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High Resolution Carpenters Album Covers

Cuyler

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Hi everybody,

I hope that someone may have some information. A while back (maybe 3-4 years ago), I visited Amazon Japan and found what looked like really great source files (i.e. not scans of CD covers or even scans of vinyl covers), but the full-size images were 500 x 500 pixels. I did a reverse image search and found some of them on Universal Music Japan (also 500 x 500 pixels). I am hoping to reach out to ask--does anyone have high-resolution covers (not scans of CD or vinyl album jackets)?


Here are the images, in case you are interested in downloading them for your iTunes (or any other digital music) library.

AFAIK, the album covers that Apple/iTunes has are scans of a CD booklet. I can tell because of the blur needed to descreen/despeckle the dots on the CD covers.

Any help to find higher resolution (1500 x 1500 or higher) source images of the Carpenters' album covers would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you,
Cuyler
 

Cuyler

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Not sure just what you're looking for, but our friend/member Ed has a site with fairly high resolution album covers and he's got all of the Carpenters albums up on that site. I believe they are 1200x1200.

Hi @Harry, thank you so much for sharing this link! These images are very similar to the ones I pulled from Amazon Japan, which to me means that Ed did a really good job at scanning and had really good source jackets. Also really nice to see all of the generic A&M single sleeves and paper record sleeves as well.

I'm looking for something like this, but ideally from "the vault" of the record company (probably Universal Music now). One example to point to is the "Carpenters" album cover; the one I pulled from Amazon has a very uniform color (something that just isn't realistic with LP scans because of the way the paper pulp has aged in the past 50 years).

The image from iTunes (below) is very obviously a scan of a CD cover... just wondering if we'll ever see "digital originals" (as close to the source as possible) for these album covers.

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Harry

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I doubt that anything like that is available free on the web. In fact, we've heard of cases where the record companies don't even know where the original artwork is.
 

newvillefan

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I doubt that anything like that is available free on the web. In fact, we've heard of cases where the record companies don't even know where the original artwork is.

They did a superb job of the MFSL release of A Song For You, which included all the drawings and lyrics from the original release. I’m assuming they must still have all the final proofs for that one somewhere.
 

Harry

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Well, remember, A&M was sold to PolyGram, who sold it to Universal, who had a fire in 2008 where who knows what burned up.

We know from our @Steve Sidoruk , that Herb Alpert has needed his help in getting his old album artwork for his re-releases. That certainly doesn't sound encouraging to me.
 

Cuyler

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Well, remember, A&M was sold to PolyGram, who sold it to Universal, who had a fire in 2008 where who knows what burned up.

We know from our @Steve Sidoruk , that Herb Alpert has needed his help in getting his old album artwork for his re-releases. That certainly doesn't sound encouraging to me.
This continues to disturb and upset me... it would be such a tragedy if any Carpenters materials were permanently damaged or destroyed...
 

ThaFunkyFakeTation

Ah am so steel een luv weeth yoo
Not sure just what you're looking for, but our friend/member Ed has a site with fairly high resolution album covers and he's got all of the Carpenters albums up on that site. I believe they are 1200x1200.


Aww, thanks, Harry. I did what I could with what I had. The only one I really worked on was "Ticket to Ride" as my copy is just trashed. I'll also confess that parts of "A Song for You" and "Passage" are from the mini-CDs but they're identical to the LPs in every conceivable way (thank you, Universal Japan). Even the finish on them is exactly the same.

As Harry stated, it is beyond common for record labels to lose cover art parts and just use high res scans of old LPs in order to re-release them. I remember Weird Al had this issue as well with his "Al in the Box" set. He can never reissue it as it was because Scotti Bros. lost all the parts to the cover art.

Could be worse though. I clearly love cover art but I'd always rather have the music. In some cases, you can't even get that the way you think you're getting it. Virtually any reissue of ABC Records material isn't from the source. Other than Steely Dan and a few others, all the two-channel masters and multis were literally disposed of when MCA bought them.

Ed
 

David A

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How were the album covers created for

The Carpenters 'The Vinyl Collection'​

in 2017? Just hi-rez scans of old covers, or CD covers?
 

tomswift2002

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Hi @Harry, thank you so much for sharing this link! These images are very similar to the ones I pulled from Amazon Japan, which to me means that Ed did a really good job at scanning and had really good source jackets. Also really nice to see all of the generic A&M single sleeves and paper record sleeves as well.

I'm looking for something like this, but ideally from "the vault" of the record company (probably Universal Music now). One example to point to is the "Carpenters" album cover; the one I pulled from Amazon has a very uniform color (something that just isn't realistic with LP scans because of the way the paper pulp has aged in the past 50 years).

The image from iTunes (below) is very obviously a scan of a CD cover... just wondering if we'll ever see "digital originals" (as close to the source as possible) for these album covers.

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I’ve always wondered if that artwork was just remade in the 1980’s for the CD release, since the original LP was done up as an envelope, and I would prefer to see that envelope look on the CD’s, whereas the 80’s and 90’s CD’s and digital just look like a quick recreation.
 

Cuyler

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I’ve always wondered if that artwork was just remade in the 1980’s for the CD release, since the original LP was done up as an envelope, and I would prefer to see that envelope look on the CD’s, whereas the 80’s and 90’s CD’s and digital just look like a quick recreation.
Agreed! And the "official" artwork from iTunes is clearly a scan of the CD release as opposed to a digital recreation of even the CD release... you can see some of those printed dot artifacts in the logo and in the background...

*sigh* in any case, I would love to some day see proper digital recreations of Carpenters albums as they were presented in the 1970s, whether that be on the LP cover or even on the reel-to-reel box. Something that's not just a quick scan of a CD insert...
 

Harry

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The 30th and 35th anniversary box sets from Japan used some VERY authentic packaging for the album covers, and even the CD faces themselves matched up pretty well with the old LP labels. Here are a few pictures I took when the 35th set was new.
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Cuyler

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The 30th and 35th anniversary box sets from Japan used some VERY authentic packaging for the album covers, and even the CD faces themselves matched up pretty well with the old LP labels. Here are a few pictures I took when the 35th set was new.
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Yes! This is exactly what I'm talking about! This looks wonderful! I hope one day, Universal uses these images as the official album covers on YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, etc. These look much, much better than what is currently out there from "official" sources! Thanks for sharing, @Harry!
 

ThaFunkyFakeTation

Ah am so steel een luv weeth yoo
The 30th and 35th anniversary box sets from Japan used some VERY authentic packaging for the album covers, and even the CD faces themselves matched up pretty well with the old LP labels. Here are a few pictures I took when the 35th set was new.
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Agreed. The only difference is the copyright info and release numbers. Otherwise, dead on. I have the "Now and Then" set myself. They really put care into these from a packaging perspective.

Ed
 

GDB2LV

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The 40th box, shm edition, has the best overall sound. There are small scans of the covers for each individual disc. A full size thin cover that holds the actual disc is inside the back cover. Each has a booklet with a small note about the album from Richard. Also pictures, and lyrics. Mostly in Japanese. The cover scans are very poor quality though.The 35th much better to look at.
 

GDB2LV

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Sorry, I posted to soon. The 40th box also has Offering instead of Ticket To Ride as Disc1.
They do make TTR in a Shm format, but it won’t match the style of the set.
 
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