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The Carpenters – Close To You

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  • An incredible sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades from start to finish
  • Both of these sides are super big, rich and Tubey Magical yet still very clean, clear and spacious – the Classic A&M Pop Sound we love
  • We’ve Only Just Begun and Close to You are just two of the many good tracks here
  • 4 stars: “Close to You is a surprisingly strong album, and not just for those hits. Richard Carpenter’s originals “Maybe It’s You” and “Crescent Noon” are superb showcases for Karen Carpenter’s developing talent, the latter a superbly atmospheric, hauntingly beautiful art song of the kind that Judy Collins was doing well at the time, and gorgeously arranged.”

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Carpenters – A Song For You

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  • An outstanding original A&M pressing, with both sides earning excellent Double Plus (A++) sonic grades – exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This LP is full of the Midrange Magic that has the Carpenters sounding rich, smooth, sweet and breathy – in other words, in ANALOG, so they sound every bit as good as you remember them
  • 4 1/2 stars: “The duo’s best album, and the place to start beyond the hits compilations… a seemingly unified concept album written and recorded during a frantic period of concert activity, and brimming with lovely musical ideas even more lovingly executed, laced with good humor, and enough hits of its own to have established any artist’s career on its own. And even in between the hits, the album was built on material that could have made a whole career for anyone.”

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Carpenters – Now & Then

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  • Insanely good sound and the first copy to ever hit the site; Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish!
  • “The Carpenters, with their finger on the pulse of the changing pop fashions as always, were one of the first acts to identify the new appetite for fond reminiscence of times gone by, and brilliantly combined the past and the present with their fifth album, Now & Then…”

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The Carpenters – Carpenters

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  • Insanely good sound throughout for this early A&M pressing with each side earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • These sides are doing everything right — big, full-bodied, spacious and present with a solid bottom end 
  • “The Carpenters’ radio-friendly soft rock virtually defined the genre in the early 1970s, and this album — their third full-length — was the group’s ace card… Carpenters is a classic of early-’70s pop.” – All Music

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