Karen Carpenter initially signed with A&M Records on April 22, 1969 with brother Richard as Carpenters. She remained signed as an artist with A&M until her death in 1983.
In 1979 she wanted to record a solo album. Herb Alpert recommended Phil Ramone to produce it. The album was recorded in New York. In the spring of 1980, the proposed album was played for A&M executives and Richard Carpenter. In May 1980, A&M Records announced Karen decided not to release the album because Richard was ready to begin recording a new Carpenters album.
The New York Times reported that on February 2, 1983, Karen called producer Phil Ramone, The conversation turned to her solo album:
"Can I use the F-word?" Karen asked.
Ramone replied, "You're a grown woman. Say whatever you want."
"It's a [expletive] great album."
Karen's solo album was finally released on October 7, 1996.
Karen Carpenter was voted 94 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
KAREN CARPENTER UNRELEASED TRACKS
Don't Try to Win Me Back Again
I Do It For Your Love
It's Really You
Keep My Lovelight Burning
Last One Singing the Blues
Love Makin' Love to You