Stevie had been raising the bar of his artistic imagination for some time, when he unveiled what many consider to be his first masterpiece.
Carpenters’ 'Passage' was a victim of timing. Released in October 1977 when the world was going punk, Carpenters still made the plushest pop.
The album was co-produced by the brothers Gene and Billy Page, both of whom had resumés going back to the 1960s.
The blues-soul-rock veteran will combine new songs with covers and some notable guest musicians.
Seasoned British vocalist Elkie Brooks had the compilation Pearls — The Very Best of Elkie Brooks released by Virgin EMI on 26 May 2017.