Carpenters – The Number One Album in UK – 2nd June 1974 (The Singles : 1969–1973)


The Number One Album in UK on the 2nd June 1974 was from The Carpenters – The Singles : 1969–1973.

The Carpenters – siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter – were an American musical duo that with their melodic pop became one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

The album – The Carpenters – The Singles : 1969–1973 – stayed at the top of the UK charts for a total of 17 weeks and in the States went on to sell 8+ million copies.

The album became one of the best-selling albums of the 1970s – it was the best selling album of 1974 in the UK – and featured a newly recorded version of Top of the World, Ticket to Ride plus other well known songs such as Superstar, Rainy Days and Mondays and Yesterday Once More.

Yesterday Once More –

We’ve Only Just Begun –

Ticket To The Ride –

Superstar –

Sonic Youth – Superstar –

Redd Kross – Yesterday Once More –

The album title The Singles: 1969–1973 came from Richard Carpenter because he doesn’t like the term Greatest Hits because he felt it was an overused thing, as he explained to Billboard Magazine in 1973,

“Individuals and groups with two or three hits all of a sudden put them on an album, use filler for the rest and title it “greatest hits”. This album contains eleven true hits and it just wasn’t slapped together. We’ve remixed a few, re-cut one and joined a couple of others. It’s simply something I believe we owe our audience and ourselves”.

Over their 14-year career, the Carpenters toured throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands and Belgium & recorded 11 albums, thirty-one singles, five television specials, and a short-lived television series.

Karen Carpenter passed away in 1983 from cardiac arrest following complications of anorexia nervosa.


1. We’ve Only Just Begun (Paul Williams, Roger Nichols) 3:04  
2. Top Of The World (Richard Carpenter, John Bettis) 2:56  
3. Ticket To Ride (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) 4:10  
4. Superstar (Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell) 3:49  
5. Rainy Days And Mondays (Paul Williams, Roger Nichols) 3:40  
6. Goodbye To Love (Richard Carpenter, John Bettis) 3:50  
7. Yesterday Once More (Richard Carpenter, John Bettis) 3:50  
8. It’s Going To Take Some Time (Carole King, Toni Stern) 2:55  
9. Sing (Joe Raposo) 3:20  
10. For All We Know (Fred Karlin, Jimmy Griffin, Robb Royer) 2:34  
11. Hurting Each Other (Gary Geld, Peter Udell) 2:46  
12. (They Long To Be) Close To You (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) 4:34  

The Carpenters – Yesterday Once More (The Singles : 1969–1973)


The Carpenters – We’ve Only Just Begun (The Singles : 1969–1973)

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The Carpenters – Ticket To Ride (The Singles : 1969–1973)


Sonic Youth – Superstar (The Carpenters)


The Carpenters – Superstar (The Singles : 1969–1973)


Redd Kross – Yesterday Once More (The Carpenters)