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CARPENTERS: THE VINYL COLLECTION

A childhood favorite of mine and even until now is CARPENTERS composed of the brother-and-sister team of Richard and Karen Carpenter. My earliest memory hearing a Carpenters song was when I heard their 2 earliest hits, “Close To You,” and “We’ve Only Just Begun.” And then when we were spending one summer vacation in Laguna with my grandparents, I heard the most beautiful voice, melody and that melancholic organ intro in “For All We Know.” My other favorites include “Sing,” “Yesterday Once More,” “You,” “Love Me For What I Am,” and “Goodbye And I Love You.”

I was completely devastated when Karen died of complications from anorexia nervosa at age 32. I thought she was so young to pass on because she had so many years ahead of her. However, I was also aware about her deteriorating physical condition. She had lost so much weight because of her illness. I remember my late uncle who used to be overweight at that time saying “well for sure I will not die of anorexia nervosa.” it’s a pity she died so early because I had always wanted to have that privilege to see her live in concert.

Paul McCartney once said that Karen had the best female voice in the world – melodic, tuneful and distinctive. I agree. There are many singers in the world but what will set you apart from the rest is the distinctive voice. When people hear your voice, they will immediately know that it is you. And Karen had that rare gift of having the most distinctive voice. Even the voice of our very own Karen Carpenter of the Philippines, Claire de la Fuente, while similar in tone does not come close the voice of the late, great Karen.

Aside from melodic and tuneful, Karen also had perfect pitch and excellent phrasing. She could sing long phrases straight without breathing and that was indeed a special talent. Examples are songs like: “Top Of The World,” “Goodbye to Love” and “It’s Christmas Time” where she sings long phrases effortlessly without breathing. Karen’s alto voice could also sing really low notes but also hit the high ones.

My favorite Carpenters albums are: “Horizon,” “Now & Then,” “A Kind of Hush,” “Christmas Portrait” and “Voice of the Heart.” I bought this set consisting of 12 vinyl albums online for $160.19 (P8,169.69) plus shipping of P4,440.47 for a total of P12,610.16. I already own old copies of these iconic albums but, with the recent release in the US of newly-pressed vinyl copies in time for Christmas, I said I should gift myself with this new set (together with the Beatles Stereo Vinyl Set).

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This is the front cover of the vinyl set.

 

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This is the back cover showing the images of all 12 albums.

 

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All 12 vinyl albums out of the box set.

 

Here are the 12 vinyl albums included in the set:

  1. Ticket To Ride (1969)
  2. Close To You (1970)
  3. Carpenters (1971))
  4. A Song For You (1972)
  5. Now And Then (1973)
  6. The Singles 1969-1973 (1973)
  7. Horizon (1975)
  8. A Kind Of Hush (1976)
  9. Passage (1977)
  10. Made In America (1981)
  11. Voice Of The Heart (1983)
  12. Lovelines (1989)

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TICKET TO RIDE (1969) includes Someday, Get Together, All Of My Life, Ticket To Ride, All I Can Do and Eve.

 

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CLOSE TO YOU (1970) includes We’ve Only Just Begun, Love Is Surrender, Help, Close To You, Baby It’s You, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again and Mr. Guder.

 

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CARPENTERS (1971) includes Rainy Days And Mondays, Let Me Be The One, Hideaway, For All We Know, Superstar, One Love and Sometimes.

 

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A SONG FOR YOU (1972) includes A Song For You, Top Of The World, Hurting Each Other, It’s Going To Take Some Time, Goodbye To Love, Bless The Beasts And Children and I Won’t Last A Day Without You.

 

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NOW & THEN (1973) includes Sing, This Masquerade and Yesterday Once More plus a wonderful medley of hits from the past.

 

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THE SINGLES 1969-1973 includes all 12 greatest hits in this compilation which hit No. 1 in the United States and United Kingdom album chart. One of the best -selling albums of the 1970s,

 

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HORIZON (1975) was a No. 1 album in the United Kingdom and includes Only Yesterday, Please Mr. Postman, I Can Dream Can’t I, Solitaire, (I’m Caught Between) Goodbye And I Love You and Love Me For What I Am.

 

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A KIND OF HUSH (1976) includes There’s A Kind Of Hush, You, Can’t Smile Without You, I Need To Be In Love and I Have You.

 

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PASSAGE (1977) includes All You Get From Love Is A Love Song, I Just Fall In Love Again, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Sweet Sweet Smile, Two Sides and Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft.

 

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MADE IN AMERICA (1981) includes Those Good Old Dreams, Back In My Life Again, I Believe You, Touch Me When We’re Dancing and Because We Are In Love.

 

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VOICE OF THE HEART (1983) includes Now, Make Believe It’s Your First Time, Ordinary Fool and Look To Your Dreams.

 

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LOVELINES (1989) includes Lovelines, Where Do I Go From Here, If We Try, When I Fall In Love, You’re The One, Slow Dance, If I Had You and Little Girl Blue.

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