A Kind Of Hush (1976)

Carpenters A Kind Of Hush album cover 19761976 was a tough year for Carpenters. Karen spent some time in the hospital. Their record sales dipped further down than ever before. This was the beginning of their slide downward both professionally and personally. Richard’s addiction to quaaludes was beginning to take hold more aggressively and he was spending less and less time on sculpting his musical arrangements and the detail in the quality of his work was slipping. It was beginning starting to show in the music. The song selection was slipping, the arrangements were not as detailed or nuanced and some became repetitive even somewhat “paint by numbers” and in some songs Karen’s vocal performances were somewhat mundane maybe blasé (but never to the point that she gave a bad vocal performance). That being said “A Kind Of Hush” contained it’s certain charm consisting of all the usual aspects fans have looked forward to from Carpenters. Sweet warm melodies, Karen’s wistful voice and little surprises in the song choices. The album opens with the lead single “There’s A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World).” Maybe trying to capitalize on their success of “Please Mr. Postman,” Carpenters chose to record another 60’s oldie. This time around there seemed to be an absence of the energy (and great guitar solo) that turned “Please Mr. Postman” into solid gold. Regardless “There’s A Kind Of Hush maintained a certain appeal and magic enough to move the song up to #12 on the US charts (“A Kind Of Hush” was the first Carpenters album since “Offering” to not have a Top 10 hit). The next single “I Need To Be In Love” fell further down the charts making it only to #25 in the US. The song is an autobiographical message about the state of Karen and Richard’s love life at the time. They were both on the road so much and did not get the opportunity to develop their relationships to the fullest. Fans are split on this song, some say it ranks amongst Carpenters’ best and is one of Karen’s finest performance, others say it’s repetitious and not one of Karen’s best readings. “Goofus” became the third single released from the album. This one slid further down the charts reaching #56. Many fans to this day can not understand why “Goofus” was released as single. They feel that “You” or “Can’t Smile Without You” would have been a better choice. A&M Records and Carpenters decided to release “Goofus” as a single due to fan response and demand. After the album “A Kind Of Hush” was released quite a few fans wrote to the fan club mentioning they thought “Goofus” would be a good single. Therefore the song was released. The simple and straightforward “One More Time” is an album standout which brings Karen’s emotive voice is brought to the forefront. “Boat To Sail” is easily one of Richard Carpenter’s most outstanding and creative musical arrangements with it’s creative use of multi-tracked vocals, “. The song includes layers of sound including the electric vibes which gives the song the sound of echoing chimes. Tony Peluso’s smooth guitar also adds to the overall ambiance of the song. The song’s most prominent feature is the multi-layered reverb effect on the vocals giving the song an out of this world sound.

One of the most unique features of the album was it’s detail to packaging. Once you look inside you can’t help but notice the inside lining of the album jacket from the original vinyl release. It’s an autumny orange-brown color with several rows of the Carpenters logo.

Album Information

Release Date: June 11, 1976
Catalog Number: SP-4581
Chart Positions: #33 US, #3 UK, #22 Canada, #57 Australia, #5 Japan, 315 New Zealand, #17 Norway
Certifications: Gold (US, UK)
Singles: “There’s A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World,” “I Need To Be In Love,” “Goofus,” “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” (Japan)
B-Sides: “Sandy” (b-side of “I Need To Be In Love”), “Boat To Sail” (b-side of “Goofus’), “I Have You” (b-side of “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” “All You Get From Love Is A Love Song” and “Sweet Sweet Smile”), “Can’t Smile Without You” (b-side of “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft”) * “Can’t Smile Without You” was re-recorded specifically for use as the b-side of “Calling Occupants…” This version does not appear on the album.

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Album Credits

  • Karen Carpenter – lead and backing vocals, drums
  • Richard Carpenter – lead and backing vocals, piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, Hammond organ, celesta, orchestration
  • Joe Osborn – bass guitar
  • Tony Peluso – lead guitar, bass, keyboards
  • Hal Blaine – drums
  • Earl Dumler – oboe, English horn
  • Bob Messenger – tenor saxophone, flute, alto flute, bass
  • Louie Shelton – guitar
  • Tim Weisberg – bass flute on “It’s Going to Take Some Time”
  • Buddy Emmons – pedal steel guitar on “Top of the World”
  • Norm Herzberg – bassoon
  • Red Rhodes – steel guitar
  • Gayle Levant – harp
  • Gary Coleman – percussion on “Hurting Each Other”
  • Ray Gerhardt – Engineer
  • Roger Young – Assistant Engineer
  • Roland Young – Art Direction
  • Jim McCrary – Photography
  • Bill Hennigar – Photography
  • Jack Daugherty – Producer

Billboard Magazine Album Review (1976)

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“A Kind Of Hush” (1976)

Discography Links:
Offering (1969) Click Here
Close To You (1970) Click Here
Ticket To Ride (1971) Click Here
Carpenters (1971) Click Here
A Song For You (1972) Click Here
Now & Then (1973) Click Here
Horizon (1975) Click Here
A Kind Of Hush (1976) Click Here
Passage (1977) Click Here
Christmas Portrait (1978) Click Here
Karen Carpenter (Solo)(1980 – Released 1996) Click Here
Made In America (1981) Click Here
Voice Of The Heart (1983) Click Here
An Old Fashioned Christmas (1984) Click Here
Lovelines (1989) Click Here
As Time Goes By (2001) Click Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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