'40/40' Celebrates The Carpenters' 1969 Debut Forty years after siblings Richard and Karen Carpenter signed with A&M Records, Richard Carpenter is releasing a 40th-anniversary compilation CD, Carpenters: 40/40. The two-disc set includes 40 tracks with hits including "Top of the World" and "We've Only Just Begun."
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'40/40' Celebrates The Carpenters' 1969 Debut

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'40/40' Celebrates The Carpenters' 1969 Debut

'40/40' Celebrates The Carpenters' 1969 Debut

'40/40' Celebrates The Carpenters' 1969 Debut

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It's been 40 years since the hit brother-sister duo The Carpenters signed with A&M Records and released their debut album, Offering. With top hits such as "Close to You", "We've Only Just Begun" and "Yesterday Once More", The Carpenters became the best-selling U.S. music act of the 1970s. Karen Carpenter died in 1983.

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Richard Carpenter has just released 40/40, a two-CD compilation of some of The Carpenters' top hits.

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In honor of the 40th anniversary of the duo's 1969 debut, Richard Carpenter has produced a two-CD set called 40/40: 40 digitally remastered recordings of the duo's best-loved songs.

He joins Fresh Air for a conversation about the compilation, about his late sister and about their storied career.