40/40

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released upon the 40th anniversary of the Carpenters' debut album, 40/40 is a double-disc retrospective containing 40 tracks hence the title. Compiled by Richard Carpenter and newly remastered, 40/40 largely covers familiar ground, running through all but one of their 20 Top 20 hits the missing culprit is "There's a Kind of Hush" and plenty of other staples that have been reissued on compilations like this many times before. There's nothing new here, but there's nothing bad, either, and if you've somehow escaped having a double-disc Carpenters set in your collection, this is as good as any of them.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released upon the 40th anniversary of the Carpenters' debut album, 40/40 is a double-disc retrospective containing 40 tracks hence the title. Compiled by Richard Carpenter and newly remastered, 40/40 largely covers familiar ground, running through all but one of their 20 Top 20 hits the missing culprit is "There's a Kind of Hush" and plenty of other staples that have been reissued on compilations like this many times before. There's nothing new here, but there's nothing bad, either, and if you've somehow escaped having a double-disc Carpenters set in your collection, this is as good as any of them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/2009
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 602527133577
  • Catalog Number: 001322302
  • Sales rank: 18,949

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carpenters Primary Artist
Tom Scott Recorder, Tenor Saxophone
Tim Weisberg Flute
Richard Carpenter Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Louie Shelton Guitar
Jim Gordon Drums
Hal Blaine Drums
Bobby Bruce Fiddle
Dennis Budimir Acoustic Guitar
Karen Carpenter Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Gary Coleman Percussion
Carolyn Dennis Background Vocals
Earl Dumler English Horn, Oboe
John Ellis Oboe
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Tom Hensley Tack Piano
Timothy May Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Larry McNeely Banjo
Bob Messenger Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Tommy Morgan Harmonica
Ray Parker Jr. Guitar
Tony Peluso Guitar, Electric Guitar, DJ
John Phillips Tenor Saxophone
David Shostac Flute
Sheridon Stokes Flute
Doug Strawn Clarinet
Fred Tackett Acoustic Guitar
Ron Tutt Drums
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Peter Limonick Percussion
O.K. Chorale Background Vocals
Larrie Londin Drums
Julia Tillman Background Vocals
Joe Osborn Bass
Gregg Smith Singers Background Vocals
Ed Green Drums
Caroline Williams Background Vocals
Jimmy Joyce & His Children's Chorus Background Vocals
David Duke French Horn
Earle Dumler English Horn, Oboe
Sheridan Stokes Flute
Caroline Williams Background Vocals
Chuck Del'Monico Bass
Ed Green Drums
Larry McNeely Banjo
John Robinson Drums
Technical Credits
Juice Newton Composer
Tim Hardin Composer
Peter Knight Arranger
Neil Sedaka Composer
Carole King Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Leon Russell Composer
Bonnie Bramlett Composer
Barry De Vorzon Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Steve Eaton Composer
James Griffin Composer
Albert Hammond Composer
Larry Weiss Composer
Richard Carpenter Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ralph Carmichael Composer
Don Addrisi Composer
Lewis Anderson Composer
Ken Bell Composer
John Bettis Composer
Dick Bogert Engineer
Perry Botkin Jr. Composer
Karen Carpenter Producer
Jack Daugherty Producer
Hal David Composer
Robert DeLaGarza Engineer
Ray Gerhardt Engineer
Brian Holland Composer
Fred Karlin Composer
Parker McGee Composer
Dean Pitchford Composer
Joe Raposo Composer
Paul Riser Arranger
Robb Royer Composer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Peter Udell Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Paul Williams Composer
Otha Young Composer
Roger Young Engineer
Randy Handley Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Dick Addrisi Composer
Terry Draper Composer
Mike Ragogna Liner Notes
J.L. Wallace Composer
William Garrett Composer
Terry Skinner Composer
Gary Geld Composer
Robert Bateman Composer
Mack David Composer
Toni Stern Composer
John Woloschuk Composer
Roger Nichols Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Freddie Gorman Composer
Chihiro Nozaki Cover Design
Barney Williams Composer
Philip Cody Composer
William M. Lane Composer
Georgia Dubbins Composer
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  • Posted June 3, 2012

    How do you solve a problem like Richard Carpenter? I run somewh

    How do you solve a problem like Richard Carpenter? I run somewhere from resentment, sorrow,, and abject pity that someone so immensely talented (certainly in the earlier years of the Carpenters - his remix of Make Believe It's Your First Time (working from the wonderfully simple Phil Ramone original mix) should be buried deep within the earth -- he had managed to turn a beautiful performance by Karen into exactly the kind of sappy schtick that critics had always assailed them for),, but it's just so sad how little he has done iin the past 30 years except to regurgitate compilation after compilatoiio, tinkering endlessly with reengineering and remixing so much so that what the original sound he had so brilliantly created is going to have disappeared one day. And I have no dbout that there will be more "discoveries" - "oh, we just found this in my top drawer, and no one's heard it before, so here's one new song on yet another lineup of the same songs we loved so well. Richard, with his consistently self-serving liner notes (what can Karen say to rebut anything?), obviously stilll smarting over the recognition Karen was bestowed upon her legions of fans. Where is the Richard Carpenter who arranged the classic albums - Close To You, Carpenters, A Song For You, Horizon, and the innovative Passage (A Kind of Hush, on the other hand, was more than A Kind of A Bore). Richard, we have not forgotten your talent and it's time to realize that talent was , and is, recognized. Stop the greed of feeding off of the ffans, find someone to produce and arrange for, and get back to some real work. Everyone out here just shakes their head, which only compounds the jealous image you rightly or wrongly garnered back when. If Barbra Streisand is gilng to be able to come up with something like 12 DVDs this year, pull what's left together, release it, and let it go and get back to real work. I think Karen would be aghast to have witnessed these practically innumerable compilatoins -- and what's worse, is that you do the REALLY great compilatonis/special sets for Japan and not for the United States. Trust me, I heard Close to You long before those Japan fans. This is tough love, baby, not an attack on you (it would be an unwarranted attack if it wasn't true, but it's all true).

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Mothers day present

    I looked every where for this CD . So where we live ,it was hard to place. So for Mother's Day I went online and found it here. It came fast and plays great. lol I know that Mom was so happy about it, she cried!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautifully done

    Always loved Karen Carpenter. Have new found respect for Richard. It's a beautiful, representative album. Play it often.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Yesterday Once More

    The Carpenters were my favorite group at that time. My fondest memory at that time was when they were playing "We Only Just Begun" at my high school graduation. Whenever I hear that song on the radio and compact discs, it brings back memory. Karen Carpenter was the voice.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A fan of the Carpenters since my days as a kid in the '70s

    Love The Carpenters music and this collection is awesome

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    Posted January 3, 2010

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