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Thanks to Todd Haynes and Thurston Moore, among others, Karen Carpenter has become a hip martyr to those who once scoffed at “Rainy Days and Mondays.” Meanwhile, the real queen of ’70s MOR pop, Anne Murray, has received nary a tribute album or TV movie. The Canadian singer/songwriter has a radiant, AM-timbred voice: Only Linda Rondstadt in her prime boasted a better set of pipes. Murray’s early smash, “Snowbird,” made her Elvis’ favorite female singer, and her version of “You Won’t See Me” spurred John Lennon to call it the best-ever cover of a Beatles song. These and other hits are featured on The Best…So Far, a three-decade survey that should convince skeptics; it also includes a previously unreleased bonus track to satisfy cultists.