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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. Seth Kaufman, Barnes & Noble


1 LISTENFor All We Know 2:33 2 LISTENI Believe You 3:55 3 LISTENIt's Going to Take Some Time 2:59 4 LISTENWe've Only Just Begun 3:04 5 LISTENThose Good Old Dreams 4:11 6 LISTENSuperstar 3:46 7 LISTENRainy Days and Mondays 3:35 8 LISTENGoodbye to Love 3:56 9 LISTENAll You Get from Love Is a Love Song 3:46 10 LISTENTop of the World 2:58 11 LISTENOnly Yesterday 3:47 12 LISTENTicket to Ride 4:09 13 LISTENHurting Each Other 2:48 14 LISTENYesterday Once More 3:57 15 LISTENSing 3:18 16 LISTENTouch Me When We're Dancing 3:19 17 LISTENPlease Mr. Postman 2:47 18 LISTENI Need to Be in Love 3:49 19 LISTENI Won't Last a Day Without You 4:29 20 LISTEN(They Long to Be) Close to You 3:41 21 LISTENFor All We Know (Reprise) 0:46
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Performer:  Carpenters
Release Date:  May 23, 2000
Label:  WEA International
Genre:  Adult Contemporary
Release Date:  May 23, 2000
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review by . January 05, 2009
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For the four year period from 1970-1973 The Carpenters were for all intents and purposes a fixture in the Billboard Top Ten.  During that time, The Carpenters racked up 3 number one songs, reached number two five more times and amassed a remarkable  total of 10 Top Ten hits!!!   "Carpenters:  Singles 1969-1981", released back in 2000, continues to be  the most complete single disc collection of their work assembled to date.  All of the big hits …
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