The Singles 1969-1973

1973

This album was my very first Carpenters album.  I received it for a birthday gift in 1981 (16th birthday) from my third sister.  I have three copies of this album - this original vinyl, a CD and the 180 gram vinyl from the 2017 box set release.  In addition to these three copies, I received a new copy for Christmas 2020 from my wife.  It was the Target exclusive limited edition clear bottle vinyl.  "Yesterday Once More" on this new album is the 1985 remix. The vinyl is beautiful and plays very cleanly. There are pictures below of the cool, new vinyl.

I LOVE this album and over the years have listened to it MANY times.  It is the first of the compilation albums to be released by the Carpenters and is the first time we hear the trilogy of "Superstar - Rainy Days and Mondays - Goodbye to Love".  We also hear the single version of "Top of the World" and "Ticket to Ride" with new lead vocal and drums and an added guitar part.  

"The Singles" topped the Billboard 200 chart for one week - January 5, 1974.  It was one of the top selling albums of the decade, selling more than seven million albums in the US alone.  

The week that this album was number one, the rest of the top 5 were:

2 "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" - Elton John

3 "You Don't Mess Around with Jim" - Jim Croce

4 "The Joker" - Steve Miller Band

5 "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" soundtrack - Neil Diamond

This album was number one in the UK for 17 weeks, number one in Canada and number two in France and Spain. 

The pictures below of the label are from 2017 vinyl (side 1) and my original album (side 2)

I gave a CD copy of this album to my youngest son for Christmas 2020, as he has always loved "Goodbye to Love" and would sing along with the guitar solo.

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