Please Mr. Postman /

This Masquerade

There was no Carpenters album released in 1974, but they did release a single from an upcoming album.  "Please Mr. Postman" was released on November 8, 1974 and peaked at #1.  It was their 3rd #1 single and was to be their last.  It also reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.  It would become their 10th and last million selling single.  On the week in January that it reached #1, the #2 and #3 were, "Laughter in the Rain" by Neil Sedaka and "Mandy" by Barry Manilow, respectively.

The song was a cover of two previous recordings.  The Marvelettes took the song to #1 in 1961 and the Beatles recorded the song for their 2nd album.

I had the single with a generic sleeve purchased in 1975, and found this original sleeve and record on eBay.