Gold: 35th Anniversary Edition

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Gold: 35th Anniversary Edition
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Compilation album by
ReleasedFebruary 10, 2004
LabelA&M/Universal Music Distribution
ProducerRichard Carpenter
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Gold: 35th Anniversary Edition
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Professional ratings
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Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Gold: 35th Anniversary Edition is a two-disc compilation released by the Carpenters in early 2004.

The cover has the same look as the 1992 Gold: Greatest Hits compilation album by ABBA. The album is essentially the expanded US release of a European compilation released in 2000, titled Gold: Greatest Hits (the same title as ABBA's). It peaked at #4 on the UK Albums Chart. This version contained just one disc with 20 tracks, all of which were featured on the American version; it simply has "Greatest Hits" in place of where "35th Anniversary Edition" is on the US cover. An accompanying DVD followed in 2002. The album has sold 1,335,586 copies in the UK as of September 2016.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original album/sourceLength
1."Superstar"Bonnie Bramlett, Leon RussellCarpenters, 19713:46
2."Rainy Days and Mondays"Roger Nichols, Paul WilliamsCarpenters3:35
3."Top of the World"John Bettis, Richard CarpenterA Song for You, 19723:02
4."Maybe It's You"Bettis, CarpenterClose to You, 19703:03
5."Let Me Be the One"Nichols, WilliamsCarpenters2:25
6."Reason to Believe"Tim HardinClose to You3:04
7."Jambalaya (On the Bayou)"Moon Mullican, Hank WilliamsNow & Then, 19733:39
8."Leave Yesterday Behind"Fred KarlinAs Time Goes By, 20013:32
9."Your Baby Doesn't Love You Anymore*"Larry WeissVoice of the Heart, 19833:51
10."Bless the Beasts and Children"Perry Botkin, Jr., Barry De VorzonBless the Beasts and Children soundtrack, 1971; later appeared on A Song for You3:15
11."It's Going to Take Some Time"Carole King, Toni SternA Song for You2:57
12."The Rainbow Connection"Kenneth Ascher, WilliamsAs Time Goes By4:36
13."Only Yesterday"Bettis, CarpenterHorizon, 19753:47
14."Sweet, Sweet Smile*"Juice Newton, Otha YoungPassage, 19773:02
15."There's a Kind of Hush (All Over the World)"Les Reed, Geoff StephensA Kind of Hush, 19763:03
16."California Dreamin'"John Phillips, Michelle PhillipsAs Time Goes By2:30
17."Solitaire††"Phil Cody, Neil SedakaHorizon4:41
18."We've Only Just Begun"Nichols, WilliamsClose to You3:04
19."This Masquerade"RussellNow & Then4:53
20."Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (The Recognized Anthem of World Contact Day) "Terry Draper, John WoloschukPassage7:09
Total length:73:08

Disc two[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original album/sourceLength
1."Yesterday Once More"Bettis, CarpenterNow & Then3:58
2."Please Mr. Postman"Robert Bateman, Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian HollandHorizon2:47
3."Hurting Each Other"Gary Geld, Peter UdellA Song for You2:47
4."I Need to Be in Love"Bettis, Carpenter, Albert HammondA Kind of Hush3:49
5."Merry Christmas, Darling" (1978 mix)Carpenter, Frank PoolerNon-album single, 1970; mix used found on Christmas Portrait, 19783:05
6."(They Long to Be) Close to You"Burt Bacharach, Hal DavidClose to You3:40
7."All You Get from Love Is a Love Song*"Steve EatonPassage3:46
8."Sing"Joe RaposoNow & Then3:18
9."Make Believe It's Your First Time*"Bob Morrison, Johnny WilsonVoice of the Heart4:08
10."Ticket to Ride¤"John Lennon, Paul McCartneyOffering/Ticket to Ride, 19694:09
11."Goodbye to Love"Bettis, CarpenterA Song for You3:55
12."I Just Fall in Love Again*"Steve Dorff, Larry HerbstrittPassage4:03
13."I Believe You*"Dick Addrisi, Don AddrisiMade in America, 1981 (released as a single three years prior)3:55
14."Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again"David PomeranzInterpretations: A 25th Anniversary Celebration, 1995 (released as a single the previous year; originally recorded twenty years prior)4:22
15."For All We Know"Arthur James, Karlin, Robb WilsonCarpenters2:32
16."Touch Me When We're Dancing*"Kenny Bell, Terry Skinner, Jerry Lee WallaceMade in America3:20
17."I Won't Last a Day Without You"Nichols, WilliamsA Song for You3:54
18."Mr. Guder"Bettis, CarpenterClose to You3:21
19."A Song for You"RussellA Song for You4:37
20."Karen's Theme*"CarpenterPianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor (Richard Carpenter solo album), 19982:41
Total length:72:34

Remix notes[edit]

Most of the songs listed here are remixes. This compilation's songs have more refined and re-recorded tracks, less noise in the background, and a lot of reverberation in the background.

  • ^* These songs are the original mixes, meaning that they have not been retouched since their recording.
  • ^† These songs include a harder bass drum line and considerably more reverberation than the original version. "Top of the World" is mixed with an alternate ending to segue into "Maybe It's You".
  • ^‡ All of these songs (with the exception of "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again") are from the album As Time Goes By, but all of these were remixed. The tracks from As Time Goes By were remixed in the late 1990s/early 2000s, and "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again", from Interpretations, was originally recorded in 1975, but was left off Horizon due to the fact that it would have been too long. It was subsequently remixed in the mid-1990s.
  • ^†† This version of "Solitaire" can only be found on this album. This version is the single version, which Richard Carpenter claimed to have a guitar riff before each of the verses, whereas the version on Horizon had no guitar riff.[2]
  • ^♮ "Calling Occupants" is a longer version including a comedic introduction, where an alien speaks to a radio call-in show.
  • "Ticket to Ride", the only song here that is of a 1973 remix, is a fully re-recorded version of the original. Karen did not appreciate the deep vocals of the original, and felt that she could do a better job for The Singles: 1969–1973. Thus, it was re-recorded, and has not been touched since then.

Gold: Greatest Hits[edit]

  1. "Yesterday Once More" – 3:59
  2. "Superstar" – 3:47
  3. "Rainy Days and Mondays" – 3:35
  4. "Goodbye to Love" – 3:56
  5. "It's Going to Take Some Time" – 2:59
  6. "I Won't Last a Day Without You" – 3:54
  7. "For All We Know" – 2:32
  8. "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" – 3:37
  9. "Touch Me When We're Dancing" – 3:21
  10. "Please Mr. Postman" – 2:48
  11. "I Need to Be in Love" – 3:50
  12. "Solitaire" – 4:41
  13. "We've Only Just Begun" – 3:05
  14. "(They Long to Be) Close to You" – 3:41
  15. "This Masquerade" – 4:53
  16. "Ticket to Ride" – 4:09
  17. "Top of the World" – 2:58
  18. "Only Yesterday" – 3:46
  19. "Sing" – 3:20
  20. "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" – 7:09

Some editions contain "Hurting Each Other" as a bonus track.

Alternative version[edit]

A Canadian release from A&M Records/Universal Music Canada is dated 2005 and is simply titled Gold, without a subtitle. The 22-page booklet has a colour photo cover, not the original black cover.


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Richard Carpenter. Gold: 35th Anniversary Edition. Album notes. 2004.