Gold: Greatest Hits [Deluxe Sound & Vision] [2004]

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All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
Usually the name Gold: Greatest Hits means "avoid this album." Many times small labels will buy the rights to some obscure songs by a big-name artist and then release it under that very title. But despite the name, this collection keeps the crap in the middle of the album, buried between the good stuff. In fact, this is a really good retrospective of this band. The dark and lonely ballads that Karen Carpenter sing take center stage, pushing brother Richard's pop contributions to the background. The album starts strong enough, featuring several of their biggest hits, including "Superstar," "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Goodbye to Love," and "It's Going to Take Some Time." ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
Usually the name Gold: Greatest Hits means "avoid this album." Many times small labels will buy the rights to some obscure songs by a big-name artist and then release it under that very title. But despite the name, this collection keeps the crap in the middle of the album, buried between the good stuff. In fact, this is a really good retrospective of this band. The dark and lonely ballads that Karen Carpenter sing take center stage, pushing brother Richard's pop contributions to the background. The album starts strong enough, featuring several of their biggest hits, including "Superstar," "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Goodbye to Love," and "It's Going to Take Some Time." And the album ends with more big hits, such as "Top of the World," "They Long to Be Close to You," and "We've Only Just Begun"; even their Klaatu cover, "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft," makes it. But the middle is a danger zone of filler, featuring forgettable tracks like "Please Mr. Postman" and its ilk. But this collection has the requisite amount of good Carpenters songs to make it worthwhile, and anyone who does not have these songs on album should give this a listen. [Deluxe Sound & Vision also released a 2004 edition.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 602498634707
  • Catalog Number: 000326000
  • Sales rank: 54,522

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Superstar (3:46)
  2. 2 Rainy Days and Mondays (3:35)
  3. 3 Top of the World (3:02)
  4. 4 Maybe It's You (3:03)
  5. 5 Let Me Be the One (2:25)
  6. 6 Reason to Believe (3:04)
  7. 7 Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (3:38)
  8. 8 Leave Yesterday Behind (3:32)
  9. 9 You Baby Doesn't Love You Anymore (3:51)
  10. 10 Bless the Beasts and Children (3:15)
  11. 11 It's Going to Take Some Time (2:58)
  12. 12 The Rainbow Connection (4:37)
  13. 13 Only Yesterday (3:46)
  14. 14 Sweet, Sweet Smile (3:02)
  15. 15 There's a Kind of Hush (All Over the World) (3:04)
  16. 16 California Dreamin' (2:31)
  17. 17 Solitaire (4:42)
  18. 18 We've Only Just Begun (3:05)
  19. 19 This Masquerade (4:53)
  20. 20 Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (7:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Yesterday Once More (3:58)
  2. 2 Please Mr. Postman (2:47)
  3. 3 Hurting Each Other (2:48)
  4. 4 I Need to Be in Love (3:50)
  5. 5 Merry Christmas Darling (3:07)
  6. 6 (They Long to Be) Close to You (3:42)
  7. 7 All You Get from Love Is a Love Song (3:47)
  8. 8 Sing (3:17)
  9. 9 Make Believe It's Your First Time (4:10)
  10. 10 Ticket to Ride (4:10)
  11. 11 Goodbye to Love (3:57)
  12. 12 I Just Fall in Love Again (4:04)
  13. 13 I Believe You (3:56)
  14. 14 Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again (4:22)
  15. 15 For All We Know (2:33)
  16. 16 Touch Me When We're Dancing (3:20)
  17. 17 I Won't Last a Day Without You (3:55)
  18. 18 Mr. Guder (3:22)
  19. 19 A Song for You (4:38)
  20. 20 Karen's Theme (2:41)
Disc 3
  1. 1 We've Only Just Begun
  2. 2 Those Good Old Dreams
  3. 3 Superstar
  4. 4 Rainy Days and Mondays
  5. 5 All You Get from Love Is a Love Song
  6. 6 Top of the World
  7. 7 Ticket to Ride
  8. 8 Only Yesterday
  9. 9 Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft
  10. 10 Beechwood 4-5789
  11. 11 Touch Me When We're Dancing
  12. 12 Hurting Each Other
  13. 13 Please Mr. Postman
  14. 14 There's a Kind of Hush (All Over the World)
  15. 15 (They Long to Be) Close to You
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carpenters Primary Artist
Buddy Emmons Pedal Steel Guitar
Buddy Childers Flugelhorn
Tom Scott Tenor Saxophone
Tim Weisberg Flute
Jim Gordon Drums
Hal Blaine Drums
Bobby Bruce Fiddle
Karen Carpenter Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Gary Coleman Percussion
Carolyn Dennis Background Vocals
Earl Dumler English Horn, Oboe
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Tom Hensley Tack Piano
James Kanter Clarinet
Jay Dee Maness Pedal Steel Guitar
Timothy May Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin
Bob Messenger Flute, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Tommy Morgan Harmonica
Jack Nimitz Baritone Saxophone
Ray Parker Jr. Guitar
Tony Peluso Guitar, Electric Guitar
David Shostac Flute
Sheridon Stokes Flute, Recorder
Doug Strawn Clarinet
Ron Tutt Drums
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Carlena Williams Background Vocals
Peter Limonick Percussion
Larrie Londin Drums
Julia Tillman Background Vocals
Joe Osborn Bass
Gregg Smith Singers Background Vocals
Ed Green Drums
Technical Credits
Juice Newton Composer
Tim Hardin Composer
Neil Sedaka Composer
Marvin Gaye 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
John Phillips Composer
Michelle Phillips Composer
Larry Weiss Composer
Richard Carpenter Composer
Phil Cody Composer
Bob Morrison Composer
Don Addrisi Composer
Kenny Ascher Composer
John Bettis Composer
Dick Bogert Engineer
Perry Botkin Jr. Composer
Karen Carpenter Producer
Jack Daugherty Producer
Hal David Composer
Robert DeLaGarza Engineer, Remixing
Steve Dorff Composer
George Gordy Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
John Hendrickson Engineer
Brian Holland Composer
Dave Iveland Engineer
Fred Karlin Composer
Harry Lloyd Composer
Charles Paakkari Engineer
David Pomeranz Composer
Joe Raposo Composer
Paul Riser Arranger
Gloria Sklerov Composer
Armin Steiner Engineer
Geoff Stephens Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer
Peter Udell Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Paul Williams Composer
Johnny Wilson Composer
Otha Young Composer
Roger Young Engineer, Remixing
Larry Herbstritt Composer
Dick Addrisi Composer
Georgia Dobbins Composer
Terry Draper Composer
J.L. Wallace Composer
Kenny Bell Composer
William Garrett Composer
Leslie Reed Composer
Terry Skinner Composer
Gary Geld Composer
Robert Bateman Composer
Toni Stern Composer
John Woloschuk Composer
Roger Nichols Composer
Frank Pooler Composer
Joe Osborn Engineer
R. Wilson Composer
Freddie Gorman Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A One-Stop Retrospective of Karen and Richard's Careers

    I grew up in the age of the Beatles, but they were my sister's group. For me, the first singers I never failed to listen to as often as possible were Karen and Richard Carpenter. Their lush music, topped by Karen's soulful alto voice and Richard's compositions (with John Bettis) and multidubbed arrangements, were the anodyne to the turbulence of the late Sixties and early Seventies. Their hits did regular appearances on AM radio stations (yes, Virginia, there _was_ music on AM radio!) for years, until Karen's marriage, diagnosis with anorexia, and tragic death from a heart attack.<BR/><BR/>The complete catalogue of their material can be found only on vinyl today; the masters have never been brought out for complete reissue by A&M Records. But, if you want a goodly taste of what the Carpenters offered, this retrospective CD set gives you a fine taste. You'll find pieces on here from the rarely heard, little known "Ticket to Ride" and "Mr. Guder," to the classics such as "Superstar," "Rainy Days and Mondays" and "Goodbye to Love," down to the little appreciated gems such as "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft." A few oddities I've never heard before are also on here, such as a _wild_ version of "California Dreamin.'" (I can only suspect that this was either a studio tape that was never used, or perhaps from Karen's solo album that sank like a stone after its posthumous release.)<BR/><BR/>This collection does not include everything, obviously. Where is the lovely, fun-filled rendition of "Goofus," or Karen's version of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"? Many lovely B-side and album-only gems are missing here, and can only be found if you go into the collectors' vinyl market -- unless A&M and Richard realize they're sitting on a gold mine with my generation! This set, though, isn't too bad, and will certainly give you the essentials.

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