Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor

Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor

by Richard Carpenter


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Richard Carpenter largely remained silent in the years following his sister Karen's death, releasing only one album in nearly 15 years. Ten years after the release of his solo debut, he returned with his second, the insturmental Pianist-Arranger-Composer-Conductor. The convoluted title may suggest that Carpenter is intent on restoring his reputation as a pianist, arranger, composer and conductor, and that suspicion would be correct. Selecting a variety of the Carpenters' best-loved songs ("Yesterday Once More," "Bless the Beasts and Children," "Top of the World," "We've Only Just Begun") and adding new material, including his tribute to his sister, "Karen's Theme," Carpenter has created a lush, symphonic record that flirts with straight-up easy listening. Of course, the Carpenters were never far removed from easy listening, but removing the vocals and the mild rock flourishes only confirms how sweet and gentle their music was. It also, as he intended, showcases his skills at arranging and, on occasion, composing, but anyone who listened to the original Carpenters records would know that already. In the end, the album is pleasant and enjoyable, but oddly inconsequential -- as it's playing, it sounds quite good, but it leaves no lasting impression other than the desire to listen to the duo's original records.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/1998
Label: A&M
UPC: 0731454070324
catalogNumber: 540703

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Carpenter   Primary Artist,Piano,Conductor,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
John Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Jim Gordon   Drums
Karen Carpenter   Drums,Vocals
Earl Dumler   English Horn,Oboe
James Getzoff   Concert Master
Norm Herzberg   Bassoon
James Kanter   Clarinet
Paul Liem   Drums
Harvey Mason   Drums
Timothy May   Banjo,Guitar
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
Tony Peluso   Guitar
Sheridon Stokes   Flute,Recorder
O.K. Chorale   Vocals
Joe Osborn   Bass

Technical Credits

Peter Knight   Arranger
James Griffin   Composer
Richard Carpenter   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Morgan Ames   Director
Ray Gerhardt   Engineer
Fred Karlin   Composer
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Armin Steiner   Engineer
Roger Young   Engineer
Chuck Beeson   Art Direction
Robb Wilson   Composer

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