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Carpenters Singles 1974 - 1978 [Import]

Carpenters Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Mar 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: A & M
  • ASIN: B0000241Q3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The mid-seventies classics 21 Jan 2005
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Second singles collection 21 Jan 2014
By dutch
Format:Audio CD
This album was put out in the UK and several other countries to cash in on the Carpenters success at the time. But it was also because the only new album by them was a Christmas album, something that doesn't really go down well with audiences outside of the States. The Singles 1974-1978 was a pure compilation album and not like it's predecessor, the far superior 'Singles 1969-73', that album was rerecorded in large parts and includes 9 American gold singles.

Although the original vinyl release did include mostly single versions: 'Please mister postman', 'There's a kind of hush' 'I Won't last a day without you' & 'Can't smile without you', they didn't all survive onto the CD release. Also it has been falsely stated that musical piano interludes were used in-between tracks - they weren't!

The album could have been better if 'I Believe you' had been included and released as a single, this song in my opinion was one of their best recordings in their latter years, and the single version of 'Calling occupants' used. Why 'Happy' and 'Can't smile without you' are included is a bit of a mystery. 'Happy' wasn't released as a single, something that is often mistakenly quoted, and the Carpenters re-recording of 'Can't smile without you' really doesn't work well. It wasn't the first time Barry Manilow came along and nailed a song the Carpenters couldn't get right! 'Goofus' and 'Mr Guder' were released as singles in some countries during this time period and would have made better choices!

But of course the success of the album is down to their major hits: 'Please mister postman', 'Only yesterday' 'Jambalaya' (in a few countries) and their Cover of Klaatu's 'Calling occupants'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Sound Quality. 24 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this as a used CD because i wanted to re-live the Christmas of 1978, the vinyl release that i purchased. I found the sound quality on this recording better quality than the Carpenters SACD Release of the Singles 1969-1981, if you want a singles collection from the Carpenters hunt this compilation down its the best sound quality by far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic Carpenters 6 Feb 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Full star rating as we love the Carpenters if only we had music being produced today ,with such clear singing wonderful melody and just an absolute joy to relax and listen to.
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