From the Top (album)

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From the Top
From the Top.jpg
Box set by The Carpenters
Released 1991
Recorded 1965–1982
Genre Pop
Length 204:41
Label A&M
Producer Richard Carpenter
The Carpenters chronology
Yesterday Once More
(1985)
From the Top
(1991)
Interpretations
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[3]

From the Top is a box set by The Carpenters, released in 1991, which contains everything from the Richard Carpenter Trio recordings from 1965 to their biggest hits in the early 1970s to the last song ever recorded by the Carpenters: "Now". This compilation was revised with The Essential Collection: 1965–1997 in 2002.

Track listings[edit]

Disc one[edit]

1965–1970

  1. "Caravan" (1965) (Juan Tizol, Irving Mills) – 3:38
  2. "The Parting of Our Ways" (1966) (Richard Carpenter) – 2:20
  3. "Looking for Love" (1966) (Carpenter) – 1:52
  4. "I'll Be Yours" (1966) (Carpenter) – 2:28
  5. "Iced Tea" (1966) (Carpenter) – 2:36
  6. "You'll Love Me" (1967) (Carpenter) – 2:27
  7. "All I Can Do" (1967) (Carpenter, John Bettis) – 1:50
  8. "Don't Be Afraid" (1968; demo) (Carpenter) – 2:07
  9. "Invocation" (1968; demo) (Carpenter, Bettis) – 1:01
  10. "Your Wonderful Parade" (1968; demo) (Carpenter, Bettis) – 2:23
  11. "Good Night" (1969) (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 2:34
  12. "All of My Life" (1969; 1987 remix) (Carpenter) – 3:02
  13. "Eve" (1969; 1987 remix) (Carpenter, Bettis) – 2:52
  14. "Ticket to Ride" (1969; 1973 remix) (Lennon, McCartney) – 4:11
  15. "Get Together" (1970) (Chet Powers) – 2:40
  16. Interview (1970) – 1:35
  17. "Maybe It's You" (1970; 1990 remix) (Carpenter, Bettis) – 3:09
  18. "(They Long to Be) Close to You" (1970; single) (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 3:42
  19. "We've Only Just Begun" (1970; 1985 remix) (Paul Williams, Roger Nichols) – 3:05
  20. "Merry Christmas Darling" (1970; single) (Frank Pooler, Carpenter) – 3:05
  21. "For All We Know" (1970; 1990 remix) (Fred Karlin, Arthur James, Robb Wilson) – 2:32

Disc two[edit]

1971–1973

  1. "Superstar" (1971; 1990 remix) (Leon Russell, Bonnie Bramlett) – 3:45
  2. "Rainy Days and Mondays" (1971; 1985 remix) (Williams, Nichols) – 3:36
  3. "Let Me Be the One" (1971; 1990 remix) (Williams, Nichols) – 2:50
  4. "Bless the Beasts and Children" (1971; 1985 remix) (Barry DeVorzon, Perry Botkin, Jr.) – 3:15
  5. "Hurting Each Other" (1972; 1990 remix) (Gary Geld, Peter Udell) – 2:46
  6. "Top of the World" (1972) (Carpenter, Bettis) – 2:59
  7. "Goodbye to Love" (1972; 1985 remix) (Carpenter, Bettis) – 4:00
  8. "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" (1972 single; 1984 remix) (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) – 4:08
  9. "This Masquerade" (1973; 1990 remix) (Russell) – 4:53
  10. "Canta" (Spanish lyric of "Sing") (1973) (Joe Raposo) – 3:20
  11. "Yesterday Once More" (1973; 1985 remix) (Carpenter, Bettis) – 3:50
  12. "Fun, Fun, Fun" (1973; 1990 remix) (Brian Wilson, Mike Love) – 1:40
  13. "The End of the World" (1973; 1990 remix) (Arthur Kent, Sylvia Dee) – 2:26
  14. "Da Doo Ron Ron" (1973; 1990 remix) (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector) – 1:46
  15. "Dead Man's Curve" (1973; 1990 remix) (Jan Berry, Roger Christian, Wilson, Artie Kornfeld) – 1:32
  16. "Johnny Angel" (1973; 1990 remix) (Lyn Duddy, Lee Pockriss) – 1:31
  17. "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" (1973; 1990 remix) (Ben Weisman, Dottie Wayne, Marilyn Garrett) – 2:22
  18. "Our Day Will Come" (1973; 1990 remix) (Bob Hilliard, Mort Garson) – 2:00
  19. "One Fine Day" (1973; 1990 remix) (Carole King, Gerry Goffin) – 1:33
  20. "Yesterday Once More (reprise)" (1973) (Carpenter, Bettis) – 1:02
  21. Radio Contest Outtakes (1973) – 1:53

Disc three[edit]

1974–1978

  1. "Please Mr. Postman" (1974) (Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland, Robert Bateman) – 2:52
  2. "Only Yesterday" (1975; 1984 remix) (Carpenter, Bettis) – 3:59
  3. "Solitaire" (1975) (Neil Sedaka, Phil Cody) – 4:40
  4. "Good Friends Are for Keeps" (1975) (Jon Silberman) – 1:09
  5. "Ordinary Fool" (1976; 1983 remix) (Williams) – 3:43
  6. "I Need to Be in Love" (1976; 1990 remix) (Carpenter, Bettis, Albert Hammond) – 3:48
  7. "From This Moment On" (1976; live) (Cole Porter) – 2:13
  8. Suntory Pop Jingle #1 (1977) (Hiromasa Suzuki, Yoko Narahashi) – 0:33
  9. Suntory Pop Jingle #2 (1977) (Tatsushi Umegaki, Yoko Narahashi) – 0:34
  10. "All You Get from Love Is a Love Song" (1977) (Steve Eaton) – 3:46
  11. "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" (1977; 1989 remix) (Terry Draper, John Woloschuk) – 7:10
  12. "Christ Is Born" (1978; 1990 remix) (Domenico Bartolucci, Ray Charles) – 3:12
  13. "White Christmas" (1978; 1990 remix) (Irving Berlin) – 2:29
  14. "Little Altar Boy" (1978; 1984 remix) (Howlett Smith) – 3:44
  15. "Ave Maria" (1978; 1990 remix) (Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles Gounod) – 2:37

Disc four[edit]

1978–1982

  1. "Where Do I Go from Here?" (1978) (Parker McGee) – 4:26
  2. "Little Girl Blue" (1978) (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 3:24
  3. "If I Had You" (1979; 1989 remix) (Steve Dorff, Gary Harju, Larry Herbstritt) – 3:57
  4. "My Body Keeps Changing My Mind" (1979; 1990 remix) (Leslie Pearl) – 3:50
  5. "Still Crazy After All These Years" (1979; 1990 remix) (Paul Simon) – 4:19
  6. Medley (1980) – 9:08
    • "Sing" (Raposo)
    • "Knowing When to Leave" (Bacharach, David)
    • "Make It Easy on Yourself" (Bacharach, David)
    • "Someday" (Carpenter, Bettis)
    • "We've Only Just Begun" (Williams, Nichols)
  7. "Touch Me When We're Dancing" (1980) (Terry Skinner, Kenny Bell, J.L. Wallace) – 3:22
  8. "When It's Gone" (1980) (Randy Handley) – 5:01
  9. "Because We Are in Love (The Wedding Song)" (1980) (Carpenter, Bettis) – 5:02
  10. "Now" (1982) (Nichols, Dean Pitchford) – 3:49

Singles[edit]

"Looking for Love" (Karen Carpenter solo)
US 7" single (1966) MAGIC LAMP 704 (mono)
  1. "Looking for Love"
  2. "I'll Be Yours"

Note: Promotional singles for "Let Me Be the One" and "Ave Maria" were also issued; see those entries under the Carpenters and Christmas Portrait pages, respectively.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "From the Top - Carpenters". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  2. ^ Browne, David (1991-11-29). "What's Inside the Box?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 140. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.