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1969 Offering (Ticket to Ride)
1970 Close to You
1971 The Carpenters
1972 A Song for You
1973 Now & Then
1975 Horizon
1975 Live in Japan
1976 A Kind of Hush
1977 Passage
1977 Live at the Palladium
1978 Christmas Portrait
1981 Made in America
1983 Voice of the Heart
1984 An Old Fashioned Christmas

Greatest Hits

Carpenters - Singles 1969-1981

By Rickey Wright

This revamped version of the Carpenters' two original Singles LPs may, despite the absence of some Top 40 charters, stand as the definitive single-CD collection of the duo's hits. Included are most of the reasons Karen Carpenter's bring-the-pain vocals are still revered by thrift-shopping college kids and their moms alike. Despite the act's squeaky-clean image, Karen was of course more than touched by tragedy; at least one of the more hopeful of these tunes, "For All We Know," has doubt built right into its title. The best of this is smart, cry-in-your-Evian pop that sounds a lot less dated than it might in your memory. "Close to You" and "Hurting Each Other" are actually soulful claims on their then-new soft-pop tradition, while the towering "Goodbye to Love" is worthy of Rumours-era Christine McVie. Despite some duds, mostly from its later period, 1969-1981 makes its case for this enduring and sometimes classic outfit.

1. For All We Know12. Ticket to Ride
2. I Believe You13. Hurting Each Other
3. It's Going to Take Some Time14. Yesterday Once More
4. We've Only Just Begun15. Sing
5. Those Good Old Dreams16. Touch Me When We're Dancing
6. Superstar17. Please Mr. Postman
7. Rainy Days and Mondays18. I Need to Be in Love
8. Goodbye to Love19. I Won't Last a Day Without You
9. All You Get from Love Is a Love Song20. (They Long to Be) Close to You
10. Top of the World21. For All We Know (Reprise)
11. Only Yesterday


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Artist: Carpenters

Formed: 1968

Broke-up: February 4, 1983

Members: Siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter

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