Carpenters Gold: Greatest Hits (2-CD+DVD)
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- Number of Discs: 3
- Released: October 5, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: A&M
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 2.Rainy Days And Mondays
- 3.Top Of The World
- 4.Maybe It's You
- 5.Let Me Be The One
- 6.Reason To Believe
- 7.Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
- 8.Leave Yesterday Behind
- 9.Your Baby Doesn't Love You Anymore
- 10.Bless The Beasts And Children
- 11.It's Going To Take Some Time
- 12.The Rainbow Connection
- 13.Only Yesterday
- 14.Sweet, Sweet Smile
- 15.There's A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World)
- 16.California Dreamin'
- 18.We've Only Just Begun
- 19.This Masquerade
- 20.Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (The Recognized Anthem Of World Contact Day)
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Yesterday Once More
- 2.Please Mr. Postman
- 3.Hurting Each Other
- 4.I Need To Be In Love
- 5.Merry Christmas Darling
- 6.(They Long To Be) Close To You
- 7.All You Get From Love Is A Love Song
- 9.Make Believe It's Your First Time
- 10.Ticket To Ride
- 11.Goodbye To Love
- 12.I Just Fall In Love Again
- 13.I Believe You
- 14.Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again
- 15.For All We Know
- 16.Touch Me When We're Dancing
- 17.I Won't Last A Day Without You
- 18.Mr. Guder
- 19.A Song For You
- 20.Karen's Theme
The Carpenters: Karen Carpenter (vocals); Richard Carpenter (keyboards, background vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Ray Parker Jr. (guitar); Tom Scott (tenor saxophone); Hal Blaine (drums).
Producers: Jack Daugherty, Richard Carpenter, Karen Carpenter.
Compilation producer: Richard Carpenter.
Recorded between 1970 & 1997. Includes liner notes by Richard Carpenter.
This release includes a 15-track bonus DVD.
Carpenters: Richard Carpenter (keyboards, background vocals); Karen Carpenter.
Personnel: Karen Carpenter (vocals, drums, background vocals); Timothy May (guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin); Tony Peluso (guitar, electric guitar); Ray Parker, Jr. (guitar); Bobby Bruce (fiddle); Sheridon Stokes (flute, recorder); Bob Messenger (flute, saxophone, tenor saxophone); Tim Weisberg, David Shostac (flute); Tommy Morgan (harmonica); James Kanter, Doug Strawn (clarinet); Earl Dumler (oboe, English horn); Tom Scott (tenor saxophone); Jack Nimitz (baritone saxophone); Chuck Findley (trumpet); Buddy Childers (flugelhorn); Tom Hensley (tack piano); Ed Green , Hal Blaine, Jim Gordon , Larrie Londin, Ron Tutt (drums); Gary Coleman, Peter Limonick (percussion); Gregg Smith Singers, Julia Tillman, Carolyn Dennis, Maxine Willard Waters, Carlena Williams (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Buddy Emmons (pedal steel guitar); Joe Osborn (bass instrument); Harvey Mason, Sr. (drums); Chuck Findley, Hal Blaine, Jack Nimitz, Ron Tutt, Timothy May , Tom Hensley, Tony Peluso, Earl Dumler, Tommy Morgan , Sheridon Stokes, Bob Messenger, Peter Limonick, Doug Strawn.
Audio Mixer: John Hendrickson.
Audio Remixers: Roger Young; Robert DeLaGarza.
Liner Note Author: Richard Carpenter .
Arranger: Paul Riser.
Usually the name Gold: Greatest Hits means "avoid this album." Many times small labels will buy the rights to some obscure songs by a big-name artist and then release it under that very title. But despite the name, this collection keeps the crap in the middle of the album, buried between the good stuff. In fact, this is a really good retrospective of this band. The dark and lonely ballads that Karen Carpenter sing take center stage, pushing brother Richard's pop contributions to the background. The album starts strong enough, featuring several of their biggest hits, including "Superstar," "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Goodbye to Love," and "It's Going to Take Some Time." And the album ends with more big hits, such as "Top of the World," "(They Long to Be) Close to You," and "We've Only Just Begun"; even their Klaatu cover, "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft," makes it. But the middle is a danger zone of filler, featuring forgettable tracks like "Please Mr. Postman" and its ilk. But this collection has the requisite amount of good Carpenters songs to make it worthwhile, and anyone who does not have these songs on album should give this a listen. [Deluxe Sound & Vision also released a 2004 edition.] ~ Bradley Torreano
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