I recently picked up a copy of "If I Were A Carpenter" as part of a 'three CDs for £1' offer in a local charity shop. Its a Carpenters tribute album released in 1994 by their record label A&M in order to
milk the cash cow as much as they could celebrate the artistry of Richard and Karen.
There is a strange selection of artists on there - from Sheryl Crow to Sonic Youth to Shonen Knife (see below) - and inevitably it is a bit of a mixed bag. It does have its moments, while at the same time feeling a bit pointless without Karen's wonderful voice.
"Top Of The World" - Shonen Knife
"Rainy Days And Mondays" - Cracker
Here's a bit of the real thing. Watch out for the tambourine player who dances as if he were St. Vitus himself.