This is an alternate cover for the CD, used in several parts of the world including Australia and Germany.
Top U.S. chart position: #2
The third album from the Carpenters, simply titled Carpenters, is fantastic collection of well-known songs and less-well-known classics.
Everyone knows "Rainy Days and Mondays," "For All We Know" and "Superstar," but "(A Place to) Hideaway," "One Love," "Sometimes" and especially "Let Me Be the One" are true Carpenters masterpieces. Had "Let Me Be the One" been released as a single, it could have been just as big a hit as the songs that were singles.
The Bacharach/David medley on this album is interesting, but disappointingly short. Only a small fragment of several of the songs is performed, and the tempos are, in several cases, so fast as to sound rushed. Karen and Richard were performing a longer version of this medley in concert during this period, but apparently the medley was shortened so as not to overload the capacity of the vinyl record of the day. The longer, superior version of the medley is available as a live recording on the Japanese Anthology and the Reader's Digest collection. Also, absolutely stunning studio performances of the songs "Knowing When to Leave" and "Make it Easy On Yourself" are available in a much more complete form as part of a medley on the From the Top collection.
The only songs that don't really fit into this album are "Saturday" and "Druscilla Penny," which are, coincidentally, the two songs with lead vocals by Richard. They're not bad songs, but they aren't the breathtaking classics that all the other songs are...
A note about the CD of Carpenters: The original version of this CD, released in 1986 or '87, had remixes of several of the songs (instead of the original album mixes). The "Remastered Classics" version of the CD, released in 1998, restored all of the songs to their original vinyl mixes, some of which are quite different from the remixes (compare the two versions of "Rainy Days and Mondays" and you'll definitely hear the difference).
Produced by Jack Daugherty Productions
"For All We Know" / "Don't Be Afraid" #3
"Rainy Days and Mondays" / "Saturday" #2
"Superstar" / "Bless the Beasts and Children" #2, b-side #67
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