20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Carpenters

20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Carpenters

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It probably is not an oversight that the Carpenters entry in Universal Music Group's discount-priced compilation series 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection, unlike all the others, does not begin its title with the words "The Best of...." There have been plenty of Carpenters hits compilations, some of them still in print, and Richard Carpenter, who compiled this album, seems to have wearied of reconfiguring the group's hits one more time. Eight of the 12 tracks here were chart singles, including the number one hits "Please Mr. Postman" and "Top of the World," but there are also down-chart items like "Bless the Beasts and the Children" and "I Believe You," as well as album-only tracks like a cover of Leon Russell's "This Masquerade" and "Love Is Surrender." So this is not the album to buy if what you're looking for is a single-disc Carpenters hits collection. (That would be Singles 1969-1981.) To the extent that it's a thematic compilation, the album seems to have a tone of nostalgia and looking backward, beginning with "Yesterday Once More" and also including "Only Yesterday," with the word "yesterday" turning up elsewhere as well. Richard Carpenter seems determined to demonstrate that there was more to the Carpenters than just the hits, and certainly some of the non-hit material sounds just as good, if not quite as catchy, as the hits. But it's not clear on what basis the potential consumer would buy this album, since it does not fulfill the 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection premise of providing an inexpensive, short collection of an artist's best-known material.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2002
Label: A&M
UPC: 0606949342128
catalogNumber: 493421
Rank: 80670


  1. Yesterday Once More
  2. I Need to Be in Love
  3. Please Mr. Postman
  4. Bless the Beasts and Children
  5. This Masquerade
  6. I Just Fall in Love Again
  7. I Believe You
  8. Top of the World
  9. Love Is Surrender
  10. Maybe It's You
  11. Only Yesterday
  12. Goodbye to Love

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carpenters   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Peter Knight   Arranger
Barry De Vorzon   Composer
Richard Carpenter   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Danny Wilde   Composer
Eddie Rambeau   Composer
Don Addrisi   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Ed Caraeff   Liner Notes
Karen Carpenter   Producer
Jack Daugherty   Producer
Brian Holland   Composer
Harry Lloyd   Composer
Paul Riser   Arranger
Vartan   Art Direction
Dick Addrisi   Composer
Georgia Dobbins   Composer
Norman Seeff   Cover Art,Inlay Design
Barry Korkin   Contributor
Annie Leibovitz   Credits Director
Jim McCrary   Inlay Photography
William Garrett   Composer
Robert Bateman   Composer
Robyn Flans   Liner Notes
Scott Ravine   Licensing
Freddie Gorman   Composer

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