Thursday, April 13, 2017

Karen Carpenter: The Unreleased Solo Songs - Don't Try To Win Me Back Again

"Don't Try To Win Me Back Again"


* Note from Rick Henry: This is my favorite song from Karen's unreleased solo recordings!!! I love this song!!!

“Don’t Try To Win Me Back Again” was first recorded in 1978 by disco singer Vicki Sue Robinson, you may remember her mega-hit “Turn The Beat Around” from 1976. Vicki included “Don’t Try To Win…” on her 1978 album “Half and Half’ and used it as the b-side to her single “Trust In Me.”

Written by Carlotta McKee and Gordon Gordy, who wrote several songs together. Carlotta has written songs recorded by the soul/disco groups Change, Zinc, Irene Cara and Silence (a group in which Gordon Gordy was a member). Gordon Gordy has written several songs for Vicki Sue Robinson as well as for Irene Cara and disco/R&B artists such as Lemon, Viola Wills, Joe Thomas, Charme, Meco, Brit Ekland, June Pointer and his own group Silence.

Karen Carpenter took this song along with Phil Ramone and turned it into a scorching dance-rock tune much in the same style as Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff.”  Rod Temperton went all out in creating the vocal arrangement and vocal mix (which in some parts is similar to the vocal arrangement in the song “If I Had You”). A few years later Temperton made this vocal style famous with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

"Don't Try To Win Me Back Again"




Don't Try To Win Me Back Again (Lyrics)

Don't try to win me back again
Although you know how much I wanna come
Please don't do that again
Unless you got time and love to spend

Don't try to win me back again
Although you know how easily I'd come
Please don't do that again
Unless you got time and love to spare

It's not that I don't care
Or don't want you by my side
It's more than I care, much to much
I tried too hard last time

Baby, don't you try to win me back again
Although you know how much I wanna come
Please don't do that again
Unless you got time and love to spend

Don't try to win me back again
Although you know how easily I could
Please don't do that again
Unless you got time and love to spare

It's not that I want you less
Than I ever did before
Matter of fact, the truth is
That as each day passes, I need you more

Every night...

Baby, don't you try to win me back again
Although you know how much I wanna come
Please don't do that again
Unless you got time and love to spend

Don't try to win me back again
Although you know how easily I could
Please don't do that again
Unless you got time and love to spare

Lyrics written by Gordon Grody​


If you have not yet purchased Karen's solo album it is well worth it... here's a link to purchase it at amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B008E00706/ref=nosim/populasongsmu-20


DON'T TRY TO WIN ME BACK AGAIN

Monday, April 10, 2017

Karen Carpenter: The Unreleased Solo Songs - Something's Missing (In My Life)

"Something's Missing (In My Life)"



“Something’s Missing (In My Life)” – Written by Jay Asher and Paul Jabara, the song was recorded by Paul Jabara and Donna Summer and was included on his 1978 album “Keeping Time.” It also appeared on the 1980 soundtrack for the movie "Inside Moves" performed by Lady Sylvia. Paul Jabara also wrote or co-wrote the classic tunes “Last Dance” for Donna Summer, “Enough is Enough (No More Tears)” recorded by Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand, “The Main Event” a Streisand hit and “It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls. “Something’s Missing (In My Life)” was recorded by several people in 1979-1980 including Marcia Hines, the Europop group Patchwork and jazz musician Ahmad Jamal. Marcia Hines took the song to #9 in Australia in late 1979.

Here’s a little trivia on Paul Jabara he was in the 1978 film "Thank God It's Friday," he played the role of Carl, the lovelorn and nearsighted disco goer, and he also contributed as a singer on two tracks on the original soundtrack album.

Karen Carpenter fans especially love this song for it’s dark somber feeling and Karen’s use of her famed lower voice. Many have said this song should have ended up on Karen’s album and could have been a huge hit. This song particularly touches fans as there was much missing in Karen’s life and she communicated this very well in this song.

Songwriter, Jay Asher, has gone on record saying Karen Carpenter’s recording of the song is his favorite version.


"Something's Missing (In My Life)"

Something's Missing (In My Life) (Lyrics)

5:52 am..
I’m awake
and thinkin ’bout my life
5:53
I can see
I won’t sleep a wink tonight
6 am,
where’s my pen?
I might as well get up and write a song
And try to work out
why when everything seems right,
why do I feel so alone?

Something missing
in my life…
could it be you,
could it be you and me?
Something’s missing in my life,
Aww come and be
right where I need you to be
For all my life.
All my life…

Got my house,
got my fancy car,
everything’s going like I planned so far,
But something’s not there,
that should be there
I gotta find it somewhere,

Since the day you left my side,
I’ve torn myself apart
and I still can’t decide,
Is it you I need
or did you really hurt my pride?

Something’s missing in my life,
baby it’s you,
maybe it’s you and me…
If you’re what’s missing in my life,
then baby come to me,
come feel the need in me.
For all my life….

Something’s missing in my life,
could it be you,
could it be you and me?
Something’s missing in my life,
aww come and be
right where I need you to be ….

You’re what’s missing in my life,
aww come and be
right where I need you to be…..

Lyrics written by Paul Jabara

If you have not yet purchased Karen's solo album it is well worth it... here's a link to purchase it at amazon. com: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B008E00706/ref=nosim/populasongsmu-20

Friday, April 7, 2017

Karen Carpenter: The Unreleased Solo Songs - Jimmy Mack

"Jimmy Mack"



“Jimmy Mack” – Of course Karen Carpenter had to put her solo mark on a Motown tune. With Carpenters she had previously enjoyed huge success with the Motown classic “Please Mr. Postman” and gave a spirited vocal performance.

Karen put a fun spirited upbeat early 80’s spin on “Jimmy Mack” very much in the same vein as Manhattan Tranfer’s “The Boy From New York City” or Diana Ross’ “Why Do Fools Fall In Love.”

"Jimmy Mack" was originally a Top Ten hit in 1967 for Martha and the Vandellas. Just a year earlier Karen (with her brother Richard) recorded a full length studio version of another Martha and the Vandellas hit, "Dancing In The Street," for an album that was to be released in 1979. But due to Richard's stay at Mennengers in Kansas - to treat his addiction to quaaludes - the album was scrapped and was never released. Carpenters' recording of "Dancing In The Street" was fully pop while Karen's solo recording of "Jimmy Mack" contained underlying hints of R&B in both the music and Karen's vocal performance.

"Jimmy Mack"


Jimmy Mack (Lyrics)

Jimmy Mack Jimmy,
Oh Jimmy Mack when are you comin' back.
Jimmy Mack Jimmy,
Oh Jimmy Mack when are you comin' back.

My arms are missing you,
My lips feel the same way too.
I tried so hard to be true, like I promised to do.
But this boy keeps comin' around,
tryin' to wear my resistance down.

Hey Jimmy, Jimmy,
Oh Jimmy Mack, when are you comin' back.
Jimmy, Jimmy, Oh Jimmy Mack, you better hurry back.

He calls me on the phone about three times a day.
Now my heart's just listening to, what he has to say
But this loneliness I have within,
Keeps reaching out to be his friend

Hey Jimmy, Jimmy,
Oh Jimmy Mack, when are you comin' back.
Jimmy, Jimmy, Oh Jimmy Mack, you better hurry back.
Need your loving, need your loving.

I wanna say I'm not getting any stronger,
I can't hold out very much longer
Trying hard, to be true,
But, Jimmy he talks just as sweet as you.

Hey Jimmy, Jimmy,
Oh Jimmy Mack, when are you comin' back.
Jimmy, Jimmy, Oh Jimmy Mack, you better hurry back.

I wanna say I'm not getting any stronger,
I can't hold out very much longer...

Lyrics written by Eddie Holland (and Lamont Dozier)


If you have not yet purchased Karen's solo album it is well worth it... here's a link to purchase it at amazon. com: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B008E00706/ref=nosim/populasongsmu-20


Please sign the petition to get Karen's unreleased songs completed and released: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/urge-richard-carpenter-to-complete-and-release


JIMMY MACK

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Karen Carpenter: The Unreleased Solo Songs - Truly You

"Truly You"



“Truly You” was written by Russell Javors but has remained unreleased to this day.

Karen was obviously impressed with Russell's talent as a musician, arranger, producer and songwriter as she chose four of his songs to record. "Room At The Top" is one of the four, though it's unsure whether or not she recorded it. She also recorded Javors' songs "All Because of You" and "Still In Love With You," both of which made it on to the album. Javors spent more time in the studio than the other Billy Joel band members. He took the time to help Karen learn her vocal parts on the songs he wrote as well as shaping the musical parts of those songs.

"Truly You"

Truly You (Lyrics)

Love when I'm feeling like this
You make me feel alive
You get that look in your eyes every time
And if you find a better way
Have to say that any way you want to play will be alright

Oh it's truly you
Ooh it's truly you
You for me
And it's me for you

Well I was weak and I lost my patience
I put the love on the line
You've got that love on your mind, so do I
It's to the way it seems
I have to say that you're the same
And if you're looking for a fight

Oh it's truly you
Ooh it's truly you
You for me
And it's me for you

If it's too new
Give it time
Yes, it's too soon
Tell the truth
We've got the rest of our lives

Well, I believe that a star will guide us
But there's a star inside
And I've been looking for a light in my life

If you turned and walked away
I'll have to say that if you stay
I'm gonna make it worth your while

Oh it's truly you
Ooh it's truly you
You for me
And it's me for you

Oh it's truly you
Ooh it's truly you
You for me
And it's me for you

Oh it's truly you
Ooh it's truly you
You for me
And it's me for you

Lyrics written by Russell Javors​


If you have not yet purchased Karen's solo album it is well worth it... here's a link to purchase it at amazon. com: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B008E00706/ref=nosim/populasongsmu-20

Monday, April 3, 2017

Karen Carpenter: The Unreleased Solo Songs - It's Really You

"It's Really You"



“It’s Really You” – It’s easy to figure out how this song came to Karen. The song was part of the A&M Records catalog of which Karen had complete access during her solo album sessions.

“It’s Really You” was written by Alan Tarney, Tom Snow and Trevor Spencer and was originally recorded by The Tarney/Spencer Band for their 1976 A&M Records album “Three’s A Crowd.” The song was released as a single by The T/S Band and it was a moderate hit reaching #86 on Billboard’s US Singles chart. This makes one wonder if there were other songs from the same album that Karen may have considered recording.

"It's Really You (Karen Carpenter Solo Unreleased)


It's Really You (Lyrics)

Did you ever have a plan, a dream
And think it would be right for you

For a moment in your life, believe
That Heaven would decide for you

That a feeling deep inside will guide you

To a love you'll treasure it's you and I forever
If you will believe

It's really you, It's really me,
We're all the things we ever wanted to be
The time is right and you're here tonight
So hold my hand and know that you'll understand

If there is something on your mind, a need
And you feel you want to shake it

Let it go let it fall, leave it
You don't have to chase it

'Cos there's a new world all around you that's so good
Darling and it's made for you ther's nothing more you need to do
If you would believe

It's really you, It's really me,
We're all the things we ever wanted to be
The time is right and you're here tonight
So hold my hand and know that you'll understand

Our love, love that I've tasted
Now there is love and I aint gonna waste it
Like I did before
Now I know it's really you it's me

It's really you it's me

It's really you it's me

It's really you
Ah you

Lyrics written by Alan Tarney



KAREN CARPENTER

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Karen Carpenter: The Unreleased Solo Songs - Love Makin' Love To You

"Love Makin' Love To You"


“Love Makin’ Love To You” is another Evie Sands song. Obviously Karen had a liking for Evie. Evie co-wrote this song for her 1974 album “Estate of Mind” with Ben Weissman and Richard Germinaro. The song is originally titled “I Love Making Love To You,” Karen changed the title slightly. Evie released the song as a single in 1975 and reached #50 on the US Billboard Top 200 singles chart. Evie’s version is a slower (somewhat) funk and blues sound with a muttled vocal and musical arrangement. It sounds more like a demo than a finished recording. Karen took the song and changed the tempo a bit and added more instruments for a fuller sound including some high stepping horns really giving the song a dark and sultry New York City sound.

Evie Sands had been part of the A&M Records roster from 1968 through 1970. she recorded two singles for the label in 1969 and then recorded her one A&M album "Anyway That You Want Me" at the same time as Carpenters were recording their "Close To You" album. Evie and Karen had many opportunities to meet each other. Karen became a big fan of Evie's music and sound at this time. I feel that early on Karen had this yearning to be a different sort of singer and/or record a different type of music than what was being presented to her.


Love Makin' Love To You - Lyrics

Feel so fine every time
Oh I love makin' love to you
Anywhere, I don't care
Oh I love makin' love to you

Oh the fire in your eyes
Makes my loving temperature rise
Honey sweet ecstasy
Oh I love what your doin' to me

Give me more like before
Oh I love makin' love to you
Makes me feel life is real
Oh I love making love to you

When your heart touches mine
Starts to feel like a natural rhyme
Such a sweet melody
Oh I love when you sing it to me

And there's the lightening and thunder
Any set of wonders
Party on with what you've got
Keep it up forever
No one does it better
Baby get it while it's hot

Oh, I think I'm in love, gonna lose control
Oh I want you to fill me with your soul

When your heart touches mine
Starts to feel like a natural rhyme
Such a sweet melody
Oh I love when you sing it to me

And there's the lightening and thunder
Any set of wonders
Party on with what you've got
Why'd you keep it up forever
No one does it better
Baby get it while it's hot

Lyrics written by Evie Sands



LOVE MAKIN' LOVE TO YOU

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Karen Carpenter: The Unreleased Solo Songs - Midnight (Never Lets You Down)

"Midnight (Never Lets You Down)"


“Midnight (Never Lets You Down)” written by Rod Temperton specifically for Karen Carpenter while he was staying in Phil Ramone’s guest house during the time of the recording and production of Karen’s solo album. At this same time Karen was living in Phil main house therefore Rod and Karen were seeing each other on a daily basis. Rod came to know Karen very well and was able to write songs for her that fit her personality and mood at that specific time in her life. “Midnight” reflects the smokey and dark jazz side of Karen’s voice and musical interests.

It's hard to pinpoint the musicians that worked on this song but my guess would be that Rod composed both the musical and vocal arrangements for the song as arrangements were one of his specialties plus he did do the arrangements for the other two songs he wrote; "Lovelines" and "If We Try."

"Midnight (Never Lets You Down)"

Midnight (Never Lets You Down) Lyrics

Used to spend my evenings
Waiting for the sun in the morning
Frightened by the dark
I would always leave lights on to sleep
But darling, I've left all that behind
And nowadays I find

That midnight on
It's a magic moment everyday
When you hold me in that special way
And midnight always comes around
Telling me that I don't need to be blue
Lovin' you

Just a simple girl
But I always seat the world on my shoulder
Life and all its worries
Come tumblin' down on me
From above
But baby
When evening starts to fall
I forget them all

Cause midnight never lets you down
There's a magic moment everyday
When you hold me in that special way
And when midnight always comes around
Telling me that I don't need to be blue
Lovin' you

Hold me warm inside your love
Don't ever let me go
Cause we can ride a dream until tomorrow
And drift upon a star into the sky, tonight

Darlin' I've left all that behind
And nowadays I find

That midnight on
It's a magic moment everyday
When you hold me in that special way
And midnight always comes around
Telling me that I don't need to be blue
Lovin' you

Cause midnight never lets you down
There's a magic moment everyday
When you hold me in that special way
And when midnight always comes around
Telling me that I don't need to be blue
Lovin' you


Lyrics written by Rod Temperton

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Karen Carpenter: The Unreleased Solo Songs - Keep My Lovelight Burning (1980)

"Keep My Lovelight Burning"


“Keep My Lovelight Burnin’” was written by Evie Sands and Ben Weissman and is included on Evie’s 1979 album “Suspended Animation.” Evie released the song as a single but failed to chart with it. Sands did an all-out disco recording of the song while Karen Carpenter took the song and added heavy electric guitar and a funk styled bass line turning it into a scorching rocker similar to Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff.” 

"Keep My Lovelight Burning"

"Keep My Lovelight Burning" (2015 Remix)

Keep My Lovelight Burnin' Lyrics

Every night’s the same
Come home feelin’ down
After you’ve been out 
Chasin’ all over town
Do you think that I’ll sit around while you play
If you don’t feed the fire there ain’t no flame
Party lights, empty nights won’t keep my lovelight burin’
I need your body heat next to me
To keep my lovelight burin’
You’ve got to keep my lovelight burnin’ yeah

Used to be we’re out makin’ love in the rain
Come on to me like a hurricane
Now it seems our love isn’t getting’ enough
Baby it much to weak to fill my cup

Party lights, empty nights won’t keep my lovelight burin’
I need your body heat next to me
To keep my lovelight burin’

Party lights, empty nights won’t keep my lovelight burin’
I need your body heat next to me
To keep my lovelight burin’ yeah
keep my lovelight burnin’ yeah
You’ve got to keep my lovelight burnin’

Party lights, empty nights won’t keep my lovelight burin’
I need your body heat next to me
To keep my lovelight burin’ yeah
You’ve got to keep my lovelight burnin’
You’ve got to keep my lovelight burnin’

Lyrics written by Evie Sands 


Monday, February 6, 2017

Karen Carpenter Photos

Please enjoy these photos of the one and only 
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We Love You Karen Carpenter!






Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Karen Carpenter - Keep My Lovelight Burning (2015 Daybeat Remix)

Karen Carpenter loved her solo album tremendously. I have made it my mission to bring her solo works to the forefront and develop a strong following for the work she loved and of which she was very proud.



Last week I contacted David Hornos Esteve, a talented remixer about cleaning up and remixing the song "Keep My Lovelight Burning" (one of Karen's unreleased solo songs). David accepted the challenge immediately and in a matter of two days he produced a professional (and outstanding) remix of a favorite Karen Carpenter tune. Thank you David for giving us a new and fresh perspective on this song.

After the remix was completed I went to work on Monday March 2, 2015 (Karen's 65th birthday) and created a video for the song. I spent 8 hours over a span of 14 hours to make the video. I started at 7 am and finished a 9 pm. I used a total of 95 photos for the video which contains 1194 frames to create the motion which stays in tune with the beat of the song.

Please subscribe to my channel on youtube to keep up with the new mixes and videos that will be coming through the year.

You can follow this conversation on facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/321040037161/permalink/10153131835917162/

It is now with great pleasure I bring to you "Keep My Lovelight Burning (Daybeat Remix 2015) Unreleased"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeajjyNUWFM&feature=youtu.be

 Karen Carpenter Solo - Keep My Lovelight Burning 
(2015 Daybeat Remix)

In an effort to make this video go viral I ask that you share this video in as many places as possible throughout the internet... your facebook page, forum, blog, website, etc.

Enjoy from Rick Henry!!!