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The Carpenters: It's Plane Sailing!

Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 29 September 1973

HEAD DOWN THE Santa Ana freeway, turn off on San Gabriel, make a couple of rights and you're in Downey, a right-wing, unpretentious suberb of the sprawling conurbation that makes up Los Angeles. It's where the homes are neat and tidy, where the kids graduate from high, go to college and football so that bruises will stand them in good stead in later life.

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