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Yesterday Once More

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Adult rock: for those people who are unable to stomach the anger, loud guitars and bad attitude of punk rock; see Celine Dion and latter-day Genesis for further reference. But let's not just concentrate on the bad things, for in the more than capable hands of The Carpenters, the skills of the protagonists belied the whole cosiness which often undermines some of the greater works in this genre. Karen Capenter was a great singer who didn't need to over-elaborate or over-emote; the clarity and soothing timbre of her voice was a lesson in effective conciseness that the Mariah Carey's of this world have obviously never paid attention to. Add to that the production and songwriting skills of brother Richard and you have a sibling partnership of the highest order. This 2CD collection comprises a collection of singles that, for the most part, gives easy listening a good name. Just for the sake of picking out a few highlights, '(They Long To Be) Close To You' and 'We've Only Just Begun' (Richard's harmonies being an unexpected highlight) are obvious choices, 'Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft' was an admirable choice of a cover version carried off with imagination and vigour, 'All You Get From A Love Song' and 'Touch Me When We're Dancing' are perfect pop records and 'I Just Fall In Love Again' is sopping great romanticism par excellence. Avoiding pretentiousness and schmaltz this compilation is a worthy - if unfashionable - addition to any music lover's collection.
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  CD1 Track Listing
01 Yesterday Once More
02 Superstar
03 Rainy Days And Mondays
04 (Want You) Back In My Life Again
05 Ticket To Ride
06 Goodbye To Love
07 Bless The Beasts And Children
08 It's Going To Take Some Time
09 There's A Kind Of Hush
10 Sweet, Sweet Smile
11 I Won't Last A Day Without You
12 For All We Know
13 Touch Me When We're Dancing
Standout Track Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft

Standout Track = Standout Track

  CD2 Track Listing
01 I Just Fall In Love Again
02 This Masquerade
03 Hurting Each Other
04 Please Mr. Postman
05 I Need To Be In Love
06 Make Believe It's Your First Time
07 All You Get From Love Is A Love Song
08 Top Of The World
09 Because We Are In Love (The Wedding Song)
10 We've Only Just Begun
11 Those Good Old Dreams
12 Sing
13 Only Yesterday
14 (They Long To Be) Close To You

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