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Here are my personal favourite albums and why I love them so much

Passage
A&M Records, 1977

Track List:
 
Side 1:
B'Wana She No Home - All You Get from Love is a Love Song - I Just Fall in Love Again - On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada/Don't Cry for Me, Agentina
 
Side 2:
Sweet Sweet Smile - Two Sides - Man Smart, Woman Smarter - Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft

This is undoubtedly my favourite album.  The duo move in a completely different direction here, taking away the close harmonic overdubbing and taking on grand, dramatic arrangements.  The best song on here is Karen's rendition of "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina".  Arranged by the late great Peter Knight, this song proves that Karen could have been a Broadway star also.  That's followed by "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft".  A minor hit for Canadian group, Klaatu, Richard's sterling arrangement of the song excels in every aspect.
If I had to pick the worst song here (difficult because there isn't one), I'd have to pick "Man Smart, Woman Smarter" simply because I personally feel it's out of place on this album.  I think they should have gone with "You're the One" here.

A Kind of Hush
A&M Records, 1976

Track List:

Side 1:
There's a Kind of Hush (All Over the World) - You - Sandy - Goofus - Can't Smile Without You
 
Side 2:
I Need to Be in Love - One More Time - Boat to Sail - I Have You - Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Comments:
This has to be my second favourite, most of the songs on this album turn away from the traditional ballad for more upbeat tunes.  However "I Need to Be in Love" stands head and shoulders above the rest.  Followed by "I Have You" and "Goofus".
The weakest song has to be "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" - I am just not a fan of this song at all, no matter who sings it.

Here listed below is a complete list of every Carpenters official and unofficial album/compilation release COUNTRY AND WORLDWIDE!
 
Complete with country of release:

COMPLETE LIST OF EVERY CARPENTERS ISSUE (Official and Unofficial)
 
TICKET TO RIDE (a.k.a OFFERING) (World Wide)
1969
 
CLOSE TO YOU (World Wide)
1970
 
CARPENTERS (a.k.a. THE TAN ALBUM) (World Wide)
1971
 
A SONG FOR YOU (World Wide)
1972
 
NOW & THEN (World Wide)
1973
 
THE SINGLES 1969-1973 (UK and Canada Only)
1973
 
LIVE IN JAPAN (Japan Only)
1974
 
HORIZON (World Wide)
1975
 
A KIND OF HUSH (World Wide)
1976
 
LIVE AT THE PALLADIUM (UK Only)
1976
 
PASSAGE (World Wide)
1977
 
CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT (World Wide)
1978
 
THE SINGLES 1974-1978 (UK and Canada Only)
1978
 
MADE IN AMERICA (World Wide)
1981
 
VOICE OF THE HEART (World Wide)
1983
 
AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS (World Wide)
1984
 
YESTERDAY ONCE MORE (Came Out for 5 Days before being retracted)
1985
 
THE CLASSICS VOL.2 (reissue of YESTERDAY ONCE MORE) (US Only)
1985
 
YESTERDAY ONCE MORE: TRIBUTE TO KAREN CARPENTER
Bootleg 1986
 
TIME: RICHARD CARPENTER SOLO ALBUM (World Wide)
1987
 
THE ART OF THE CARPENTERS (Reissue of YESTERDAY ONCE MORE) (Brazil Only)
1987
 
REMINISCING (Canada Only)
Bootleg 1988
 
ANTHOLOGY (4CD Set) (Japan Only)
1989
 
LOVELINES (World Wide)
1989
 
THEY LONG TO SING ONCE MORE (Japan Only)
Bootleg
 
MORE SONGS FOR YOU (5CD Set) (US Only)
Bootleg
 
LIVE IN THE NETHERLANDS (Netherlands Only)
Bootleg
 
MORE OFFERINGS (US Only)
Bootleg
 
CARPENTERS COLLECTION (World Wide)
Bootleg
 
LIVE IN JAPAN (US Only)
Bootleg
 
CLOSE TO YOU: LIVE IN NEW YORK AND TOKYO (Australia Only
Bootleg
 
CLEAN LIVING MILLIONNAIRES (US Only)
Bootleg
 
THE COMPACT DISC COLLECTION (Reissue and partial remixing of 12 Studio Albums) (UK Only)
1990
 
CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT: SPECIAL EDITION (UK Only)
1990
 
ONLY YESTERDAY: THEIR GREATEST HITS (US and UK Only)
1990
 
FROM THE TOP: 1965-1982 (4CD Set) (World Wide)
1991
 
THE RADIO YEARS (Clone of HORIZON) (US Only)
1991
 
STARTRAX: THE CARPENTERS (Australia Only)
1991
 
CHRISTMAS WITH THE CARPENTERS (World Wide)
1992
 
BEST OF THE BEST KARAOKE (Japan Only)
1992
 
TREASURES (Australia and UK Only)
1992
 
MAGIC MOMENTS: THE CARPENTERS (UK Only)
1993
 
CARPENTERS COLLECTION (US Only)
1993
 
CARPENTERS VOL.8 (Japan Only)
1993
 
GOLDEN STARS (Germany Only)
1993
 
THE ENTERTAINERS: CARPENTERS LIVE (Europe Only)
1994
 
DYNAMIC LIVE 1976-1978 (Australia Only)
Bootleg 1994
 
22 HITS OF THE CARPENTERS (Japan Only)
1995
 
PLEASE MR. POSTMAN (Clone of HORIZON) (US Only)
Bootleg 1995
 
YESTERDAY ONCE MORE KARAOKE (Japan Only)
1995
 
REFLECTIONS (UK and Japan Only)
1995
 
INTERPRETATIONS: A 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION (World Wide)
1995
 
THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION (Reissue of CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT and AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS in a 2CD Set) (World Wide)
1996
 
TOP OF THE WORLD KARAOKE (Reissue of YESTERDAY ONCE MORE KARAOKE) (Japan Only)
1996
 
KAREN CARPENTER: THE NEW YORK SESSIONS
Bootleg 1996
 
KAREN CARPENTER (Karen Carpenter Solo Album) (World Wide)
1996
 
THE CARPENTERS (Clone of HORIZON) (Europe Only)
1996
 
THE CARPENTERS: ONLY YESTERDAY (Clone of HORIZON) (Germany Only)
1996
 
THEIR GREATEST HITS AND FINEST PERFORMANCES (US Only)
1997
 
ANTHOLOGY (Reissue of ANTHOLOGY) (Japan Only)
1997
 
PIANIST-ARRANGER-COMPOSER-CONDUCTOR (Richard Carpenter Solo Album) (World Wide)
1997
 
LOVE SONGS OF THE CARPENTERS (World Wide)
1998
 
YESTERDAY ONCE MORE (Reissue of YESTERDAY ONCE MORE) (World Wide)
1998
 
30TH ANNIVERSARY (11CD Box Set) (Japan Only)
1999
 
BY REQUEST (Japan Only)
2000
 
CARPENTERS GOLD (World Wide)
2000
 
THE SINGLES 1969-1981
2000
 
CARPENTERS CD-ROM (Russia Only
Bootleg 2000
 
SWEET SWEET SMILE (Reissue of REFLECTIONS) (UK and Japan Only)
2000
 
TREASURES (2CD Reissue of TREASURES) (Japan Only)
2000
 
AS TIME GOES BY (Japan Only)
2001
 
FOR ALL WE KNOW (Clone of CARPENTERS) (Netherlands Only)
2001
 
SÓLO EXITOS (Clone of CARPENTERS) (Venezuela Only)
2001
 
KC IN NY (US Only)
2002
 
THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION (Reissue of FROM THE TOP with some track changes) (US and UK Only)
2002
 
THE MILLENNIUM COLLECTION (US Only)
2002
 
YOUR NAVY PRESENTS (Radio Show) (US Only)
Bootleg 2002
 
BEST OF CARPENTERS (US Only)
Bootleg 2002
 
CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT INTERVIEW (US Only)
Bootleg 2002
 
A CHRISTMAS CONCERT (US Only)
Bootleg 2002
 
AS TIME GOES BY (US and UK Only)
2003
 
LIVE AT THE WHITE HOUSE 1973 (US Only)
Bootleg 2003
 
LIVE IN AUSTRALIA 1972 (US Only)
Bootleg 2003
 
LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL 1971 (US Only)
Bootleg 2003
 
LIVE AT THE BBC 1971 (US Only)
Bootleg 2003
 
DICK BIONDI INTERVIEW 1970 (US Only)
Bootleg 2003
 
CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT (Reissue of CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT) (Japan Only)
2003
 
AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS (Reissue of AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS) (Japan Only)
2003
 
35TH ANNIVERSARY (13CD Box Set) (Japan Only)
2003
 
CARPENTERS PERFORM CARPENTER (World Wide)
2003
 
SOLO LO MEJOR DE CARPENTERS (Clone of HORIZON) (Brazil Only)
2004

Favorite CD

My favourite album has to be "Passage" 1977.  It was a daring move of Richard to move well away from the established Carpenters sound and take a bold new direction with huge, dramatic arrangements.  Also it was released the year I was born.

Favorite Song

My favourite song is Leave Yesterday Behind.  This was never released on any albums until 2001's As Time Goes By.  While it is in the same vein as For All We Know, I feel the lyrics are beautiful and perfect for Karen's velvet vocals.

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