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Editors’ Notes

If one had to pick one soft-rock album from the early 1970s to represent the period, the tug of war would begin between this 1972 release and Carole King’s 1971 release Tapestry. (King contributed the standout “It’s Going to Take Some Time” to this collection.) The Carpenters built their reputation on easy listening, beautifully crafted pop songs exquisitely sung by the unpretentious and unquestionably sincere Karen Carpenter. They skirted the line between the confessional folk musings of the singer-songwriter while still judiciously applying the lessons of lushly adorned pop music. A Song For You is their finest studio album and could easily be confused with a “Greatest Hits” collection considering its top caliber material. The title track, “Top of the World,” “Hurting Each Other,” “Goodbye to Love” and “I Won’t Last a Day Without You” are lite-FM radio staples. However, there is still plenty else to explore. Richard Carpenter takes a turn at the mic for “Piano Picker” and contributes the jazz-informed instrumental (and cringe-worthy titled) “Flat Baroque.” Add in the album cuts “Crystal Lullaby” and “Road Ode” and you have a definitive look at one of the most important musical duos of the era.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful Masterpiece

Lots of these songs were hits at one point or another in the early-mid 1970s. "Top Of The World" did great in 1972, however in 1973, when they released the "Singles: 1969-1973" album, it skyrocketed to #1. "Hurting Each Other" is another great song. Personally, I prefer this version over the 1991 remix, so get it here, folks! "Goodbye To Love" on this album is another great mix. Get it here, because the 1991 remix fades out earlier, and I prefer the piano on here over the piano on the 1991 remix. "Bless The Beasts And Children" is a great song, that I recently got addicted to. I prefer this over the 1991 remix, yet this mix and the original soundtrack mix match side-to-side. NOTE: The original soundtrack, as far as I know, can only be found on a '33 rpm, and you'd be lucky if you came across it, but not on a CD. "Crystal Lullaby" and "Road Ode" are two great songs that didn't do great as singles. If you listen to it, it has a feeling to it. "Crystal Lullaby" has a soft feeling to it, as where "Road Ode" has a really different feel. Two underestimated, great songs that should be part of every Carpenters' fans collections. These songs are beautiful, and deserve to be listened to. Try listening to the songs you're not familiar with on the album. Who knows? They might just grow on you, just as they did me. 

I bought this album in January, 1973!

I think this was my second vinyl purchase , and I am happy to report that I still enjoy this LP because the songs are just that good, and Karen Carpenter's voice is mesmerizing. This album was produced so well that there was no need for me to buy the "remastered" really sounds that good..... If you bought one Carpenters album, this would be my choice.......

A Benchmark Album

I had stated in a previous review that this lp was the Carpenters "Masterwork" and was questioned by another reviewer regarding my word choice and praise. I think I may have "gushed" a bit but my feelings remain the same and the ending result of this album made the Carpenters superstars. The choice of songs and Karen's new found control of her voice; the timing couldn't have been better, not a bad or boring song in the bunch including Richard's vocal leads and the instrumentals. For some this album may seem a bit uneven and for others cohesive but whatever the choice this work produced five singles and two popular album cuts that would be featured on future compilations and it's success simply cannot be overlooked.


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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