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⭐ Official Review [Single]: 25. "SWEET, SWEET SMILE"/"I HAVE YOU" (2008-S)

Which side is your favorite?

  • Side A: "Sweet, Sweet Smile"

    Votes: 37 80.4%
  • Side B: "I Have You"

    Votes: 9 19.6%

  • Total voters
    46

CraigGA

Well-Known Member
So here are the 13 tunes I'd put out there. Not necessarily in this order; however, I think it demonstrates that there is enough material to complete a "country" compilation album.

Sweet Sweet Smile

Top Of The World
Jambalaya
Reason To Believe
The Uninvited Guest
Two Lives
Those Good Old Dreams
All Because of You
Desperado
One More Time
When It's Gone
And When He Smiles
I think you mean Two Sides, not Two Lives!
 

Rick-An Ordinary Fool

Well-Known Member
I have to admit an official Country Collection CD of the Carpenters is not something I had ever thought possible. That rare 45 has really sparked some interest and with this list above...I could see a CD with this country theme working. Now all we need is to find a pic of Karen and Richard in cowboy hats maybe sitting on a bail of hay...for the cover and we are set. :laugh: Yee Haw!!
 

John Adam

"Two Lives"
We should start a permanent thread that is just for suggested playlists.

(Fantasy)
Carpenters Country Sides: (I'm going to compile it in this order and see how it "flows!")

Side One:
Sweet Sweet Smile
Desperado
Still Crazy After All These Years
Top Of The World
One More Time
Those Good Old Dreams

Side Two:
Two Sides
Reason To Believe
And When He Smiles
The Uninvited Guest
Jambalaya
All Because Of You

Of course if it was on CD it could have 3 additional tracks: [At Least]

The End of The World
And I Love You So
Something's Missing (the "new" country version)
 

John Adam

"Two Lives"
(Fantasy)
Carpenters Country Sides: (I'm going to compile it in this order and see how it "flows!")

Side One:
Sweet Sweet Smile
Desperado
Still Crazy After All These Years
Top Of The World
One More Time
Those Good Old Dreams

Side Two:
Two Sides
Reason To Believe
And When He Smiles
The Uninvited Guest
Jambalaya
All Because Of You

Of course if it was on CD it could have 3 additional tracks: [At Least]

The End of The World
And I Love You So
Something's Missing (the "new" country version)

The only song that really doesn't work for me, is the one I suggested, which shows you how much I know (lol). I'd pull "Still Crazy."
Any suggestions? I thought about the solo version of "Make Believe It's Your First Time" reworked as a country ballad. What do you think?

P.S. I'm not really a country music fan, but I can't ignore a good song or performance!
 

David A

Well-Known Member
This song is a reminder to me that had they chosen to, I think the Carpenters could have moved into country music in a big way in the 1980's. Image issues are (or were, anyway) less of an issue in that genre, in fact their "wholesome" image was probably a benefit at that time.
 

Martin Medrano

Well-Known Member
A country album from the carpenters would have been a real treat because of how good some of their songs are with a country feel. For example, im caught between goodbye and I love you or reason to believe. Imagine karen singing love me by jeanne pruett.
 

GaryAlan

Well-Known Member
CASHBOX Single Review, January 1, 1978, page 42:
"CARPENTERS (A&M 2008-S) Sweet, Sweet Smile (2:54) (Sterling Music/Addison
Street - ASCAP) (J. Newton/O. Young) . This second single off the "Passage" LP has an
intriguing country feel mixed with an obviously pop approach. Present are the snappy bass,
country twang violin and boogie piano. Karen's singing has an effective edge.
Pop and country chart potential."



December 30, 1978, CASHBOX:
Country Singles Poll Winners

New Duos - Longest Charted
1 Kenny Rogers And Dottie West - Every Time Two Fools Collide
2 Carpenters - Sweet Sweet Smile
3 Jack Ward And Reba McEntire - Three Sheets In The
4 Kenny Rogers And Dottie West - Anyone Who Isn't Me Tonight
5 Waylon Jennings And Johnny Cash - Ain't No Good Chain
 
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GDB2LV

Well-Known Member
That’s funny that it says 2nd single from Passage. I guess AYGFLIALS doesn’t count since it preceded the albums release?
 
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