
Leon Russell   Piano
Tom Scott   Tenor Saxophone,Wind
Pete Jolly   Piano
Tommy Vig   Percussion
Richard Carpenter   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Tack Piano
Bobby Bruce   Violin
Karen Carpenter   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Vince Charles   Drums,Steel Drums
Earl Dumler   Oboe,Wind
Jay Graydon   Acoustic Guitar
Ed Greene   Drums
Gregg Smith   Conductor
Tom Hensley   Piano,Tack Piano
Jackie Kelso   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Gayle LaVant   Horn
David Luell   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Jay Dee Maness   Pedal Steel Guitar
Kurt McGettrick   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Larry McNeely   Banjo
Larry Muhoberac   Piano
Ray Parker   Guitar
Tony Peluso   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Lee Ritenour   Acoustic Guitar
Julia Tillman Waters   Vocals
Wally Snow   Percussion
Jerry Steinholtz   Percussion,Conga
Ron Tutt   Drums
Maxine Willard Waters   Vocals,Background Vocals
Carlena Williams   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gayle Levant   Harp
Joe Osborn   Bass

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer
Juice Newton   Composer
Richard Carpenter   Arranger,Producer
Ray Gerhardt   Engineer
Dave Iveland   Engineer
Tony Peluso   Contributor
Otha Young   Composer
Roger Young   Engineer
Tim Rice   Composer
Terry Draper   Composer
Tom Nolan   Liner Notes
Roland Young   Art Direction
Lou Beach   Cover Art
John Woloschuk   Composer

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