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"Carpenters: An Illustrated Discography": New Book by Randy Schmidt

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by paul.ashurst, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. close2u

    close2u Randy Schmidt

    Unfortunately, there most likely will not be an audiobook. This is a 192-page coffee table book and is heavily illustrated. The text includes conversations on each album by teams of commentators, so I don't think it would work well as an audiobook.

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  2. Rumbahbah

    Rumbahbah Well-Known Member

    This looks like a great project. The John Tobler discopgraphy guide from the 1990s was a nice idea but only gave a cursory overview of their songs (plus I found a lot of Tobler's opinions to be very subjective), so an expansion of that theme, plus the use of a lot of rare photos and input from various viewpoints, should be a winner.

    Randy did a great job on the articles compendium book and the Karen biography, so I'd expect this to be done to a very high standard. Love the choice of image for the front cover too - one of their best-ever photos (no goody-fourshoes grins or horrible outfits) and the sort of picture that should have been used on more of their studio album covers.
  3. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Honolulu City Lights

    Randy, how can we get a signed copy?
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  4. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    Randy, can you tell us what the 18 albums are?
  5. Kaisu

    Kaisu Member

    The book is available for pre-order now. I'm still on the edge of ordering it, only because I don't want to pay 37 dollars for shipping!
  6. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Honolulu City Lights

    Yup, there's a separate face book page for the book now on pre-order, lots of choices....awesome!!!
  7. paul.ashurst

    paul.ashurst New Member Thread Starter

    The book is only available for pre-order and won't be released or shipped until May, you might find it cheaper to order it off Amazon when it becomes available after the official release date. Of course, the only way to get signed copies and extras is through the pre-order or going to the Carpenters 50th event in April.
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  8. close2u

    close2u Randy Schmidt

    I am going to check into that. Since the book is around two pounds, I know it's expensive to ship internationally, but I am not sure if it should be THAT expensive. The site is linked to the USPS site, though, and is set up to charge actual postage plus a small amount to cover the packaging costs.
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  9. close2u

    close2u Randy Schmidt

    Hi Mark! Great question . . .

    NOW & THEN
    THE SINGLES 1969-1973
    Richard Carpenter: TIME
    Karen Carpenter: KAREN CARPENTER
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    close2u Randy Schmidt

  11. Sue

    Sue Active Member

    I’d love to get a signed copy but are they only available in US? Looks to be a great book
  12. newvillefan

    newvillefan I Know My First Name Is Stephen

    Loving the inclusion of these albums, which rarely, if ever, get a mention in compendiums like this.
  13. John Adam

    John Adam Well-Known Member

    Really looking forward to this release! Does look like a great year for the Carpenters 50th anniversary! :)
  14. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Randy!
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  15. close2u

    close2u Randy Schmidt

    It ships worldwide from the pre-order site (US and UK are free shipping, the rest of the world is standard International postage). Plus it will be available on Amazon US, UK, Canada, and so on.
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  16. Sue

    Sue Active Member


    Thankyou that’s great
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  17. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Honolulu City Lights

    Thanks Randy...I just pre-ordered the limited edition signed version, can't wait.
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  18. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    I don't know whether this has been brought up, if I am missing it, forgive me. My question to Randy; will you be signing copies of the book at the actual book launch during the event in April? and also, will you have any of your other books available for purchase at this event? Namely "Little Girl Blue"? I would like to buy a signed copy of that.
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  19. ullalume

    ullalume Well-Known Member

    Congratulations on this new project, Randy. You must be delighted. Tell me, will this be a critical review of albums from outside parties, or will we get some behind the scenes studio anecdotes, recording dates, production details etc.?
  20. close2u

    close2u Randy Schmidt

    The pre-ordered "Special Editions" will be signed and numbered in gold (in advance) and include a frameable 8x10. But yes, I will gladly sign copies of the book at the event in April, too. And I will have copies of Little Girl Blue and Yesterday Once More on hand, too.
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  21. close2u

    close2u Randy Schmidt

    Thank you! I am absolutely delighted. It's really beautifully designed and hopefully a diehard fan's dream. To answer your question, this will be a critical review of the albums. I enlisted a group of 30+ commentators to discuss the albums in one-hour conference calls which were then transcribed and edited/finessed into the discussions in the book. Hope that makes sense!
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  22. ullalume

    ullalume Well-Known Member

    Thanks Randy. Can't wait. When I see just 1 previously unseen photo I get the flutters so I'll probably pass out upon receipt of your book!!!
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  23. Tony

    Tony Active Member

    I've wondered why such a book didn't exist, so I'm delighted to see Randy taking on this project and bringing it to fruition. I'm as excited about this as I was about the RPO album. Congrats Randy!
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  24. Song4uman

    Song4uman Well-Known Member

    Mine is ordered!!! It said order #71. ....so I made it into the numbered books??

    Can’t wait, Randy @close2u
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  25. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Honolulu City Lights

    Mine was #40 something a couple days ago so if it’s in the 70’s now than the limited edition #’s are going to sell out pretty quickly. I wanted the 8x10 frameable print as well.
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