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Greatest Hits volume II


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I found this album in discogs and ordered. Shipping from Australia. Released 1974

brown cover that looks like Singles but says:
Great Hits of the Carpenters Volume II 1969-1973

track listing is:
Top of the World
Live is Surrender
(A place to) Hideaway
Hurting each other
This Masquerade

Reason to Believe
Yesterday Once More
It’s going to take sometime
Goodbye to Love
Get together
Let me be the one

Anyone else have this?


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It’s been discussed here before. Australia received a “Greatest Hits Volume 1” before the Singles was released, and that compilation only included tracks from TTR, CTY, Carp & ASFY, whereas the “Singles” album also included tracks from N&T, so, not wanting to repeat tracks, Australia put out a “Greatest Hits Volume 2” with different tracks from those earlier albums & N&T.

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This is the first album I ever owned, back in 1975.

In Australia, we got 'Great Hits of the Carpenters', (the 'Volume 1' version), in 1972, to coincide with the May 1972 tour. The same album was also released in Japan, entitled 'Golden Prize' but with the same cover and inside art and the same track listing.

'Great Hits of The Carpenters', (the first version), reached Number 3 on the Australian charts after its mid-May entry and stayed on the charts for 10 months. It became the 16th biggest-selling album of 1972.

'Hurting Each Other' was also released to coincide with the 1972 tour, reaching Number 4 nationally, staying on the charts for 7 months and becoming the 23rd biggest hit of the year.

Two years later, when 'The Singles' was released around the rest of the world, Australia chose to release 'Great Hits of The Carpenters Vol 2, 1969 - 1973' because half of the tracks from The Singles had already been bought by so many people on 'Great Hits of The Carpenters'. I haven't seen an equivalent to 'Great Hits Vol 2' in Japan.

'Great Hits Vol 2' did not fare as well on the charts in Australia as the first volume, peaking at Number 24 after entering on 1st of April, 1974 and staying on the listings for 4 and a half months.

'Top of the World', (album version), was released as a single in Australia at the beginning of 1973, about nine months before America, from memory. It peaked at Number 1, staying at the top spot, I think, for four weeks, after entering on 5th of February 1973 and remaining on the charts for 7 months, becoming the 14th biggest hit of 1973 in the country.

The version of 'Top of the World' that appears on 'Great Hits of The Carpenters Vol 2 1969 to 1973' is the album version, the same as on 'A Song for You'. Likewise, the version of 'Ticket to Ride' on 'Great Hits' is obviously the album version, as K & R hadn't re-recorded the lead vocal and drums, etc., by 1972.

In Australia, we didn't get the re-recorded versions of 'Top of the World' and 'Ticket to Ride' until 'Very Best of The Carpenters' was released in 1982. This album hit Number One on the national charts in early 1983.
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