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Editors’ Notes

In their own wholesome way, the Carpenters were as seductive as any pop act of their era. Karen Carpenter’s creamy vocals blended purity with a throb of desire; Richard’s arrangements combined sumptuous harmonies with orchestral touches to distinctive effect. The Carpenters were consummate singles artists, and while undeniably designed for mass appeal, there’s an exalted quality to their hits — the romantic pang heard in “Superstar,” “For All We Know,” and “Goodbye to Love” transcends sensuality. Karen’s serene singing makes the marital bliss of “We’ve Only Just Begun” sound rare, even spiritual. She can rhapsodize about a beau in “Top of the World,” wallow in the blues in “Rainy Days and Mondays,” and grapple with angst in “Hurting Each Other” with equal poise. Musically, the duo drew upon Tin Pan Alley, Nashville-style country and Hollywood film scores for input. At their most inspired, the Carpenters seem a world unto themselves, immune to the hip upheavals around them, pursuing a sound of poignant sweetness tinged with yearning. It’s a kind of music that’s never been duplicated and remains a pleasure to hear.

Customer Reviews

This Is A Greatest Hits Prototype

This set eclipses the original singles set released in 1973. Originally, this set was to feature the original two-track album elements, no remixes, but instead was released with what Richard feels are the best versions. Thae mastering here is incredible, this project was recently released for the SACD market and streamlined, the surround sound version features "Merry Christmas Darling" and "Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft." "Sing" was remixed for the 1994 import version of "Interpretations" and is featured here, this remix freshens up the arrangement a bit. All the other remixes hail from "From The Top." The song "I Wont Last A Day Without You" may seem a bit longer, Richard recorded a piano "tag" at the end of this song as a lead in and crossfade to "Close To You." It gives this cd a bit more cohesion and a "finished" feel. This cd ends at 1981 with their last top twenty and if "Voice Of The Heart" boasted a top twenty hit, there wouldn't be room for it, this disc is stuffed.

Greatest Hits and Bonus Track

This album is great. All of the songs are the "epitome" of the Carpenters' success. The CD starts off with the softer, 1991 remix of "For All We Know", then goes into a deep love tale, "I Believe You". It goes into some happier, more joyful songs like "It's Going To Take Some Time", "We've Only Just Begun" and "Those Good Old Dreams". Then, "Superstar" just makes the happiness darken with its heavy bassline, which gives it a dark ambience. Anger turns into sadness with "Rainy Days and Mondays", their gold record that Karen sang to perfection. Richard's composition of "Goodbye To Love" was the first EVER love ballad to have a fuzz guitar solo, thanks to Tony (The Bone) Peluso. "All You Get From Love Is A Love Song", "Top of the World" and "Only Yesterday" are three of the Carpenters' happy songs, which light up the dark days. NOTE: I recommend the version of "Only Yesterday" from the album "Horizon" because it is an extended version. The next two are a sad duo. "Ticket To Ride" is a song that longs for a partner, who apparently bought a ticket to ride away. "Yesterday Once More" brings a sad longingness of the warmth of the past. It definitely is the epitome of what I think. "Sing" is a happy tune (once again) that has the voice of children! The children light up the song, as well as Karen (her personality was as vibrant as a child's). "Touch Me When We're Dancing" is my favorite slow dancing song. "Please Mr. Postman" is a re-make of the old classic. Carpenters' version is upbeat and quick. "I Need To Be In Love" was Karen's favorite song, and it's obvious why. Her voice shines through in this song, and you can tell she puts a lot of emotion into this song. That's what makes it great. "I Won't Last A Day Without You" was a gold song in 1974. Karen's voice is so sad in this song, because "when there's no gettin' over that rainbow... when my smallest of dreams won't come true... I can't take all the madness the world has to give... But I won't last a day without you." She expresses the sadness and anxiety the world offers people. Their gold, #1 hit "Close To You" is a really happy song, composed by Mr. Burt Bacharach. It's one of the best Carpenters songs. The reprise to "For All We Know" is really special. Richard and Karen recorded it for Tom Jones' "London Bridge Special" in 1972. Although only :42 long, it's a bonus song Richard dedicated to all of his fans who supported him for 38 years. 

Karen is an Angel and her voice sounds like one, too!

She may be gone but her voice will always be here! Every time I hear her voice, I still get goosebumps, as do so many! I've heard them all so many times but I never get sick of hearing these songs! When you're down or just want to relax, put these songs on and just stare off into space! They will put a warm feeling into that old heart of yours!

Biography

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...
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  • Genres: Vocal, Music, Pop, Soft Rock
  • Released: Feb 08, 2000

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