From the Top

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Carpenters' box set retrospective From the Top is a 67-track, four-CD set running under 3 ? hours which means it could have fit on three CDs that traces Richard and Karen Carpenter's musical efforts from the formation of the Richard Carpenter Trio in 1965 to Karen's final recording session in April 1982. This is Richard's compilation; he introduces it and writes a track-by-track commentary, and has also done a lot of refurbishing, remixing 40 tracks and providing "additional recording" on many. The set proceeds chronologically, and most of the 20 previously unreleased tracks date from the '60s, as the group's emerging sound can be traced in demos. The Carpenters' ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Carpenters' box set retrospective From the Top is a 67-track, four-CD set running under 3 ½ hours which means it could have fit on three CDs that traces Richard and Karen Carpenter's musical efforts from the formation of the Richard Carpenter Trio in 1965 to Karen's final recording session in April 1982. This is Richard's compilation; he introduces it and writes a track-by-track commentary, and has also done a lot of refurbishing, remixing 40 tracks and providing "additional recording" on many. The set proceeds chronologically, and most of the 20 previously unreleased tracks date from the '60s, as the group's emerging sound can be traced in demos. The Carpenters' hitmaking period of 1970-75 is extensively covered from the last quarter of the first disc to the start of the third, with most of their big hits included, though Richard excludes a few without comment. Also included are many album tracks that sometimes match the quality of the singles. Richard includes a couple of the Carpenters' singles from the second half of the '70s, and devotes the rest of the third disc and most of the fourth to excerpts from stray projects -- Christmas albums, TV specials, Karen's solo album which Richard carefully notes went unreleased "at Karen's behest". As such, there is necessarily a fall-off in the set's quality. But by sequencing the songs chronologically, choosing only the ones he wants, and remaking them to his satisfaction, Richard is telling his version of the Carpenters' story, chronicling his band's rise and fall, which occurred in artistic and commercial terms well before his sister's death.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/1994
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 731454000024
  • Catalog Number: 540000

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Caravan (3:37)
  2. 2 The Parting Of Our Ways (2:20)
  3. 3 Looking For Love (1:51)
  4. 4 I'll Be Yours (2:28)
  5. 5 Iced Tea (2:36)
  6. 6 You'll Love Me (2:27)
  7. 7 All I Can Do (1:51)
  8. 8 Don't Be Afraid (2:06)
  9. 9 Invocation (1:01)
  10. 10 Your Wonderful Parade (2:22)
  11. 11 Good Night (2:33)
  12. 12 All of My Life (3:01)
  13. 13 Eve (2:52)
  14. 14 Ticket to Ride (4:10)
  15. 15 Get Together (2:41)
  16. 16 Interview: Your Navy Presents (1:34)
  17. 17 Maybe It's You (3:09)
  18. 18 (They Long To Be) Close To You (3:42)
  19. 19 We've Only Just Begun (3:04)
  20. 20 Merry Christmas Darling (3:05)
  21. 21 For All We Know (2:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Superstar (3:45)
  2. 2 Rainy Days and Mondays (3:36)
  3. 3 Let Me Be the One (2:49)
  4. 4 Bless The Beasts And Children (3:16)
  5. 5 Hurting Each Other (2:47)
  6. 6 Top of the World (3:00)
  7. 7 Goodbye to Love (4:00)
  8. 8 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (4:09)
  9. 9 This Masquerade (4:53)
  10. 10 Canta (Sing) (3:21)
  11. 11 Yesterday Once More (3:50)
  12. 12 Fun, Fun, Fun (1:40)
  13. 13 The End of the World (2:26)
  14. 14 Da Doo Ron Ron (1:47)
  15. 15 Dead Man's Curve (1:32)
  16. 16 Johnny Angel (1:32)
  17. 17 The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (2:23)
  18. 18 Our Day Will Come (2:00)
  19. 19 One Fine Day (1:34)
  20. 20 Yesterday Once More (Reprise) (1:01)
  21. 21 Radio Contest Outtakes (1:54)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Please Mr. Postman (2:50)
  2. 2 Only Yesterday (3:58)
  3. 3 Solitaire (4:40)
  4. 4 Good Friends Are For Keeps (1:08)
  5. 5 Ordinary Fool (3:42)
  6. 6 I Need To Be In Love (3:48)
  7. 7 From This Moment On (2:13)
  8. 8 Suntory Pop Jingle No. 1 (0:32)
  9. 9 Suntory Pop Jingle No. 2 (0:33)
  10. 10 All You Get From Love Is A Love Song (3:46)
  11. 11 Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (7:08)
  12. 12 Christ Is Born (3:13)
  13. 13 White Christmas (2:30)
  14. 14 Little Altar Boy (3:44)
  15. 15 Ave Maria (2:27)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Where Do I Go From Here? (4:24)
  2. 2 Little Girl Blue (3:24)
  3. 3 If I Had You (3:57)
  4. 4 My Body Keeps Changing My Mind (3:50)
  5. 5 Still Crazy After All These Years (4:18)
  6. 6 Medley: Sing/Knowing When to Leave/Make It Easy on Yourself/Someday (9:08)
  7. 7 Touch Me When We're Dancing (3:19)
  8. 8 When It's Gone (It's Just Gone) (5:00)
  9. 9 Because We Are In Love (The Wedding Song) (5:02)
  10. 10 Now (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carpenters Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
Rob Mounsey Keyboards
Tom Scott Recorder
Pete Jolly Keyboards
Red Rhodes Steel Guitar
Richard Carpenter Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Hal Blaine Drums
Chuck Berghofer Bass
John Bettis Guitar, Vocals
Karen Carpenter Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Carolyn Dennis Background Vocals
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Ed Greene Drums
Russell Javors Guitar
Louis Johnson Bass
Timothy May Guitar
Bob Messenger Flute, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Cubby O'Brien Drums
Ray Parker Jr. Guitar
Tony Peluso Bass, Guitar
Greg Phillinganes Keyboards
David Shostac Flute
Gary Sims Guitar, Vocals
Doug Stegmeyer Bass
Sheridon Stokes Flute
Doug Strawn Clarinet, Background Vocals
Ron Tutt Drums
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Wes Jacobs Bass, Tuba
Larrie Londin Drums
Dave Brown Guitar
Julia Tillman Background Vocals
David Duke French Horn
Technical Credits
Charles Gounod Adaptation
Franz Schubert Composer
Peter Knight Arranger, Adaptation
Brian Wilson Composer
Billy May Arranger
Rob Mounsey Arranger
James Griffin Composer
Richard Carpenter Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Arnie Acosta Mastering
Glenn Berger Engineer
Jan Berry Composer
John Bettis Composer
Dick Bogert Engineer
Jim Boyer Engineer
Jack Daugherty Producer
Ray Gerhardt Engineer
James Guthrie Engineer
Jerry Hey Arranger
Brian Holland Composer
Fred Karlin Composer
Tony Peluso Contributor
Phil Ramone Producer
Hiromasa Suzuki Composer
Rod Temperton Arranger
Eric Tomlinson Engineer
Paul Williams Composer
Roger Young Engineer, Remixing
Artie Kornfeld Composer
Sam Riddle Contributor
Georgia Dobbins Composer
Terry Draper Composer
Chuck Beeson Art Direction
William Garrett Composer
Robert Bateman Composer
Howlett Peter Smith Composer
John Woloschuk Composer
Roger Nichols Composer
Jonathan Silberman Composer
R. Wilson Composer
Roger Christian Composer
Freddie Gorman Composer
Yoko Narahashi Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Top's A Start, But A&M Should Release The Unheard Tracks

    No CD has spun around on our CD player more than this lush, gorgeous collection of songs by The Carpenters. Great Liners Notes! Nice mixing of the tracks, but a lot left out! It's time that A&M release all of those tracks the world never had a chance to hear. Especially some songs from their TV Specials in the 70's. Thanks to Tony Tay's 'Carpenters Website' I found a new version of one of my favorite songs ''I Need To Be In Love'', combined with Irving Berlin's ''They Say That Falling In Love Is Wonderful'' on a new CD entitled ''Silver Screen Serenades'' by West Coast based 'cabaret-pop' singer, Michael Poss. It's the best version since the Karen Carpenter recording, and refreshing to hear this sexy, yet melancholy baritone singer's lyrical interpretation. All of the songs arranged by Richard Carpenter excelled Karen's voice that sparkled with that unexplainable microphone presence. Film historians say only a handful of our famous movie stars had a unique and mystifying relationship with the camera... a sort of ''camera chemistry'', or as the saying goes, ''the camera really likes you''. I believe the same thing occurs with the recording microphone. It has a mysterious way of collecting the vocal vibrations it captures and emitts to record by some of our great 'pop' vocalists. There¿s always ¿that extra unexplainable something¿ recorded by Karen Carpenter, Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, and Ella Fitzgerald. Only a few of our contemporary male vocalists like Harry Connick, Jr., Sting, and the male singer I previously mentioned have that ¿it¿ thing. There are only a small group of contemporary female singers have that ''special something that goes way beyond the vocal recording'', singers like Christina Aguilera, Linda Eder, Jane Olivor, Whitney Houston, to name a few. But, I think Karen's voice will always transcend through space and time, because her voice came from far beyond her own connection with her soul. ''From The Top'' is a blessing! Thank goodness for the recording invention!

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