Those Good Old Dreams

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"Those Good Old Dreams"
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Single by Carpenters
from the album Made in America
B-side "When It's Gone (It's Just Gone)"
ReleasedDecember 1981
Format 7" single
Recorded1981
Genre Pop, Country
Length4:12
Label A&M
1940
Songwriter(s) Richard Carpenter / John Bettis
Producer(s) Richard Carpenter
Carpenters singles chronology
"(Want You) Back in My Life Again"
(1981)
"Those Good Old Dreams"
(1981)
"Beechwood 4-5789"
(1981)

"Those Good Old Dreams" is a song by The Carpenters. Its B-side is "When It's Gone (It's Just Gone)", a song released on the Made in America album in 1981.

The Carpenters American vocal duo

The Carpenters were an American vocal and instrumental duo consisting of siblings Karen (1950–1983) and Richard Carpenter (b. 1946). They produced a distinct soft musical style, combining Karen's contralto vocals with Richard's arranging and composition skills. During their 14-year career, the Carpenters recorded ten albums, along with numerous singles and several television specials.

<i>Made in America</i> (The Carpenters album) 1981 studio album by Carpenters

Made in America is the tenth studio album by the American popular music duo Carpenters, released in June 1981. The final album by the duo to be released during Karen Carpenter's lifetime, it reached number 52 in the US and number 12 in the UK.

Contents

The song talks of reliving dreams and feelings of romantic love held long ago ("It's a new day for those good old dreams / One by one it seems they're coming true").

Personnel

Karen Carpenter 20th-century American singer and musician

Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer who was part of the duo the Carpenters alongside her older brother Richard. She was praised for her contralto vocals, and her drumming abilities were viewed positively by other musicians and critics. Her struggles with eating disorders would later raise awareness of anorexia and body dysmorphia.

The lead vocalist in popular music is typically the member of a group or band whose voice is the most prominent in a performance where multiple voices may be heard. The lead singer either leads the vocal ensemble, or sets against the ensemble as the dominant sound. In vocal group performances, notably in soul and gospel music, and early rock and roll, the lead singer takes the main vocal part, with a chorus provided by other band members as backing vocalists.

Backing vocalist singer who provides vocal harmony with the lead vocalist or other backing vocalists

Backing vocalists or backup singers are singers who provide vocal harmony with the lead vocalist or other backing vocalists. In some cases, a backing vocalist may sing alone as a lead-in to the main vocalist's entry or to sing a counter-melody. Backing vocalists are used in a broad range of popular music, traditional music and world music styles.

Charts

Chart (1981–82)Peak
position
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary [1] 9
US Billboard Hot 100 [2] 63
US Billboard Adult Contemporary21

Music video

There was a music video shot for this song in 1981. The video is featured on the Carpenters Gold video collection. Footage of their vinyl record Made in America being manufactured at the A&M Records warehouse is shown at the beginning. Karen singing and Richard playing the piano in a room with colorful, empty picture frames is shown during the verses and the final part of the song; during the choruses, a montage of black-and-white childhood photos of Karen and Richard is displayed.

<i>Gold: Greatest Hits</i> (video) 1991 video by Carpenters

The VHS/Beta Yesterday Once More was released in 1985, shortly after Karen Carpenter's death in 1983. The tape was repackaged as a DVD in 2002 under the name Gold: Greatest Hits, and the DVD contains all the videos from Yesterday Once More.

A&M Records American historical record label

A&M Records was an American record label founded as an independent company by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss in 1962. Due to the success of the discography A&M released, the label garnered interest and was acquired by PolyGram in 1989 and began distributing releases from Polydor Ltd. from the UK. Throughout its operations, A&M housed well-known acts such as Gin Blossoms, Dishwalla, Joe Cocker, Procol Harum, Captain & Tennille, Sting, Sergio Mendes, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Supertramp, Bryan Adams, Burt Bacharach, Liza Minnelli, The Carpenters, Paul Williams, Quincy Jones, Janet Jackson, Cat Stevens, Peter Frampton, Elkie Brooks, Carole King, Styx, Extreme, Amy Grant, Joan Baez, the Human League, The Police, Jann Arden, CeCe Peniston, Blues Traveler, Soundgarden, Duffy and Sheryl Crow.

Picture frame decorative edging for a picture, such as a painting or photograph

A picture frame is a simultaneously protective and decorative edging for a picture, such as a painting or photograph. It makes displaying the work safer and easier and both sets the picture apart from its surroundings and aesthetically integrates it with them.

The yellow pant suit that Karen wore in this video would later be worn by the actress Cynthia Gibb when she starred in the title role of the 1989 film The Karen Carpenter Story .

<i>The Karen Carpenter Story</i> 1989 television film directed by Joseph Sargent

The Karen Carpenter Story is an American made-for-television biographical film about singer Karen Carpenter and the brother-and-sister pop music duo of which she was a part, the Carpenters. The film aired on CBS on January 1, 1989. Directed by Joseph Sargent, it starred Cynthia Gibb as Karen Carpenter, and Mitchell Anderson as her brother, Richard Carpenter, who served as a producer for the film as well as of the musical score.

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References

  1. "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1982-02-16. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  2. Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN   0-89820-089-X

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