Richard and Karen Carpenter were very popular throughout the seventies and this compilation, as originally released on vinyl, was their second volume of singles. I tend to think that the first volume (1969 to 1973) is slightly stronger, though not by much.
The set begins with two country songs - Sweet sweet smile (a top ten American country hit - their only country hit) and Jambalaya (a cover of the old Hank Williams classic that almost made the top ten in the British pop charts) and ends with their strange song about outer space with a very long title - Calling occupants of interplanetary craft (the recognized anthem of world contact day). In between, the album is filled with pop songs typical of the Carpenters - a mix of brilliant originals and classic covers. One of the songs (I won't last a day without you) was originally released in 1972 but re-issued in 1974 so that's how it qualifies for this set.
The covers here include There's a kind of hush (Herman's hermits), Please Mr Postman (Marvelettes) and Solitaire (Neil Sedaka). Can't smile without you, a song that I associate with Barry Manilow, is also here but the Carpenters recorded it before Barry. The originals include Only yesterday, All you get from love is a love song, Happy and I need to be in love.
The music here is brilliant although there are plenty of more comprehensive compilations available these days.