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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Carpenters

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
It probably is not an oversight that the Carpenters entry in Universal Music Group's discount-priced compilation series 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection, unlike all the others, does not begin its title with the words "The Best of...." There have been plenty of Carpenters hits compilations, some of them still in print, and Richard Carpenter, who compiled this album, seems to have wearied of reconfiguring the group's hits one more time. Eight of the 12 tracks here were chart singles, including the number one hits "Please Mr. Postman" and "Top of the World," but there are also down-chart items like "Bless the Beasts and the Children" and "I Believe You," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
It probably is not an oversight that the Carpenters entry in Universal Music Group's discount-priced compilation series 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection, unlike all the others, does not begin its title with the words "The Best of...." There have been plenty of Carpenters hits compilations, some of them still in print, and Richard Carpenter, who compiled this album, seems to have wearied of reconfiguring the group's hits one more time. Eight of the 12 tracks here were chart singles, including the number one hits "Please Mr. Postman" and "Top of the World," but there are also down-chart items like "Bless the Beasts and the Children" and "I Believe You," as well as album-only tracks like a cover of Leon Russell's "This Masquerade" and "Love Is Surrender." So this is not the album to buy if what you're looking for is a single-disc Carpenters hits collection. That would be Singles 1969-1981. To the extent that it's a thematic compilation, the album seems to have a tone of nostalgia and looking backward, beginning with "Yesterday Once More" and also including "Only Yesterday," with the word "yesterday" turning up elsewhere as well. Richard Carpenter seems determined to demonstrate that there was more to the Carpenters than just the hits, and certainly some of the non-hit material sounds just as good, if not quite as catchy, as the hits. But it's not clear on what basis the potential consumer would buy this album, since it does not fulfill the 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection premise of providing an inexpensive, short collection of an artist's best-known material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 606949342128
  • Catalog Number: 493421
  • Sales rank: 15,738

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carpenters Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Peter Knight Arranger
Barry De Vorzon Composer
Richard Carpenter Arranger, Composer, Producer
Danny Wilde Composer
Eddie Rambeau Composer
Don Addrisi Composer
John Bettis Composer
Ed Caraeff Liner Notes
Karen Carpenter Producer
Jack Daugherty Producer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Brian Holland Composer
Harry Lloyd Composer
Paul Riser Arranger
Vartan Art Direction
Dick Addrisi Composer
Georgia Dobbins Composer
Norman Seeff Cover Art, Inlay Design
Barry Korkin Contributor
Annie Leibovitz Credits Director
Jim McCrary Inlay Photography
William Garrett Composer
Robert Bateman Composer
Robyn Flans Liner Notes
Scott Ravine Licensing
Freddie Gorman Composer
W. Henderson Composer
Bud Rehak Composer
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