Carpenters: Voice Of The Heart 1983 (Karen Carpenter) CD-New $49.99


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Voice of the Heart (1983)

Voice of the Heart is the eleventh album by American pop duo Carpenters. It was released in 1983 after Karen’s death and contains the two songs from her final recording sessions, “Now” and “You’re Enough”, as well as previously unreleased tracks from sessions over the years. The album’s final cut, ‘Look To Your Dreams’, another Richard Carpenter and John Bettis composition, is a suitably sad, and low-key conclusion. It ends with a piano coda played by Richard and that only adds to our sense of loss. This is not the place to discuss Karen’s illness, but let’s just say, that if there is anyone that can say they have not been touched or cannot recognise the deep beauty in her voice, then there must be something wrong with them. Karen Carpenter’s singing is perfection, nothing more, nothing less.

“You’re Enough” is the other song on the aptly named Voice Of The Heart to come from the final session in April 1982, and is appropriately one written by Richard and John Bettis. The album, released on October 11, 1983, is made up of tracks from various sessions between 1976 and 1982 on what was the first record to be released after Karen’s death. Given the fact that the majority of the ten tracks are ones that Richard revisited to make up this record, it’s a much better album than you might think.

One of the best songs on the record is a ballad that had been a minor hit for singer Bobby Vinton in 1979. Karen recorded it first for a solo album she was making with producer Phil Ramone in New York. The version on Voice Of The Heart is more lush, whereas Karen’s recording for her solo album features mainly just a piano accompaniment. It’s a case of two sides of the same coin; both are beautiful. The version on Voice Of The Heart became the lead single to be taken from the album, making No. 7 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Video: Karen Carpenter Interview 1981

Track Listing:

A1 Now

Cor Anglais – Earl Dumler
Lyrics By – Dean Pitchford
Music By – Roger Nichols (2)
Soloist, Flute – Sheridon Stokes
A2 Sailing On The Tide

Cor Anglais – Earl Dumler
Drums – Ed Greene (2)
Flute – Tom Scott
Music By, Acoustic Guitar – Tony Peluso
Programmed By [Synthesizer] – Shaun Furlong*
A3 You’re Enough

Electric Guitar – Tim May
Recorder – Sheridon Stokes
A4 Make Believe It’s Your First Time

Music By, Lyrics By – Bob Morrison, Johnny Wilson
Soloist, Flute – Sheridon Stokes
A5 Two Lives

Acoustic Guitar – Dennis Budimir, Fred Tackett
Drums – Larrie Londin
Music By, Lyrics By – Mark Jordan
B1 At The End Of A Song

Recorder – Sheridon Stokes
B2 Ordinary Fool

Flute – Sheridon Stokes
Music By, Lyrics By – Paul Williams (2)
B3 Prime Time Love

Backing Vocals – Richard Carpenter
Drums – Larrie Londin
Electric Guitar – Tim May
Music By, Lyrics By – Danny Ironstone, Mary Unobsky
Percussion – Paulinho DaCosta*
Tenor Saxophone – Tom Scott
B4 Your Baby Doesn’t Love You Anymore

Backing Vocals – Richard Carpenter
Music By, Lyrics By – Larry Weiss
Percussion – Peter Limonick
Soloist, Trumpet – Chuck Findley
B5 Look To Your Dreams

Arranged By – Peter Knight (5)


Additional information

Weight 9 oz
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 1 in

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