Calm in the Storm
During the 70’s the mad rush of artists pumping out loud and heavy rock was immense, so when an American brother and sister act came on the scene they captured the public’s attention and hearts. Karen and Richard Carpenter became a huge hit and were of course known as the Carpenters.
Their album covers were simple and yet held an air of charm and grace; the first depicted them on a sailing boat surrounded by clam waters and clear skies. One of their most famous tracks and one many people will know the words to is (They long to be) Close to you which was released in 1970 and was by far the best known version of this song.
Another fantastic album cover by the Carpenters was their 1973 released album titled Now & Then; this one shows the duo in typical red sports car of the era with a seemingly normal suburban street in the background.
In 1977 a totally new style of cover was released which was unlike all of those that had gone before. Until now all but one included the duo and were based on the photograph of them, however Passage changed the rules. This one has a very modern art kind of feel to it with bold striking colors and black blocks to contrast.
This was not the last of the changes to their covers however; their next album Christmas Portrait was of a different theme again. Even though they did appear on the cover it was more of a poster art cover than photographic, and again suited the change in era.
The move towards more modern styles and images continued with the next cover for Made in America, however this is the last cover that had a progressive design as Karen Carpenter died in 1983 after a cardiac arrest due to complication with her long standing battle with anorexia. The album released that year simply had a picture of Karen on it as tribute to her life and work as an artist.
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