Lovelines (1989)

Lovelines (1989)

Carpenters Lovelines album cover 1989

“Lovelines” is a compilation of previously unreleased songs released after Karen Carpenters passing. This was the third such album coming after 1983’s “Voice of the Heart” and 1984’s “an Old Fashioned Christmas.” With the release of “Lovelines,” Richard Carpenter had announced this would be the last Carpenters album of newly released material. The album consists of songs from Carpenters’ television specials “Space Encounters” and “Music, Music, Music” as well as outtakes from the studio albums “Passage” and “Made In America.” There are also a few songs recorded during the “Christmas Portrait” recording sessions of 1978 intended for release on a scrapped album which would have been released in 1979. Most interesting was the inclusion of four songs from Karen’s (at that point in time) unreleased solo album. This was the first time fans heard any of Karen’s solo songs. The title of the album “Lovelines” is taken from one of Karen’s solo tunes.

Overall “Lovelines” is a somewhat uneven collection, not their most consistent work, though still an engaging record for diehard fans with several true gems that sparkle to this day.

“Where Do I Go From Here?” was recorded in 1978 and would have been released on the famed 1979 Carpenters album that was never completed. The song includes an awe-inspiring guitar solo by Tony Peluso and the silky smooth emotive lead vocals of Karen Carpenter. “Where Do I Go From Here?”  was first recorded in 1977 by England Dan and John Ford Coley for their album “Dowdy Ferry Road.” Barry Manilow included it on his 1978 album “Even Now.” Written by Parker McGee who also wrote “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight” and “Nights Are Forever” both hits for England Dan and John Ford Coley.

“The Uninvited Guest” was recorded for the “Made In America” album but did not make the cut due to lack of space. This pop/country ballad was used as the b-side of the CD and cassette single release of “If I Had You.” Mary MacGregor’s 1976, #1 hit “Torn Between Two Lovers” is mentioned in the lyric. This is the only time a song title is mentioned in a Carpenters song.

“You’re The One” is one of the biggest fan favorite from the album. This beautiful Steve Ferguson ballad was also recorded (minus the bridge bridge) by Jennifer Warnes for her 1976 album “Jennifer Warnes,” which also included the mega-hit “Right Time of the Night”. Carpenters’ version was recorded in 1977 during the “Passage” sessions. It was a “flip of a coin” that decided whether “You’re The One” or “I Just Fall In Love Again” made that album.

The four Karen Carpenter solo song that made it onto “Lovelines” are; “Lovelines,” “If We Try,” “If I Had You” and “Remember When Lovin’ Took All Night.” you can read more about these songs on the Karen Carpenter (solo album) discography page.

“Lovelines” was the last Carpenters album to be released on vinyl.

Album Information

Release Date: October 31, 1989
Catalog Number: SP-3931
Chart Positions: #73 UK
Certifications: 3x Platinum (US)
Singles: “Honolulu City Lights” (released in 1986), “If I Had You,” “You’re The One” (released as a promo single)
B-Sides: “The Uninvited Guest” (b-side of “If I Had You”)

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Album Credits

  • 1 Lovelines

    Arranged By – Rod TempertonBacking Vocals – Karen CarpenterBass – Louis JohnsonDrums – John Robinson (2)Guitar – David Williams (4), Eric Jons-Rasmussen*Keyboards – Greg PhillinganesOrchestrated By – Bob JamesPercussion – Ralph McDonald*Written-By – Rod Temperton

    4:28
    2 Where Do I Go From Here

    Arranged By – Richard CarpenterBass – Joe OsbornDrums – Ron TuttGuitar – Tony PelusoKeyboards – Richard CarpenterOboe – Earle Dumler*Orchestrated By – Peter Knight (5)Written-By – Parker McGee

    4:24
    3 The Uninvited Guest

    Arranged By – Richard CarpenterBacking Vocals – The O.K. ChoraleBass – Joe OsbornDrums – Ron TuttGuitar – Tim May, Tony PelusoOboe – Earle Dumler*Orchestrated By – Richard CarpenterPedal Steel Guitar – Jay Dee ManessWritten-By – Buddy Kaye, Jeffrey Tweel*

    4:24
    4 If We Try

    Arranged By – Rod TempertonBacking Vocals – Karen CarpenterBass – Louis JohnsonDrums – John Robinson (2)Guitar – David Williams (4), Eric Johns-Rasmussen*Keyboards – Greg PhillinganesOrchestrated By – Rob MounseyPercussion – Ralph McDonald*Written-By – Rod Temperton

    3:42
    5 When I Fall In Love

    Arranged By – Peter Knight (5)Bass – Joe OsbornDrums – Cubby O’BrienHarp – Gayle LevantKeyboards – Pete JollyOrchestrated By – Peter Knight (5)Written-By – Edward Heyman, Victor Young

    3:08
    6 Kiss Me The WayYou Did Last Night

    Arranged By – Richard CarpenterBacking Vocals – Karen Carpenter, Richard CarpenterBacking Vocals – Siedah GarrettBass – Joe OsbornDrums – Ron TuttGuitar – Tim MayHarp – Gayle LevantKeyboards – Richard CarpenterLead Guitar – Tony PelusoOboe – Earle Dumler*Orchestrated By – Richard CarpenterPercussion – Paulinho Da CostaWritten-By – Linda L. Lawley*, Margaret Dorn

    4:03
    7 Remember When Lovin’ Took All Night

    Arranged By – Bob JamesArranged By [Vocals] – Rod TempertonBass – Doug StegmeyerDrums – Liberty DeVittoGuitar – David Brown (6), Russell JavorsKeyboards – Bob James, Rob MounseyOrchestrated By – Bob JamesPercussion – Airto MoreiraWritten-By – John Farrar, Molly-Ann Leiken*

    3:47
    8 You’re The One

    Acoustic Guitar – Tim MayArranged By – Richard CarpenterBacking Vocals – Karen Carpenter, Richard CarpenterBass – Joe OsbornDrums – Ron TuttKeyboards – Richard CarpenterOrchestrated By – Richard CarpenterWritten-By – Steve Ferguson*

    4:13
    9 Honolulu City Lights

    Acoustic Guitar – Tim MayArranged By – Richard CarpenterBacking Vocals – The O.K. ChoraleBass – Joe OsbornDrums – Ron TuttEnglish Horn – Earle Dumler*Harp – Gayle LevantKeyboards – Richard CarpenterOrchestrated By – Richard CarpenterPedal Steel Guitar – Jay Dee ManessWritten-By – K. Beamer*

    3:19
    10 Slow Dance

    Arranged By – Richard CarpenterBacking Vocals – Karen Carpenter, Richard CarpenterBass – Joe OsbornDrums – Ron TuttFlute – John Phillips (4)Guitar – Tim May, Tony PelusoKeyboards – Richard CarpenterOrchestrated By – Richard CarpenterWritten-By – M. Margo*

    3:35
    11 If I Had You

    Arranged By [Rhythm] – Bob JamesArranged By [Vocals] – Rod TempertonBass – Joe OsbornDrums – Liberty DeVittoGuitar – David Brown (6), Russell JavorsKeyboards – Bob James, Rob MounseyOrchestrated By – Jerry HeyPercussion – Ralph McDonald*Tenor Saxophone – Michael BreckerWritten-By – Gary Harju, Larry Herbstritt, Steve Dorff

    3:57
    12 Little Girl Blue

    Arranged By – Peter Knight (5)Bass – Joe OsbornDrums – Cubby O’BrienHarp – Gayle LevantKeyboards – Richard CarpenterOrchestrated By – Peter Knight (5)Written-By – Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers

    3:24
    • Producer – Phil Ramone (tracks: 1, 4, 7, 11), Richard Carpenter (tracks: 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12)
    • Art Direction – Chuck Beeson
    • Design – Peter Grant (3)
    • Lacquer Cut By – BilBo (3) (tracks: B1 to B6), DB* (tracks: A1 to A6)
    • Mastered By – Mike Reese
    • Photography By [Back Cover] – Ed Caraeff
    • Photography By [Front Cover] – Norman Seeff
    • Producer – Phil Ramone (tracks: A1, A4, B1, B4), Richard Carpenter (tracks: A2, A3, A5, A6, B2, B3, B5, B6)
    • Sleeve Notes – Richard Carpenter

 

Carpenters Lovelines album cover 1989

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Carpenters Lovelines CD disc 1989

Carpenters Loveline CD disc 1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carpenters Lovelines song by song notes 1989

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Carpenters Lovelines inner photo 1989

Carpenters Lovelines Billboard Magazine review 1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carpenters Lovelines Billboard advertisement 1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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