"Passage", which was released on September 23, 1977 is an album that has grown on me through the years. I purchased my copy in the summer of 1982, probably in Wichita, Kansas, and really listened very little to it in the early years. As time as gone on, I have really enjoyed listening to the album in its entirety.
As with "Hush", the packaging is nice on this album also. The jacket is gatefold in design, even though it is a single album. There are no photos of Karen and Richard. Inside the album are basically liner notes. The famous logo is only shown very small on the bottom on the back cover. The record label is designed to match the cover.
The album only managed to peak at number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart, although it reached number 7 and 12 in Japan and the UK respectively.
It is quite a different album. The range of material is wider than on any previous Carpenters album. They really pushed the limit on styles and I feel that it should have peaked much higher on the charts. At this point in time though, The Carpenters were almost considered taboo with radio stations.