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. Issued in November 1973, the chart topping compilation Singles 1969-1973 offers a wonderful 12-song overview of the duo's early runaway hits including "(They Long To Be) Close To You," "Superstar," "We've Only Just Begun," "Top of the World" and "Rainy Days And Mondays."