This album is completely different from the preceding two Yesterday Once More collections. Namely, because of the inclusion of a number of remixed songs.
When Richard Carpenter labels something as "remixed," it can mean several different things. In some cases, it simply means that he and the engineer went back to the original multi-track master tape and created a new 2-track (stereo) version, slightly altering the levels of different things (vocals, drums, keyboards, other instruments), and perhaps adding effects (reverb, equalization, that sort of thing).
"Remixing" can also mean that portions of the song have been re-recorded. Usually this applies to the keyboards (piano, electric piano, synthesizer). In the early days of their recordings, Richard did not record the piano in stereo (a practice which is common now). So he has gone back and re-recorded the keyboard parts for many songs. On this collection, each of the remixed songs listed above has had some or all of the keyboard parts re-recorded, which gives the whole song a completely new sound.
In addition to these things, some songs have been connected with segues. "(Want You) Back in My Life Again" and "Ticket to Ride" overlap slightly, and "I Need to Be In Love" and "Make Believe It's Your First Time" also segue into each other.
This set marks the beginning of a whole new career for Richard: remixing Carpenters' songs. On many of the upcoming compilations on this list you will find numerous remixes, and I will try to sort out which remixes are which.
Out-of-print for many years in the U.S., this CD has been reprinted in Japan, and used copies are plentiful, so it's not expensive to pick up.
Produced by Richard Carpenter, Karen Carpenter and Jack Daugherty
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