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Close To You (1970)

Artist: Carpenters
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Format: CD
Sku: 60078361
UPC: 082839318426
UPC 14: 00082839318426
Release Date: 1/12/1999
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. We've Only Just Begun ~ The Carpenters
2. Love Is Surrender ~ The Carpenters
3. Maybe It's You ~ The Carpenters
4. Reason to Believe ~ The Carpenters
5. Help ~ The Carpenters
6. Close To You ~ The Carpenters
7. Baby It's You ~ The Carpenters
8. I'll Never Fall In Love Again ~ The Carpenters
9. Crescent Moon ~ The Carpenters
10. Mr. Guder ~ The Carpenters
11. I Kept On Loving You ~ The Carpenters
12. Another Song ~ The Carpenters

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote The Carpenters: Karen Carpenter (vocals, drums); Richard Carpenter (keyboards, background vocals).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Jim Horn, Bob Messenger, Doug Strawn (woodwinds); Joe Osborn, Danny Woodhams (bass); Hal Blaine (drums).
Muze PNote Digitally remastered by Richard Carpenter.
Muze PNote Personnel: Richard Carpenter (vocals, keyboards); Karen Carpenter (vocals, drums); Doug Strawn (woodwinds, keyboards, wind); Jim Horn, Bob Messenger (woodwinds, wind); Hal Blaine (drums).
Muze PNote Arranger: Richard Carpenter .
Muze PNote Karen and Richard Carpenter's third album, released in 1970, includes two of their signature songs, Bacharach/David's "(They Long To Be) Close To You" and Paul Williams' "We've Only Just Begun," a tune originally written as a commercial jingle for California's Crocker Banks. The rest of the album continues the siblings' exquisite taste in outside material, returning to Williams for "I Kept On Loving You" and to Bacharach for the Shirelles' "Baby It's You." Also featured here is an appealing version of the classic "I'll Never Fall In Love Again."
Muze PNote Other fine covers include Tim Hardin's "Reason To Believe" and an arrestingly mournful version of Lennon/McCartney's "Help." The album also includes four Richard Carpenter originals, with "Another Song" and the girl-groupish "Maybe It's You" the highlights. CLOSE TO YOU is one of the Carpenters' most commercially and artistically successful albums.

Producer: Jack Daugherty

Engineer: Dick Bogart; Dick Bogert; Ray Gerhardt

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Hal Blaine

Artist Overview

The brother and sister duo of Karen and Richard Carpenter were purveyors of a exquisitely crafted pop sound that garnered them a enormous string of Top 10 hits in the 1970s. Employing first-call sidemen, compositions from top writers like Bacharach-David and Paul Williams, and innovative, harmony-laden production, Richard Carpenter created an ideal, wonderfully slick bed for Karen's angelic voice. Unfortunately remembered almost as much for Karen's 1982 anorexia-related death as for their music, the Carpenters brought a truly innovative sound to the soft-rock genre.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations A m 50:Anniversary Collection
Muze Music Compilations She Did It:songs/jackie Deshannon V2

Associated Artists and Works

Taliesin Orchestra

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 01/12/1999
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1970
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 3931842
Music Label Name Label : A&M (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00082839318426

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.136)
- Ranked #175 in Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time"

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