Now & Then/Horizon

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This collection is a remarkable value, containing two of the brother-and-sister duo the Carpenters' best-loved albums. On NOW AND THEN, Karen Carpenter's uncannily smooth voice provides some remarkable interpretations of a medley of early-1960s pop hits that includes Skeeter Davis's "The End of the World," Bobby Vee's "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," Ruby and the Romantics' "Our Day Will Come," and the Chiffons' "One Fine Day." The album also contains the hit single "Sing," and a chiming remake of Hank Williams' "Jambalaya." As well as the perfectly constructed hit "Only Yesterday," and a poignant reading of Neil Sedaka's "Solitaire," HORIZON features a languorous cover of the Eagles' "Desperado" and a version of the Marvelettes' classic "Please Mr. Postman," again displaying the duo's impressive interpretive skills.

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