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News from the past, CARPENTERS: To You!


 

NOTE:  "Q&A Page" contains RECENT questions about the "Japanese Singles Box!" 
04 June 2008 - RECENT UPDATES
Not too much interesting has happened in the recent Carpenters history.  However, Richard has had some success in the Phillipines with a new recording of "Something In Your Eyes" as a duet with Claire Dela Fuente.
See the music video (featuring Richard) ! The song was originally released 21 years ago on his "TIME" album.
Also, recently in Japan the "Mini LP" set has been re-released in a "Now & Then" themed box.  The CDs are the 1998 "Remaster classics" versions.
15 October 2007 - THE KC STORY SCRAPPED
 Suprise, suprise:  The 2nd interesting Carpenters DVD of the year has been scrapped.  The company that was originally going to release the DVD issued me this statement:

Sadly DD Home Entertainment went into administration and were bought by Simply Media Tv. We are currently in negotiation with Sony to continue with these titles and we are hoping to be able to release this in the New Year.

12 September 2007 - NEW CARPENTERS FORUM

Today I am proud to announce that we have added a forum to the website.  While there are a few Carpenters-related forums (A forum dedicated to A&M Records, and a forum dedicated to Karen, herself), we are proud to open the first CARPENTERS-only related forum.  Join this forum to discuss anything from latest new to just about anything!  We are still in the process of keeping the forum up, so bare with any of our problems!  .
 
23 July 2007 - THE KAREN CARPENTER STORY DVD RELEASE
 Fans: I apologize that I've been away for so long.  I've beens studying abroad in Tours, France for the last month.  I was sent an email today from DD Home Entertainment, a dvd distribution company, stating that we will see the first official DVD release of THE KAREN CARPENTER STORY on 8 October 2007.  So far it is set only to be released in the UK for the price of £12.99 (23$).    I appreciate the contact and it is nice to know that companies know of our website.
I have requested some more information, I will let you all know.
 
20 May 2007 - BBC DVD CANCELLED
 Sites like Amazon and CD Japan have taken the forthcoming BBC dvd off of their site.  CD Japan sent out emails saying that the release was cancelled. Dissapointing news, but it's not the first time a new Carpenters release has been withdrawn.  We'll keep you posted if the release should show up again. Hopefully they are making adjustments to the DVD or adding the recent UK documentary.  Who knows?
 
1 May 2007 - 2007 NEWS / 50TH ANNIVERSARY
I have just received word from Richard's camp and  there is no plan, this moment, on releasing an anticipated US SINGLES BOX.
Also that there is no plan for anything for the 40th Anniversary, which is one year away.  Richard's  assistant is Alana, who is now keeping the website up (to my understanding).
Remember do send your wishes to the FANS ASK part of the official website.
 
 
25 February 2007 - UPDATE ON JAPANESE RELEASES
Japan has been busy this year with compilations!  The lastest compilations, released last week, were the 2-CD sets that we discussed on 4 January.  There was nothing special about the releases, they were simple photo paper sleeves that housed 2 of the "Remastered Classics" albums. The highlight, if you didn't have time to purchase these discs when they were in print, you can get them now before these go out of print.  This edition has the "Carpenters" (tan album) with the mispelling of the band's name.  The sets are selling rapidly, so make sure to order them soon.
I have received many emails asking me whether or not to buy these sets.  I personally am not going to invest in them since I already own all of the remastered classics.  I do consider myself a 'completist', but a paper sleeve is not enough to do me in.  The next release, however, is worth buying
 
 - LIVE AT THE BBC DVD UPDATE
Live DVD release of footage from The Carpenters performances in London in November 1971, March 1974, and December 1976.  This NTSC-Region TWO DVD is still set for a 25 April release.  Price is $36 list price.  AVAILABLE ONLY IN JAPAN.

 - RICHARD WORKING ON A UK DOCUMENTARY 

Richard is currently working on a NEW documentary that is set to debut in the UK later on this year.  The documentary is titled "Only Yesterday."


 
21 February 2006 - LIVE AT THE BBC COMPILATION DVD!
Coming to DVD 25 April 2007 Japan is AMAZING!  Their first live concerts compilation - Live at the BBC!  This compilation is set to include the complete BBC concerts.  The DVD is also rumoured to have a documentary of the BBC shows.  More news as it becomes available!
16 January 2006 - JAPANESE COMPILATION RE-ISSUES
Although not earth shattering news, 2 Carpenters compilations are being re-issued in early 2006:
1. Yesterday Once More - this compilation is out of print everywhere except Germany, and now Japan is reissuing this "priced down" edition for $24.52 (3080 yen).  "Yesterday Once More" first was released in 1985 and then re-issued as part of the "Remastered Classics" editions in 1998, and then put out of print. The release date is set for tomorrow, 17 January 2007.
 
2. "Their Greatest Hits" - This album was first released in England as "Only Yesterday" and topped the charts in 1991.  The CD has been released in Japan before, and now will be reissued 7 March 2007 for 1980 yen ($15.77usd).
 
4 January 2006 - JAPANESE ALBUM REISSUES FOR MARCH!
After the exciting "Japanese Singles Box" release in 2006, Japan will now re-issue the first 10 Carpenters albums as double album limited edition sets.
What does this mean?
This means that 2 albums will be housed in one package.  We assume that this means each set will be 5- 2-CD sets to collect.
Here is the estimated release info:
Ticket To Ride / Close To You
Carpenters / A Song For You
Now & Then / Horizon
A Kind of Hush / Passage
Made In America / Voice Of The Heart
The estimated release date is 21 March 2006.  Remember!  These will be limited edition!  This is an excellent chance for US fans to catch up on the remastered classics that have gone out of print in the states!
27 December 2006 - JAPANESE SET - NOW OUT OF PRINT!
Just after its release, the Japanese singles box set is NOW OUT OF PRINT.  Yes, you heard it here, the limited edition set is no longer in print.  The sets have been sold in music stores all over Japan as well as online stores.  CD Japan has reportedly SOLD OUT of the set, leaving sites like and with the remaining sets.
Deciding on whether or not you are going to get this?  Act now.  I nearly missed my chance, don't miss yours!
 
19 December 2006 - "JAPANESE SINGLES BOX" - NOW AVAILABLE!
After being postponed for nearly 2 months, this box set has finally hit stores in Japan!  This 33-8" disc collection is a collectors' dream. 
While my review will be posted in early January, this is an outline of the 'newly' released tracks in this set:
"I Kept On Loving You" - Single version with a clean start.
"Bless the Beasts and Children" - the SOUNDTRACK version. 
"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" - ORIGINAL version
"Please Mr. Postman" - SINGLE version with alternate vocals
"Solitaire" - only available before on "Gold" - the SINGLE version
"The Christmas Song" - Clean Start
"Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" - SINGLE EDIT! 
"Make Believe It's Your First Time" - without the spoken intro
"When You've Got What It Takes" - clean start!
 
Sounds like a fantastic set.  My review coming in January.
 
 
 
6 December 2006 - UPDATE ON NEW RELEASES FOR LATE '06
THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION
Nearly 8 months after the Netherlands released the new compilation "The Ultimate Collection" the UK has released their new version of the album. (released 20 Nov. 2006). 
Many have asked, what is the difference?
Here is the track listing. 
CD 1:
Ticket To Ride 
(They Long To Be) Close To You 
We've Only Just Begun 
For All We Know
Rainy Days And Mondays  
Superstar
Bless The Beasts And Children 
Hurting Each Other
It's Going To Take Some Time
Goodbye To Love
Top Of The World
I Won't Last A Day Without You
Sing 
Yesterday Once More
This Masquerade
Jambalaya (On The Bayou) 
Please Mr. Postman
Desperado
CD2
Only Yesterday
Solitaire
There's A Kind Of Hush
I Need To Be In Love
Sandy
All You Get From Love Is A Love Song
Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft
Sweet Sweet Smile
I Believe You
Touch Me When We're Dancing
When It's Gone
Those Good Old Dreams
Where Do I Go From Here
You're The One
Now
Your Baby Doesn't Love You Anymore
Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again
The differences:
  • This set, unlike the Netherlands edition, includes the newly remixed versions of the tracks (the Netherlands edition included original remastered album mixes). 
  • The cover art has been changed (same photo as "Lovelines" {1989}).
  • Housed in an SACD-like case.
  • Outtakes include "Goofus,"  "(Want You) Back In My Life Again," and "Beechwood 4-5789," and "Make Believe It's Your First Time."
  • New songs included (unlike the NL edition) include "When It's Gone (It's Just Gone)",  "Where Do I Go From Here," "You're The One," and "Your Baby Doesn't Love You Anymore."

ALBUM PEAKED ON UK CHARTS AT #24!~

THE JAPANESE SINGLES BOX SET

The "Single Collection" box is scheduled to be released in Japan on the 13th of this month.  The tracks listing is still unavailable.


 
18 August 2006 - UPDATE ON THE SINGLES BOXED SET
Hello, long time no see!  There hasn't been much news to update on lately, but we have received a bit of news from some Japanese CD sites that the singles boxed set is set to be released the first of November valued around $250.  CD Japan also says that the set is to be a "Limited release."  We will, of course, report when we know more information! 
26 May 2006 - UPDATE ON RICHARD'S CHRISTMAS ALBUM
Wondering what is up with Richard's rumored Christmas album?  So have we?  Well we don't have to wait for longer.  Richard unveiled on his recent UK interview that the album will be out in 2007, following the 10-year R.C. Carpenter cycle (for example 1987: "Time" ; 1997: "Pianist, Arranger, Composer Conductor"; 2007 Christmas album).
He reportedly said it will continue very new songs as well as Christmas classics.
We will, of course, keep you posted.
 
To hear the interview with Opal, see the home page for the link.
7 April 2006 - FOLLOW-UP ON"THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION"
The 3-disc set has already been released in the Netherlands...many retail shops such as the Amazon stores are beginning to ship out their copies.  I have heard that the disc is excellent in sound and is the ORIGINAL album mixes (just the same as "The Remastered Classics").  We will keep you posted on the exact mixes and information.
The UK edition is penciled in for a 17 April release date.  We will keep you posted.
 
1 April 2006 - MORE NEWS ON "THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION"
Sources are pointing that we will see this release, or a similar release, in the UK as well as the Netherlands. We'll keep you posted.  It also looks that the new Japanese documentary DVD "Rock Legends" will see a July/summer release.  Also a re-release of last years' GOLD in the UK has been topping the charts due to advertisement for the UK's Mother's day.  More on that soon!
17 March 2006 - MORE ON "THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION"
Thanks to we have more information on "The Ultimate Collection" that is set for release next week.
The cover is nothing particularly new, one might say it's a mix between the 1985 "A&M Classics, v.2" and the new "Gold" releases.
The UPDATED track listing is listed below.
The release date is now switched to 23 March, pay not attention the the release date on the Aussie website as the set is not yet released.  We will keep you posted as the date approaches.
12 March 2006 - NEW "ULTIMATE COLLECTION" COMPILATION
The ULTIMATE compilation is set for release in the Netherlands the 21st of March!  The tracklisting is amazing, it is EVERY single from the United States and as a bonus it includes tracks from Karen and Richard's solo albums "Karen Carpenter," "Time," and "Pianist, Arranger, Composer Conductor." 
Another interesting fact is that this CD is 32-bit remastered which is supposedly very state of the art.  My assumptions is that these are remixes and not the actual single version that are planned to be released on the forthcoming Japanese box set, but we will try to keep you posted.
The tracklisting is as follows:
 
DISC ONE:
1. Ticket To Ride  (Offering / Ticket To Ride)
2. (They Long To Be) Close To You    (Close To You)
3. We've Only Just Begun  (Close To You)
4. For All We Know   (Carpenters)
5. Rainy Days & Mondays  (Carpenters) 
6. Superstar  (Carpenters)
7. Bless The Beasts and  Children   (A Song For You)
8. Hurting Each Other   (A Song For You)
9. It's Going To Take Some Time   (A Song For You)
10. Goodbye To Love   (A Song For You)
11. Top Of The World   (A Song For You)
12. I Won't Last A Day Without You   (A Song For You)
13. Sing   (Now & Then)
14. Yesterday Once More  (Now & Then)
15. This Masquerade  (Now & Then)
16. Jambalaya (On The Bayou)   (Now & Then)
17. Please Mr Postman    (Horizon)
 
DISC TWO:
18. Desperado   (Horizon)
19. Only Yesterday   (Horizon)
20. Solitaire  (Horizon)
21. There's A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World)   (A Kind Of Hush)
22. I Need To Be In Love  (A Kind Of Hush)
23. Goofus  (A Kind Of Hush)
24. All You Get From Love Is A Love Song  (Passage)
25. Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (Passage)
26. Sweet Sweet Smile (Passage)
27. I Believe You (Made In America)
28. Touch Me When We're Dancing (Made In America)
29. (Want You) Back In My Life Again (Made In America)
30. Those Good Old Dreams  (Made In America)
31. Beechwood 4-5789 (Made In America)
32. Now (Voice Of The Heart)
33. Make Believe It's Your First Time (Voice Of The Heart)
34. Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again (Interpretations)
 
 
DISC THREE:
35. Lovelines (Karen Carpenter)
36. If I Had You (Karen Carpenter)
37. Still Crazy After All These Years (Karen Carpenter)
38. When Time Was All We Had (Richard Carpenter - Time)
39. Calling Your Name Again (Richard Carpenter - Time)
40. Sandy (Richard Carpenter - Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor)
41. Karen's Theme (Richard Carpenter - Pianist, Arranger, Composer Conductor)
 
Is that not an amazing track listing!?!  No cover art has been designated yet, we plan to keep you posted, as usual.
Here are the known facts:
Label Universal
CDU Part# 7050058
Catalog# 9835845
Discs 3
Street Date 21 March , 2006

 
01 March 2006 - NEWS ON 'PALLADIUM' DVD & SINGLES SET!
 
Mr. Simon Burrows (employee of HMV in London) has informed me that the anticipated "Live at the Palladium" DVD is sheduled for October of 2006, we should expect more details around August.
 
Ms. Yuka Ogura has reported that she will indeed do the liner notes for the forthcoming JUNE release of the complete Japanese singles box set (see more information below).
 
Ms. Ogura has also reported a NEW Carpenters documentary will see a DVD release in Japan later on this year, it's supposedly a series of famous musical artists.  We will try to keep you posted!
 
14 December 2005 - SINGLES SET, TRACK INFO AND DATE
NEW INFO!  The information had finally arrived thanks to HMV Japan.  HMV posted today that the penned release date for this set is 2 March 2006 (what would have been Karen's 56th Birthday).  The art seen above is just a temporary sketch.
The set is to include 33 discs and is ¥30,000  (around $250 usd).
 
The singles reported are as follows:
 
From the "OFFERING" album era:
1. Ticket To Ride / All I Can Do 
 
From the "CLOSE TO YOU" album era:
2. (They Long To Be) Close To You / I Kept On Loving You
3. We've Only Just Begun / I'll Never Fall In Love Again
 
From the "CARPENTERS" album era:
4. For All We Know / Baby It's You
5. Rainy Days And Mondays / Saturday
6. Superstar / Merry Chritmas, Darling
 
From the "A SONG FOR YOU" album era :
7. Bless The Beasts And Children / Help!
8. Hurting Each Other / Maybe It's You
9. It's Going To Take Some Time / Flat Baroque
10. Goodbye To Love / Crystal Lullaby
11. Top Of The World / Druscilla Penny
 
From the "NOW & THEN" album era:
12. Sing / I Won't Last A Day Without You
13. Yesterday Once More / Road Ode
14. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) / Heather
15. Top Of The World / Druscilla Penny
16. I Won't Last A Day Without You / One Love
 
From the "HORIZON" album era:
17. Please Mr. Postman / This Masquerade
18. Only Yesterday / Happy
19. Solitaire / Love Me For What I Am
20. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town / Merry Christmas, Darling
 
From the "A Kind Of Hush" album era:
21. There's A Kind Of Hush / (I'm Caught Between) Goodbye And I Love You
22. I Need To Be In Love / Sandy
23. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do / I Have You
 
From the "Passage" album era:
24. All You Get From Love Is A Love Song / Eve
25.Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft / Mr. Guder
 
From the "Christmas Portrait" album era:
26. The Christmas Song / Merry Christmas, Darling
27. Sweet, Sweet Smile / I Can't Smile Without You
28. Silent Night (Sleep In Heavenly Peace) / Jingle Bells / Gonouds' Ave Maria
 
From the "Made In America" album era:
29. I Believe You / B'Wanna She No Home
30. Beechwood 4-5789 / Because We Are In Love (The Wedding Song)
31. Those Good Old Dreams / I Just Fall In Love Again
 
From the "Voice Of The Heart" album era:
32. Make Believe It's Your First Time / Look To Your Dreams
 
From the pre- "Lovelines" era:
33. Honolulu City Lights / When You've Got What It Takes
 
The track listing is not final, and changes might be made.  We will, of course, keep you posted on this exciting set!
 
19 November 2005 - JAPANESE SINGLES BOX SET INFO
Looks like we will see this wonderful release in early 2006.  So far we can expect original single audio and B-sides.  More info to come.
Source:  Yuka Ogura.
19 November 2005 - JAPANESE SINGLES BOX SET INFO
Looks like we will see this wonderful release in early 2006.  So far we can expect original single audio and B-sides.  More info to come.
Source:  Yuka Ogura.
3 November 2005 - LIVE AT THE PALLADIUM:  DVD RELEASE
Way out from left field has come this bit of news!  According to a HMV magazine/flyer a DVD is being planned for the concert LIVE AT THE PALLADIUM.  I have never seen any footage from this concert and didn't know that any video footage existed.  The magazine said it was to include a few bonus features as well.  The LP was released in England in 1976 and the CD edition was released in the 1990's in Japan and the UK.  The LP's length is about 45 minutes and is not the complete concert.  It is lacking what was on their play list for their other shows that year, including "I Need To Be In Love" among others.  Hopefully we will see the whole concert.
It's also very possible that this could be the BBC Concert in '71 or the Talk of The Town Concert, or any other of the duos London concerts, but it would certainly be a treat to have that very concert on video format.
HMV's employee news letter reported that it should be expected around spring 2006.
 
Thanks to Simon Burrows for allowing us to be the first site to report!
 
23 October 2005 - 22 HITS - 10th Anniversary Rerelease!
Excellent news for collectors!  In Japan in early December A&M Records and Universal are set to release the 10th Anniversary Edition of the popular compliation 22 Hits.  The set is also going to include ORIGINAL MASTER KARAOKE as it's second disc.  The 2nd disc will also include the Karaoke version of "Sing" that was de-vocalised in 2004.
The release date is penciled in as 7 December 2005 and the current list price is $24.98  (3000 yen)
All information subject to change.  We will keep you posted as usual. 
 
 
07 September 2005 - GOLD - RE-RELEASE:  NEW ART!
 Have you seen a new face in the Carpenters CD's at your music store?  Yes!  It's the NEW repackaging of GOLD.  This set, set apart from the "25th Anniversary Edition" is an all-new edition with absolutely stunning artwork.  This cover was used for the 2001 single of "The Rainbow Connection" in Japan and also used on the back of the "Love Songs" CD.  The "35th Anniversary Edition" was released 10 February 2004 and this repackaged set was released this year.  No date can be found as of yet with this CD was shipped to stores.
Unless you're a collector, this CD probably won't excite you in the slightest bit.  It's a shame this wasn't the first issue released because of the beautiful artwork.
The track listing remains the same; all that has changed is the front and back cover art, the U-tray card, and the face of the CD's.  This is the second new Carpenters release thus far in 2005 in the states (first being the SACD).
03 September 2005 - CHONICLES - SET FOR 27 SEPT
CHRONICLES has been yet again pushed back to a 27 September release date.  The list price is $29.99us.  As with other cd's released like this, there are no bonuses.
28 July 2005 - CHRISTINA AGUILERA TO RECORD C'S TUNE
Pop sensation Christina Aguilera has finished recording the song "A Song For You" as a duet with jazz artist Herbie Hancock.  It's nice to see artists like Christina Aguilera appreciate the music of yesterday.
 
08 June 2005 - MORE SPECULATIONS ON THE NEW R.C. CHRISTMAS ALBUM
There are rumors circulating that we will not see the release of this album this year.  There is no concrete facts around to prove this true, but one can probably expect that we won't see this release anytime soon. I'd imagine we'll have a masterpiece on our hands it it's been tossed around since 2002.
 
11 June 2005 - "CHRONICLES" RELEASE DATE CHANGED & ARTWORK REVEALED
 
 
The release date for the forthcoming "Chronicles" Box Set has been changed from its original 21 June release to 23 August 2005.  Outside sources say that the artwork is still pending, but it is romoured to be a large picture that is the same as the TICKET TO RIDE album's (the sailboat picture).  More news as it comes in.
 
To view artwork,
WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW:
- The set will include the "Close To You", "Carpenters", and "A Song For You" albums.
- The list price is $29.98
- There are speculations that it will be housed in the Japanese-styled LP covers, but other sources say it will be housed in a box like the FROM THE TOP set was.
09 June 2005 - NEW JAPANESE RE-RELEASE of NOW & THEN
There will be a NEW re-release of the 1973 NOW & THEN album release 12 July 2005 in Japan.  All that I know so far is that it is to be a "special limited release" that includes the lp-like case.  More information on this soon.
16 May 2005 - KAREN CARPENTER INTERVIEW on ET! tomorrow!
 BREAKING NEWS:  Entertainment Tonight will air tomorrow a lost interview with Karen talking about the "Carpenters curse"  - makes us wonder what this is all about!  ET airs 7:30pm EST.
Thanks to Andrew Zimmerman for this update!
27 April 2005 SPECULATIONS ON "CHRONICLES"
 
I imagine it will be in a package like FROM THE TOP, have a different picture of them on the cover and have a round sticker on it saying ORIGINAL TRACKS, includes the hits "(They Long To Be) Close To You", "We've Only Just Begun", "For All We Know", stuff like that, etcetera.

Then on the inside we will have the 3 spots for the CD's and a little compartment that holds the 3 covers.

On the back will be a listing of the songs (without numbers or saying what album it is, just a listing of all of them in order) and have the 3 pictures of the 3 covers.

Celine Dion has a set like this with her "Unison", "Celine Dion," and "The Colour of My Love" albums.

Barbra Streisand has a set like this that has her "Funny Girl OST", "Featuring The Way We Were and All In Love is Fair", and "A Star Is Born OST" CD's. The Celine one can be found in virtually any store, especially Wal-Mart but the Barbra one is harder to find.

So, nothing to get excited over unless you are a collector.
CELINE DION's collection.
 
24 April 2005 CHRONICLES RUMOUR:
There is a rumour cerculating that this set will be a 3-CD set of the Remastered classic albums of "Close To You", "Carpenters", and "A Song For You."  This would be a pretty good set for NEW fans trying to find these albums (which normally aren't the easiest to find in stores).  However, this would be dissapointing for OLD fans.
 
22 April 2005 NEW COMPILATION RUMOUR
The music site  has reported that the Carpenters are among many artists of several record companies that are going to be a part of a series called CHRONICLES which are rumoured to be a 2-CD Set.  Can we expect new songs?  I wouldn't hold my breath, but it sure would be nice to have a new song or perhaps the single edit of "Calling Occupants..." or the single version of "Please Mr. Postman."  The date is said to be 21 June 2005 (in 2 months!).  Naturally, we will keep you posted.
 
1 April 2005  RICHARD's CHRISTMAS ALBUM NEWS!
 
 
 
Finally - at last - news on Richard's forthcoming Chritmas album.
There is word from the Carpenters writer, Yuka Ogura.  Yuka has written on several of the Carpenters liner notes in Japan.
 
The September release is just a penclied-in month.  Nothing is 100% sure.  Commencement of the album began in 2002, and Richard later reported on the official website that he is trying to make it as perfect as he can.
 
One song, "Together at Christmas Again" premiered on a Japanese television special titled "Carpenters Forever", which aired in 2002.  Richard performed the song at the piano, but made no reference to the future album that he was planning on doing.  At a time, 'Together At Christmas Again" was the rumoured title of the project.  At this time we are not ever sure that the song will be included on the album.
 
This album is rumoured to have Petula Clark as a gues vocal and there is also rumour that there will be either a re-make of a Carpenters song (using Karen's vocals from an older recording) or a new unreleased song that was never released.  Keep your fingers crossed, but remember - it's just a rumour.
Of course, we will keep you posted.
29 March 2005 THE CARPENTER ALBUM COLLECTIONS
An uproar is in the Carpenters community as Carpenters fans worry about Carpenters titles going out of print.  "Lovelines" is the major worry!
 
According to AMAZON, many of the Carpenters titles are out of stock, but on order.  LOVELINES, however, isn't at all.
Another completely out of print title is "The Singles 1969-1973".  I imagine this release has been stopped because of the expanded singles CD of "Singles 1969-1981" that was released in 2000.
 
What can we expect?  Possibly a 40th Anniverary edition of the Carpenters in 2009?  Maybe not, the remastered classics were issued in 1998.
 
I will report more as soon as I get in contact with A&M Records and Richard Carpenter.
 
28 March 2005 RICHARD REPLIES TO QUESTIONS, NOT WHAT WE WANT TO HEAR!
 
Before the Easter holiday Richard submited the next segment of "Fans Ask".  As many of you probably already know, the questions were great, the responses were lacking in information, respect, and general content.
 
The questions were about general releases (such as future DVD projects).  Once again Mr. Carpenter claimed that there was nothing left to release (does he forget about live performances, TV shows, ect?). 
Also fans were dissapointed to find out that Richard never plans on releasing the "I Need To Be In Love" video, he says it had too many "googly" eyes.  I think, however, that this was their best video by far.
 
 's  server is currently not working, so perhaps we can expect another update (hopefully).
The best of the last update is a BIOGRAPHY written by Mr. Carpenter, himself.
21 March 2005 TOP OF THE WORLD - CONCERT
Richard Carpenter hosted the 3rd annial Top of The World Concert the other night.
There were no performance from Mr. Carpenter, but his daughter Traci sang "Rainy Days and Mondays".
 
Also, there were no Carpenters newsbits given no any news on Richard's slowly evolving Christmas album.
 
8 March 2005 GOLD REACHES #4 in the UK!
Can you believe it, of course - it's the Carpenters!   They made the TOP 5 albums in the UK - they hit #4 with the release of "Gold"!  A new release for the UK in 2005.
The compilation was released 21 February in 2005. 

CHART INFORMATION:
4(this week) 17(last week) (2weeks on list))

Carpenters

Gold - Greatest Hits

(A&M)

___________________________________________________
The track listing :
 

1. Yesterday Once More
2. Superstar
3. Rainy Days And Mondays (1991 Remix)
4. Goodbye To Love
5. It's Going To Take Some Time
6. I Won't Last A Day Without You
7. For All We Know
8. Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
9. Touch Me When We're Dancing
10. Please Mr. Postman

11. I Need To Be In Love
12. Solitaire
13. We've Only Just Begun
14. (They Long To Be) Close To You (1991 Remix)
15. This Masquerade (1991 Remix)
16. Ticket To Ride
17. Top Of The World
18. Only Yesterday
19. Sing
20. Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (The Recognized Anthem Of World Contact)

___________________________________________________

The album (pictured above) contains a different "gold" cover as opposed to the other version relased in the UK with the black cover.

There are 2 editions available of the CD.  A CD-only and a CD-DVD combo that includes the ever-popular "Gold" DVD that was released earlier in 2002.

Thanks to BOB MCDONALD for giving me the information!
SOURCE:


 

4 March 2005 - Christmas Album in '05?
In a new "Fans Ask" the following question was asked: "Fans are also dying to know if Richard plans on releasing his Christmas album, the one that includes 'Together at Christmas' again."   Richard responded: "Yes, hopefully in 2005, but I am taking my sweet time to make certain that the album is something I will be very happy with at its conclusion. I do apologize for taking so long."   Hopefully this is true! 
 
Also the DVD-audio version of "Singles 1969-1981" is in the works.
 
SACD Information:
 

, this disc includes

SACD Stereo * SACD Surround Sound * CD Audio

Produced for SACD by Richard Carpenter

 

Surround Sound mix by Al Schmitt and Richard Carpenter at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA

Assisted by Steve Genewick and Bill Smith

Pro Tools Editing: Bill Smith at Sky's the Limit Studios, Studio City, CA

Mastering by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, CA

Digital Editing: Stewart Whitmore at Marcussen Mastering, Hollywood, CA

Stereo Fold-down Mixes: Richard Carpenter and Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Studios, Hollywood, CA

SACD Authoring: Lon Neumann

 

Art Direction: Vartan

Design for SACD Reissue: Artministry, Inc.

Production Manager: Shannon Steckloff

 

Front cover photo by and courtesy of Annie Leibovitz and Richard Carpenter archive.

Back cover photo courtesy of Richard Carpenter archive.

Inlay Cloud Photo by Fred Valentine for Silver Lining Untld.

 

Supervised for SACD by Paul Bishow and Michel Etchart

Project Director: Mike Ragogna

 
13 January 2005
 Good news!  The SACD has been released!  The disc was released on 11 January 2005 (however, the back of the disc says 2004).  They quality of the disc is simply beautiful!  I will put up a review later!
 
Where to get this CD?  I got mine at Borders Books and Music.  Try Amazon if you can't find it.
 
The track listing IS NOT the same.  I think they should have re-titled the CD.  Nevertheless it is a great addition to the Carpenters album line-up!
2005 SACD
1. Yesterday Once More
2. We've Only Just Begun
3. Superstar
4. Rainy Days And Mondays
5. Goodbye To Love
6. I Believe You
7. It's Going To Take Some Time
8. This Masquerade
9. Ticket To Ride
10. Top Of The World
11. Only Yesterday
12. Hurting Each Other
13. Please Mr. Postman
14. Blessed The Beasts And Children
15. Merry Christmas, Darling
16. Sing
17. I Won't Last A Day Without You
18. Touch Me When We're Dancing
19. For All We Know
20. (They Long To Be) Close To You
21. Calling Occupants Of Interplantery Craft
 
 
 
 
 
24 November 2004
 
It has been announced that the SINGLES 1969-1981 SACD is not scheduled for a release in Japan.  I imagine hat it will be released shortly after the US release. 
 
1 November 2004
Lots of news for today!  It's about time!
 
THIS IS YOUR LIFE premieres for the first time on an OFFICIAL DVD!
This Is Your Life: Karen and Richard Carpenter
Premiere:   Thursday February 18, 1971
Host:   Ralph Edwards
Network:   Syndication
Guests   Notes
Herb Alpert   Head of A&M Records - assists surprise, returns later via videotape
Burt Bacharach   Via videotape - songwriter, wrote their hit "Close to You"
Harold Carpenter   Father
Mrs. Harold Carpenter   Mother
Jack Daugherty   Took their demo tape to Herb Alpert
Bruce Gifford  

One of Karen's teachers at Downey High School; has musical group in which Richard used to play piano.

(INFORMATION TAKEN FROM the THIS IS YOUR LIFE website.()
 
 
NHK JAPANESE DOCUMENTARY
This documentary about Karen will air in Japan in November.  Those that helped with this include author of the "Yesterday Once More" book, Randy Schmidt; among others
 
THE CARPENTERS AT CHRISTMAS to be screened
The Carpenters 1977 "Carpenters at Chritmas" special will be aired 8 Dec - 12 Dec at the Museum of Radio & Television in Beverly Hills (CA). This will be the first official screening since it aired in 1977.
The special guest starred Kristie McNichol and Harvey Korman, and Burr Tillstrom's Kukla and Ollie.
This will help bring in the holiday spirit!
 
It is not said yet when a DVD or VHS will be released of any of the Carpenters specials.  However, Richard reported on his website that "it's likely, but not probable".  Maybe this will change his mind.  My guess is that if they can show this, there wouldn't be a royalties problem.
October 30, 2004
NO CHRISTMAS ALBUM FOR 2004
It's been nearly 2 years since it was reported that Richard was recording a Christmas album.  He reported earlier on his official website that he was waiting for the right time and just trying to get the album just right.
It seems as if this is a shelved project, but Richard doesn't shed much light on the subject.
 
Ever since the web site came online there was a "Fans Ask Page".  So far, the only request he has granted has been the re-re-re-re-re release of the GOLD projects. He stated that there will be no releases of the quad material, concerts, or TV specials.  So, we can count on the re-re-re-remastered classics!
September 2004
      The official website reports that the forthcoming SINGLES 1969-1981 Super-audio and DVD audio CD is scheduled to be released within the next year!  The CD will have original stereo mixes and include both new instrumentation and the originally recorded ones.
 For those of you who do not have this CD here is the information on the original release:
Originally released 23 May 2000.  It was the first Carpenters CD released in the 2000's.  Originally was supposed to include an insrtumental medley at the beginning.  The CD includes an unreleased "thank-you" to all the fans for all their years of support ("For All We Know - Reprise {from the London Bridge Special}")
Tracks include the following:
For All We Know - I Believe You - It's Going To Take Some Time - We've Only Just Begun - Those Good Old Dreams - Superstar - Rainy Days And Mondays  - Goodbye To Love - All You Get From Love Is A Love Song - Top Of The World - Only Yesterday - Ticket To Ride - Hurting Each Other - Yesterday Once More - Sing - Touch Me When We're Dancing - Please Mr. Postman - I Need To Be In Love - I Won't Last A Day Without You* - (They Long To Be) Close To You - For All We Know (Reprise).
* "I Won't Last A Day Without You" includes new piano solo at the end that leads right into Close To You.  It is very pretty.
 
    Richard Carpenter also reports a plan of releasing the GOLD: 35th Anniversary Edition and the GOLD DVD as a combo set.  This would be the 3rd combo set released with the DVD.  The first one was released with "The Milennium Collection" and the second one was released in Asia with the "Christmas Portrait: Special Edition" CD.
20 August 2004
Look for Carpenters GOLD (Soung + Vision) to be released 5 October 2004.  This time around it is rumoured to include the GOLD: 35th Anniversary Edition 2-CD set and the 2002 DVD (previously released on VHS as Yesterday Once More.
"Gold (Sound + Vision)" was originally released in Asia and included the CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT CD as the "sound" portion.  Source: Universal
 
NEW PORTION OF RICHARD ASKS!  I have yet to read it, but I noticed.
 
02 August 2004
  

Richard Carpenter
Saturday, October 2, 2004 at 8pm

Join us for a sparkling evening featuring a special musical appearance by Grammy award-winner, Richard Carpenter, the founding benefactor of the Carpenter Center. He has been an active supporter of our performances and education activities. We are honored to open our new season, and introduce our new look, along with Richard's music!

$45/38 for adults.
$40/34 for students, seniors, and those with CSULB ID, or for groups or more.

This should be a great concert.  If anyone is going, please let me know!  I'd love a review!


Bob Newhart & Richard Carpenter

Sponsors:

 

 

 
01 August 2004
       Tickets are not yet available for the October Richard Carpenter concert.  I am not sure why.  Keep checking Ticketmaster and Carpenterarts.org
 
      The official website reports that the forthcoming SINGLES 1969-1981 Super-audio and DVD audio CD is scheduled to be released within the next year!  The CD will have original stereo mixes and include both new instrumentation and the originally recorded ones.
 For those of you who do not have this CD here is the information on the original release:
Originally released 23 May 2000.  It was the first Carpenters CD released in the 2000's.  Originally was supposed to include an insrtumental medley at the beginning.  The CD includes an unreleased "thank-you" to all the fans for all their years of support ("For All We Know - Reprise {from the London Bridge Special}")
Tracks include the following:
For All We Know - I Believe You - It's Going To Take Some Time - We've Only Just Begun - Those Good Old Dreams - Superstar - Rainy Days And Mondays  - Goodbye To Love - All You Get From Love Is A Love Song - Top Of The World - Only Yesterday - Ticket To Ride - Hurting Each Other - Yesterday Once More - Sing - Touch Me When We're Dancing - Please Mr. Postman - I Need To Be In Love - I Won't Last A Day Without You* - (They Long To Be) Close To You - For All We Know (Reprise).
* "I Won't Last A Day Without You" includes new piano solo at the end that leads right into Close To You.  It is very pretty.
 
    Richard Carpenter also reports a plan of releasing the GOLD: 35th Anniversary Edition and the GOLD DVD as a combo set.  This would be the 3rd combo set released with the DVD.  The first one was released with "The Milennium Collection" and the second one was released in Asia with the "Christmas Portrait: Special Edition" CD.
 
30 July 2004
 
On the new Carpenters website Richard answers questions.  Most of them, however, include negative answers.  I asked 2 of them (quad and christmas stuff).  I was shocked to find out that Richard will NEVER release the "Make Your Own Kind of Music" special and WILL NEVER re-release the Quad mixes.  He said he never liked those mixes because they were on tour while they were done.
ALSO he tells us that he is still working on the SINGLES 1969-1981 CD re-release  (DVD audio, etc).  There is no release date at this time.
 
 
26 April 2004
Richard is finally going on the web!
Is now up! 
The site reports that Richard is currently at work on SACD (Super audio CD) and DVD-audio collection that consists of 21 songs.  This is being done at Capitol Studios.
Some good news!  Hopefully some of the Quad stuff will surface!
Other artists that have SACD's and DVD-audio CD's include artists from Barbra Streisand to Britney Spears.
 
14 April, 2004:  AS TIME GOES BY RELEASED IN THE USA!
"As Time Goes By" is FINALLY released in the USA!  Originally released in Japan in 2001 and the UK in 2003- the USA finally sees it!
Although many fans own this CD already - the US edition does differ some.
There are NOW 15 tracks - "And When He Smiles" gets its' own track.  There is still a huge gap between the songs, however.
The artwork has been altered some and Richard has a new note in it:
Think of this album as a one CD boxed set, as it contains quite a number of rarities and curiosities. As Time Goes By is definitely meant for the Carpentersphile. If this happens to be the first Carpenters album you have purchased--as will certainly be the case in several instances--I suggest you run right out and obtain The Singles 1969-1981 or Carpenters Gold, as either or both of these albums will familiarize you with what Karen and I normally recorded.
 
I am completely suprised to see this CD in the USA.  It's very nice.  Better late than never, but it sure wasn't made easy!
I hope that this CD fares well. 

 
 
4 April 2004:
Hell has finally frozen over - AS TIME GOES BY will be released to the USA on 13 April!  As far as I know - all tracks will be included!
11 Feb 2003
I have heard nothing but GREAT comments on the Gold CD!
 
I have re-vamped the tracklisting and have included any other information:
DISC 1:
1. Superstar (additional recording in 1985, remixed in 1991)
2. Rainy Days And Mondays (1985 remix)
3. Top Of The World (1991 remix)
4. Maybe It's You (additional recording and remixed in 1990)
5. Let Me Be The One (original)
6. Reason To Believe (1987 remix)
7. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) (1991 Remix)
8. Leave Yesterday Behind - (previously unreleased)  previously unreleased in the USA
9. Your Baby Doesn't Love You Anymore (original)
10. Bless The Beasts And Children (1991 remix)
11. It's Going To Take Some Time ( additional recording and remix in 1989)
12. The Rainbow Connection - (previously unreleased) previously unreleased in the USA
13. Only Yesterday (original)
14. Sweet, Sweet Smile (original)
15. There's A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World) (1985 excluding synthesizer parts )
16. California Dreamin' - (previously unreleased)  previously unreleased in the USA
17. Solitaire (original single mix) - previously unreleased on CD
18. We've Only Just Begun (1985 remix)
19. This Masquerade (1990 remix)
20. Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (1989 remix)

DISC 2:
1. Yesterday Once More (1985 remix)
2. Please Mr. Postman (1991 remix)
3. Hurting Each Other (1991 remix)
4. I Need To Be In Love (1990 remix)
5. Merry Christmas, Darling (1978 version)
6. (They Long To Be) Close To You (original single version)
7. All You Get From Love Is A Love Song (original)
8. Sing (1994 remix)
9. Make Believe It's Your First Time (original)
10. Ticket To Ride (1973 re-record)
11. Goodbye To Love ( additional recording/1991 remix)
12. I Just Fall In Love Again (original)
13. I Believe You (original)
14. Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again (original)
15. For All We Know ( additional recording/remix 1990)
16. Touch Me When We're Dancing (original)
17. I Won't Last A Day Without You (1991 remix)
18. Mr. Guder (1990 remix)
19. Song For You, A (additional  recording and remix in 1987)
20. Karen's Theme (original)
 
The liner notes are said to be very good!  I have yet to pick up my copy (I'm doing it in an hour - my local Wal-Mart actually has it! It's $19.99 - so if you live in the USA, take the Best Buy flyer in and have them change the price!)
 
In the notes it mentions "AS TIME GOES BY" as an album, I am assuming (you know what happens when we assume?) that they are hinting the USA release of "AS TIME GOES BY", but I'm not 100% sure.
 
REVIEWS:
Send ALL your reviews of "Gold" to
 
08 Feb 2004
Looking for a place to buy GOLD that has a good price?  Best Buy has an advertisement for the 2-CD set for $13.99!  This is the first Carpenters promotion of a CD in the USA since the "Love Songs" commercial!  I imagine we will not see any further promotion. I hope we do!
 
02 February 2004
"Solitaire - single version" on the GOLD release
Good news, folks!  The single version of Solitaire is going to be added to the 10 February release! This is the first time for this version to see a CD release.  This is identicle to the MONO versions that people have been talking about lately. Richard states in the liner notes ...It is most easily differentiated from the album
version by the entrance of the electric guitar 8 bars earlier, leading into
the first chorus, and the addition of a pipe organ in the second half of the
second chorus, the third chorus and the last two bars...
This is yet, another, way for A&M to reel you in to buying this collection.  Truely, this is the best Carpenters compilation since 1991's "From The Top"!
23 Jan 2004
Additional Gold - 35th Anniversary Edition Information:
Release Date: 2/10/2004
Original release year: 2004
Label: A&M Records
Stereo: Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Pieces in Set: 2
Catalog#: B000177702
Desc: Performer
 
 
January 2004:
AS TIME GOES BY - USA release?
I have just heard word of a possible USA release of AS TIME GOES BY for the USA and possibly Canada.  It is rumored to be released in April of 2004 to commemorate the 35th Anniversary.  A little late, I think - since most of us US fans that are die-hard fans, already own either a UK or Japan edition!  I do, however, encourage you to take part in it's release.
 
12 January 2004
"Gold - 35th Anniversary Edition" UPDATE:
The following is an update on the forthcoming "Gold" compilation. Following is an article from MusicRemedy.
TRACK LISTING:
1 Superstar
2 Rainy Days And Mondays
3 Top Of The World
4 Maybe It's You
5 Let Me Be The One
6 Reason To Believe
7 Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
8 Leave Yesterday Behind
9 Your Baby Doesn't Love You Anymore
10 Bless The Beasts And Children
11 It's Going To Take Some Time
12 The Rainbow Connection
13 Only Yesterday
14 Sweet, Sweet Smile
15 There's A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World)
16 California Dreamin'
17 Solitaire {SINGLE VERSION - NEW! }
18 We've Only Just Begun
19 This Masquerade
20 Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (The Recognized Anthem Of World Contact Day)

DISC 2
1 Yesterday Once More
2 Please Mr. Postman
3 Hurting Each Other
4 I Need To Be In Love
5 Merry Christmas Darling
6 (They Long To Be) Close To You
7 All You Get From Love Is A Love Song
8 Sing
9 Make Believe It's Your First Time
10 Ticket To Ride
11 Goodbye To Love
12 I Just Fall In Love Again
13 I Believe You
14 Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again
15 For All We Know
16 Touch Me When We're Dancing
17 I Won't Last A Day Without You
18 Mr. Guder
19 A Song For You
20 Karen's Theme
Italicised words are the "previously unreleased in the usa" tracks
As you can tell, this looks a lot like the past releases of "Yesterday Once More" (which has already been repackaged 2 times since the 1985 release. That includes the first edition, the retitled A&M Classics, vol 2, and the 1998 "Remastered Classics" edition.
Here are the differed songs:
Songs that are on "GOLD" but not on the 2nd edition of YOM
Maybe It's You
Let Me Be The One
Reason To Believe
Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
Leave Yesterday Behind
Your Baby Doesn't Love You Anymore
The Rainbow Connection
California Dreamin'
Solitaire
Merry Christmas Darling
I Believe You
Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again
Mr. Guder
A Song For You
Karen's Theme

The following has been taken off of the release:
Because We Are In Love (The Wedding Song)
(Want You) Back In My Life Again
Those Good Old Dreams
ARTICLE FROM Music Remedy:
 
In 1969, Karen and Richard Carpenter headlined their first album. Over the next dozen years, the brother-sister duo became the biggest-selling American-born artists of the era and one of the most beloved of all time.
The two-CD Carpenters Gold 35th Anniversary Edition (A&M/UTV Records), released February 10, 2004, celebrates their enduring popularity by collecting most of their singles (all 21 Top 40s), many of them in their later remixed versions; numerous popular album cuts, and a few rarities--40 songs in all, each digitally remastered. The package also includes a reminiscence by Richard, who produced the compilation, as well as his recollections about each recording.

Featured are three selections previously unreleased in the U.S.: the 1999 completions of Leave Yesterday Behind, a 1978 recording; their 1980 version of The Rainbow Connection that fans have clamored to be released for years, and California Dreamin, a 1967 recording starring a 17-year-old Karen.
Their debut single in 1969 was a ballad version of Ticket To Ride that showed some chart potential by reaching #54. Then came the gold: (They Long To Be) Close To You (#1), Weve Only Just Begun (#2), For All We Know (#3), Rainy Days And Mondays (#2), Superstar (#2), Hurting Each Other (#2), Sing (#3), Yesterday Once More (#2) Top Of The World (#1) and Please Mr. Postman (#1). All 10 gold singles are on Carpenters Gold 35th Anniversary Edition.

The other Top 40s are Only Yesterday (#4), Goodbye To Love (#7), I Wont Last A Day Without You (#11), Its Going To Take Some Time (#12), Theres A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World) (#12), Solitaire (#17), I Need To Be In Love (#25), All You Get From Love Is A Love Song (#35), Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (#32), and 1981s Touch Me When Were Dancing (#16), and what would become their final Top 40. The album also includes Merry Christmas Darling (#1, Christmas), as well as the Oscar-nominated Bless The Beasts And Children, Top 10 country Sweet, Sweet Smile, and other favorites.

On February 4, 1983, Karen passed away. The album concludes with Karens Theme, initially written by Richard for TVs The Karen Carpenter Story (1989), and featured in his 1997 A&M album Richard Carpenter-Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor.

Today, more than 20 years after their last recording, more than 20 years after Karens death, and now 35 years after Carpenters were first heard on record, Richard writes, One can only imagine the music that could have been made had Karen lived; I really feel that the best was yet to come. At least we have these recordings, and many others, as quite a legacy.

OLDER NEWS ARCHIVES FROM 2001-2003
"Top of The World" CD single is set for a 21 Nov release date in Japan!
1.Top of the World
2.Sing
3.Top of the World (Master Karaoke)
4.Sing (Master Karaoke)
 
and a 2-CD+DVD release called "Gold" is set for a UK release this winter! More information soon.
10 October:
The NEW Japanese (only) boxed set will be released to Japan 17 December for  ¥27,000 ($262 USD).
Here is the review from HMV:
 
 
September 14th, 2003:
Universal International (Japan) will issue the expanded edition of the '' on Dec. 17. The 13-disc box set retrospective will include the legendary duo's eleven studio albums as well as two Christmas albums, all housed in mini. LP sleeves.

Almost two decades since the tragic death of Caren {I think they mean Karen!} Carpenter, the
are still among the top of the world with her {Karen}  beautiful voice and her brother Richard's outstanding songwriting and arrangements . Their music is much loved, particularly in Japan, where the Universal International will release yet another collection of the duo, ''. The company will expand the 1998's '30th Anniversary Collectors Edition' to include the duo's two Christmas Albums, '' and ''.

Supervised by Richard Carpenter, the collection will include the
' thirteen albums, all housed in miniature LP sleeves, and special booklets. This must be a perfect Chritstmas gift for your loved one.

Albums included are:

'Offering (Ticket To Ride)' (1969)
'Close To You' (1970)
'Carpenters' (1971)
'A Song For You' (1972)
'Now & Then' (1973)
'Horizon' (1975)
'Kind Of Hush' (1976)
'Passage' (1977)
'Made In America' (1981)
'Voice Of The Heart' (1983)
'Lovelines' (1989)
'Christmas Portrait' (1978)
'Old Fashioned Christmas' (1984)
Available for a limited time - only!
 
New CD Single in Japan!
The Carpenters are at it again in Japan with a new CD single "Top Of The World" (how new, huh!) for the TV series "Beginner". The single will also include "Sing" as well as a NEW Karaoke version that Richard is currently in the studio working on!
Set to be released in Japan 27 Nov.
 
 
New CD Single in Japan!
The Carpenters are at it again in Japan with a new CD single "Top Of The World" (how new, huh!) for the TV series "Beginner". The single will also include "Sing" as well as a NEW Karaoke version that Richard is currently in the studio working on!
Set to be released in Japan 27 Nov.
 
New Box Set for Japan
In Japan in mid-December there will be a re-release of the BLACK Boxed Set (with all Carpenters albums). The price will probably be astronomical for non-Japan fans!
RICHARD'S CHRISTMAS PROJECT
There is rumour that Richard's new Christmas album is being postponed, or perhaps put on hold for another year. I inquired to Richard, but have yet for a response.
Here are the rumoured recorded songs:

Tracks Recorded Include:

Together At Christmas Again (Almost a companion piece to Classic Merry Christmas Darling)

All I Want is You - two versions completed.
Version 1 with Adult Lyrics / version 2 with Child Lyrics.

Things Change (Jazz / Blues infusions)

Christmas Turned Blue

December Morn

Christmas in America

Merry Christmas Darling (Instrumental version)

INTERPRETATIONS DVD
No info as of yet on the "Interpretations" DVD; I imagine we'll have to wait and see. I will post my reviews and all that good stuff as soon as I get it.
JULY 21st,2003:                                                                                                                                             
The "INTERPRETATIONS" DVD
The release available on DVD! (the "A 25th Anniversary Celebration" was removed). The DVD is remastered, includes menu and chapters. No new content. There is plan of an international release (the UK's including "Please Mr. Postman" and "Ticket To Ride", the same as their VHS)
 
 
 
The track listing & CD info is as follows:
Release Date: 7/29/2003 International: TBA
Original release year: 2003
Label: A&M Records
Stereo: Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Pieces in Set: 1
Catalog#: B000074502
1. Top Of The World
10. Those Good Old Dreams
2. Maybe It's You
11. Because We Are In Love
3. Crystal Lullaby
12. Only Yesterday
4. I Need To Be In Love
13. Eve
5. Sandy
14. At The End Of A Song
6. Mr. Guder
15. Goodbye To Love
7. All Of My Life
16. Look To Your Dreams
8. Yesterday Once More {single version}
17. Karen's Theme
9. One Love
18. Merry Christmas, Darling - (bonus track)
© Muze/MTS Inc
 
CARPENTERS: The Essential Collection BOXED SET In Stores Now! ; DVD/CD Combo Pack!
 
On October 22nd A&M Records / Universal Records released a new "redone" version of the previously released From The Top, released in 1991 along with The Millennium Collection, and Gold DVD. Also released that day was a "combo-pack" of the GOLD DVD and MILLENNIUM COLLECTION CD.
This boxed set to me is a hype for desperate Carpenters fans who want new material to go out and buy it. It is pretty well ripping fans off by selling all the songs from From The Top plus a few more tracks. Some of the NEW tracks have been released on As Time Goes By (previously unrelased in the USA) and on the compilations released after 1991 (such as Interpretations).
The track listing is as follows. Highlighted are the new tracks that were not released on the 1991 set! (*) are previously unreleased in the USA and (^) previously unreleased everywhere.
DISC 1:
1. Caravan
2. The Parting Of Our Ways
3. Looking For Love
4. I'll Be Yours
5. Iced Tea
6. You'll Love Me
7. All I Can Do
8. Don't Be Afraid
9. Invocation
10. Your Wonderful Parade
11. All Of My Life
12. Eve
13. Ticket To Ride (1973 version)
14. Get Together
15. Interview
16. Love Is Surrender
17. Maybe It's You
18. (They Long To Be) Close To You
19. Mr. Guder
20. We've Only Just Begun
21. Merry Christmas Darling  (Single Version)
22. For All We Know (from "Lovers And Other Strangers")
(note: it appears as if "Goodnite" has been ommitted)
DISC 2:
1. Rainy Days And Mondays
2. Superstar
3. Let Me Be The One (album/demo)
4. Bless The Beasts And Children (from "Bless The Beasts And Children")
5. Hurting Each Other
6. It's Going To Take Some Time
7. I Won't Last A Day Without You
8. A Song For You
9. Top Of The World
10. Goodbye To Love (demo / album)
11. This Masquerade
12. Sing
13. Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
14. Yesterday Once More
15. Oldies Medley: Fun, Fun, Fun / End Of The World, The / Da Doo Ron Ron / Deadman's Curve / Johnny Angel / Night Has A Thousand Eyes, The / Our Day Will Come / One Fine Day
16. Yesterday Once More (Reprise)
17. Radio Contest Outtakes
(note: Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town is excluded on this disc and put on the next)

DISC 3:
1. Morinaga Hi-Crown Chocolate Commercial (^)
2. Please Mr. Postman
3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
4. Only Yesterday
5. Solitaire
6. Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again
7. Good Friends Are For Keeps
8. Ordinary Fool
9. Sandy
10.
There's A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World)
11. I Need To Be In Love
12. From This Moment On (live at the Palladium)
13. Suntory Pop Jingle #1
14. Suntory Pop Jingle #2
15. All You Get From Love Is A Love Song
16. Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (The Recognized Anthem Of World Contact Day)
17. Sweet, Sweet Smile
18. Christ Is Born
19. White Christmas
20. Little Altar Boy
21. Ave Maria

DISC 4:
1. Where Do I Go From Here
2. Little Girl Blue
3. I Believe You
4. If I Had You
5. Karen/Ella Medley: This Masquerade / My Funny Valentine / I'll Be Seeing You / Someone To Watch Over Me / As Time Goes By / Don't Get Around Much Any More / I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart (*)
6. 1980 Medley: Sing / Knowing When To Leave / Make It Easy On Yourself / Someday / We've Only Just Begun
7. Make Believe It's Your First Time
8. Touch Me When We're Dancing
9. When It's Gone
10. Because We Are In Love (The Wedding Song)
11. Those Good Old Dreams
12. Now
13. Karen's Theme
 
List price is around $50 USD.
Doesn't appear that we'll see any new Carpenters material! Maybe the 35 th Anniversary, I doubt it!
Carpenters - The MIllennium Collection
The new anticipated Carpenters compilation!
 : 20th Century Masters Best Of  : The Millennium Collection! IN STORES NOW!! (9-24-02) in USA!
 
A new compilation is penciled in for a SEPTEMBER  24th Release date. This is the first Carpenters release on compact disc in the USA since "Singles 1969-1981"! The track listing is as follows...

Yesterday Once More
I Need To Be in Love
Please Mr. Postman
Bless The Beasts and Children
This Masquerade
I Just Fall In Love Again
I Believe You
Top of the World
Love Is Surrender
Maybe It's You
Only Yesterday
Goodbye To Love

These tracks are naturally remastered and this album is rumored to be produced by Richard who is currently working on a yet untitled Christmas album.
See photo of the CD. The photo has been used for the compiltion "A&M Classics Volume 2" (PREVIOUSLY RELEASED AS "YESTERDAY ONCE MORE") which is now OOP.
Finally a CD for the USA, but it is a compilation. Maybe someday we'll see NEW stuff!
Other artists under THE MILLENNIUM COLLECTION include Judy Garland, Dusty Springfield, Louis Armstrong, and more!
THE MILLENNIUM COLLECTION is under MCA Records.
DO NOT USE MY ARTICAL WITHOUT PERMISSION!
Import releases in USA FYE stores!
The releases "Carpenters" (with the different cover, inner sleeve of LP) and "Reflections" are very common now to find in USA FYE stores. While vacationing around the country I ran into several copies of these at the FYE stores. Nothing is too special abut these releases. I havn't yet included them in the Discography page due to lack of time but here is some info...
 
CARPENTERS (1971)
 
Released in Germany under the A&M/Karausell label. Features the same tracks but the tracks "Superstar", "Rainy Days and Mondays", and "For All We Know" are the original "Single" versions. (as released on "The Singles 1969-1973" album). Thsi also includes the photo used in the inner sleeve of the LP.
1. Rainy Days & Mondays
2. Saturday
3. Let Me Be The One
4. (A Place To) Hideaway
5. For All We Know
6. Superstar
7. Druscilla Penny
8. One Love
9. Bacharach/David Medley
10. Sometimes
 
REFLECTIONS (1996)
Imported from Australia. This includes the mellow tunes and not the huge hits. This has also been released under the title "Sweet,Sweet Smile". Tracks include:
1. I Need to Be in Love
2. I Just Fall in Love Again
3. Baby It's You
4. Can't Smile Without You
5. Beechwood 4-5789
6. Eve
7. All of My Life
8. Reason to Believe
9. Your Baby Doesn't Love You Anymore
10. Maybe It's You
11. Ticket to Ride
12. Sweet, Sweet Smile
13. Song for You
14. Because We Are in Love (The Wedding Song)
"Gold" DVD in USA and CANADA has come!
Finally for the USA and Canada we have a NEW Carpenters release on the way. The last release was Singles 1969-1981, in 1998. This release is titled Gold. However, this is a spin off of the VHS release Yesterday Once More, it is just titled differently but on the newer DVD format. The DVD quality es excellent! The only thing that differs from the Yesterday Once More VHS is that when the video says Yesterday Once More, they changed it to say Gold. The menu is beautiful but very simple. Bonuses would have been appreciated but we all expect too much! Here is the following information about this release:

Release Information:
Studio: Universal Music & VI
Theatrical Release Date: 1985
DVD Release Date: April 30, 2002 for USA
Run Time: 54 minutes
Production Company: Uni
Package Type: Keep Case

Aspect Ratio(s):

Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Discographic Information:
DVD Encoding: Region 1
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)

Edition Details:
Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only) now available in the UK as well!
 Color
Songs: We've Only Just Begun, Those Good Old Dreams, Superstar, Rainy Days and Mondays, All You Get from Love is a Love Song, Top of the World, Ticket to Ride, Only Yesterday, Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft, Beechwood 4-5789, Touch Me When We're Dancing, Hurting Each Other, Please Mr. Postman, There's a Kind of Hush (All Over the World), (They Long to Be) Close to You
Full-screen format
 ASIN: B000066727
This  release was released first in 1985 titled Yesterday Once More. PLEASE DO NOT use this information without my permission.
 
NEW CARPENTERS Boxed set for 2003 (2-22-02)
 
 
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