Catalog number: 983 584-5
1. Ticket To Ride
2. (They Long To Be) Close To You
3. We’ve Only Just Begun
4. For All We Know
5. Rainy Days And Mondays
7. Bless The Beasts And Children
8. Hurting Each Other
9. It’s Going To Take Some Time
10. Goodbye To Love
11.Top Of The World
12. I Won’t Last A Day Without You
14. Yesterday Once More
15. This Masquerade
16. Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
17. Please Mr. Postman
2. Only Yesterday
4. There’s A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World)
5. I Need To Be In Love
7. All You Get From Love Is A Love Song
8. Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft
9. Sweet, Sweet Smile
10. I Believe You
11. Touch Me When We’re Dancing
12. (Want You) Back In My Life Again
13. Those Good Old Dreams
14. Beechwood 4-5789
16. Make Believe It’s Your First Time
17. Tryin’ To Get The Feeling Again
In 2006, Universal in the Netherlands issued this three-disc compilation. It put all of Carpenters hits in roughly chronological order on two discs, and as a bonus, included a third disc with a few Karen and Richard solo tracks.
The big surprise here though was that the masterers used all of the Remastered Classic series album tracks to compile this. This then, in essence, is a complete original-mix compilation. The set went out-of-print almost immediately after its release and was replaced with a similar track list that had nearly all remixes on the early stuff. It is widely believed that these original mixes on a compilation were not fully authorized by Richard and thus quickly replaced. Nevertheless, the official website hailed this package at the time of release. But, as a result of the mysterious withdrawal, this compilation, in its original form, has become rather rare and highly sought-after.
One way to tell if you’ve gotten this original set is to look for the inclusion of the track, “Goofus”. It was replaced by “Sandy” on the replacement set. The packaging is a quad-fold digipak.
Fans searching for this set may want to seek out CARPENTERS COLLECTED, a 2013 re-issue of this same material.