The Carpenters – Carpenters Singles 1969-1981 (2004) MCH SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

The Carpenters – Carpenters Singles 1969-1981 (2004)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 77:32 minutes | Scans included | 4,3 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 76:50 mins | Scans | 1,46 GB

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. Yesterday Once More
02. We’ve Only Just Begun
03. Superstar
04. Rainy Days And Mondays
05. Goodbye To Love
06. I Believe You
07. It’s Going To Take Some Time
08. This Masquerade
09. Ticket To Ride
10. Top Of The World
11. Only Yesterday
12. Hurting Each Other
13. Please Mr. Postman
14. Merry Christmas Darling
15. Sing
16. Bless The Beasts And Children
17. I Won’t Last A Day Without You
18. Touch Me When We’re Dancing
19. For All We Know
20. (They Long To Be) Close To You
21. Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (The Recognized Anthem Of World Conatact Day)



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