The Carpenters were always different. In a world of glitter, glam, prog, rock and myriad styles of music they followed their own musical mantra, one where harmony, love of the old songs and melody reigned supreme. Yet theirs was no bland pop, not formulaic nor predictable, they produced some of the most inventive pop during their 14-year career. The Carpenters recorded 11 albums, released 31 singles, and toured the world with drummer/vocalist Karen beguiling audiences with her beautiful voice and Richard wowing the public with his keyboard skills and arranging abilities. With the disco explosion dominating the airwaves the Carpenters issued Passage in 1977, an album of varied musical styles, which includes a fantastic cover of Michael Franks's, "B'wana She No Home" along with an ambitious recording of "On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada / Don't Cry for Me Argentina" from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical Evita. Perhaps most ambitious of all is their cover of Klaatu's, "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" - 7-minutes of pure brilliance.