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Customer Reviews

It's Great But.....

I really wish this was more than dare I say, another release of hits and choice album cuts. I can list the sources of the remixes because I own the compilations for which the remixes were recorded. All remixes from 1985 are from the two cd (lp) set "Yesterday Once More," remixes from 1987 are from the U.K. release "Treasures" and the 1987 remix of "A Song For You" and "It's Going To Take Some Time" are from the 1987 Audiophile gold cd of the album "A Song For You," the remix date for "It's Going To Tak Some Time" is incorrect. The 1990/91 remixes were done for the 1991 four disc "From The Top," "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)" was included on the Japanese version of "From The Top." The 2004 remix of "Superstar" was done for the U.K. set "Ultimate Carpenters." This collection of remixes and choice album cuts was put together to celebrate forty years of Carpenters music even though Karen passed away in 1983. Richard continued on releasing four albums of outtakes beginning with 1983's "Voice Of The Heart" and ending with 1999's "As Time Goes By," released in Japan first then the States after hammering out copyright problems a few years later. The differences between this set and "Gold" released in 2004 are slight. The Christmas album this time is overlooked as is the final album "As Time Goes By." In the liner notes Richard states he regrets releasing the latter Carpenters albums "as they do not reflect the best he and Karen had to offer." Whatever. I feel there are really strong moments on all the albums too numerous to list. Soundwise "Gold" was a bit uneven mastered and this cd really isn't the improvement we'd been hoping for, the real collectables are the remastered album tracks appearing on a "Carpenters" complilation for the first time. "One More Time" is just stunning. Instead of, for lack of a better term, rehashing hits that are well remixed or studio versions, why not release something a bit more organic, like a live version or an outtake, a false start, something different? Spoonfeed us an unreleased song, maybe an outtake from Karen's solo? The ballad "Something's Missing" from her solo sessions would have been welcome, and would have made this collection a bit more desirable. I still respect you Richard.

A voice that is sadly missed

Hard to believe that it's been more than 20 years since Karen's voice was silenced forever. There has not been another voice like it since.

We miss Karen's angel's voice

We miss Karen even more after 40 years! Just think of all the songs she did not sing!


Formed: 1968 in Downey, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

With their light, airy melodies and meticulously crafted, clean arrangements, the Carpenters stood in direct contrast with the excessive, gaudy pop/rock of the '70s; yet they became one of the most popular artists of...
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