Artist: Carpenters Title Of Album: The Singles 1969-1973 [Japanese SHM-SACD] Year Of Release: 2014 (1973) Label (Catalog#): A&M Records, Universal [UIGY-9542] Country: USA Genre: Pop, Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary Quality: DSD64 image (*.iso) | FLAC (tracks) Bitrate: 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | [24bit/88,2kHz] Time: 41:46 Full Size: 1,16 GB | 869 MB (Scans)
There's a certain inherent sadness listening to this concise 12-song collection of the Carpenters' early hits, especially as it opens with "We've Only Just Begun," with its hopeful, dreamy lyrics -- for it was never supposed to be definitive, just the first of at least two such collections. But changes in the public's taste and a slackening (though never a disappearance) of hits for the duo, and Karen Carpenter's death in 1983, made this the first and only real mass choice for a Carpenters collection. Ten of the duo's dozen Top Ten hits are present, from "Close to You" to "Top of the World," with their gorgeous and original slow ballad interpretation of "Ticket to Ride" and their cover of Carole King's "It's Going to Take Some Time" thrown in to offer a slightly wider perspective. Listening to this material, it's easy to accuse the Carpenters of being hopelessly retro even in their own time -- bear in mind that "We've Only Just Begun" and "Superstar" being contemporaneous with the Allman Brothers' At Fillmore East and Eat a Peach and you get the idea. But the lush melodies brought out in Richard Carpenter's arrangements and Karen's singing are justification in themselves.
01. We've Only Just Begun 02. Top Of The World 03. Ticket To Ride 04. Superstar 05. Rainy Days And Mondays 06. Goodbye To Love 07. Yesterday Once More 08. It's Going To Take Some Time 09. Sing 10. For All We Know 11. Hurting Each Other 12. (They Long To Be) Close To You
Remastered February 18, 2014 by Richard Carpenter and Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz. Uncompressed SACD ISO size > 1,67 GB
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