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Official Review [Compilation]: "THE SINGLES, 1974-1978"

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Chris May, Oct 31, 2005.


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  1. Someday

    Someday Active Member

    I have this too but cannot remember the TV advertising. There are several different versions of that press photo (rexfeatures.com), with Karen outside the store (which, I believe, was Chappells on Bond Street). Singles 1974-78 is clearly being displayed alongside Christmas Portrait, as this was on Monday 11th December when she was here doing Bruce Forsyth's Big Night. I don't know of any other promotion for CP, however.
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  2. ars nova

    ars nova Active Member

    I have finally obtained the Canadian alternate cover. all is well in my world. baby.
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  3. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    This is one I have been spinning, lately. I enjoy this album quite a bit.
    Exactly how "commonly available," in the USA, was this LP back in the day ?
    The LP was in the "import" section when I stumbled upon it--if I had not specifically
    searched in the "import" section, I never would have come across this LP.
    The Forum Resource says this:
    "It has been commonly available in the US as an import however over the years."

    Needless-to-say, do we know if Richard Carpenter sequenced the songs ?
    Was there any input from the Richard Carpenter actually producing this LP ?
    Karen's role, in traveling to London to promote the LP is well-known, as is the
    $500,000 spent by UK A&M for promotion. Has anyone ever seen that UK-TV campaign ?
    While it charted there, and peaked at #2 (on chart for 27 weeks; entered #18 dec 9,1978 ),
    I wonder if sales met A&M's expectations ?

    This compilation Vinyl-LP, had it been given the loving treatment of its predecessor (69-73),
    could have been a nice ten-year anniversary (1979) birthday present for American audiences.
  4. Harry

    Harry Charter A&M Corner Member Moderator

    I first spotted and purchased the SINGLES 1974-1978 album up in an HMV shop in Montreal, Canada on a tourist visit there. I'd never seen it before and was attracted to the shiny gold foil cover. It was just a short time later that I spotted it for sale (at an inflated import price) in some local stores like Sam Goody and Wee Three Records around the Philadelphia are. I figured if it was common enough to be there, it probably made it to many other US stores.

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