Gold: Greatest Hits [Japan]

Gold: Greatest Hits [Japan]

by Carpenters


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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. [A Japanese version was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/15/2007
Label: Universal Japan
UPC: 4988005352217
catalogNumber: 2050
Rank: 13273


  1. Yesterday Once More
  2. Superstar
  3. Rainy Days and Mondays
  4. Goodbye to Love
  5. Its Going to Take Some Time
  6. I Won't Last a Day Without You
  7. The Rainbow Connection
  8. Sing
  9. For All We Know
  10. Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
  11. Touch Me When Were Dancing
  12. Please Mr Postman
  13. I Need to Be in Love
  14. Solitaire
  15. Weve Only Just Begun
  16. (They Long to Be) Close to You
  17. This Masquerade
  18. Ticket to Ride
  19. Top of the World
  20. Only Yesterday
  21. Leave Yesterday Behind

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