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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2002
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 606949341626
  • Catalog Number: 493416

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Caravan (3:38)
  2. 2 The Parting of Our Ways (2:20)
  3. 3 Looking for Love (1:52)
  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 (1:50)
  8. 8 Don't Be Afraid (2:07)
  9. 9 Invocation (1:00)
  10. 10 Your Wonderful Parade (2:22)
  11. 11 All of My Life (3:02)
  12. 12 Eve (2:53)
  13. 13 Ticket to Ride (4:09)
  14. 14 Get Together (2:40)
  15. 15 Interview (1:34)
  16. 16 Love Is Surrender (1:58)
  17. 17 Maybe It's You (3:03)
  18. 18 (They Long to Be) Close to You (4:34)
  19. 19 Mr. Guder (3:21)
  20. 20 We've Only Just Begun (3:05)
  21. 21 Merry Christmas Darling (3:05)
  22. 22 For All We Know (2:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rainy Days and Mondays (3:36)
  2. 2 Superstar (3:50)
  3. 3 Let Me Be the One (2:25)
  4. 4 Bless the Beasts and Children (3:14)
  5. 5 Hurting Each Other (2:48)
  6. 6 It's Going to Take Some Time (2:56)
  7. 7 I Won't Last a Day Without You (3:54)
  8. 8 A Song for You (4:37)
  9. 9 Top of the World (2:59)
  10. 10 Goodbye to Love (3:56)
  11. 11 This Masquerade (4:53)
  12. 12 Sing (3:18)
  13. 13 Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (3:39)
  14. 14 Yesterday Once More (3:49)
  15. 15 Oldies Medley: Fun, Fun, Fun/The End of the World/Da Doo Ron ... (14:54)
  16. 16 Yesterday Once More (Reprise) (1:02)
  17. 17 Radio Contest Outtakes (1:53)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Morinaga Hi-Crown Chocolate Commercial (0:35)
  2. 2 Please Mr. Postman (2:49)
  3. 3 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (4:09)
  4. 4 Only Yesterday (3:46)
  5. 5 Solitaire (4:41)
  6. 6 Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again (4:21)
  7. 7 Good Friends Are for Keeps (1:08)
  8. 8 Ordinary Fool (3:42)
  9. 9 Sandy (3:41)
  10. 10 There's a Kind of Hush (All Over the World) (2:57)
  11. 11 I Need to Be in Love (3:48)
  12. 12 From This Moment On (2:13)
  13. 13 Suntory Pop Jingle No. 1 (0:32)
  14. 14 Suntory Pop Jingle No. 2 (0:33)
  15. 15 All You Get from Love Is a Love Song (3:46)
  16. 16 Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (7:09)
  17. 17 Sweet, Sweet Smile (3:02)
  18. 18 Christ Is Born (3:12)
  19. 19 White Christmas (2:29)
  20. 20 Little Alter Boy (3:44)
  21. 21 Ave Maria (2:36)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Where Do I Go from Here? (4:24)
  2. 2 Little Girl Blue (3:24)
  3. 3 I Believe You (3:54)
  4. 4 If I Had You (3:58)
  5. 5 Karen/Ella Medley: This Masquerade/My Funny Valentine/I'll Be ... (5:58)
  6. 6 1980 Medley: Sing/Knowing When to Leave/Make It Easy on Yourself/S ... (9:08)
  7. 7 Make Believe It's Your First Time (4:09)
  8. 8 Touch Me When We're Dancing (3:20)
  9. 9 When It's Gone (It's Just Gone) (5:00)
  10. 10 Because We Are in Love (The Wedding Song) (5:01)
  11. 11 Those Good Old Dreams (4:12)
  12. 12 Now (3:51)
  13. 13 Karen's Theme (2:41)
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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, 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 Jr. 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
Eddie Rambeau Composer
Ralph Carmichael Composer
Don Addrisi Composer
Ken Bell Composer
Glenn Berger Engineer
John Bettis Composer
Dick Bogert Engineer
Perry Botkin Jr. Composer
Jim Boyer Engineer
Jack Daugherty Producer
Robert DeLaGarza Remixing
Sammy Fain Composer
Ray Gerhardt Engineer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
James Guthrie Engineer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Jerry Hey Arranger
Brian Holland Composer
Rick Jarrard Producer
Irving Kahal Composer
Fred Karlin Composer
Richard Marx 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
Justin Cody Composer
W. Henderson Composer
Bud Rehak Composer
Roger S. Nichols Composer
Paul H. Williams Composer
Tatsushi Umegaki Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Essential for all devoted Carpenter's Fans!

    I have bought both " From the Top" and " The Essentail Collection." While both are well done.(Hats off to Richard Carpenter)I found myself feeling almost cheated when it came to this "new and improved" box set. Karen Carpenter's vocals shine on both sets but here on "The Essentail Collection" Richard has remixed the music and Karen's voice to the point that it sounds as though she was in the studio for the making of this album. However I have listened to the studio albums and the oridginal mixs and I find them far suprior to the songs represented here. Also, I find that Karen's ill fated solo album is hardly mentioned here. Karen was very proud of her work on that album, however Richard chose to only include one song " If I Had You" and replace the two others with the Ella/Karen melody. The saving grace of this collection for me was Karen's in depth reading on the song "Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again". I found that one song to be wroth the close to 120.00 I spent on it. In closing I will say that this was a valad try to "update" the Carpenter's music. However, Richard ought to release a 12 CD of the entire Carpenters collection box set here in north america, and allow the fans to be the judges.

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