by Carpenters


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Released upon the 40th anniversary of the Carpenters' debut album, 40/40 is a double-disc retrospective containing 40 tracks (hence the title). Compiled by Richard Carpenter and newly remastered, 40/40 largely covers familiar ground, running through all but one of their 20 Top 20 hits (the missing culprit is "There's a Kind of Hush") and plenty of other staples that have been reissued on compilations like this many times before. There's nothing new here, but there's nothing bad, either, and if you've somehow escaped having a double-disc Carpenters set in your collection, this is as good as any of them.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2009
Label: A&M
UPC: 0602527133577
catalogNumber: 001322302
Rank: 1921

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carpenters   Primary Artist
Tom Scott   Recorder,Tenor Saxophone
Tim Weisberg   Flute
Richard Carpenter   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Louie Shelton   Guitar
Jim Gordon   Drums
Hal Blaine   Drums
Bobby Bruce   Fiddle
Dennis Budimir   Acoustic Guitar
Karen Carpenter   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Carolyn Dennis   Background Vocals
Earl Dumler   English Horn,Oboe
John Ellis   Oboe
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Tom Hensley   Tack Piano
Timothy May   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Larry McNeely   Banjo
Bob Messenger   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
Ray Parker   Guitar
Tony Peluso   Guitar,Electric Guitar,DJ
John Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
David Shostac   Flute
Sheridon Stokes   Flute
Doug Strawn   Clarinet
Fred Tackett   Acoustic Guitar
Ron Tutt   Drums
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Peter Limonick   Percussion
O.K. Chorale   Background Vocals
Larrie Londin   Drums
Julia Tillman   Background Vocals
Joe Osborn   Bass
Gregg Smith Singers   Background Vocals
Ed Green   Drums
Caroline Williams   Background Vocals
Jimmy Joyce & His Children's Chorus   Background Vocals
David Duke   French Horn
Earle Dumler   English Horn,Oboe
Sheridan Stokes   Flute
Caroline Williams   Background Vocals
Chuck Del'Monico   Bass
Ed Green   Drums
Larry McNeely   Banjo

Technical Credits

Juice Newton   Composer
Tim Hardin   Composer
Peter Knight   Arranger
Neil Sedaka   Composer
Carole King   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Bonnie Bramlett   Composer
Barry De Vorzon   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Steve Eaton   Composer
James Griffin   Composer
Albert Hammond   Composer
Larry Weiss   Composer
Richard Carpenter   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ralph Carmichael   Composer
Don Addrisi   Composer
Lewis Anderson   Composer
Ken Bell   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Dick Bogert   Engineer
Perry Botkin   Composer
Karen Carpenter   Producer
Jack Daugherty   Producer
Hal David   Composer
Robert DeLaGarza   Engineer
Ray Gerhardt   Engineer
Brian Holland   Composer
Fred Karlin   Composer
Parker McGee   Composer
Dean Pitchford   Composer
Joe Raposo   Composer
Paul Riser   Arranger
Robb Royer   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Peter Udell   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Otha Young   Composer
Roger Young   Engineer
Randy Handley   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Dick Addrisi   Composer
Terry Draper   Composer
Mike Ragogna   Liner Notes
J.L. Wallace   Composer
William Garrett   Composer
Terry Skinner   Composer
Gary Geld   Composer
Robert Bateman   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Toni Stern   Composer
John Woloschuk   Composer
Roger Nichols   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Freddie Gorman   Composer
Chihiro Nozaki   Cover Design
Barney Williams   Composer
Philip Cody   Composer
William M. Lane   Composer
Georgia Dubbins   Composer

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40/40 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
gregnewyorkcity More than 1 year ago
How do you solve a problem like Richard Carpenter? I run somewhere from resentment, sorrow,, and abject pity that someone so immensely talented (certainly in the earlier years of the Carpenters - his remix of Make Believe It's Your First Time (working from the wonderfully simple Phil Ramone original mix) should be buried deep within the earth -- he had managed to turn a beautiful performance by Karen into exactly the kind of sappy schtick that critics had always assailed them for),, but it's just so sad how little he has done iin the past 30 years except to regurgitate compilation after compilatoiio, tinkering endlessly with reengineering and remixing so much so that what the original sound he had so brilliantly created is going to have disappeared one day. And I have no dbout that there will be more "discoveries" - "oh, we just found this in my top drawer, and no one's heard it before, so here's one new song on yet another lineup of the same songs we loved so well. Richard, with his consistently self-serving liner notes (what can Karen say to rebut anything?), obviously stilll smarting over the recognition Karen was bestowed upon her legions of fans. Where is the Richard Carpenter who arranged the classic albums - Close To You, Carpenters, A Song For You, Horizon, and the innovative Passage (A Kind of Hush, on the other hand, was more than A Kind of A Bore). Richard, we have not forgotten your talent and it's time to realize that talent was , and is, recognized. Stop the greed of feeding off of the ffans, find someone to produce and arrange for, and get back to some real work. Everyone out here just shakes their head, which only compounds the jealous image you rightly or wrongly garnered back when. If Barbra Streisand is gilng to be able to come up with something like 12 DVDs this year, pull what's left together, release it, and let it go and get back to real work. I think Karen would be aghast to have witnessed these practically innumerable compilatoins -- and what's worse, is that you do the REALLY great compilatonis/special sets for Japan and not for the United States. Trust me, I heard Close to You long before those Japan fans. This is tough love, baby, not an attack on you (it would be an unwarranted attack if it wasn't true, but it's all true).
Robineliza More than 1 year ago
I looked every where for this CD . So where we live ,it was hard to place. So for Mother's Day I went online and found it here. It came fast and plays great. lol I know that Mom was so happy about it, she cried!
Walterama More than 1 year ago
The Carpenters were my favorite group at that time. My fondest memory at that time was when they were playing "We Only Just Begun" at my high school graduation. Whenever I hear that song on the radio and compact discs, it brings back memory. Karen Carpenter was the voice.
Jules22PA More than 1 year ago
Love The Carpenters music and this collection is awesome
CarolF More than 1 year ago
Always loved Karen Carpenter. Have new found respect for Richard. It's a beautiful, representative album. Play it often.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago