Gold (UK)

Catalog number: 490 865-2 (2000 version), 987 064-7 (2005 reissue) (UK)

Track listing:

1. Yesterday Once More (1991 remix)
2. Superstar (1991 remix)
3. Rainy Days And Mondays (1991 remix)
4. Goodbye To Love (1991 remix)
5. It’s Going To Take Some Time (1989 remix)
6. I Won’t Last A Day Without You (1991 remix, single version, slow)
7. For All We Know (1990 remix)
8. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) (1991 remix)
9. Touch Me When We’re Dancing
10. Please Mr. Postman (1991 remix)
11. I Need To Be In Love (1990 remix)
12. Solitaire
13. We’ve Only Just Begun (1985 remix)
14. (They Long To Be) Close To You (1991 remix)
15. This Masquerade (1990 remix)
16. Ticket To Ride (1973 version)
17. Top Of The World (1973 version)
18. Only Yesterday (1991 remix, single edit)
19. Sing (1994 remix)
20. Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (1989 remix)

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The UK was the first out of the gate with a Carpenters compilation called GOLD in 2000. Patterned after Universal’s big hit ABBA GOLD with very similar artwork, GOLD was conceived as a single-disc compilation of 20 tracks. It’s not to be confused with other compilations with the same title and similar artwork, notably a 2-disc set put out in the US in 2004.

In 2005, the UK re-released GOLD with a reversed color scheme, pictured above. The tracks and mixes remained the same.

An extremely similar release in the Netherlands was called YESTERDAY ONCE MORE: THE DUTCH SINGLES COLLECTION. One song differed – “Calling Occupants From Interplanetary Craft” was removed from the track listing and “Sweet Sweet Smile” was inserted in the track 6 position.

This compilation was chosen for release in two supposedly upgraded technologies by the Japan Victor Company, XRCD and K2HD, but the mixes used remained the same. Another release in 2013 in Hong Kong used another new “special mastering” technique called LPCD45 II, and again the mixes used were the same as the original UK GOLD issue. Whether or not any of these special masterings are better than anything else is the subject of much debate and is highly subjective.