Carpenters Carpenters

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Carpenters  Carpenters
(1971) A&M label. Original jacket, gatefold styled like an invitation.  Used and I’m completely unsure how I own this record.  This is the third studio album released by the Carpenters.  This brother and sister duo etched their names in pop bedrock with songs like Close To You and We’ve Only Just Begun. What I need to do is find a copy of Close To You as I clearly remember buying that record from Kmart when I was a kid. I remember watching the Carpenters on American Bandstand and freaking out that their drummer was a girl!!! Beyond their tremendous contribution to pop music and forever being the soundtrack to every dentist’s waiting room in America, the tragic loss of Karen Carpenter from the effects of anorexia has stayed with me over the years.  I think her death was the first I had ever heard of resulting from an eating disorder.

SIDE ONE

  1. Rainy Days And Mondays  (3:40)
  2. Saturday  (1:20)
  3. Let Me Be The One  (2:25)
  4. (A Place To) Hideaway  (3:40)
  5. For All We Know  (2:34)

SIDE TWO

  1. Superstar  (3:49)
  2. Druscilla Penny  (2:18)
  3. One Love  (3:23)
  4. Bacharach/David Medley  (5:25)
  5. Sometimes  (2:52)

The jacket for this album is one of those designs that makes me wish we had never left albums. The heavy material and notched closure like an invitation makes such a neat and tidy presentation.  And it really protects the album inside from dust and damage.  Listening to this music reminds me of 1970’s variety TV shows, my mom’s Jewish friend Susie who really loved the Carpenters, and listening to Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 Countdown on my transistor radio.  And the Bacharach/David medley reminds me of the SNL sketch with Ana Gasteyer and Will Ferrell singing hits with keyboard and polyester.

Carpenters Carpenters

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