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Carpenters - A Song For You (1972)

A Song For You - Carpenters

A Song for You 

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A Song for You
A Song For You (Carpenters album).jpg
Studio album by Carpenters
ReleasedJune 22, 1972
Recorded1971–72 at A&M StudiosLos Angeles
GenrePop
Length36:57
LabelA&M
ProducerJack Daugherty Productions
Carpenters chronology
Carpenters
(1971)
A Song for You
(1972)
Now & Then
(1973)
Singles from A Song for You
  1. "Bless the Beasts and Children"
    Released: August 12, 1971
  2. "Hurting Each Other"
    Released: January 5, 1972
  3. "It's Going to Take Some Time"
    Released: April 29, 1972
  4. "Goodbye to Love"
    Released: June 19, 1972
  5. "Top of the World"
    Released: September 19, 1973
  6. "I Won't Last a Day Without You"
    Released: March 25, 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(Average)[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[3]
A Song for You is the fourth album released by Carpenters, released on June 22, 1972. According to Richard Carpenter, "A Song for You was intended to be a concept album (of sorts) with the title tune opening and closing the set and the bookended selections comprising the 'song'."[4]
In Cash Box's Top 100 Albums of 1972, A Song for You was ranked number 26.[5]

Contents

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Information on the songs[edit]

"Hurting Each Other", a cover of an obscure Ruby & the Romantics tune, was the first single issued from A Song for You in early 1972, and reached number two, becoming the Carpenters' sixth straight gold single. A cover of Carole King's "It's Going to Take Some Time" followed and peaked at number 12, and was followed by the number seven hit "Goodbye to Love", which was refused airplay on some easy listening radio stations because of a fuzz guitar solo by Tony Peluso. The song had a significant impact on the power ballad songs which followed. The album also included the Carpenters' version of the Academy Award nominated title song from the 1971 film Bless the Beasts and Children, which had already charted at number 67 on the Hot 100 as the flip side of the duo's version of "Superstar".
The album's biggest hit single, the number one smash "Top of the World", was not issued until over a year after the album's release. According to Richard Carpenter, who co-wrote the song with John Bettis, the reason for the song's late release in the US was that he had misjudged the song's commercial appeal, but was proven wrong when the Carpenters' "Top of the World" became a hit in Japan in 1972 and Lynn Anderson's cover reached number 2 on the US country charts in 1973. The song went through a few minor revisions, including a slight remix, before it was finally released as a single in the US. The Carpenters' treatment of the much-covered Paul Williams/Roger Nichols composition "I Won't Last a Day Without You" also got a belated single release in 1974, and peaked at number eleven on the Hot 100.
With the exception of "Bless the Beasts..." which peaked at number 26 on the AC chart, all of the album's charted singles made either number one ("Hurting Each Other", "I Won't Last a Day Without You") or number two on the Adult Contemporary chart. The album and its singles were also successful internationally; "Goodbye to Love" and "I Won't Last a Day..." made the top ten on the UK Singles Chartas a double A-side, and "Top of the World" made the Oricon singles chart in Japan on three separate occasions (number 21 in 1972, number 52 in 1973, and number 83 in 1996).

Track listing[edit]

LP[edit]

Side 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead singer(s)Length
1."A Song for You"Leon RussellKaren Carpenter4:42
2."Top of the World"John BettisRichard CarpenterKaren Carpenter2:56
3."Hurting Each Other"Gary Geld, Peter UdellKaren Carpenter2:46
4."It's Going to Take Some Time"Carole King, Toni SternKaren Carpenter2:55
5."Goodbye to Love"Bettis, CarpenterKaren Carpenter3:50
6."Intermission"CarpenterKaren & Richard Carpenter0:22
Side 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead singer(s)Length
7."Bless the Beasts and Children"Perry Botkin Jr.Barry DeVorzonKaren Carpenter3:07
8."Flat Baroque"CarpenterInstrumental1:45
9."Piano Picker"Randy EdelmanRichard Carpenter1:59
10."I Won't Last a Day Without You"Roger NicholsPaul WilliamsKaren Carpenter3:47
11."Crystal Lullaby"Bettis, CarpenterKaren & Richard Carpenter3:53
12."Road Ode"Gary Sims, Dan WoodhamsKaren Carpenter3:50
13."A Song for You (Reprise)"RussellKaren Carpenter0:53

Cassette[edit]

Reel-to-reel[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Hurting Each Other"
US 7" single (1971) – A&M 1322
  1. "Hurting Each Other"
  2. "Maybe It's You"
  • "Bless the Beasts and Children"
JP 7" single (1972) – AM-114
  1. "Bless the Beasts and Children"
  2. "Help"
  • "It's Going to Take Some Time"
US 7" single (1972) – A&M 1351
  1. "It's Going to Take Some Time"
  2. "Flat Baroque"
  • "Goodbye to Love"
US 7" single (1972) – A&M 1367
  1. "Goodbye to Love"
  2. "Crystal Lullaby"
  • "Top of the World"
US 7" single (1973) – A&M 1468
  1. "Top of the World"
  2. "Heather"
  • "I Won't Last a Day Without You"
US 7" single (1974) – A&M 1521
  1. "I Won't Last a Day Without You"
  2. "One Love"

Charts[edit]

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