Essential Collection (1965-1997)

Essential Collection (1965-1997)

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by Carpenters

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The Carpenters' 2002 box set, The Essential Collection (1965-1997) is a revised version of their 1991 box set, From the Top. This time, Richard Carpenter has aimed more at a comprehensive treatment of the Carpenters' career, including all of their Top 40 hits (some with grudging remarksSee more details below


The Carpenters' 2002 box set, The Essential Collection (1965-1997) is a revised version of their 1991 box set, From the Top. This time, Richard Carpenter has aimed more at a comprehensive treatment of the Carpenters' career, including all of their Top 40 hits (some with grudging remarks in the liner notes) in an expansion that adds 45 and a half minutes to the running time. There are also some more album cuts and rarities, though the only previously unreleased tracks are a commercial and a medley of standards by Karen Carpenter and Ella Fitzgerald from a television special. In total, he has added 17 tracks, while deleting four: a cover of the Beatles' "Goodnight"; a Spanish-language version of "Sing" (replaced by the English-language hit version that had been left off From the Top); and two songs from his sister's solo album (which he no longer describes as having been shelved in 1980 "at Karen's behest," but now "for reasons that are well-chronicled elsewhere," presumably in Ray Coleman's 1994 authorized biography), "My Body Keeps Changing My Mind" and "Still Crazy After All These Years." Since that album finally saw release in 1996, he may have thought it was no longer necessary to represent so much of it. The result of the changes is a big improvement. From the Top didn't really justify its four discs; it could have fit on three. And it was a compromise between an all-out rarities set and a thorough career overview. This version uses its greater length to satisfy the latter goal. It is worth noting, too, that like From the Top, The Essential Collection (1965-1997) is a retouched version of the Carpenters' story. Richard Carpenter has not hesitated to remix, overdub, and otherwise spiff up the band's recordings. Purists may object, but the sound justifies the changes.

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Disc 1

  1. Caravan
  2. The Parting of Our Ways
  3. Looking for Love
  4. I'll Be Yours
  5. Iced Tea
  6. You'll Love Me
  7. All I Can Do
  8. Don't Be Afraid
  9. Invocation
  10. Your Wonderful Parade
  11. All of My Life
  12. Eve
  13. Ticket to Ride
  14. Get Together
  15. Interview
  16. Love Is Surrender
  17. Maybe It's You
  18. (They Long to Be) Close to You
  19. Mr. Guder
  20. We've Only Just Begun
  21. Merry Christmas Darling
  22. For All We Know

Disc 2

  1. Rainy Days and Mondays
  2. Superstar
  3. Let Me Be the One
  4. Bless the Beasts and Children
  5. Hurting Each Other
  6. It's Going to Take Some Time
  7. I Won't Last a Day Without You
  8. A Song for You
  9. Top of the World
  10. Goodbye to Love
  11. This Masquerade
  12. Sing
  13. Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
  14. Yesterday Once More
  15. Oldies Medley: Fun, Fun, Fun/The End of the World/Da Doo Ron ...
  16. Yesterday Once More (Reprise)
  17. Radio Contest Outtakes

Disc 3

  1. Morinaga Hi-Crown Chocolate Commercial
  2. Please Mr. Postman
  3. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  4. Only Yesterday
  5. Solitaire
  6. Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again
  7. Good Friends Are for Keeps
  8. Ordinary Fool
  9. Sandy
  10. There's a Kind of Hush (All Over the World)
  11. I Need to Be in Love
  12. From This Moment On
  13. Suntory Pop Jingle No. 1
  14. Suntory Pop Jingle No. 2
  15. All You Get from Love Is a Love Song
  16. Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft
  17. Sweet, Sweet Smile
  18. Christ Is Born
  19. White Christmas
  20. Little Alter Boy
  21. Ave Maria

Disc 4

  1. Where Do I Go from Here?
  2. Little Girl Blue
  3. I Believe You
  4. If I Had You
  5. Karen/Ella Medley: This Masquerade/My Funny Valentine/I'll Be ...
  6. 1980 Medley: Sing/Knowing When to Leave/Make It Easy on Yourself/S ...
  7. Make Believe It's Your First Time
  8. Touch Me When We're Dancing
  9. When It's Gone (It's Just Gone)
  10. Because We Are in Love (The Wedding Song)
  11. Those Good Old Dreams
  12. Now
  13. Karen's Theme

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carpenters   Primary Artist
Buddy Emmons   Pedal Steel Guitar
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Rob Mounsey   Keyboards
Tom Scott   Recorder,Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind
Tim Weisberg   Flute
Pete Jolly   Keyboards
John Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Red Rhodes   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jim Gordon   Drums
Hal Blaine   Drums
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
John Bettis   Guitar,Vocals
Bobby Bruce   Fiddle
Karen Carpenter   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Liberty DeVitto   Drums
Carolyn Dennis   Background Vocals
Earl Dumler   English Horn,Oboe
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Gregg Smith   Background Vocals
Tom Hensley   Tack Piano
Jim Horn   Oboe
Russell Javors   Guitar
James Kanter   Clarinet
Jay Dee Maness   Pedal Steel Guitar
Timothy May   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Larry McNeely   Banjo
Bob Messenger   Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Cubby O'Brien   Drums
Ray Parker   Guitar
Tony Peluso   Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar,DJ
David Shostac   Flute
Gary Sims   Guitar,Vocals
Sheridon Stokes   Flute
Doug Strawn   Clarinet,Background Vocals
Fred Tackett   Acoustic Guitar
Ron Tutt   Drums
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Carlena Williams   Background Vocals
Chuck Delmonico   Bass
Wes Jacobs   Bass,Tuba
Larrie Londin   Drums
Dennis Budimer   Acoustic Guitar
Julia Tillman   Background Vocals
Joe Osborn   Bass
David Brown   Guitar
Tom Chorale Bahler   Background Vocals
David Duke   French Horn

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Charles Gounod   Adaptation
Franz Schubert   Composer
Juice Newton   Composer
Peter Knight   Arranger
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Bob James   Arranger
Billy May   Arranger
Bonnie Bramlett   Composer
Barry De Vorzon   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
James Griffin   Composer
Richard Carpenter   Composer
Danny Wilde   Composer
Ralph Carmichael   Composer
Don Addrisi   Composer
Ken Bell   Composer
Glenn Berger   Engineer
John Bettis   Composer
Dick Bogert   Engineer
Perry Botkin   Composer
Jim Boyer   Engineer
Jack Daugherty   Producer
Robert DeLaGarza   Remixing
Sammy Fain   Composer
Ray Gerhardt   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
James Guthrie   Engineer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Jerry Hey   Arranger
Brian Holland   Composer
Rick Jarrard   Producer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Fred Karlin   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Paul Riser   Arranger
H. Smith   Composer
Armin Steiner   Engineer
Geoff Stephens   Composer
Hiromasa Suzuki   Composer
Rod Temperton   Arranger
Eric Tomlinson   Engineer
Hank Williams   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Otha Young   Composer
Roger Young   Engineer,Remixing
Vartan   Art Direction
Dick Addrisi   Composer
Georgia Dobbins   Composer
Terry Draper   Composer
Barry Korkin   Tape Sources
William Garrett   Composer
Leslie Reed   Composer
Robert Bateman   Composer
Howlett Peter Smith   Composer
John Woloschuk   Composer
Roger Nichols   Composer
Joe Osborn   Producer,Engineer
R. Wilson   Composer
Scott Ravine   Licensing
Freddie Gorman   Composer
Yoko Narahashi   Composer
Tom Scholz   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer
Roger S. Nichols   Composer
Paul H. Williams   Composer
Tatsushi Umegaki   Composer

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