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Singles 1969-1973
     

The Singles 1969-1973

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by Carpenters
 

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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

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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.

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
There's a certain inherent sadness listening to this concise 12-song collection of the Carpenters' early hits, especially as it opens with "We've Only Just Begun," with its hopeful, dreamy lyrics -- for it was never supposed to be definitive, just the first of at least two such collections. But changes in the public's taste and a slackening (though never a disappearance) of hits for the duo, and Karen Carpenter's death in 1983, made this the first and only real mass choice for a Carpenters collection. Ten of the duo's dozen Top Ten hits are present, from "Close to You" to "Top of the World," with their gorgeous and original slow ballad interpretation of "Ticket to Ride" and their cover of Carole King's "It's Going to Take Some Time" thrown in to offer a slightly wider perspective. Listening to this material, it's easy to accuse the Carpenters of being hopelessly retro even in their own time -- bear in mind that "We've Only Just Begun" and "Superstar" being contemporaneous with the Allman Brothers' At Fillmore East and Eat a Peach and you get the idea. But the lush melodies brought out in Richard Carpenter's arrangements and Karen's singing are justification in themselves. [The 1999 reissue in A&M's Remastered Classics series (#82839-3601-2) has a closer, toughened but warmer sound. Yes, the strings are brighter, to the point of glistening, but the rhythm section (Joe Osborn on bass, Hal Blaine on drums) has more impact as well. Moreover, the full original notes from the insert are now included, explaining how each song came to be discovered and recorded.]

Product Details

Release Date:
01/12/1999
Label:
Universal Mod Afw
UPC:
0082839360128
catalogNumber:
393601
Rank:
62374

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The Singles 1969-1973 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is very rare. It has a We've Only Just Begun intro on it that you cannot find anywhere else.