Saturday, July 7, 2012

Carpenters Now and Then

Carpenters - Carpenters Now and Then.  As you can see, although this is a triple fold out album cover, it is just a single disk album.  Hal Blaine sits in on one song - Jambalaya.  Joe Osborn handles bass.  I read a bit about him in a book this summer - that after being in Ricky Nelson's band, Osborn turned to studio work full-time. For the next ten years, he was considered a "first-call" bassist among Los Angeles studio musicians, (known as The Wrecking Crew), and he worked with well-known producers such as Lou Adler and Bones Howe, frequently in combination with drummer Hal Blaine and keyboardist Larry Knechtel.  His bass can be heard on many of the hit records cut in Los Angeles during that time, along with numerous film scores and television commercials.  As for the cover itself - I read that: The LP album featured a three-panel cover that folded out, showing a panoramic view of Karen and Richard Carpenterdriving past the Carpenter family home on Newville Avenue in Downey, California. The car pictured on the cover was a 1973Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ("Daytona") owned by Richard. (Richard later sold the original red Ferrari featured on the album cover, but bought another car of the same type in 1995.)  In February 2008, fans created a worldwide awareness campaign of the impending demolition of the Now & Then Carpenter house, which had been made famous on the album cover and become a tourist destination, by the home's present owners, who had purchased it in 1997.

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