The Very Best of the Carpenters

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The Very Best of the Carpenters
Greatest hits album by The Carpenters
Released 1983
Recorded 1969–1981
Genre Pop, adult contemporary
Label Festival (cat no. RML 52017)
Producer Richard Carpenter
The Carpenters chronology
The Singles: 1974–1978
The Very Best of the Carpenters
Yesterday Once More

The Very Best of the Carpenters is a compilation album by The Carpenters released in 1983 by Festival Records in Australia and New Zealand (cat no. RML 52017).[1] The album spent one week at the top of the Australian albums chart in 1983.

The album was the only Oceania-exclusive compilation of the Carpenters' material released by Festival Records. Although the album is not specifically a "greatest hits" collection, several of the tracks did not reach the charts in either Australia or New Zealand: "Ticket to Ride"; "This Masquerade", as it was not a single; and "Those Good Old Dreams". "Beechwood 4-5789" was only a hit in New Zealand, reaching number 10 on the singles chart there in early 1982.[2]

On the cover of the album, "It's Going to Take Some Time" is titled "It's Going to Take Some Time This Time" and "(They Long to Be) Close to You" is simply rendered "Close to You".[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Top of the World"
  2. "Ticket to Ride"
  3. "Only Yesterday"
  4. "This Masquerade"
  5. "Beechwood 4-5789"
  6. "It's Going to Take Some Time"
  7. "Superstar"
  8. "Rainy Days and Mondays"
  9. "Goodbye to Love"
Side two
  1. "We've Only Just Begun"
  2. "Those Good Old Dreams"
  3. "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft"
  4. "Yesterday Once More"
  5. "Please Mr. Postman"
  6. "Hurting Each Other"
  7. "Sing"
  8. "For All We Know"
  9. "Close to You"

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1983) Position
Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1
New Zealand Albums Chart[3] 2


  1. ^ a b "Carpenters - The Very Best Of The Carpenters (Vinyl, LP)". Discogs. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  2. ^ " - Carpenters - Beechwood 4-5789". Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  3. ^ " - Carpenters - The Very Best Of The Carpenters". Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
Preceded by
The John Lennon Collection
by John Lennon
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
February 21–27, 1983
Succeeded by
Greatest Hits Vol 3 by Olivia Newton-John