February 21, 2014

I Need to Be in Love

In happier news, traveling round the net, I found this trade advertisement for the 1976 Carpenters' single,  "I Need to Be in Love". Richard looks great, Karen looks pensive but pretty- and the  single should have been a much bigger hit than it ended up being. The choir killed its chances at Top 40 radio, and the production was way too soft for a Spring, Summer's Coming release. If it had half the power of the earlier Rainy Days and Mondays, it could have been much bigger. Regardless, it is a classic Carpenter/Bettis composition. And in hindsight, Karen was telling us more than she let on.  "So rarely spoken...so magnificently sung."

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