Tuesday, December 13, 2005

On my turntable: The Carpenters - Singles 1974-1978

The second in a pair of singles collections from the 70's, Singles 1974-1978 represents what I consider to be some of the best Carpenters music ("Sweet Sweet Smile", which opens side 1, was one of those records that I went bonkers over as a kid). Although some of the hits are less recognizable than those on 1969-1973, they are no less delicious: "Jambalaya", "Only Yesterday", "Happy", and the terrifically bizarre "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" are standouts. The album is packaged in a shiny embossed gold foil cover. I'm not sure if it's been released in America on CD, but frankly who cares? Go out and find the LP!

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