CARPENTERS--KAREN AND RICHARD CARPENTER

CARPENTERS BIOGRAPHY

Carpenters, Richard Carpenter and Karen Carpenter, biography. Each original album and single, Carpenters and solo, shows its music chart performance from countries from five continents. The discography includes all of the compilations from around the world. The Carpenters Song Versions is an interactive feature with notes on which versions of a song were used on albums with the year of each version and its uniqueness,

Carpenters features the highlights of Richard and Karen's music by year and is illustrated with exclusive concert photos and set lists, posters, official publicity photos and U.S. and international advertising from A&M Records. Also included are the music videos, television specials and guest appearances, and radio appearances, and reviews of the recordings.

Carpenters sketch

Carpenters Highlights 1969

Karen and Richard Carpenter signed with A&M Records on April 22, 1969. They got a $10,000 advance and seven percent royalty.
Herb Alpert chose the cover photo for Offering album taken by Jim McCrary
A&M Records destroyed copies of Offering when it reissued the album as Ticket to Ride
One of the earliest Carpenters concerts was after the premiere of Hello, Dolly! in Los Angeles

Carpenters signature overdubbing was often a four part chord overdubbed twice which created a 12-part vocal. For "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" the overdub was a 13-part chord over three octaves and repeated three times to deliver 39 voices.

Karen Carpenter had a lead vocal range of an octave and a fifth plus falsetto. Her range was the C below middle C to the G above high C.

SOURCES:
Billboard. Carpenters Supplement. November 17, 1973.
The Carpenters: the Untold Story. Ray Coleman. Harper Collins, April 1994.

Carpenters Highlights 1970

Karen and Richard Carpenter debuted their Bacharach-David Medley February 27, 1970 at the Reiss-Davis Benefit honoring the composer and lyricist

Carpenters toured with Burt Bacharach as his opening act

At the time it was released, the Close to You single which ran 3:40 was one of the longest tracks ever. It was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks and sold over one million units.

Recorded in May, "We've Only Just Begun" was released at the same time as the album to keep building interest

"Close to You/I Kept on Loving You" was released as a double A sided single for radio in case program directors felt Close to You was too slow for airplay

A&M Records made promotional films of Close to You and Love Is Surrender

Close to You sold over five million copies.

Carpenters made their first visit to Japan

During their Canadian tour in November, Carpenters recorded their first commercial for Morton's Potato Chips in Toronto.

Merry Christmas Darling released on November 20, 1970 as the B side of Mr. Guder. It became a seasonal standard and charted several times. In Canada, it was the top Christmas single of 1970.

By November 1970, Close to You had sold 2.5 million copies worldwide and 4 million copies by October 1977.

"Close to You" was one of the longest running singles in 1970 at 3:40.

Of all the singles released in 1970, "We've Only Just Begun" spent the most tme at #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart. "Close to You" tied for #2 with six weeks at #1. Carpenters and Tom Jones were the only artists to have two #1 singles on that chart.

By November 1970, "We've Only Just Begun" had sold 1.3 million copies worldwide.

Carpenters were nominated for eight Grammy Awards and won two:
Best New Artist--won
Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus--won for "Close to You" single
Record of the Year for Close to You
Album of the Year for Close to You
Best Instrumental Arrangment Accompanying Vocals for "Close to You"
Song of the Year for "We've Only Just Begun"
Best Contemporary Song for "We've Only Just Begun"
Best Engineered Recording for Close to You

SOURCE:
The Carpenters: the Untold Story. Ray Coleman. Harper Collins, April 1994.

Carpenters Highlights 1971

From July 1970 to June 1971 the Carpenters released four consecutive million-selling singles.
The Carpenters album contained three hits and was certified quadruple platinum in the U.S.
Jerry Moss chose "Superstar" as a single. Karen's vocal was the first take. The single went gold in eight weeks.
A&M Records made promotional films of Superstar and Rainy Days and Mondays.
Carpenters played 145 concerts this year including their first tour of Great Britain.
Carpenters sold over four million copies
On May 14, 1971 Carpenters played their first performance at Carnegie Hall.

Carpenters touring group included Doug Strawn on clarinet, keyboard and back-up vocals; Bob Messenger of bass, flute and sax; Danny Woodhams on bass and back-up vocals; Gary Sims on guitar; Jim Squeglia on drums. Squeglia toured in 1971 and 1973. Cubby O'Brien joined in 1973.

First tour of England.

Billboard named Carpenters among its top artists for the year:
#1 Easy Listening Artists (Rainy Days and Mondays #4; Superstar #7; For All We Know #8)
#2 Top Singles Artists (Superstar #30; For All We Know #35; Rainy Days and Mondays #38)
The Close to You album was the #3 Top Album
#5 Top Group Close to You #3; Carpenters #39)
#7 Overall Album Artists (3 albums on the chart)
The Carpenters album was the #39 Top Album

Carpenters were also the #7 Top International Artist in both Canada and Mexico.

Carpenters won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. They were nominated in:
Album of the Year--Carpenters; Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals--"Superstar"
Best Engineered Recording--Carpenters. The Carpenters recorded"Bless the Beasts and Children" for the motion picture of the same name. The score for the film was nominated for BestAlbum of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture

In 1971, Carpenters were the only artists to have three #1 hits on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart.

Carpenters starred in Make Your Own Kind of Music, an eight week summer replacement television show. They also made ten guest appearances on other television shows.

Carpenters were both the Cash Box and Record World's Top Duo of the Year.

N.A.R.M. named Carpenters the Best Selling Group of 1971

Carpenters Highlights 1972

In September, Carpenters were at The White House.

Tony Peluso was hired for the "Goodbye to Love" guitar solo. He started touring with Carpenters in June 1972.

The Oldies Medley debuted on the summer tour.

"Top of the World" was initially released as a single in Japan where it went gold. Richard remixed the song in late 1972 and again in 1973. The 1973 version became the U.S. single.

"Flat Baroque" was nominated for Grammy for the Best Instrumental Arrangement.

Six songs from A Song for You were hits.

N.A.R.M. named Carpenters the Best Selling Group of 1972.

Carpenters Highlights 1973

Richard remixes Top of the World for the third time. This version became the U.S. single. It sold over one million copies.

The Yesterday Once More single sold over 700,000 copies in Japan. From its release on July 10 through November 1973, it sold over 500,000 copies.

The Yesterday Once More single sold more than one million copies in the U.S.

Now & Then was certified double platinum in the U.S.

Between October 1969 and July 1973, Carpenters sold 18.5 million records.

Carpenters were the top international artist in Japan.

Great Britain issued the first box set of the three Carpenters albums.

The Yesterday Once More single sold more than 354,000 copies in Britain. The Now & Then album sold over 111,000 copies during the year.

WDBQ radio in New Haven, Connecticut played the Oldies Medley as a complete radio show.

On May 1, 1973, Carpenters performed at The White House. They performed their hits songs:
Close to You
Love Is Surrender
Top of the World
For All We Know
Rainy Days and Mondays
We've Only Just Begun

"Sing" was nominated for Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals.

Carpenters were, for the third time in four years, the only artist to have two or more #1 songs on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart.

Carpenters were the #6 Top Artist in Australia.
Carpenters gave 173 concerts including their first tour of Europe, Australia and Japan, and their American summer series.
Carpenters appeared as guests on three television shows.

Carpenters Highlights 1974

Carpenters toured Germany, Scandanavia and Great Britain while giving 203 concerts during the year.
Carpenters set an industry standard selling out 18 consecutive concerts seen by 85,000 fans.
Tickets for the concerts in Japan sold out within the first hour of sale.
Single 1969-1973 was #1 in Britain for 16 weeks and remained on the chart there for two years.

The American Guide to Variety Artists names Carpenters its Favorite Band, Duo or Group, Pop and Rock

Carpenters Highlights 1975

Carpenters sold more than 25 million albums and singles in five years
By 1975, Carpenters earned 15 gold album and single awards in the U.S.
The Horizon album shipped gold. It eventually went platinum.
Carpenters were the only artist to have three #1 singles on the Billboard Adult Contemporoary Chart.
A&M Records made promotional films of Please Mr. Postman and Only Yesterday
Carpenters played 118 concerts and canceled 28 dates in Japan and 51 dates in Europe and Britain. In Britain, nearly 200,000 tickets had been sold. Their show at Disneyland in February was filmed by Chuck Braverman for A&M Records.

Karen Carpenter was named the Best Rock Drummer of the Year by Playboy.

Carpenters Highlights 1976

Carpenters tour of Japan was the largest grossing in Japanese history.

Carpenters toured Great Britain and Europe in November with their new show. It included an updated Oldies Medley with costumes and a motorcycle that Richard rode onto the stage.

By 1976, Carpenters sold over 30 million albums and singles.

Carpenters re-signed with A&M Records with the contingency that the label needed Richard's permission to release anything.

A&M Records made promotional films of I Need to Be in Love and There's a Kind of Hush

Carpenters were named Billboard Top Artists in these categories:
#10 Single--There's a Kind of Hush
#43 Single--I Need to Be in Love
#65 Singles Artists with three singles on the Billboard charts.

Carpenters' first television special aired on December 8, 1976 on ABC. It was #6 in the Neilsen ratings.

By 1976, the Oldies Medley was 30 minutes in concert.

Carpenters Highlights 1977

By 1977, Carpenters were awarded 11 gold records
The Sweet Sweet Smile single was the first song by Carpenters to chart on Billboard's Country Chart.
In Japan, initial orders for Passage were over 150,000 copies.
A&M Records made promotional films of Calling Occupants from Interplanetary Craft and All You Get From Love Is a Love Song
Carpenters began using a digital delay tape loop echo system in concert to suggest their multiple overdubbing.

Initial orders in Japan for Passage were over 150,000 copies.

"Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" was nominated for the Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals.

Carpenters Highlights 1978

On September 4, 1978, Carpenters played their last concert in Las Vegas.

Singles 1974-1978 was released in England with a 300,000 pound national advertising campaign during November.

Richard Carpenter was the guest lecturere at USC's Popular Music Class. He talked about pop music history and how to merchandise a demo record. Richard was introduced for his willingness to record songs written by other people.

In December 1978, Karen and Richard appeared at the Cal State Long Beach Christmas Concert. Their short set featured:
It's Christmas Time/Sleep Well, Little Children
Merry Christmas Darling
Silent Night
Close Encounters/Star Wars
Ave Maria

Christmas Portrait sold over 2 million copies.
In 1995, both Carpenters Christmas albums were repackaged as Christmas Collection.

Carpenters were named the best selling artist of the 1970s

In May 1980, Karen Carpenter shelved her solo album

In May 1980, Karen Carpenter shelved her solo album

Carpenters Highlights 1981

By 1981, Carpenters sold over 55 million records
In 1981, Carpenters were the artists who had the most top singles by a duo according to Billboard.
Carpenters toured Brazil.
A&M Records made promotional films of Touch Me When We're Dancing, Those Good Old Dreams and Beechwood 4-5789

Carpenters Highlights 1983

Karen's last recording session was in April 1982. The last track she recorded was the song Now.
Karen passed away on February 4, 1983.

Carpenters were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Voice of the Heart was released on October 17, 1983.

Karen Carpenter was named the #29 of 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll by VH1 in 1999.

In 1997, Billboard reported Carpenters were the artists who had the most #1 singles (15) on the Adult Contemporary chart.

In 2008 Karen Carpenter was named the #94 of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone

CARPENTERS DISCOGRAPHY

Offering/Ticket to Ride Album

RELEASE DATES

Offering was released on October 6, 1969.
Ticket to Ride was released in 1970.

Offering was pulled from circulation with the release of Ticket to Ride.

ORIGINAL FORMATS

Offering vinyl album and cassette tape

Ticket to Ride vinyl album, cassette tape, and 8-track tape.

REISSUE FORMATS

Offering:none

Ticket to Ride cassette (1990), compact disc (1990, 1995, 1998--remastered)

TRACKS

TITLETIME
Invocation1:00
Your Wonderful Parade2:57
Someday5:13
Get Together2:32
All Of My Life3:00
Turn Away3:09
Ticket to Ride4:10
Don't Be Afraid2:05
What's the Use2:43
All I Can Do1:42
Eve 2:51
Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing4:15
Benediction0:40

CREDITS

Jack Daugherty--producer
Ray Gerhardt--engineer
Tom Wilkes--art director
Jim McCrary--photographer
Richard Carpenter--piano, keyboards, vocals
Karen Carpenter--drums, bass vocals
Gary Sims--guitar
Herb Alpert--shaker
Joe Osborn--bass
Bob Messenger--bass

AWARDS

Ticket to Ride was certified gold in the Netherlands in 1976.

Close to You Album

RELEASE DATE

May 20, 1970

ORIGINAL FORMATS

vinyl album, cassette tape, 8-track tape, open reel tape

REISSUE FORMATS

vinyl album (1983, 1990), cassette (1983, 1990)

TRACKS

TITLETIME
We've Only Just Begun3:04
Love Is Surrender1:59
Maybe It's You3:09
Reason To Believe3:02
Help3:02
(They Long To Be) Close To You4:34
Baby It's You2:50
I'll Never Fall In Love Again2:56
Crescent Noon4:09
Mr. Guder3:17
I Kept On Loving You2:13
Another Song4:22

CREDITS

Richard Carpenter--arranger, orchestrations, keyboards, vocals
Karen Carpenter--drums, vocals
Danny Woodhams--bass
Joe Osborn--bass
Hal Blaine--drums
Bob Messenger--woodwinds
Doug Strawn--woodwinds
Jim Horn--woodwinds
Jack Daughert--producer
Ray Gerhardt--engineer
Dick Bogert--engineer
Tom Wilkes--art direction
Kessel/Brehm--photography

NOTES

Also released as an extended play jukebox 7-inch.

AWARDS

"Close to You" was certified as a gold single in 1972 in Australia
Close to You was a gold album in Canada, England and Australia

Close to You was Billboard's #2 Top Album and #3 Top Pop Album in 1971.

"Close to You" was certified as a gold single by the R.I.A.A.

"Close to You" was Cash Box's #16 Top Single in 1970 and #13 in 1971.

"We've Only Just Begun" was certified as a gold single by R.I.A.A.

"We've Only Just Begun" was a BMI Most Performed Song Between 1940 and 1990. It was Cash Box's #57 Top 100 Single in 1970.

Close to You was certified gold and platinum (2 million) album by R.I.A.A.

Close to You Sessionography

MARCH 24, 1970A&M STUDIOS
SONGSMUSICIANS
Close to You
I Kept On Loving You
Hal Blaine--drums
Richard Carpenter--keyboards
Roger Nichols
Louie Shelton--guitar
APRIL 13, 1970A&M STUDIOS
SONGSMUSICIANS
Close to You
Help
I Kept On Loving You
Marilyn Baker--viola
Arnold Belnick--violin
Samuel Boghossian--viola
Jules Chaikin--trumpet, contractor
Marion Childers--trumpet
Gary Coleman--percussion
Bonnie Douglas--violin
Chuck Findley--trumpet
James Horn--sax, flute, oboe
Raymond Kelley--cello
George Kast--violin Bernard Kundell--violin
Gayle Levant--harp
Oliver Mitchell--trumpet
Lenny Morgan--sax
Dan Neufeld--violin
Gareth Nuttycombe--violin
Jerome Reisler--violin
Ambrose Russo--violin
Frederick Seykora--cello
Ralph Schaeffer--violin
Marshall Sosson--violin
Paul Shure--violin
Gerald Vinci--violin
JULY 13, 1970A&M STUDIOS
SONGSMUSICIANS
Baby It's You
Reason to Believe
We've Only Just Begun
Hal Blaine--drums
Richard Carpenter--keyboards
Louie Shelton--guitar
Raymond Williams
JULY 17, 1970A&M STUDIOS
SONGSMUSICIANS
We've Only Just BegunRichard Carpenter--keyboards
Bob Messenger--woodwinds, bass
Doug Strawn--woodwinds
JULY 20, 1970A&M STUDIOS
SONGSMUSICIANS
Love Is Surrender
I'll Never Fall In Love Again
We've Only Just Begun
Baby It's You
Randall Aldcroft--trombone
Marilyn Baker--viola
Samuel Boghossian--viola
Richard Carpenter--keyboards
Jules Chaikin--trumpet, contractor
Marion Childers--trumpet
Douglas Davis--cello
Chuck Findley--trumpet
Bernie Fleischer--woodwinds
James Getzoff--violin
George Kast--violin
William Kurasch--violin
Bernard Kundell--violin
Jacqueline Lustgarten--cello
Larry McGuire--trumpet
Lenny Morgan--sax
Gareth Nuttycombe--violin
Wilbert Nuttycombe--violin
Jerome Reisler--violin
Frederick Seykora--cello
Thomas Shepard--trombone
Paul Shure--violin
Gary Sims--guitar
Marshall Sosson--violin
Gerald Vinci--violin
JULY 27, 1970A&M STUDIOS
SONGSMUSICIANS
Maybe It's You
Crecent Noon
Mr. Guder
We've Only Just Begun
Reason to Believe
Another Song
Samuel Boghossian--viola
Richard Carpenter--keyboards
Jules Chaikin--trumpet, contractor
Marion Childers--trumpet
James Cleveland--trombone
Douglas Davis--cello
Chuck Findley--trumpet
James Getzoff--violin
James Horn--sax, flute, oboe
William Kurasch--violin
Bernard Kundell--violin
Gayle Levant--harp
Jacqueline Lustgarten--cello
Oliver Mitchell--trumpet
Dan Neufeld--violin
Gareth Nuttycombe--violin
Wilbert Nuttycombe--violin
Jerome Reisler--violin
Jay Rosen--violin
Ralph Schaeffer--violin
Frederick Seykora--cello
Thomas Shepard--trombone
Paul Shure--violin
Marshall Sosson--violin
Ernie Tack--trombone

Carpenters Album

RELEASE DATE:

May 14, 1971

ORIGINAL FORMATS

vinyl album, cassette, 8-track tape

REISSUE FORMATS

vinyl album (1990), cassette (1990), compact disc (1990, 1998--remastered

TRACKS

TITLETIME
Rainy Days and Mondays3:40
Saturday1:20
Let Me Be the One2:25
(A Place To) Hideaway3:40
For All We Know2:34
Superstar3:49
Druscilla Penny2:18
One Love3:23
Bacharach/David Medley (Knowing When to Leave / Make It Easy On Yourself / (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me / I'll Never Fall In Love Again / Walk On By / Do You Know the Way to San Jose)5:25
Sometimes2:52

CREDITS

Richard Carpenter--arranger, orchestrations, keyboards, vocals
Karen Carpenter--drums, vocals
Joe Osborn--bass
Bob Messenger--woodwinds
Doug Strawn--woodwinds
Jim Horn--woodwinds
Jack Daugherty--producer
Ray Gerhardt--engineer
Dick Bogert--engineer
Roland Young--art direction
Guy Webster--photography
Craig Braun, Inc.--design, concept

NOTES

Also released as an extended play jukebox 7-inch.

AWARDS

Carpenters was certified gold in Canada and England.

Carpenters was Billboard's #39 Top Album and #39 Top Pop Album in 1971. It was Cash Box's #8 Top Album in 1971 and #53 in 1972.

"For All We Know" was certified gold by the R.I.A.A.

"For All We Know" was Billboard's #35 Top Single and #8 Top Easy Listening single in 1971. The single was Cash Box's #36 Top Single in 1971. In 1990, BMI recognized the song among its Most Performed Songs Between 1940 and 1990.

"Rainy Days and Mondays" was certified as a gold single by R.I.A.A.

"Rainy Days and Mondays" was Billboard's #38 Top Single and its #4 Top Easy Listening Single in 1971. On Cash Box, it was the #33 Top 100 Single in 1971.

"Superstar" was certified as a gold single by R.I.A.A.

"Superstar" was was a gold single in Japan.

"Superstar" was the #30 Top Single and #7 Top Easy Listeing Single on Billboard's 1971 annual review. It was also #37 of the Cash Box Top 100 Singles in 1971.

A Song For You was certified gold in Canada and England.

A Song For You was #26 on Cash Box's Top 100 Albums in 1972.

Carpenters was certified gold and platinum (4 million) album by R.I.A.A.

A Song for You Album

RELEASE DATE

June 13, 1972

ORIGINAL FORMATS

vinyl album, cassette, 8-track tape

REISSUE FORMATS

vinyl album (1990), cassette (1990), compact disc (1990, 1999--remastered)

TRACKS

TITLETIME
A Song For You4:42
Top Of The World2:56
Hurting Each Other2:46
It's Going To Take Some Time 2:55
Goodbye To Love3:50
Intermission0:22
Bless The Beasts And The Children3:07
Flat Baroque1:45
Piano Picker1:59
I Won't Last A Day Without You 3:47
Crystal Lullaby3:58
Road Ode3:50
A Song For You (Reprise)0:53

CREDITS

Richard Carpenter--arranger, orchestrations, keyboards, vocals
Karen Carpenter--drums, vocals
Joe Osborn--bass
Bob Messenger--sax, flute
Tim Weisberg--flute
Red Rhodes--steel guitar
Louie Shelton--guitar
Tony Peluso--lead guitar
Earl Dumler--oboe, English horn
Norm Herzberg--bassoon
Jack Daugherty--producer
Ray Gerhardt--engineer
Roger Young--assistant engineer
Roland Young--art director
Jim McCrary--photography
Bill Hennigar--photography

NOTES

Licensed to Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab for release as a gold compact disc.

AWARDS

"I Won't Last a Day Without You" was certified gold and was the World Disc Single of the Year in Japan in 1974.

"I Won't Last a Day Without You" was Billboard's #27 Top Easy Listening Single and Cash Box's #99 Top 100 Single in 1974.

"Hurting Each Other" was certified as a gold single by R.I.A.A.

"Top of the World" was certified as a gold single by R.I.A.A.

"Top of the World" was a gold single in Japan and a silver single in England.

"Top of the World" was Billboard's #39 Top Pop Single of 1974 and Cash Box's #50 Top 100 Single in 1973 and #20 Top Single in 1974.

Certified gold and platinum (3 million) album by R.I.A.A.

Now & Then Album

RELEASE DATE

May 1, 1973

ORIGINAL FORMATS

vinyl album, cassette, 8-track tape

REISSUE FORMATS

vinyl album (1990), cassette (1990), compact disc (1990, 1999--remastered

TRACKS

TITLETIME
Sing3:20
This Masquerade4:50
Heather2:47
Jambalaya (On The Bayou) 3:40
I Can't Make Music3:17
Yesterday Once More3:50
>Oldies Medley
Fun, Fun, Fun
The End of the World
Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)
Deadman's Curve
Johnny Angel
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
Our Day Will Come
One Fine Day

1:32
2:25
1:43
1:40
1:30
1:45
2:00
1:40
Yesterday Once More (Reprise)0:58

CREDITS

Richard Carpenter--producer, arranger, orchestrations, keyboards, vocals
Karen Carpenter--producer, drums, vocals
Bob Messenger--tenor sax, flute
Gary Sims--guitar
Tony Peluso--guitar, D. J.
Joe Osborn--bass
Doug Strawn--baritone sax
Earl Dumler--oboes, English horn
Tom Scott--recorder
Buddy Emmons--steel guitar
Jay Dee Maness--steel guitar
Ray Gerhardt--engineer
Roger Young--assistant engineer
Bernie Grundman--mastering
Roland Young--art direction
Jim McCrary--photography
Design Maru--front cover illustration
Len Freas--inside cover illustrations

NOTES

Also released as an extended play jukebox 7-inch.

AWARDS

"Jambalaya" was a gold single in Japan in 1974.

"Sing" was certified as a gold single by R.I.A.A.

Now & Then certified gold albun in England, Canada, Denmark, Japan and the Netherlands. Certified platinum in Denmark and the Netherlands.

Certified gold and platinum (2 million) album by R.I.A.A.

The album was Cash Box's #20 in its Top 100 Albums chart.

"Yesterday Once More" was certified as a gold single by R.I.A.A.

"Yesterday Once More" was certified gold and was the World Disc Single of the Year in Japan in 1973. It was certified sinlver in England. It was Cash Box's #43 Top 100 Single in 1973.

Singles 1969-1973 Album

RELEASE DATES

November 19, 1973

ORIGINAL FORMATS

vinyl album, cassette, 8-track tape

REISSUE FORMATS

vinyl album (1990), cassette (1990), compact disc (1990, 1999--remastered)

TRACKS

TITLETIME
We've Only Just Begun3:04
Top of the World2:56
Ticket to Ride4:10
Superstar3:49
Rainy Days and Mondays3:40
Goodbye to Love3:50
Yesterday Once More3:50
It's Going To Take Some Time2:55
Sing3:20
For All We Know2:34
Hurting Each Other2:46
(They Long to Be) Close to You4:34

CREDITS

Richard Carpenter--producer, arranger, orchestrations, keyboards, vocals
Karen Carpenter--producer, drums, vocals
Joe Osborn--bass
Hal Blaine--drums
Tony Peluso--guitar
Bob Messenger--tenor sax, flute
Doug Strawn--woodwinds
Earl Dumler--woodwinds
Jim Horn--woodwinds
Buddy Emmons--steel guitar
Gayle Levant--harp
Jack Daugherty--producer
Ray Gerhardt--engineer
Roland Young--art direction
Neal Brisker--photography

NOTES

Also released as an extended play jukebox 7-inch.

AWARDS

"Goodbye to Love" was Cash Box's #72 Top 100 single in 1972.

"Hurting Each Other" was the #36 Top 100 Single on Cash Box's 1972 review.

"Sing" was the #42 Top 100 Single on Cash Box in 1973.

Certified gold and platinum (7 million) album by R.I.A.A.

Singles 1969-1973 was certified gold in England, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong and the Netherlands. It was certified platinum in England, Canada and the Netherlands. It was also a silver album in England.

Singles 1969-1973 was the #23 Top Pop Album on Billboard and #4 in Cash Box's Top 100 Albums.

Live in Japan Album

Recorded between June 7 and 9, 1974 at Festival Hall in Osaka Japan. The song "Sing" featured the Kyoto Childrens Choir and was sung in Japanese,

RELEASE DATES

1974

ORIGINAL FORMATS

double vinyl album, cassette tape

REISSUE FORMATS

double vinyl album (1975), compact disc (1992, 1998, 2010)

TRACKS

TITLETIME
Superstar / Rainy Days and Mondays / Goodbye to Love / Top of the World / Help13:24
Mr. Guder3:46
(They Long to Be) Close to You3:25
Jambalaya (On the Bayou)3:18
Yesterday Once More1:40
Hurting Each Other1:47
Oldies Medley: (Little Honda / The End of the World / Runaway / Da Doo Ron Ron / Leader of the Pack / Johnny Angel / Book of Love / Shuboom / Daddy`s Home / Johnny B. Goode)17:15
Introduction - Colonel Bogy / Sing3:05
Sometimes2:33
We've Only Just Begun2:59
For All We Know2:31

CREDITS

Richard Carpenter--arranger, orchestrations, producer, electric piano, piano, vocals
Karen Carpenter--drums, producer, vocals
Doug Strawn--clarinet, organ, vocals
Bob Messenger--bass, sax, flute
Danny Woodhams--bass, vocals
Tony Peluso--guitar, organ, bass, synthesizer
Pete Henderson--vocals
Kyoto Childrens Choir--vocals
Ray Gerhardt--engineer
Roger Young--engineer
Kazuo Nagao--engineer

NOTES

In 2001, it was retitled Live at the Budokan 1974 and issued on compact disc.

AWARDS

Gold album certification in Japan in 1974.

Horizon Album

RELEASE DATE

June 6, 1975

ORIGINAL FORMATS

vinyl album, cassette tape, 8-track tape

REISSUE FORMATS

vinyl album (1990), cassette (1990), compact disc (1990, 1999--remastered)

TRACKS

TITLETIME
Aurora1:30
Only Yesterday4:10
Desperado3:35
Please Mr. Postman2:48
I Can Dream Can't I4:46
Solitaire4:40
Happy3:50
(I'm Caught Between) Goodbye and I Love You3:58
Love Me For What I Am3:28
Eventide1:17

CREDITS

Richard Carpenter--producer, arranger, orchestrations, keyboards, vocals
Karen Carpenter--associate producer, drums, vocals
Bob Messenger--tenor sax
Joe Osborn--bass
Doug Strawn--baritone sax
Tony Peluso--guitar
Jim Gordon--drums
Gayle Levant--harp
Tom Morgan--harmonica
Earl Dumler--oboe, English horn
Thad Maxwell-steel guitar
Red Rhodes--steel guitar
Roland Young--art direction
Ed Caraeff--photography
Ray Gerhardt--engineer
Roger Young--engineer
Dave Iveland--assistant engineer
Bernie Grundman--mastering

AWARDS

Certified gold and platinum album by R.I.A.A.

Horizon was a gold album in Canada and Japan. It was a silver album in Canada.

Horizon was Cash Box's #86 on its annual Top 100 Albums chart.

"Only Yesterday" was certified gold, silver and it was certified platinum five times in England. In Japan, it was a gold single.

"Please Mr. Postman" was certified as gold single by R.I.A.A.

"Please Mr. Postman" was a silver single in England. In Canada and Japan, it was certified gold.

"Please Mr. Postman" was the #21 Top 100 single on Cash Box's annual review.

A Kind of Hush Album

RELEASE DATE

June 11, 1976

ORIGINAL FORMATS

vinyl album, cassette tape, 8-track tape

REISSUE FORMATS

vinyl album (1990), cassette (1990), compact disc (1990, 1999--remastered

TRACKS

TITLETIME
There's a Kind of Hush2:57
You3:45
Sandy3:38
Goofus3:32
Can't Smile Without You3:26
I Need to Be In Love3:47
One More Time3:30
Boat to Sail3:29
I Have You3:25
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do2:34

CREDITS

Richard Carpenter--producer, arranger, orchestrations, keyboards, vocals
Karen Carpenter--associate producer, vocals
Joe Osborn--bass
Tony Peluso--guitar
Cubby O'Brien--drums
Jim Gordon--drums
Roland Young--art direction
Ed Caraeff--photography
J. Scarkin & Co.--design
Ray Gerhardt--engineer
Dave Iveland--assistant engineer
Frank DeLuna--mastering

AWARDS

"I Need to Be In Love" was the #43 Top Easy Listening Single on Billboard's annual review in 1976.

A Kind of Hush was certified gold in Canada and England.

Certified gold album by R.I.A.A.

"There's a Kind of Hush" was the #10 Top Easy Listening Single on Billboard in 1976.

Live At the Palladium Album

RELEASE DATES

December 10, 1976

ORIGINAL FORMATS

vinyl album, cassette tape

REISSUE FORMATS

compact disc (1991, 1993)

TRACKS

TITLETIME
Flat Baroque1:33
There's a Kind Of Hush (All Over The World)2:16
Jambalaya (On the Bayou)2:51
Piano Picker / Strike Up The Band / S'Wonderful / Fascinatin' Rhythm5:34
Warsaw Concerto6:35
From This Moment On2:11
(They Long To Be) Close to You / For All We Know / Top Of The World / Ticket To Ride / Only Yesterday / I Won't Last a Day Without You / Hurting Each Other / Superstar / Rainy Days And Mondays / Goodbye To Love 15:44
We've Only Just Begun3:52

CREDITS

Richard Carpenter--producer, arranger, orchestrations, keyboards, vocals
Karen Carpenter--associate producer, drums, percussion, vocals
Cubby O'Brien--drums
Tony Peluso--guitar, keyboards, bass
Bob Messenger--bass, tenor sax, flute
Dan Woodhams--bass, vocals
Doug Strawn--clarinet, keyboards, vocals
Dick Palombi--conductor
Ray Gerhardt--engineer
Frank Owen--engineer
Jon Kelly--engineer
Malcolm Davies--engineer
Roland Young--art direction
Chuck Beeson--art design
Jerrey Weintraub--management

NOTES

Recorded at the London Palladium between November 22 and 27, 1976.

AWARDS

Live At the Palladium was a silver album in England in 1977. The Pickwick copy was certifie gold and silver in England in 1990.

Passage Album

RELEASE DATES

September 23, 1977

ORIGINAL FORMATS

vinyl album, cassette tape, 8-track tape

REISSUE FORMATS

cassette (1990), compact disc (1990, 1999--remastered

TRACKS

TITLETIME
B'Wana She No Home5:40
All You Get From Love Is a Love Song 3:45
I Just Fall In Love Again4:00
On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada / Don't Cry For Me Argentina (from "Evita")7:45
Sweet, Sweet Smile3:10
Two Sides3:25
Man Smart, Woman Smarter4:32
Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft7:07

CREDITS

Richard Carpenter--producer, arranger, orchestration, piano, electric piano, vocals
Karen Carpenter--associate producer, vocals
Tony Peluso--guitar, DJ
Joe Osborn--bass
Ron Tutt--drums
Ed Green--drums
Ray Gerhardt--engineer
Roger Young--engineer
Dave Iveland--engineer
Bernie Grundman--mastering
Peter Knight--orchestrations, conductor
Overbudget Orchestra
Gregg Smith--conductor
Gregg Smith Singers--background vocals
Gene Perling--vocal arrangement
Jerry Steinhotz--congas
Larry Muhoberac--electric piano
Tommy Vig--percussion
Wally Snow--percussion
Pete Jolly--piano
Carlena Williams--background vocals
Julia Tillman--background vocals
Maxine Willard--background vocals
Ray Parker--guitar
Tom Scott--tenor sax, flute
Gayle Levant--harp
Earl Dumler--oboe
Dennis Heath--announcer
Jonathan Marks--voice of Che
William Feuerstein--voice of Peron
Larry McNealy--banjo
Bobby Bruce--fiddle
Tom Hensley--tack piano
Lee Ritenour--guitar
Jay Graydon--guitar
Jay Dee Maness--steel guitar
David Luell--baritone sax
Kurt McGettrick--baritone sax
King Erickson--congas
Leon Russell--piano
Vince Charles--steel drums
Jackie Kelso--tenor sax
Roland Young--art direction
Junie Osaki--design
Lou Beach--cover art
Digby Diehl--liner notes
Tom Nolan--liner notes
Jerry Weintraub--management

AWARDS

"All You Get From a Love Song" was Billbarod's #29 Easy Listening single in 1977

Christmas Albums

RELEASE DATES

Christmas Portrait October 13, 1978

An Old Fashioned Christmas October 26, 1984

Christmas Portrait: Special Edition August 24, 1987

Christmas Collection September 22, 1998

ORIGINAL FORMATS

Christmas Portrait vinyl album (1987), cassette , 8-track tape

An Old Fashioned Christmas vinyl album, cassette tape

Christmas Collection compact disc

REISSUE FORMATS

Christmas Portrait vinyl album (1987), cassette tape (1987), compact disc (1990)

An Old Fashioned Christmas vinyl album, cassette tape (1987, 1990)

Christmas Collectionccompact disc, digital album

CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT TRACKS

TITLETIME
O Come, O Come Immanuel0:28
Overture
Deck the Hall
I Saw Three Ship
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Away In a Manger
What Child Is This
Carol of the Bells
O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
4:38
Christmas Waltz2:15
Sleigh Ride2:39
It's Christmas Time / Sleep Well, Little Children2:53
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas3:55
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town1:05
Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)3:39
Silent Night3:19
Jingle Bells1:10
First Snowfall / Let It Snow3:35
Carol Of The Bells1:39
Merry Christmas Darling 3:05
I'll Be Home For Christmas3:48
Christ Is Born3:13
Winter Wonderland / Silver Bells / White Christmas5:31
Ave Maria2:36

CREDITS

Richard Carpenter--producer, keyboards, vocals
Karen Carpenter--associate producer, vocals
Billy May--arranger, conductor
Peter Knight--arranger, conductor
Bob Messenger--tenor sax
Joe Osborn--bass
Cubby O'Brien--drums
Ron Tutt--drums
Tony Peluso--guitar
Tommy Tedesco--guitar
Bob Bain--guitar
Gayle Levant--harp
Dorothy Remsen--harp
Pete Jolly--keyboards
Earl Dumler--oboe
John Ellis--oboe
Ray Gerhardt--engineer
Roger Young--engineer
Dave Iveland--engineer
Bernie Grundman--mastering

AWARDS

Certified gold album by R.I.A.A.

AN OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS TRACKS

TITLETIME
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear0:43
Overture
Happy Holiday / The First Noel / March Of The Toys / Little Jesus / I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus / O Little Town Of Bethlehem / In Dulce Jubilo / Gesu Bambino / Angels We Have Heard On High
8:15
An Old-Fashioned Christmas2:15
O Holy Night 3:10
Home For The Holidays2:36
Medley:
Here Comes Santa Claus / Frosty The Snowman / Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer / Good King Wenceslas
3:43
Little Altar Boy3:44
Do You Hear What I Hear?2:53
My Favorite Things3:54
He Came Here For Me2:13
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town 4:05
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?2:52
Selections From "Nutcracker"6:15
I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day2:21

CREDITS

Richard Carpenter--producer, arranger, piano, vocals
Karen Carpenter--vocals
Billy May--aranger
Nick Perito--arranger
Bob Messenger--tenor sax
Pete Jolly--keyboards
Gayle Levant--harp
Skiala Kanga--harp
Dorothy Remsen--harp
Joe Osborn--bass
Joe Morgan--bass
Pete Morgan--bass
Cubby O'Brien--drums
Ron Tutt--drums
Barry Morgan--drums
John Phillips--sax
The O.K. Chorale
Ray Gerhardt--engineer
Roger Young--engineer
Robert De La Garza--engineer
Clyde Kaplan--engineer, mix
Dave Marquette--engineer Dave Iveland--assistant engineer

John Richards--engineer
Allan Rouse--engineer
Eric Tomlinson--engineer
Roger Young--engineer, mix
Mike Hatcher--engineer
John Richards--engineer
Jim Cassell--mixing
Tim Bryant--art direction

AWARDS

Certified gold album by R.I.A.A.

CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT: THE SPECIAL EDITION TRACKS

TITLETIME
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear0:44
Overture:
Happy Holiday / The First Noel / March of the Toys / Little Jesus / I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus / O Little Town of Bethlehem / In Dulce Jubilo / Gesu Bambino / Angels We Have Heard On High
8:15
An Old-Fashioned Christmas2:11
Christmas Waltz2:12
Sleigh Ride2:39
It's Christmas Time2:53
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas3:54
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town1:05
Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)3:39
Carol of the Bells1:39
Merry Christmas Darling3:07
Christ Is Born3:13
O Holy Night3:10
Home For the Holidays2:36
Medley
Here Comes Santa Claus / Frosty the Snowman / Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer / Good King Wenceslas
3:42
Winter Wonderland / Silver Bells / White Christmas5:30
Ave Maria2:32
Selections From Nutcracker
Overture Miniature / Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies / Valse Des Fleurs
5:27
Little Altar Boy3:43
I'll Be Home For Christmas3:49
Silent Night3:21

CREDITS

Richard Carpenter--producer, arranger, piano, keyboards, vocals, mix
Karen Carpenter--associate producer, vocals
Jack Daugherty--producer
Peter Knight--arranger
Billy May--arranger
Pete Jolly--keyboards
Cubby O'Brien--drums
Barry Morgan--drums
Ron Tutt--drms
Joe Osborn--bass
Pete Morgan--upright bass
Skaila Kanga--harp
English Chorale
Roger Young--engineer, mixing
Eric Tomlinson--engineer
Robert de la Garza--assistant engineer
Dave Iveland--assistant engineer
Arnie Acosta--mastering
Chuck Beeson--art direction
Harry Langdon--photography
Paul Grein--liner notes

AWARDS

Certified platinum album by R.I.A.A.

CHRISTMAS COLLECTION TRACKS

TITLETIME
Christmas Portrait
O Come, O Come Emmanuel0:28
Overture:
Deck the Halls (With Boughs of Holly)
I Saw Three Ships
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Away In a Manger (Luther's Cradle Hymn)
What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
Carol of the Bells
O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
4:38
The Christmas Waltz2:15
Sleigh Ride2:39
It's Christmas Time / Sleep Well, Little Children2:53
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas3:55
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town1:05
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)3:39
Silent Night3:19
Jingle Bells1:10
The First Snowfall / Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow3:35
Carol of the Bells1:39
Merry Christmas Darling3:05
I'll Be Home For Christmas3:48
Christ Is Born3:13
Winter Wonderland / Silver Bells / White Christmas5:31
Ave Maria2:35
An Old-Fashioned Christmas
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear0:43
Overture:
Happy Holiday
The First Noel
March Of The Toys
Little Jesus
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
In Dulce Jubilo
Gesu Bambino (The Infant Jesus)
Angels We Have Heard On High
8:13
An Old-Fashioned Christmas2:14
O Holy Night3:31
(There's No Place Like) Home For the Holidays2:13
Medley:
Here Comes Santa Claus
Frosty the Snowman
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Good King Wenceslas
3:43
Little Altar Boy3:43
Do You Hear What I Hear?2:53
My Favorite Things3:53
He Came Here For Me2:12
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town4:04
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?2:51
Selections From "Nutcracker"
Overture Miniature
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Trepak
Valse Des Fleurs
6:14
I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day2:21

CREDITS

Richard Carpenter--producer, piano, vocals
Karen Carpenter--associate producer, vocals
Joe Osborn--bass
Cubby O'Brien--bass
Pete Jolly--keyboards
Peter Morgan--upright bass
The English Chorale
Robert Howes--conductor, The English Chorale
The O.K. Chorale
Dick Bolks--conductor, The O.K. Chorale
The Tom Bahler Chorale
Chuck Beeson--art direction, illustration
Harry Langdon--photography
Rebecca Chamlee--design
Ray Gerhardt--engineer
Roger Young--engineer, remix engineer
Robert de la Garza--engineer
Dave Iveland--engineer
Eric Tomlinson--engineer
Armin Steiner--remix engineer
Dave Collins--remastering

AWARDS

Christmas Portrait was a gold album in Canada.

Made In America Album

RELEASE DATE

June 16, 1981

ORIGINAL FORMATS

vinyl album, cassette, 8-track tape

REISSUE FORMATS

compact disc (1990, 1998--remastered), cassette (1990)

TRACKS

TITLETIME
Those Good Old Dreams4:12
Strength of a Woman3:59
(Want You) Back In My Life Again3:39
When You've Got What It Takes3:39
Somebody's Been Lyin'4:22
I Believe You3:55
Touch Me When We're Dancing3:19
When It's Gone (It's Just Gone)4:59
Beechwood 4-57893:05
Because We Are In Love (the Wedding Song)5:00

CREDITS

Richard Carpenter--producer, arranger, orchestrations, keyboards, vocals
Karen Carpenter--drums, percussion, vocals
Joe Osborn--bass
Tony Peluso--guitar
Ron Tutt--drums
John Robinson--drums
Paulinho DaCosta--percussion
Bob Conti--percussion
Peter Limonick--percussion
Larrie Londin--drums
Jerry Steinholtz-congas
Tim May--guitar
Gayle Levant--harp
Earl Dumler--oboe
Tom Scott--tenor sax
Dennis Budimir--guitar
Fred Tackett--guitar
Jay Dee Maness--steel guitar
Carolyn Dennis--backing vocals
Maxine Waters Willard--backing vocals
Stephanie Spruill--backing vocals
Jimmy Getzoff--concertmaster
Jerry Vinci--concertmaster, violin
Paul Riser--arranger
Frank Pooler--conductor The O.K. Chorale
Ron Hicklin--director The O.K. Chorale
The O.K. Chorale
Ray Gerhardt--engineer
Roger Young--engineer, mix
Stewart Whitmore--mix assistant
Dave Iveland--engineer
Daryl Dragon--synthesizer programming
Ian Underwood--sythesizer programming
Peter Knight--orchestration
Bernie Grundman--mastering
Chuck Beeson--art direction
Jeff Ayeroff--art direction
David Willardson--illustration
Lynn Robb--design
Jerry Weintraub--management

AWARDS

Certified as a silver album in England in 1981.

"Touch Me When We're Dancing" was Billboard's #93 Top Pop Single in 1981.

Voice of the Heart Album

RELEASE DATE

October 17, 1983

ORIGINAL FORMATS

vinyl album, cassette

REISSUE FORMATS

compact disc (1990, 1998--remastered), cassette (1990)

TRACKS

TITLETIME
Now3:46
Sailing On the Tide4:21
You're Enough3:46
Make Believe It's Your First Time4:07
Two Lives4:32
At the End of a Song3:42
Ordinary Fool3:40
Prime Time Love3:10
Your Baby Doesn't Love You Anymore3:51
Look to Your Dreams4:28

CREDITS

Richard Carpenter--producer, arranger, keyboards, vocals
Karen Carpenter--vocals
Joe Osborn--bass
Tony Peluso--guitar
Tim May--guitar
Ron Tutt--drums
Gayle Levant--harp
Earl Dumler--oboe
John Phillips--tenor sax
Jay Dee Maness--steel guitar
The O.K. Chorale
Dick Bolk--conductor The O.K. Chorale
Ron Hicklin--director The O.K. Chorale
Jimmy Getzoff--concertmaster
Jules Chaikin--concertmaster
Roger Young--engineer, mix
Robert de la Garza--assistant engineer
Robin Laine--assistant engineer
David Cole--assistant engineer
Bernie Grundman--mastering
Chuck Beeson--art direction
Larry Williams--photography
Claude Mogin--photography
Annie Liebovitz--photography

AWARDS

Certified gold album by R.I.A.A.

Voice of the Heart was certified gold and silver in England.

Lovelines Album

RELEASE DATE

October 13, 1989

ORIGINAL FORMATS

vinyl album, compact disc, cassette

REISSUE FORMATS

compact disc (1990, 1999--remastered), cassette (1990)

TRACKS

TITLETIME
Lovelines4:28
Where Do I Go From Here? 4:24
The Uninvited Guest4:24
If We Try3:42
When I Fall In Love3:08
Kiss Me the Way You Did Last Night4:03
Remember When Lovin' Took All Night3:47
You're the One4:13
Honolulu City Lights3:19
Slow Dance3:35
If I Had You3:57
Little Girl Blue 3:24

CREDITS

Richard Carpenter--producer, arranger, orchestration, vocals
Karen Carpenter--vocals
Joe Osborn--bass
Louis Johnson--bass
Doug Stegmeyer--bass
John Robinson--drums
Ron Tutt--drums
Cubby O'Brien--drums
Liberty DeVitto--drums
Paulinho DaCosta--percussion
Airto Moreira--percussion
Greg Phillinganes--keyboards
Ralph McDonald--percussion
Tony Peluso--guitar
Tim May--guitar
David Brown--guitar
Russell Javors--guitar
David Williams--guitar
Eric Jons-Rasmussen--guitar
John Phillips--flute
Gayle Levant--harp
Earl Dumler--oboe, English horn
Jay Dee Maness--steel guitar
Bob James--arranger, orchestration, keyboards
Peter Knight--orchestration
Rob Mounsey--orchestration, keyboards
The O.K. Chorale
Rod Temperton--vocal arrangment
Phil Ramone--producer

International Compilation Albums and Reissues

Carpenters were loved around the world. The Carpenters catalog leads all A&M Records artists for the number of compilation and resiisue albums created from the original material.

Richard Carpenter chose to include different mixes in each--his acknowledgement to the fans plus his trademark care to continue to get each song as close to the sound that he always intended. The cover and liner art often changed with the country of release lending uniqueness and generating interest among collectors.

The compilations were often best-sellers. In its first three months of release in late 1995, Polydor K.K.'s single with "Top of the World/I Need to Be in Love" sold over 450,000 copies. In Japan, the CD Twenty-Two Hits of the Carpenters sold nearly one million copies in its first four months of availability. That album went on to sell over two million copies and recieved a special gold disc award in Japan.

Among the albums that charted charted:
The Singles 1974-1978 was a Top 5 album in Great Britain in its third week in release;
Yesterday Once More (1985 double album) peaked at #11 in Great Britain, and
I Need to Be in Love/Best of Carpenters peaked at #4 in Japan.

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All of the compilations issued before 1985 contained the original album versions of the songs. Richard started remixing and remastering for the Yesterday Once More compilation. The Silver Eagle set in the US contained remastered versions of all 24 songs.

The Singles 1974-1978: A&M Records, Ltd. in Great Britain ran a $580,000 four-week campaign was the largest A&M had undertaken. By its third week, Singles was in Britain's Top 5 albums.

Yesterday Once More was #11 in Great Britain on December 15, 1984.

Twenty-Two Hits of the Carpenters was released in Japan during November 1995. It sold nearly one million copies by April 1996 and received a special gold disk award.1
Best of was #4 in Japan on February 10, 1996.1
Love Songs was #106 on Billboard's Hot 200 Album Chart on May 16, 1998.
Interpretations was #29 in Britain on October 22, 1994.
Interpretations DVD contained digitally enhanced, remastered, stereo audio on 11 videos.
20th Century Masters was mastered from the original master tapes.
Gold 35th Anniversary was #101 on the Billboard Hot 200 cchart on April 3, 2004.
Polydor K.K. released "Top of the World/I Need to Be in Love" which sold over 450,000 copies.1

The 1986 video compilation Yesterday Once More, "We've Only Just Begun" from "The Bob Hope Special" in 1973; "Superstar" and "Rainy Days and Mondays" the Desert Inn, Las Vegas, NV, 1971; "Top of the World" from Carpenters first television special 1976; "Ticket to Ride" Squaw Valley, CA 1970; "Only Yesterday" A&M Studio D and Huntington Gardens, Pasadena, CA 1975; "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" at Vidtronics, Hollywood, CA 1977; "All You Get from Love Is a Love Song" A&M Studio D 1977; "Those Good Old Dreams," "Touch Me When We're Dancing" and "Beechwood 4-5789" Chaplin Soundstage 1981.

SOURCES:
1. Billboard, February 10, 1996.
2. Carpenters Fan Club Newsletter #86, July 1986.

CARPENTERS SOLO ALBUMS

Karen Carpenter Album

RELEASE DATE

October 8, 1996

ORIGINAL FORMATS

compact disc, cassette

REISSUE FORMATS

None

TRACKS

TITLETIME
Lovelines5:06
All Because of You3:31
If I Had You3:54
Making Love In the Afternoon3:57
If We Try3:47
Remember When Lovin' Took All Night3:15
Still In Love With You3:46
My Body Keeps Changing My Mind3:12
Make Believe It's Your First Time3:12
Guess I Just Lost My Head3:36
Still Crazy After All These Years4:17
Last One Singin' the Blues3:24

CREDITS

Karen Carpenter--vocals
Greg Phillinganes--keyboards
Bob James--orchestration, arranger, keyboards
Jerry Hey--orchestration
Michael Brecker--sax
Timmmy Cappello--sax
Rob Mounsey--arranger, orchestration, keyboards
Le'Band--arranger
David Brown--guitar
David Williams--guitar
Ericc Johns-Rasmussen--guitar
Louis Johnson--bass
Doug Stegmeyer--bass
John Robinson--drums
Liberty DeVitto--drums
Steve Gadd--drums
Russell Javors--guitar
Richard Tee--keyboards
Chuck Beeson--art direction
Amy Nagaawa--photo colorist
Rebecca Chamlee--design
Richard Carpenter--liner notes
Phil Ramone--producer, liner notes, remix Ray Gerhardt--engineer
James Guthrie--engineer
Glenn Berger--engineer
Jim Boyer--remix engineer
Dave Collins--mastering
Ted Jenson--mastering

Time Album

RELEASE DATE

September 1, 1987

ORIGINAL FORMATS

vinyl album, compact disc, cassette

REISSUE FORMATS

compact disc (1990), E-album (2012)

TRACKS

TITLETIME
Say Yeah! 3:49
Who Do You Love?3:14
Something In Your Eyes4:11
When Time Was All We Had3:01
Time3:32
Calling Your Name Again4:15
In Love Alone3:15
Remind Me to Tell You3:53
That's What I Believe4:26
I'm Still Not Over You4:47

CREDITS

Richard Carpenter--producer, arranger, keyboards, vocals, liner notes
Dionne Warwick--vocals
Dusty Springfield--vocals
Scott Grimes--vocals
Joe Osborn--bass
Bill Lanphier--bass
Herb Alpert--flugelhorn
Tony Peluso--guitar
Tim May--guitar
John Phillips--alto sax
Jim Cox--synthesizer programming
Paul Leim--drums
Paulinho DaCosta--percussion
Jimmy Getzoff--concertmaster
Roger Young--engineer, mix
Arnie Acosta--mastering
Chuck Beeson--art directioon
Larry Williams--photography

Time on World Music Charts

TITLECHARTPEAK PSN.
Time (A)Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Britain
Japan

;
;

Something In Your Eyes Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Australia
Britain
Japan

;
12

Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor Album

RELEASE DATE

January 27, 1998

ORIGINAL FORMATS

compact disc, cassette

REISSUE FORMATS

None

TRACKS

TITLETIME
Prelude0:56
Yesterday Once More3:39
Medley
Sing / Goodbye To Love / Eve / Rainy Days And Mondays / Look To Your Dreams / Superstar / Someday
12:13
I Need to Be In Love3:07
Sandy3:56
Time 3:33
For All We Know 3:35
One Love 4:57
Bless the Beasts and Children 3:27
Flat Baroque1:48
All Those Years Ago 2:22
Top of the World 3:23
We've Only Just Begun 2:25
Karen's Theme 2:40

CREDITS

Richard Carpenter--producer, arranger, conductor, mix, piano, keyboards, vocals
Karen Carepnter--drums, vocals
Peter Knight--arranger
Joe Osborn--bass
Tony Peluso--guitar
Tim May--guitar, banjo
Norm Herzberg--bassoon
Jim Kanter--clarinet
Earl Dumpler--oboe, English horn
Harvey Mason--drums
Jim Gordon--drums
Paul Liem--drums
Tommy Morgan--harmonica
Sheridon Stokes--flute, recorder
John Phillips--tenor sax
Jeffrey Vanston--synthesizer
Ray Gerhardt--engineer
Roger Young--engineer
Charlie Paakkari--engineer, mix
Arim Steiner--engineer
Bernie Grundman--mastering
Chuck Beeson--art direction, design
Reisig & Taylor--photography

CARPENTERS INTERNATIONAL MUSIC CHARTS

OFFERING/TICKET TO RIDE ALBUM AND SINGLES

TITLECHARTPEAK PSN.
Offering/Ticket to Ride (A)Billboard Pop
Australia
Britain
Japan
150
17
20-35*
88
Ticket to Ride (S)Billboard Pop
Cash Box
54
78

(A) is Album; (S) is Single; * are original and reissue chart positions

By November 1970, Ticket to Ride sold 200,000 copies worldwide.

Carpenters on World Music Charts 1970

TITLECHARTPEAK PSN.
Close to You (A)Billboard Pop
Australia
Britain
Japan
20
14
23
53
(The Long to Be) Close to You (S) Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Australia
Britain
Canada
Japan
Malaysia
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Spain
1
1
1
1
6
1
71
1
4
33
9
10
We've Only Just BegunBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Australia
Britain
Canada
Japan
Malaysia
2
1
1
28
5
2
71
6
Merry Christmas DarlingBillboard Pop
Cash Box
Britain
Canada
1
41
45
1
Santa Claus Is Coming to TownBritain35

Carpenters on World Music Charts 1971

TITLECHARTPEAK PSN.
CarpentersBillboard Pop
Australia
Britain
2
7
12
For All We KnowBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Canada
3
1
6
7
Rainy Days and MondaysBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Japan
Canada
Netherlands
Singapore
2
1
2
72
3
21
2
SuperstarBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Britain
Japan
Malaysia
Singapore
2
1
2
18
7
3
1
2
Hurting Each OtherBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Hong Kongbr>Japan
South Africa
2
1
2
8
56
18
Bless the Beasts and ChildrenBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Japan
67
26
85

Carpenters on World Music Charts 1972

TITLECHARTPEAK PSN.
A Song for You (A)Billboard Pop
Australia
Britain
Japan
4
6
13
5
It's Going to Take Some TimeBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Britain
Hong Kong
Japan
Malaysia
12
2
17
18
4
48
1
Goodbye to LoveBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Britain
Hong Kong
Japan
Malaysia
7
2
7
9
1
55
2

Carpenters on World Music Charts 1973

TITLECHARTPEAK PSN.
Now & ThenBillboard Pop
Australia
Belgium
Britain
Denmark
Holland
Japan
2
1
3
2
11
3
1
SingBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Canada
Hong Kong
Malaysia
3
1
5
4
1
5
Yesterday Once MoreBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Australia
Belgium
Britain
Holland
Hong Kong
Japan
Malaysia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Singapore
2
1
1
8
6
2
10
1
2
5
7
13
1
Top of the WorldBillboard Pop
Cash Box
Radio & Records
Australia
Britain
Japan
Canada
Netherlands
1
1
2
2
5
18
3
14
JambalayaBelgium
Britain
Japan
8
12
28

Carpenters on World Music Charts 1974

TITLECHARTPEAK PSN.
Sngles 1969-1973Billboard Pop
Britain
Japan
1
1-24*
1
I Won't Last a Day Without YouBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Radio & Records
Britain
Canada
Hong Kong
Thailand
11
1
9
10
32
12
1
28
Merry Christmas DarlingBritain45-35*

* Denotes original and reissue chart positions

Carpenters on World Music Charts 1975

TITLECHARTPEAK PSN.
HorizonBillboard Pop
Billboard Rock LP Best Sellers
Britain
Japan
13
1
10 on August 4, 1975
1
Please Mr. PostmanBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Billboard #1 Rock Singles Best Sellers
Cash Box
Radio & Records
Brazil
Japan
Netherlands
South Africa
1
1
1
1
2
8
11
33
1
Only YesterdayBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Radio & Records
Britain
Japan
Canada
4
1
8
7
7
12
8
SolitaireBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Radio & Records
Britain
Japan
Canada
Netherlands
17
1
15
31
32
44
23
14

Carpenters on World Music Charts 1976

TITLECHARTPEAK PSN.
A Kind of Hush (A)Billboard Pop
Britain
Japan
33
3
5
There's a Kind of Hush (S)Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Radio & Records
Britain
Japan
Canada
12
1
12
14
22
27
11
I Need to Be In LoveBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Radio & Records
Britain
Canada
25
1
31
32
36
31
GoofusBillboard Pop
Cash Box
56
87

Carpenters on World Music Charts 1977

TITLECHARTPEAK PSN.
PassageBillboard Pop
Britain
Japan
49
12
7
All You Get From a Love SongBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Billboard Easy Listening
Cash Box
Japan
35
4
29
43
59-68*
Calling Occupants From Interplanetary CraftBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Britain
Japan
Canada
Netherlands
32
18
24
9
5
9
7
Sweet, Sweet SmileBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Britain
Japan
Canada
Netherlands
44
7
42
40
21
33
14
I Believe YouBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
68
9

* Denotes original and reissue chart positions

Carpenters on World Music Charts 1978

TITLECHARTYEARPEAK PSN.
Christmas PortraitBillboard Pop1978145
Christmas Portrait (Special Edition)Billboard Pop1990159
Christmas Portrait (Special Edition)Billboard Christmas Chart1984
1994
1995
1998
2000
2001
2006
2
25
19
29
36
32
41
Christmas PortraitBillboard Rock Album Best Sellers197827
Christmas PortraitBillboard Rock Catalog Albums1994
2001
43
27
An Old Fashioned ChristmasBillboard Pop1985190
Christmas CollectionBillboard Rock Catalog Albums2000
2001
29
Merry Christmas DarlingBillboard Pop
Cash Box
Britain
1
41
45-35*
The Christmas SongBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Britain
Japan




* Denotes original and reissue chart positions

Carpenters on World Music Charts 1981

TITLECHARTPEAK PSN.
Made In AmericaBillboard Pop
Britain
Japan
52
12
44
Touch Me When We're DancingBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Radio & Records
16
1
17
14
(Want You) Back In My Life AgainBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
72
14
75
Those Good Old DreamsBillboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
63
21
78
Beechwood 4-5789Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
74
16
88

Carpenters on World Music Charts 1983

TITLECHARTPEAK PSN.
Voice of the HeartBillboard Pop
Britain
Japan
46
6
41
Make Believe It's Your First TimeBritain60

Carpenters on World Music Charts 1989

TITLECHARTPEAK PSN.
LovelinesBritain73

CARPENTERS SET LISTS

Carpenters Set List 1971

Help
Love Is Surrender
Ticket to Ride
Reason to Believe
I Fell in Love with You
For All We Know
Mr. Guder
Rainy Days and Mondays
Cinderella Rockefeller
Close to You
Bacharach-David Medley
We've Only Just Begun

Help
Love Is Surrender
Ticket to Ride
Reason to Believe
All I Can Do
For All We Know
Mr. Guder
Rainy Days and Mondays
Druscilla Penny
Close to You
Bacharach-David Medley
We've Only Just Begun

Carpenters Set List 1972

Close to You/Introduction
Help
Love Is Surrender
Ticket to Ride
For All We Know
Oldies Medley
Mr. Guder
(They Long to Be) Close to You
Reason to Believe
Young Ladies That I Love Medley
Superstar
Bacharach-David Medley (extended)

Carpenters Set List 1973

Superstar/Rainy Days and Mondays/Goodbye to Love
Help
Top of the World
For All We Know
Mr. Guder
Close to You
Jambalaya
Yesterday Once More
Oldies Medley: Little Honda/End of the World/Runaway/Da Doo Ron Ron/Leader of the Pack/Johnny Angel/Book of Love/Shu-Boom/Daddy's Home/Johnny B. Goode
Sing
We've Only Just Begun

Carpenters Set List 1974

Superstar
Rainy Days and Mondays
Goodbye to Love
Top of the World
Help
Mr. Guder
Close to You
Jambalaya
Yesterday Once More
Hurting Each Other
Oldies Medley: Little Honda / End of the World / Runaway / Da Doo Ron Ron / Leader of the Pack / Johnny Angel / Book of Love / Shuboom / Daddy's Home / Johnny B. Goode / Sing / Sometimes / We've Only Just Begun / For All We Know

Carpenters Set List 1976

We've Only Just Begun
Only Yesterday
Top of the World
Superstar
Rainy Days and Mondays
Goodbye to Love
Strike Up the Band/S'Wonderful/Fascinatin' Rhythm
Flat Baroque
I Dig Me (Doug Strawn solo)
Yesterday Once More
Little Honda
End of the World
Please Mr. Postman
Da Doo Ron Ron
Leader of the Pack
Johnny Angel
Book of Love
Johnny B. Goode
Sing (with childrens choir and performed in Japanese and English)
There's a Kind of Hush
Close to You
We've Only Just Begun
Overture
We've Only Just Begun/Introduction
Only Yesterday
Top of the World
Superstar
Rainy Days and Mondays
Goodbye to Love
Karen's drum solo
Strike Up the Band/S'Wonderful/Fascinating Rhythm
Flat Baroque
Yesterday Once More
Oldies Medley:
(Little Honda/End of the World/Please Mr. Postman/De Do Ron Ron
Leader of the Pack/Johnny Angel/The Book of Love/Johnny B. Goode)
Sing
There's a Kind of Hush
(They Long to Be) Close to You
We've Only Just Begun
Yesterday Once More/Exit
Jambalaya
Singles Overture
Flat Baroque
Only Yesterday
There's a Kind of Hush
I Need to Be in Love
(They Long to Be) Close to You
Don't Be Afraid
Sing
Yesterday Once More
Greased Lighntin'/We Go Together/Beauty School Dropout/
Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee
Yesterday Once More/Greased Lightnin'/
Piano Picker
Karen's drum solo
Warsaw Concerto
Hits Medley:
Close To You/For All We Know/ Top of the World/Ticket to Ride/
Only Yesterday/I Won't Last a Day Without You/
Hurting Each Other/Superstar/Rainy Days and Mondays/
Goodbye to Love
We've Only Just Begun
There's a Kind of Hush
Jambalaya
I Need to Be in Love
Close to You (Spike Jones style)
Yesterday Once More
Piano Picker
Strike Up the Band/S'Wonderful/Fascinatin' Rhythm
Warsaw Concerto
From This Moment On
Close to You
For All We Know
Top of the World
Ticket to Ride
Only Yesterday
I Won't Last a Day Without You
Hurting Each Other
Please Mr. Postman
Superstar
Rainy Days and Mondays
Goodbye to Love
We've Only Just Begun

There's a Kind of Hush
Jambalaya
I Need to Be in Love
Close to You (in Spike Jones style)
Yesterday Once More
Piano Picker
Strike Up the Band/S'Wonderful/Fascinatin' Rhythm
Warsaw Concerto
From This Moment On
Close to You
For All We Know
Top of the World
Ticket to Ride
Only Yesterday
I Won't Last a Day Without You
Hurting Each Other
Please Mr. Postman
Superstar
Rainy Days and Mondays
Goodbye to Love
We've Only Just Begun

Carpenters Final Concert December 3, 1978

It's Christmas Time/ Sleep Well, Little Children
Ave Maria
Silent Night

Richard Carpenter Set List 1983

Flat Baroque / One Love
Someday
Once Upon a Time
Look to Your Dreams
Slow Hands
Top of the World
Someone to Watch Over Me
The Girl From Ipanema
I Need to Be In Love
By Myself
1930s-40s Medley
Ave Maria
For All We Know/We've Only Just Begun
Yesterday Once More

Richard Carpenter Set List April 1987

Medley: We've Only Just Begun/Yesterday Once More/Sing/Goodbye to Love/Rainy Days and Mondays/Hurting Each Other/Top of the World/We've Only Just Begun/For All We Know/Hurting Each Other/Look to Your Dreams/Only Yesterday/Superstar/Someday/Yesterday Once More/Close to You/We've Only Just Begun

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