The Singles: 1969-1973
Album by The Carpenters
The Singles- 1969-1973

The simple brown cover of The Carpenters' first compilation

Recorded 1969-1973
Released November 9, 1973
Length 41:47
Genre(s) Pop
Producer(s) Jack Daugherty & The Carpenters
Record label A&M Records
Albums by The Carpenters

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Now & Then (1973)
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Now & Then (1973)

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Horizon (1975)
Horizon (1975)
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The Singles: 1969-1973 was the first Carpenters compilation. It was also one of The Carpenters' most successful albums and compilations. "The Singles" was a compilation of all twelve of the singles released during the first 4 years of their career. Many of the songs were remixed especially for the album, including the whole A-side, and "Yesterday Once More".

Remix overview Edit

We've Only Just Begun Edit

The first track on the album, "We've Only Just Begun" was given an instrumental interlude that segued between the melodies of (They Long to Be) Close to You, Superstar, and the familiar six-note introduction to the song.

Top of the World Edit

"Top of the World" was re-arranged and fully re-recorded in 1973 for the release of its single, as well as for the release of this compilation.

Ticket to Ride Edit

"Ticket to Ride" was re-recorded in 1973 with a new piano track, new vocals, and added guitars.[1]

Superstar/Rainy Days and Mondays/Goodbye to Love Edit

"Superstar", "Rainy Days and Mondays", and "Goodbye to Love" were all mixed into a continuous song on The Singles: 1969-1973. The strings at the end of "Superstar" faded nicely into "Rainy Days and Mondays". While Karen sings "me down" at the end of "Rainy Days and Mondays", a very nice orchestral bridge fades into "Goodbye to Love". These three songs were sped up to match the key of the next song.

Yesterday Once More Edit

Although the CD remix is that of the 1991 remix of "Yesterday Once More", the vinyl LP remix was a remastered version of the "Now & Then" version with some modifications, most notably the omitting of the motorcycle at the end of the album version.

Track listing Edit

Side one
  1. "We've Only Just Begun"
  2. "Top of the World"
  3. "Ticket to Ride"
  4. "Superstar"
  5. "Rainy Days and Mondays"
  6. "Goodbye to Love"
Side two
  1. "Yesterday Once More"
  2. "It's Going to Take Some Time"
  3. "Sing"
  4. "For All We Know"
  5. "Hurting Each Other"
  6. "(They Long to Be) Close to You"


  1. Carpenter, Richard. Carpenters - Ticket to Ride. Carpenters Official Website. 12 Jun 2008.