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The Singles 1969-1973

The Singles 1969-1973

by Carpenters Carpenters
The Singles 1969-1973

The Singles 1969-1973

by Carpenters Carpenters


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Although the Carpenters were once derided by critics for their tuneful-but- funkless songs, this hit-happy collection of '70s chart-toppers provides ample proof that the duo's work was more pop than corn. Their secret? Richard Carpenter recognized the value of top songwriters and industrial-strength melodies. He also took care to highlight the squeaky-clean vocals of his sister, Karen, using dramatic arrangements to sharpen the hooks on low-key lounge classics, (Bacharach-David's "Close To You,") and to beef up the choruses on more upbeat numbers. Viewed with 20/20 hindsight, some of the late Ms. Carpenter's songs now seem more poignant than when she recorded them - - especially "Superstar," with its tale of spurned love, and "Hurting Each Other." Thanks to arrangements that bounce like a Superball, the sunny "Top of the World" and "Sing" still sound fresh; their charming sing-along melodies boost lyrics that might have sounded trite in the hands of lesser talent.

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Release Date: 01/12/1999
Label: A&M
UPC: 0082839360128
catalogNumber: 393601
Rank: 31468


  1. We've Only Just Begun
  2. Top of the World
  3. Ticket to Ride
  4. Superstar
  5. Rainy Days and Mondays
  6. Goodbye to Love
  7. Yesterday Once More
  8. It's Going to Take Some Time
  9. Sing
  10. For All We Know
  11. Hurting Each other
  12. (They Long To Be) Close To You

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