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)


24th May – Released Today – 2011 (Thurston Moore – Demolished Thoughts)


On the 24th May, two years ago saw the release of the acoustic rock album Demolished Thoughts from Thurston Moore.

Moore is renowned as the singer, songwriter and guitarist of the sadly defunct Sonic Youth plus a number of eclectic collaborative projects which span books to improvised music projects to narrating documentaries to composing film music, plus runs the Ecstatic Peace! Record label].

When one considers the diversity of the prodigious creative outpost of Moore’s, a random thought springs to my mind – he’s like a Shel Silverstein renaissance man but of avant-rock.

Demolished Thoughts, originally titled Benediction, is the follow up to 2007’s Trees Outside The Academy – his second solo album after Psychic Hearts (1995) – that had been recorded at the home studio of J. Mascis from Dinosaur Jr. with violinist Samara Lubelski and Sonic Youth’s drummer Steve Shelley.

Recorded throughout 2010 and early 2011 in Los Angeles and Massachusetts, Demolished Thoughts was produced by Beck Hansen (who has released 10+ albums of his own including Mellow Gold, Odelay, Sea Change).

The stark beauty of the Demolished Thoughts album resonates with a spacious reflectiveness – highlights for me include Blood Never Lies evoking cinematic imagery circa Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy, the compelling Space that sparkles and shines, the hypnotic atmosphere of Orchard Street and the album closer January.

Track listing

Benediction – 5:16

Illuminine – 4:02

Circulation – 4:10

Blood Never Lies – 5:07

Orchard Street – 6:56

In Silver Rain With a Paper Key – 5:43

Mina Loy – 4:02

Space – 6:39

January – 4:52

All songs written by Thurston Moore.


Guitars, Vocals – Thurston Moore

Synths, Vocals, Bass, Producer – Beck Hansen

Violin – Samara Lubelski

Harp – Mary Lattimore

Bass – Bram Inscore

Percussion – Joey Waronker (Atoms for Peace)


Recorded at The Library, October/ November 2010, January 2011.
Additional recording at Flowers & Cream, Northampton MA, July 2010.

Mastered at Gateway Mastering by Bob Ludwig.

Made by special arrangement with Ecstatic Peace!

Thurston Moore – Live On Letterman – Benediction – Demolished Thoughts (album)


Thurston Moore – Circulation – Demolished Thoughts (album)