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Singles 1969-1981
Singles 1969-1981
Genres: Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
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This revamped version of the Carpenters' two original Singles LPs may, despite the absence of some Top40 charters, stand as the definitive single-CD collection of the duo's hits. Included are most of the reasons Karen Car...  more »


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All Artists: Carpenters
Title: Singles 1969-1981
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 3
Label: Interscope Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/1969
Re-Release Date: 5/23/2000
Genres: Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Soft Rock, Oldies, Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 606949045623, 0606949045623

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. --Rickey Wright

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Lee B. (showme) from PARK HILLS, MO
Reviewed on 11/14/2010...
I wanted this cd for "Goodbye to Love", which has a guitar solo that I really liked and tried to imitate when I was a kid. (I also understand that a lot of Carpenter's fans hated it). But when I received it, I also found some songs that brought back some great memories of my first dances and early days of 'puppy love'. "We've Only Just Begun" and "For All We Know", in particular. These were staples of our 6th and 7th grade life. It's a fantastic collection for anyone who enjoyed the Carpenter's.
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"whole world fell in love with their gentle pop music"
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 05/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A & M Records present for the first time, all of the Carpenter's most significant singles hits on a one CD collection. For any fan of the '70s, this Carpenters twenty-one song lineup is a collectors dream. Many would read this album as a soundtrack for the "Baby-Boomer" generation, but it's more than that. Three-time Grammy Award winners, including Best New Artist in 1970, many went gold with their timeless sound, others such as their previous hits collection - "Singles 1969 - 1973", released in 1974 and certified seven times platinum. As a special treat for fans, a reprise version of - "FOR ALL WE KNOW" from a British television special is included in this treasury of adult contemporary genre.The Carpenters although considered too light for the era's rock cognoscenti, had won international fandom and the whole world fell in love with their gentle pop music that was instantly recognizable. Today, the songs of the Carpenters are contnually rediscovered and remain among the most beloved of their time and ours - "The Carpenters - Singles 1969 - 1981"!Total Time: 71:43 on 21 Tracks/ A & M Records - 069 490 456 2 (2000)"
More remixed singles
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Sure, Karen's voice is great, and a lot of these songs are great. Richard's contributions to their original recordings were also substantial. What's so disappointing about this release, however, is that many of these songs have been remixed with musical parts recorded after Karen's death. Richard has done this many times before. Despite the original album mixes FINALLY coming out on cd, I guess he just couldn't help himself here and felt he had to remix their singles, once again. Unfortunately several of their original singles differed from their lp versions, and in some cases those single versions have yet to see a proper reissue on cd. I anticipated that this collection would do so, since it came out just after the album remasters series. Very disappointing.This is therefore a collection for two groups: Carpenters completists who want everything and those who just want most of the Carpenters' biggest hits but don't care if they don't sound exactly like the original singles."