Interpretations (1994)

UK Version (1994):

1. Without a Song (a cappella version)
2. Sing (1994 remix)
3. Bless the Beasts and Children (1985 remix)
4. This Masquerade (1990 remix)
5. Solitaire
6. When I Fall In Love (1990 remix)
7. From This Moment On
8. Tryin' To Get the Feeling Again
9. When It's Gone
10. Where Do I Go From Here?
11. Desperado (1994 remix)
12. Superstar (1991 remix)
13. Rainy Days and Mondays (1991 remix)
14. Ticket to Ride (1973 version)
15. If I Had You (1989 remix)
16. Please Mr. Postman (1991 remix)
17. We've Only Just Begun (1985 remix)
18. Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (1989 remix)
19. Little Girl Blue
20. You're the One
21. (They Long to Be) Close to You (1991 remix)


US Version (1995):

1. Without a Song (a cappella version)
2. Superstar (1991 remix)
3. Rainy Days and Mondays (1991 remix)
4. Bless the Beasts and Children (1985 remix)
5. This Masquerade (1990 remix)
6. Solitaire
7. When I Fall In Love (1990 remix)
8. From This Moment On (1994 remix)
9. Tryin' To Get the Feeling Again
10. When It's Gone
11. I Believe You
12. Reason to Believe (1987 remix)
13. (They Long to Be) Close to You (1991 remix)
14. Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (1989 remix)
15. Little Girl Blue
16. We've Only Just Begun (1985 remix)


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There are two different versions of this CD, one released in the UK and the other released in the US. While similar, there are several differences in the two versions. To start with, the covers are very slightly different.

The theme of "Interpretations" is that these are songs recorded by or made famous by other artists before the Carpenters recorded them. This means that this compilation is not the same old collection of hits, although there are certainly plenty of hit singles represented here.

Both versions of the CD have three previously unreleased tracks: "Without a Song (a cappella version)," "From This Moment On" (studio version, not the live version from Live at the Palladium) and "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again." "Without a Song" was used in the opening of the 1980 TV special Music Music Music, although the version in the special was longer, continuing from the a cappella beginning to include Ella Fitzgerald and John Davidson and the full orchestra. "From This Moment On" was also recorded for Music Music Music, but was not included in the special (more material was recorded than they had time to use in the special). "Tryin' To Get the Feeling Again" is a work lead, recorded during the Horizon sessions in 1975, but not completed and eventually misplaced. Richard found the track in 1991 when remixing "Only Yesterday" for the karaoke album; this song was on the same multi-track master tape, but the name of the song wasn't marked on the box.

The UK version of the CD has a new remix of "Sing," in which the piano has been re-recorded. The new version is incredible. "Desperado" also had a new remix for this album, but the versions are so similar as to sound basically the same.

The US version has five fewer tracks than the UK version and two tracks that don't appear on the UK version. The only other difference is in "From This Moment On," which has its original piano accompaniment on the UK version, and a re-recorded stereo piano accompaniment on the US version.


Produced by Richard Carpenter, Karen Carpenter and Jack Daugherty


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