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  • Audio CD (19 Feb 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sba
  • ASIN: B000006XGY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album contained a few surprises to fans who thought they knew what to expect from Richard and Karen. The opening track, B'wana she no home, is certainly different from anything on their earlier albums, but I like it. The album also includes Don't cry for me Argentina, but with an intro titled On the balcony of the Casa Rosado - another strange piece compared to anything that they'd released on their previous albums. However, the biggest surprise came with their cover of a Canadian song written and first recorded by Klaatu, a group otherwise unknown to me. That song's full title - Calling occupants of interplanetary craft (the recognized anthem of World Contact Day) - makes it the song with the longest title ever to make the British pop charts, where the single climbed into the top ten. On most compilations, the title is abbreviated and that can cause arguments about the length of the title. However, there are 73 letters in the main title, excluding spaces and parentheses.

Elsewhere, this sounds like a typical Carpenters album. They had a surprise top ten country hit with Sweet sweet smile that, less surprisingly, became a minor British pop hit. It certainly has a country feel to it, which is something rare but not unprecedented for the Carpenters, earlier examples being Jambalaya and Top of the world. Other songs that you may be familiar with include I just fall in love again (a cover of an Anne Murray classic) and All you get from love is a love song.

One song that makes me chuckle is Man smart woman smarter, later covered by Roseanne Cash. If any man recorded the song with the genders reversed, he'd likely be lynched., but we men can take this sort of thing and laugh it off. The only track that I haven't mentioned is the excellent ballad, Two sides.

This is an excellent Carpenters album, if somewhat different from its predecessors.
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By Mr. Peter Steward TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
Whatever the Carpenters were trying to achieve here they failed in an album that failed to tick any of the boxes. They tried to get funky on Man Smart (Woman Smarter) and the result was horrible, they tried to go original on Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft - a ridiculous song at the best of times and then there's Don't Cry for Me Argentina with its accompanying trappings with a tenor warbling in quite an alarming style before Karen fails to do justice to the main song. Indeed there is so little of note here that it just seems as if the duo are going through the motions and generally falling apart.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. J. WHEATLEY on 11 Mar 2008
Format: Audio CD
Great album from the Carpenters 1977. They tried a new style on this album, some tracks worked great others not quite so, but there is no getting away from the beautiful rendition of "Don't cry for me Argentina!" or the wierd and wonderful "Calling Occupants".

I love listening to this album, Karens vocals and Richards productions and music are always exceptional.

My other favorite songs "2 sides", Sweet sweet smile, All you get from love is a love song and I love "I just fall in love again", not quite so sure about "Bwana she no home" or "man smart, woman smarter" though!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gav.76 on 9 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Carpenters seemed to take on a slightly new sound when this album was released..much of the album has a country sound to it..especially "Two Sides", one of my faves from this album i must add! Other highlights for me have got to be Sweet Sweet Smile, I Just Fall In Love Again, All You Get From Love Is A Love Song and of course the wonderful rendition of Don't Cry For Me Argentina. A great album.
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