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Singles 1969-1981

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Barnes & Noble - Seth Kaufman
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 -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Seth Kaufman
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.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Singles 1969-1981 expands the popular Singles 1969-1973 album with more of the group's later hits, such as "Please Mr. Postman," "Only Yesterday," "Touch Me When We're Dancing," and "I Won't Last a Day Without You." "They Long to Be Close to You," "We've Only Just Begun," "Superstar," and other '70s hits are still here, making this a definitive collection of their best-known songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2000
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949045623
  • Catalog Number: 490456
  • Sales rank: 4,343

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carpenters Primary Artist
Buddy Emmons Pedal Steel Guitar
Tom Scott Recorder, Tenor Saxophone
Richard Carpenter Keyboards, Background Vocals
Hal Blaine Drums
Karen Carpenter Background Vocals
Gary Coleman Timpani
Carolyn Dennis Background Vocals
Earl Dumler English Horn, Oboe, Recorder
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Jay Dee Maness Pedal Steel Guitar
Timothy May Guitar
Bob Messenger Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Morgan Harmonica
Tony Peluso Guitar, Electric Guitar
Doug Strawn Baritone Saxophone
Ron Tutt Drums
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Carlena Williams Background Vocals
O.K. Chorale Background Vocals
Larrie Londin Drums
Joe Osborn Bass
David Duke French Horn
Technical Credits
James Griffin Composer
Richard Carpenter Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Remixing
Marvin Hamlisch Arranger
Don Addrisi Composer
Ken Bell Composer
John Bettis Composer
Karen Carpenter Producer
Jack Daugherty Producer
Ray Gerhardt Engineer
Brian Holland Composer
Fred Karlin Composer
Paul Riser Arranger
Paul Williams Composer
Roger Young Engineer, Remixing
Paul Grein Liner Notes
Dick Addrisi Composer
Georgia Dobbins Composer
Richard Bogert Engineer
William Garrett Composer
Robert Bateman Composer
Roger Nichols Composer
R. Wilson Composer
Freddie Gorman Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Carpenters Singles is awesome for me to own.

    Had been wanting to purchase these songs for a long time, and now that I've got them, am really enjoying them. They take me back to when I was in Elementary School and we selected a couple of their songs to sing for our parents. Tunes run the gamut from sad to happy, and are really catchy. Am so glad I was able to get the cd and can now sing along with The Carpenters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A voice for an era...

    I can remember driving to high school in a VW bug (sitting in the back-seat) listening to the Carpenters. We cruised the hills and rivers of northeast Ohio so we could prolong the time before school started. Of course the Carpenters were considered to be AM radio, bubble-gum sort of music in the midst of the other music hitting the airwaves at that time. In spite of this description, nobody could deny that Karen Carpenter's voice was haunting because of its abilty, but also because of its beautiful sadness that in some way (after the fact) foretold the future for Karen. In music, I mourned the deaths of John Lennon, and Karen Carpenter within a few years of each other. Both of these artists meant a lot to me. Anybody interested in exploring the music of this era should listen to at least one Carpenters CD.

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