Having heard the entire compilation, the only thing that spoils it is the sped-up trilogy. In 1988, I wouldn’t have realised it. I’ve got the original Singles 1969-1973 CD where it’s similarly sped-up, but here, because it closes the whole album, it seems more of a disappointment. I’ve long since got used to those songs at their true speed. I love the actual segues, but the songs have less of an impact at that speed. I know the remastered Singles 1969-1973 has it correctly, but I don’t have that (well, not yet anyway).
We have a simliar Carpenters history Alan!
I didn't have any idea that the trilogy was slightly 'sped up' as that's the only way I'd ever heard it.
It makes more sense and i think just feels 'right' at the non sped up speed.
Same with Argentina and Won't last a day. I actually prefer those at the slightly 'sped up' speed. It gives a bit of lightness to it and i feel just fits the track better.
Harry, regarding Argentina, Won't last a day, You ( any others? ) is the slower speed the 'correct' actually sung like that version and they are all artificially slightly sped up do you know? To me that makes more sense rather than Karen's original singing being slowed down.
What do you think Harry? I ask as you are the fount of ALL Carpenters knowledge!