The Essential Collection

2002

This is basically a "redo" of the set "From the Top".  There are a few minor track changes.  A few songs were dropped and replaced and all of the major hits are here; that was something missing on "From the Top".  
Also, the Carpenters' entire catalog was remastered in the late 90's, so this set has a better sound than the set it was created to replace.  
When this album was released, I didn't purchase it.  I already had "From the Top" and didn't want to spend the money, as it was somewhat pricey.  I ran across this copy @2017 at a used CD store and it was VERY reasonable, so I went ahead and purchased.