This album is in my view the best original album the Carpenters ever recorded (i.e. not a compilation). Every track is a winner. Here's the rundown...
Sing - Joe Raposos uplifing singalong complete with childrens choir never fails to lift the spirits. Those Carpenters mushy harmonies are right to the fore here too.
This Masquerade - Another classic song written by Leon Russell. Karens vocal reaches right into the words which were very effectively used in the Karen Carpenter story film to overlay her brief marriage.
Heather - Think of the tune ' Sleepy Shores' and this Johnny Pearson instrumental is in the same vein. Lush orchestral passages build the music to a moving crescendo. A wonderful middle track to what was side one of the original lp.
Jambalaya - A country and western flavored 'yee-hah' type song is in complete contrast to other songs on this album but is all the better for it.
I can't make music - For me the most underrated Carpenters track ever recorded. It doesn't appear on any compilations and I have never heard it on the radio. Karens vocals are superb and soar in the final chorus. A hidden gem.
Yesterday once more - Soundtrack of a lifetime; Richard Carpenter & John Bettis' only original track on the album needs no eulogies here. An absolute classic.
Mdeley - We then had most of side two of the album taken up with a sequence of cover versions of big hits from 1963. Guitarist Tony Peluso provides the DJ interludes to each track and also the 'Guess the golden oldie' mystery quiz. An unfortunate chap called Mark Rudolph gets to take part and unfortunately guesses the mystery voice incorrectly as the Four Seasons. At this response, Tony the DJ proclaims "Mark Rudolph, you are WRONG !!!". The cover songs include golden goodies such as 'Fun fun fun', 'One fine day', 'Our day will come', 'Johnny Angel' and best of all Karens moving rendition of the Skeeter Davis track 'The end of the World'. The final notes of 'Our day will come' disappear down a murky tunnel and fading back in is a slowed down version of 'Yesterday once more' with the line 'When I was young I'd listen to the radio' repeated several times before itself fading to nothing.