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Carpenters - Close to You RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum! Click here to see this CD at!

By Lorry Fleming

When the Carpenters found themselves with a sudden radio hit ("Close to You"), their record company put the pressure on them to come up with a whole album. The album's glue is, of course, the unabashedly sentimental and corny title track and the subsequent chart topper, "We've Only Just Begun." However, their lush covers of now-classic songs such as "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" and "Baby It's You," and Karen's tragic plea on John Lennon's "Help," contribute to the strength of this collection. The band toys with bossa nova sounds on "Love Is Surrender" and explores deeper emotional terrain on the beautiful "Crescent Moon." Close to You stands as a harbinger of the great things ahead for the Carpenters in the '70s.

1. We've Only Just Begun7. Baby It's You
2. Love Is Surrender8. I'll Never Fall In Love Again
3. Maybe It's You9. Crescent Noon
4. Reason To Believe10. Mr. Guder
5. Help11. I Kept On Loving You
6. (They Long To Be) Close To You12. Another Song


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"I was just 15 years young (in 1970) when I first heard the song "Close To You" on AM top-40 radio. I was transfixed by it. The singer's voice (Karen Carpenter) was so captivating! Needless to say, I listened for it again and again, staying up late, lying in bed in the dark, switching from radio station to radio station to find it. I initially thought it was a chorus of singers supporting one lead singer. Much to my surprise, it was just two individuals, Richard and Karen Carpenter, singing so many voice-overs in perfect harmony that it sounded like a chorus of voices. The year 1970 began a lifelong love of Carpenters music that continues to this day. I still prefer their brand of easy listening love ballads to the pop music today. The Carpenters remain my all-time favorite group, and I only wish that Karen's life had not come to such a tragic end. She and Richard had so much more music to make."

--Konedog (Jim Koenig)

"I love all the Carpenters Music along with Close To You. I remember when they first started their singing debut. I remember the day Karen died in February of 83. It tore my heart apart and I still miss their music. I miss all the Super70s music."


"I was about 13 whenever I received my 1st record player (a portable one) and Close To You was just about the 1st or 2nd record I ever owned which was a Christmas gift. I had been listening to the Carpenters of course by then on the radio for a while. I practically lived to hear their Extraordinarily smooth and well-blended vocals. I own several of their albums and a few cds now. I think Close to You still remains to be my very favorite of their's. They had their own unique blend of songs and versions of classic love songs. This record is just wonderful and a crowd pleaser to most adults and kids today as well."


"No one in modern pop/rock music today can compare with the incredibly lush voice of Karen Carpenter. The good always do die young."


"This album was well overdue for the music world. Finally we had a duo who could create lush harmonies and perfect melodies. Karen's voice is so rich and makes you want to listen over and over again. The album Close to You was a foreshadowing of great music to come."


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Artist: Carpenters

Released: August 22, 1970

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Platinum (2)

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