1970 Carpenters – Close To You

Close to You is the second studio album by American duo The Carpenters, released on August 19, 1970. In 2003, the album was ranked number 175 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album contains the hit singles “(They Long to Be) Close to You” and “We’ve Only Just Begun”. The former was the duo’s song that gained the Carpenters an international reputation for a decade. The album topped the Canadian Albums Chart and peaked at #2 on the US Billboard albums chart. It was also successful in the United Kingdom, entering the top 50 of the official chart for 76 weeks during the first half of the 1970s.


1  We’ve Only Just Begun (Roger Nichols, Paul Williams) 3:05
2  Love Is Surrender (Ralph Carmichael) 1:59
3  Maybe It’s You (John Bettis, Richard Carpenter, Danny Wilde) 3:06
4  Reason To Believe (Tim Hardon) 3:06
5  Help (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) 3:05
6  (They Long To Be) Close To You (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) 4:35
7  Baby It’s You (Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Mack David, Barney Williams) 2:54
8  I’ll Never Fall In Love Again (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) 3:01
9  Crescent Noon (John Bettis, Richard Carpenter) 4:13
10  Mr. Guder (John Bettis, Richard Carpenter) 3:15
11  I Kept On Loving You (Roger Nichols, Paul Williams) 2:18
12  Another Song (John Bettis, Richard Carpenter) 4:23



BassJoe Osborn
BassDanny Woodhams
DrumsHal Blaine
DrumsKaren Carpenter
KeyboardsRichard Carpenter
HarpGayle Levant
TrumpetChuck Findley
WoodwindsJim Horn
WoodwindsBob Messenger
WoodwindsDoug Strawn
VocalsRichard Carpenter
VocalsKaren Carpenter

Other Musicians

Violins: Gerald Vinci, Arnold Belnick, Bonnie Douglas, George Kast, Bernard Kundell, Jerome Reisler, Ambrose Russo, Ralph Schaeffer, Paul Shure, Marshall Sosson
Violas: Marilyn Baker, Samuel Boghossian, Dan Neufeld, Gareth Nuttycombe
Celli: Raymond Kelley, Frederick Seykora, Jacqueline Lustgarten

Liner Notes

Producer – Jack Daugherty
Arranged By, Orchestrated By – Richard Carpenter
Engineer – Dick Bogert, Ray Gerhardt

Art Direction – Tom Wilkes
Photography By – Kessel / Brehm Photography