Yesterday Once More: Greatest Hits 1969-1983

Yesterday Once More: Greatest Hits 1969-1983

by Carpenters

CD(Dutch Import)

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This double-CD set was probably too much of the Carpenters for the average fan, but just the same, it touches bases that The Singles misses, and it is rewarding. The 1998 remastering (catalog number 31454 1000-2) is doubly attractive, as a mid-priced item with 24-bit remastered sound and new notes by Paul Grein. The 28 songs, totaling more than 110 minutes of music, still have a few holes, like their cover of "Beechwood 4-5789" and the deeply atmospheric "Crescent Noon," but every one of their albums is represented from Ticket to Ride on up. The remastering makes all of the difference in the enjoyment of the songs, presenting Karen Carpenter's voice and Richard Carpenter's arrangements in close, rich detail and intimacy; it all makes the care that was put into the original performances completely worth the effort. The duo's music never sounded less like recordings and more like performances, a fact -- brought home by the crystalline tones of Joe Osborn's bass -- that may distress those who merely want to relive their memories of hearing these songs on the radio. There will also be a few worthwhile surprises even for the casual listener, including the melodic dance number "(Want You) Back in My Life Again" from their final album and the rhapsodic "I Just Fall in Love Again" from Passage. This set is a decent compromise between the superficiality of The Singles and the deep but awkward construction of the four-CD boxed set, made more valuable by the remastering, which renders its sound superior to that of the same material on the box.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/12/1999
Label: Polygram Uk
UPC: 0731454100021
catalogNumber: 541000

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carpenters   Primary Artist
Richard Carpenter   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Gordon   Drums
Hal Blaine   Drums
Karen Carpenter   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Carolyn Dennis   Background Vocals
Ed Greene   Drums
Jimmy Joyce   Background Vocals
Timothy May   Guitar
Tony Peluso   Guitar
Ron Tutt   Drums
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Carlena Williams   Background Vocals
Larrie Londin   Drums
Julia Tillman   Background Vocals
Joe Osborn   Bass,Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Juice Newton   Composer
Peter Knight   Arranger
Chris Christian   Composer
James Griffin   Composer
Richard Carpenter   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Kerry Chater   Composer
Ken Bell   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Karen Carpenter   Producer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Jack Daugherty   Producer
Ray Gerhardt   Engineer
Brian Holland   Composer
Fred Karlin   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Otha Young   Composer
Roger Young   Engineer,Remixing
Paul Grein   Liner Notes
Georgia Dobbins   Composer
Terry Draper   Composer
William Garrett   Composer
Robert Bateman   Composer
John Woloschuk   Composer
Roger Nichols   Composer
Freddie Gorman   Composer
Robb Wilson   Composer

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Yesterday Once More [1998] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The power of her voice is eternal. Regular people do not deserve to experince such beauty. She is without a doubt one of the greatest musical artists ever. Madonnas are few. Karen is the best I have ever heard. It is sad that she died at such a young age. She was the rock and roll queen of the early 70's. I doubt Stevie Nicks was any better, and wonder about females who rock until this day.