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A Wonderfully Constructed Album

Many of these songs are classic songs that truly shaped the Carpenters' careers. Take Rainy Days and Mondays, for example. This song, written by Paul Williams and Roger Nichols, is a wonderful song that I think Karen truly sang exceedingly well. Superstar is another great song. Superstar definitely made the public listen more to the Carpenters. And again, I think that Karen actually sang this quite well. For All We Know, from the movie "Lovers and Other Strangers" is a good song, but I suggest buying it from Gold: 35th Anniversary Edition. Last, but definitely not least, (A Place To) Hide Away is a song that Richard heard while the band Spectrum was still existing (1966-1968). Spectrum had been playing at clubs and bars, and a particular manager named Randy Sparks had chosen Spectrum to do a number for his customers. Randy had introduced Spectrum, and opened for them with this song, (A Place To) Hide Away. After a while, Richard had tucked this song away, and in 1971, they recorded this song and put it on the tan album. I would recommend this album for anybody who likes the Carpenters.

The Third Album

This album is the most even of all Carpenter releases, even though it's the shortest, clocking in at just 30 minutes. The opener "Rainy Days And Mondays" statrs off very soft and comes to a climatic finish, the song is one of the three singles off this album. "Let Me Be The One" is one of the hidden treasures, it could have been a single and a very popular one, Karen's intimate vocal on this one is incredible, she could really feel a song. "For All We Know" is a song discovered by both Richard and Karen while watcing the movie "Lovers And Other Strangers" from which this song is from. It was written by one of the members of the soft rock group "Bread" and was one of the Carpenters most popular singles. "Superstar" was one of the most anticipated songs, everyone concerned was wondering how Karen would handle the suggestive lyric "To sleep." A one word change eased all concerned, "Sleep" was changed to "Be." "Superstar" was recorded in one take, the work lead. Contrary to popular belief about Karen's prudishness, "Superstar" was the kind of material she wanted to record, the evidence lies within her vocal delivery.

Beautiful.....beyond words

I am somewhat of a newbie in terms of the Carpenters, but I am glad I discovered them. I have become enthralled by their music, and I'm especially drawn to the late Karen's beautifully pure singing--Carpenters is their most known album and contains some of their best material (the touching "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Let Me Be the One," "For All We Know" and the haunting "Superstar"); sure, "Close to You" isn't here--and it is a brilliant single--but as a Carpenters album goes, you really can't get any better than this. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Chris Eberlein, music now on iTunes


Formed: 1968 in Downey, CA

Genre: Pop

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

With their light, airy melodies and meticulously crafted, clean arrangements that appealed to a variety of audiences, 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 the decade, scoring 12 Top Ten hits, including three number one singles. Karen Carpenter's calm, pretty voice was the most distinctive element of their music, settling in perfectly amidst the precise, lush arrangements provided by her brother Richard....
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