Saturday, 6 January 2018

Carpenters - Horizon (1975)

Horizon - Carpenters


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Horizon (Carpenters Album).jpg
Studio album by Carpenters
ReleasedJune 6, 1975
RecordedSeptember 1974 - April 1975 at A&M StudiosHollywood
GenrePopeasy listeningadult contemporary
ProducerRichard Carpenter/Associate Producer - Karen Carpenter
Carpenters chronology
Live in Japan
A Kind of Hush
Horizon is the sixth consecutive platinum-certified album by American musical duo Carpenters. It was recorded at A&M Studios (mainly in Studio "D" using then-state-of-the-art 24-track recording technology, 30 Dolby, and recorded at 30 inches per second). The Carpenters spent many hours experimenting with different sounds, techniques and effects.[1]
After five consecutive albums peaking inside the US top five, Horizon broke this run by reaching no. 13. The album has been certified Platinum by the RIAA for shipments of 1 million copies. It was particularly successful in the United Kingdom and Japan, topping the charts and becoming one of the best-selling albums of 1975 in those countries. Horizon also reached no. 3 in New Zealand, no. 4 in Canada and no. 5 in Norway.




The album's first single, "Please Mr. Postman" (released some seven months earlier), became the album's biggest hit single and also the Carpenters' biggest hit single worldwide. It reached no. 1 in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa, as well as reaching no. 2 in the UK and Ireland.[2] This tune features Karen on drums and Tony Peluso on guitar solo. The following single, "Only Yesterday", was also a success, reaching no. 2 in Canada and France, no. 4 in the US, no. 5 in Ireland, no. 7 in the UK, no. 10 in New Zealand and was certified gold in Japan. The song also won the prestigious Grand Prix award in Japan.[3] A third single, "Solitaire", reached no. 17 in the US and the top 40 in several other countries around the world.[4] According to Richard,[5] Karen never particularly liked the song. The Carpenters' version of this song leaves out lyrics included in the original.
"Desperado" was originally recorded by The Eagles in 1973 for the album of the same name. Several others have recorded this song including Linda RonstadtBonnie Raitt, and Kenny Rogers. Due to the fact that the song was already well known, A&M decided not to release the song as a single.[original research?] Another cover, "I Can Dream, Can't I" is an interpretation of the 1949 Andrews Sisters hit, and was originally written in 1937. Karen and Richard hired Billy May, who has worked with artists such as Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, to help orchestrate the song. The song features the Billy May Orchestra. John Bahler is in the chorus of background singers.[6]
At the time of the release of Horizon, lyricist John Bettis claimed "(I'm Caught Between) Goodbye and I Love You" to be his and Richard's best collaboration.[7]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone(Positive)[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone reviewer Stephen Holden acclaimed Horizon, calling it "the Carpenters' most musically sophisticated album to date."[9]However, AllMusic gave the album a less enthusiastic review and cited flaws despite a good production.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Aurora"Richard CarpenterJohn Bettis1:32
2."Only Yesterday"Carpenter, Bettis4:11
3."Desperado"Don HenleyGlenn Frey3:38
4."Please Mr. Postman"Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie GormanBrian Holland, Robert Bateman2:53
5."I Can Dream, Can't I?"Sammy FainIrving Kahal4:59
Side two
6."Solitaire"Neil Sedaka, Phil Cody4:40
7."Happy"Tony Peluso, Diane Rubin, Bettis3:51
8."(I'm Caught Between) Goodbye and I Love You"Carpenter, Bettis4:06
9."Love Me for What I Am"Palma Pascale, Bettis3:30
10."Eventide"Carpenter, Bettis1:33
  • All vocals: Karen & Richard Carpenter
  • Keyboards: Richard Carpenter
  • Bass: Joe Osborn
  • Drums: Karen Carpenter, Jim Gordon
  • Guitars: Tony Peluso
  • Tenor saxophone: Bob Messenger
  • Baritone saxophone: Doug Strawn
  • Oboe and English horn: Earl Dumler
  • Pedal steel guitar: Thad Maxwell, Red Rhodes
  • Harmonica: Tommy Morgan
  • Harp: Gayle Levant
Although percussion is audible on some of the songs, notably "Only Yesterday", it is not specified who the percussionist is, but this would change with the experimental album Passage, released in 1977.
Engineers: Roger Young, Ray Gerhardt Assistant engineer: Dave Iveland
Photography: Ed Caraeff
Arranged, orchestrated and conducted by Richard Carpenter
"I Can Dream, Can't I?" featured guest performances by:
  • Bass: Joe Mondragon
  • Drums: Alvin Stoller
  • Keyboards: Pete Jolly
  • Vibes: Frank Flynn
  • Guitar: Bob Bain


  • "Please Mr. Postman" US 7" single (1974) – A&M 1646
  1. "Please Mr. Postman"
  2. "This Masquerade"
  • "Only Yesterday" US 7" single (1975) – A&M 1677
  1. "Only Yesterday"
  2. "Happy"
  • "Solitaire" US 7" single (1975) – A&M 1721
  1. "Solitaire"
  2. "Love Me for What I Am"


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