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Carpenters [Remastered] Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (December 8, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B00000G3WW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,117 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By kone TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Known as the "Tan album" by Carpenter enthusiasts, the simply named "Carpenters" sets the tone and standard for all Carpenters music to follow.
Released in 1971, "Carpenters" contains five huge hits that were played over and over again on top-40 AM radio; I know this because I heard the songs myself and fell in love with them! Just a teen at the time, I could relate emotionally to the Carpenters music and lyrics. The "Tan album" was a big hit for Richard and Karen Carpenter. Richard's unique musical arrangements frame Karen's pitch-perfect vocals in such a way that the blend is absolutely heavenly.
Starting with the soulfully mournful "Rainy Days and Mondays", the album has no dull moments. Richard Carpenter displays his vocal talents in two songs, "Saturday" and "Drucilla Penny", and although both songs are lively and pleasing, the album clearly excels when Karen rich voice is highlighted. Her voice is so lovely, clear, and expressively distinctive, your ears will thank you for the treat! Karen is superb in "Let Me Be The One", "For all We Know" and "Bacharach Medley" where she sings a pleasing rendition of five Burt Bacharach standards. Karen also shines in two other little known songs, "(A Place to) Hideaway", and "One Love"; both have become personal favorites of mine. Had the two been released as singles in the ballad driven music of the early 1970's, both would have been top-40 hits. Again, enough praise cannot be expressed for Karen's heartfelt rendering of these songs and others.
Two other songs must be mentioned and praised. The mega-hit, "Superstar" is fourth on the playlist of this album.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By cdset on May 5, 2001
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I remember growing up in the early seventies, heading into a record store with dark glasses on, looking both ways to ensure no one that I knew saw me go in to buy this Carpenters LP. Their unfortunate, sqeaky clean promo image was at its height; and I didn't want to called uncool or something even less flattering. "If only they listened to Karen's smoldering, melancholy vocals on Superstar, Rainy Days and Mondays and One Love," I thought, "perhaps they would see the light. Perhaps they would hear what I hear: an almost unbearable sadness, yearning and longing that pierces the heart; such pathos and poignance not heard since Patsy Cline."

Years after Karen died, as with many great artists, her vocals (and Richard's arrangements) were finally beginning to be appreciated. A diverse range of singers from Chrissie Hynde to Sheryl Crow to Matthew Sweet were singing Karen and Richard's praises. I was finally vindicated; I could remove my sunglasses, go into a record store and not be ashamed to say I wanted to buy a Carpenters album.

This superb collection is a showcase for Karen's extraordinary vocals. She clearly put her heart and soul into her singing. She has left us with a treasure chest full of mournful, soulfully sung tunes which we can now proudly place beside the likes of Edith Piaf and Patsy Cline. Karen belongs in their company.
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Karen and Richard Carpenter scored a huge goal with their self-titled album, Carpenters. Karen could sing so well that when she sang you truly felt that she was singing only to you and just for you; the vulnerability and passion in her voice made her singing instantly very special to hear. Richard's ability to sing and play the music also enhanced their performance greatly. The quality of the sound is very good; and the artwork recreates the original record album cover when this was released on vinyl all those years ago. This is truly a must-have for fans of Carpenters.

"Rainy Days And Mondays" starts the album off with one of their greatest hits ever. The piano arrangement is extremely pretty; and Karen sings her heart out. Her voice, clear as a bell, makes this ballad shine and Richard does a superb job playing the music to this song. "Rainy Days And Mondays" is also a huge highlight of this CD; and I think you'll like it very much if you haven't heard it before. In addition, there's also "Let Me Be The One;" Karen delivers this with panache; she handles complicated key modulations and tempo changes like the pro she always was! Karen's voice is in excellent form on "Let me Be The One" and I could never tire of this tune! "(A Place To) Hide Away" has a very sensitive arrangement; I really enjoy that piano playing and Karen never sings a superfluous note!

"For All We Know" captures all the emotions people feel when the commit to each other or have a formal wedding ceremony; there is the joy of being united forever mixed with the doubt about the future being perfectly rosy and without any strife. Karen delivers this with heart and soul; and the melody is charming.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Male Order Bride on June 1, 2006
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As many other reviewers have mentioned in other reviews about any Carpenters albums: Karen could turn any mediocre song into a jaw-droppingly amazing lesson in articulation and performance...the woman had class. This album is a collection of some flawless interpretations by Karen...unfortunately with a bit of filler along the way. "Rainy Days And Mondays" is just a damn good song which Karen pulls off with sincerity and melancholy. Not many other artists have tried to cover this song because Karen basically nailed it and owns it. It's made even more depressing by her death as we now listen in hindsight and you can almost imagine Karen is singing from beyond the grave and imparting her experience and wisdom to the audience. Thank God Karen just sang a song and didn't indulge in the vocal acrobatics of the current crop of "diva's" in the music industry today who scrap melodies to inflict us with their high-pitched, dolphin-esque wailing when they "sing" songs. RDAM is definately one of Karen's best performances ever.

"Superstar" and "For All We Know" were the other two singles released off this album. Karen does a fine job with "Superstar" but I never cared much for "For All We Know"? I am kinda baffled at how it charted so well too? It is just a "pleasant" song but I don't find the melody endearing and the Carpenters have so many better songs that flopped?

"Let Me Be The One" is such a memorable song and missed single opportunity, thankfully with Richard acknowledged and included this song on their 2CD GOLD Compliation which does not sound out of place. The melody of this chorus stuck in my head the first time I ever played this song- it is just that catchy.
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