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Love Songs [CD]

Carpenters Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000005RYW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Need To Be In Love
2. Solitaire
3. We've Only Just Begun
4. This Masquerade
5. You're The One
6. Superstar
7. Rainy Days And Mondays
8. Top Of The World
9. Make Believe It's Your First Time
10. I Just Fall In Love Again
11. (They Long To Be) Close To You
12. For All We Know
13. Where Do I Go From Here
14. Only Yesterday
15. All You Get From Love Is A Love Song
16. When I Fall In Love
17. Hurting Each Other
18. I Won't Last A Day Without You
19. A Song For You
20. Goodbye To Love

Product Description


There was a time, before Karen Carpenter was born, when most American female popular singers, even the black ones, sounded a lot like the way she would one day sound. The music of singer-drummer Carpenter and her piano-playing brother Richard came to be called soft rock, but it's really just good, straight American pop. This CD, released in March 1998, is a collection of greatest hits, with a special emphasis on romance. Paul Williams, Burt Bacharach, Sam Lewis, and Victor Young provide lovely melodies, and Carpenter's expressive voice makes each song genuinely affecting. --Stanley Booth

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure classiness 16 Sep 2002
By Gala
Format:Audio CD
This collection of the Carpenters' love songs is excellent for anyone who loves any type of music. Possibly the only band who can count both Sonic Youth and members of Steps as their fans, their perfomances on every song are second to none. The more upbeat songs, such as "Close To You" and "Top Of The World" are pleasant enough, but in my opinion, it is on the more angst-ridden songs where they excell. Like it says in "All You Get From Love Is A love Song", 'the best love songs are written with a broken heart'. "Rainy Days and Mondays", "Superstar" and "This Masquerade" are all perfect, and my personal favourite, "A Song For You", is the ultimate song that sums up all of the emotions which love encompasses. The Carpenters manage to do melancholy without the pretentiousness-trap that so many others fall into. Perhaps the main reason for this is Karen's amazing voice. All of the words I want to use to describe it have been used before, but quite simply, she had one of the most gorgeous voices in the world, and she squeezed all of the emotion from every word she sang. Also, credit has to be given to Richard Carpenter, because he is a musical genius, whose skills for arrangement and piano playing are largely what makes their music what it is.
As someone born in the same year that Karen Carpenter died, I am baffled as to why The Carpenters are not as idolised as much as the likes of The Beatles by people of my generation, or older than myself. The songs are classics, and do not sound dated at all. I would reccommend this album to anyone, especially those who are not familiar with the Carpenters, as it gives a perfect introduction to the talent that they posessed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The sweetest of music 15 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
What an incredibly beautiful voice. You can't help but become totally engrossed in this album. Her voice is exquisite and carries you through the lyrics effortlessly. This album contains a great selection of tunes which work very well with The Carpenters. Their talent for mastering the slow, sentimental song is unrivalled, and this album displays this fact perfectly. "We've Only Just Begun" is excellent. My favourite has to be the classic "Close to You". Not only is this sung beautifully, but the tempo is fun and the words are endearing. Wonderful stuff.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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This CD is a must for every collection . THe lyrics breathe sincerity and speak from the heart. Anyone who has ever been in love will find meaning in the songs and it is one of those CDs that you play to make you feel that you are not the only person who has ever felt how you feel. A song for you is a particular favourite and speaks volumes for love - I defy anyone to not feel moved by it. Absolutely excellent CD!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Karen and Richard at their finest 12 May 2009
By Ms. Felicia Davis-burden VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What songs. What arrangements. Of course the voice of Karen Carpenter is front and centre of everything, and still one of the most naturally expressive we'll ever hear. There is still a stigma attached to liking the Carpenters that I can sort of understand; but when I listen again to mini epics such as 'Goodbye to Love' (Tony Peluso's abrasive guitar alongside Karen's glowing tone) and 'Only Yesterday' (beautifully layered vocal overdubs) I feel thoroughly peeved, to say the least!

This is a perfect starter album for anyone curious to hear why there are many of us who have had to keep secret our admiration of their talent, and who still adore and dearly miss Karen's delicious sound. Most of Richard's most brilliant arrangements are here.

A fabulous collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars carpenters 6 Sep 2012
By ss
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Karen Carpenter had the best voice in the world and no one has come as close to it yet.I have been a fan since 1971.
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5.0 out of 5 stars new cd 9 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
just got this album recently after watching the karen carpenter film on tv.had some carpenter songs already. but this hads a lot of songs that i did not have.Great Album.
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Pure magic from one of the best bands of the 60/70s. This CD has all my Carpenters favourite numbers on it and I still feel sad at such a great loss of the best love song voice of the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovers cd 19 Oct 2013
By lil
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A good and enjoyable cd by the carpenters. I am enjoying playing this cd very much. If you like the carpenters i would recommen
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
Karen Carpenter was a precious gift to the world who was not treated well.
Her voice lives on and there is nobody who can compete with her. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stephen Osborne
4.0 out of 5 stars Carpenters' best songs
The SOLE reason there are only 4 stars is because I found a duplicate in my collection!! Otherwise, this was an excellent purchase which someone will benefit from at Christmas!!
Published 6 months ago by Mr. J. M. Masson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
This came through very quickly. I was very impressed with the service that I got from this place. Well done.
Published 6 months ago by Angles
5.0 out of 5 stars Carpenters love songs
The CD turned up quickly and I was pleased as it was a gift for my wife the song tracks are smooth and I would recommend this CD
Published 6 months ago by Susan Clennell
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful CD
This is a wonderful CD of Karen Carpenter's singing beautiful love songs that bring back allot of memories and tears. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
What can you say that hasn't already been said about the Carpenters?.. brilliant CD. Listen to it over and over.
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. M J Sinker
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving the Carpenters!
I went to an outdoor Carpenters tribute band concert with two friends who already had the Greatest Hits album. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jane Donovan
5.0 out of 5 stars The voice of an Angel
What a loss at such an early age but this album brings us the pure voice of an angel in so many memorable love songs. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Michael J. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Carpenters
I loved this CD. The songs sang by Karen were beautiful. The arrangements the same. I am sure I will have years of no regret in this purchase.
Published 10 months ago by Susan Attfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Carpenters Love Songs
I choose this rating because I think it deserves nothing less. I really loved the songs on this cd. I would recommend it to anyone.
Published 13 months ago by cliffgirl
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