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I went into storage and dug up my dad's tape deck (early 1980s) and some old cassettes. Its amazing how nice original studio recordings sound, even a decade later. I had to clean the heads and rollers first, but it turned out nicely. The left deck, for recording, is unfortunately dead. The counter no longer rotates. I might take it to a shop for repair.


In 1996 during a vacation in Thailand, I bought a dozen cassettes for 90-100 baht each, or $2.50 in current US dollars (about $1.30 back then). That was incredibly cheap for legitimate non-pirated cassettes, especially while CDs in Thailand were going for over $20USD. I suspect all the piracy drove down the price of superior-sounding original tapes. I was happy to bring them home.

Anyway, the Carpenters kick ass. The balance of instruments, beautiful writing, polished production, and Karen's incredible voice -- wow. I loved them before, but having the entire album to listen to end-to-end doubled my appreciation. Anyone who hates them listens to Lil Wayne and tosses salads.

The fold-up cover in the cassette case failed to mention her unfortunate death.
 

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Jesus was a carpenter.
 

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At the risk of having to surrender my man card, I'll admit the Karen Carpenter did have a lovely voice. Too bad she did herself to death with anorexia.

Richard Carpenter, BTW, is not only still an active songwriter, he's also well-known collector of antique and classic cars.
 

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Doesnt Mr. Carpenter publish an article in a collectors car mag?
 

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Wow, I have that same Teac Equalizer at my house.
 

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He's written a number of articles in magazines like Hemmings and Collectible Automobile on late 50s Mopars, which are his primary area of interest.
Ah yes, that's what it was. I have a Hemmings book on classic Mopars from about 1955-70, and he's got an article in there regarding one of his muscle cars.
 

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Anyway, the Carpenters kick ass. The balance of instruments, beautiful writing, polished production, and Karen's incredible voice -- wow. I loved them before, but having the entire album to listen to end-to-end doubled my appreciation.
I agree. Karen had a voice like an angel, and you're right, the orchestration and production values are top-notch. I have a Carpenters greatest hits CD and several of their songs on my iPod.

At the risk of having to surrender my man card, I'll admit the Karen Carpenter did have a lovely voice. Too bad she did herself to death with anorexia.

Richard Carpenter, BTW, is not only still an active songwriter, he's also well-known collector of antique and classic cars.
He has quite an impressive selection of early Letter Series Chrysler 300s, my second favorite Mopar after the 1968-70 Charger.
 
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The Carpenter's music is way too mellow and extremely outdated. It just sounds Brady Bunch(ish) whereas you have timeless music such as "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith that still sounds fresh. Hard to believe people under 60 listen and appreciate music like that.
 

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Jesda, for once I agree with you. I love the carpenters and I love old audio equipment. There's something about a nice tube powered amp that you just cant beat.
 

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The Carpenter's music is way too mellow and extremely outdated. It just sounds Brady Bunch(ish) whereas you have timeless music such as "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith that still sounds fresh. Hard to believe people under 60 listen and appreciate music like that.
Timeless music is Bach, Brahms, and Beethoven. What you're talking about is aborigines beatin' on a log.
 
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