16. This masquerade (Carpenters)

For many, the Carpenters (image credit) stand for slick middle-of-the-road music, but they have made some great records. Probably their best album is their sixth, Now and Then (from 1973), which most will remember for the singles Yesterday once more and Jambalaya. However, the real gem on this album is their cover of Leon Russell's This masquerade. This precious ballad gets a delightful soft-jazz treatment, showing off all the qualities of Karens voice. It was a favourite of Richard and Karen themselves, and they regretted never having released it as a single.

Other songs by this act that would have qualified: I need to be in love.


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