40/40 (U.S.) (2009)

Disc: 1
1. Yesterday Once More (1985 remix)
2. Superstar (2004 remix)
3. Rainy Days and Mondays (1991 remix)
4. Top of the World (1973 version)
5. Ticket to Ride (1973 version)
6. Love Is Surrender (1987 remix)
7. Maybe It's You (1990 remix)
8. Reason to Believe (1987 remix)
9. Where Do I Go From Here?
10. This Masquerade (1990 remix)
11. It's Going to Take Some Time (1989 remix)
12. One More Time
13. Those Good Old Dreams
14. For All We Know (1990 remix)
15. Crystal Lullaby (1987 remix)
16. I Believe You
17. (They Long to Be) Close to You (1991 remix)
18. Bless the Beasts and Children (1990 remix)
19. All You Get From Love Is a Love Song
20. Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (1989 remix)
Disc: 2
1. I Need to Be In Love (1990 remix)
2. Now
3. Solitaire
4. Please Mr. Postman (1991 remix)
5. Hurting Each Other (1991 remix)
6. I Won't Last a Day Without You (1991 remix)
7. Sweet, Sweet Smile
8. A Song for You (1987 remix)
9. Ordinary Fool
10. When You've Got What It Takes
11. Goodbye to Love (1985 remix)
12. Your Baby Doesn't Love You Anymore
13. Sing (1994 remix)
14. Baby, It's You (1987 remix)
15. Let Me Be the One (1990 remix)
16. Only Yesterday
17. Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (1991 remix)
18. Touch Me When We're Dancing
19. We've Only Just Begun (1985 remix)
20. When It's Gone (It's Just Gone)



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U.S. CD release


Almost identical to the Japanese release, the American verion of 40/40 lacks the subtitle ("The Best Selection"), and it isn't pressed on SHM-CD material. With only one track different ("Touch Me When We're Dancing" replaces "Leave Yesterday Behind"), it's the most ambitious 2-CD collection ever released to the U.S. market.

Sound-wise, this is an excellently-mastered collection. It's one of the best-sounding Carpenters products out there (along with The Essential Collection: 1965-1997). For someone looking for remixes, this is also the best 2-CD collection of remixes, with 26 songs having been remixed and differing in some way from their original album versions.


Produced by Richard Carpenter, Karen Carpenter and Jack Daugherty


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