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  • Here is an alphabetical listing of Carpenters songs including those on the solo albums. Click on any song to see what various versions exist and where those mixes can be found.

    Okay, The Carpenters weren't on my first music greats list, they weren't even on my second, but whilst thinking about my favourite female vocalists, Karen Carpenter leapting to mind singing Rainy Days And Mondays - my sister used to play The Carpenters a lot... Honest! ;) But there are some great Carpenter songs and whilst Janis Joplin is raw emotion, Karen Carpenter is practised quality... Did I dare name those two singers in the same sentence? ... Well, there you are then... :) But whilst Karen's voice is exquisite, you can't really argue with Richard Carpenter's arrangements as their many covers excelled the originals in very many cases. One of the reasons I feel they deserve to be here is they were rejected by the music industry at a time when Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles were at the height of their popularity. The reason was their image. They weren't hip and they weren't sexy. But I will argue their music radiates stunning quality, a quality defined by Karen's uniquely individual and very beautiful voice... Just listen to the song below and you will see what I mean... Close your eyes to the video, though, as the image they present does not match up to the quality of the sound, but I think you might agree that although they suffer a serious lack of style, Karen's voice and Richard's arrangement do more than compensate...

  • Though many people get confused about the name, the siblings intentionally left a "The" from preceding their name, wanting to be known simply as "Carpenters." Carpenters songs resonate with all kinds of emotion including happiness, sorrow, longing, loss and love. During a career that spanned 14 years they recorded 11 albums and 31 singles which spawned three Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles, 5 No. 2 singles and 15 Adult Contemporary No. 1 hits.

    So many Carpenters songs conjure strong emotion. This one is a prime example. Who can resist waxing nostalgic right along with Karen about treasured songs from the past? This song marks another in a long list of Carpenters tunes that can easily invoke tears for the tender-hearted. The “Sha-la-la-la and Shing – a-ling-a-ling” chorus is also beautifully harmonized and fun to sing.

     

    Okay, The Carpenters weren't on my first music greats list, they weren't even on my second, but whilst thinking about my favourite female vocalists, Karen Carpenter leapting to mind singing Rainy Days And Mondays - my sister used to play The Carpenters a lot... Honest! ;) But there are some great Carpenter songs and whilst Janis Joplin is raw emotion, Karen Carpenter is practised quality... Did I dare name those two singers in the same sentence? ... Well, there you are then... :) But whilst Karen's voice is exquisite, you can't really argue with Richard Carpenter's arrangements as their many covers excelled the originals in very many cases. One of the reasons I feel they deserve to be here is they were rejected by the music industry at a time when Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles were at the height of their popularity. The reason was their image. They weren't hip and they weren't sexy. But I will argue their music radiates stunning quality, a quality defined by Karen's uniquely individual and very beautiful voice... Just listen to the song below and you will see what I mean... Close your eyes to the video, though, as the image they present does not match up to the quality of the sound, but I think you might agree that although they suffer a serious lack of style, Karen's voice and Richard's arrangement do more than compensate...

    Tim Rees

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  • So many Carpenters songs are melancholy and the great thing about “Top of the World” is that it’s a happy, upbeat song about love-induced euphoria. The Carpenters version was a cover of a Lynn Anderson song and it became the duo’s second Billboard No. 1 in 1973.

Remembering Karen Carpenter, 30 Years Later : NPR