November 5, 1969, the very first single by Carpenters was released on
A&M Records. “Ticket to Ride” b/w “Your Wonderful
Parade” announced the fresh talents of Richard Carpenter, 23, and
Karen Carpenter, 19. The dramatically reinterpreted Beatles
song introduced radio to Karen’s richly intimate voice, and the
bitingly ironic flipside heralded the songwriting team of Richard
Carpenter and John Bettis – while both sides revealed
Richard’s prodigious gifts for arrangement and orchestration.
On Valentine’s Day, 1970, “Ticket to Ride” entered
the Billboard Hot
100 where, five weeks later, it peaked at a more-than-respectable No.
54. With their very next single, “(They Long to Be) Close to
You,” the Carpenters would reach No. 1 on the Billboard Pop
and Easy Listening charts, as well as topping Cash
Box and Record
In a career that spanned 1969 to 1983, Richard and Karen would notch
20 Billboard top
40 hits, including three #1s and five #2s, as well as fifteen Adult
Contemporary #1s. The brother and sister earned three Grammy
Awards, fifteen more nominations, and two song inductions into the
Grammy Hall of Fame. More than 100 million Carpenters records
have been sold. Now, the enduring music of Richard and Karen
Carpenter is being celebrated with a very special new 3-CD release in
conjunction with the public television return of the definitive
documentary devoted to the duo.
Carpenters – The Complete
for the very first time, the A- and B-side of every Carpenters single
released on A&M Records in the United States between 1969 and
1989 in their original single versions.
As longtime fans and collectors know, the Carpenters’ singles
frequently featured variations in mixes, length, vocals and
instrumentation from the familiar album versions and subsequent
remixes. These unique single versions have been highly
sought-after on CD, and some of the tracks have never previously been
released in the CD format at all.
Complete Singles collects
66 songs on three discs, from 1969’s “Ticket to Ride” through
1989’s cassette-single release of Karen’s solo “If I Had You.”
“Ticket to Ride” and “Your Wonderful Parade” are heard
in their original mono single mixes, while the remaining 64 tracks
are presented in their original stereo single mixes. I’m
thrilled to announce that I have written the new liner notes for the
16-page booklet included with The
The set has been beautifully designed by Bill Pitzonka and includes
rare and previously unpublished photos of the duo. Every
shimmering track on this first-of-its-kind anthology has been freshly
remastered at Universal Mastering. Jim Pierson and Richard
Carpenter himself have assembled and supervised the release.
The Complete Singles is being released as a Public Television exclusive in conjunction with the upcoming broadcasts of Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters as part of the acclaimed series My Music. The Complete Singles will not be for sale in stores or through online retail outlets and can only be purchased by making a contribution to Public Television stations when they begin airing Close to You: Remembering The Carpenters this December.