• Two exciting new Carpenters releases are now available. The new book Carpenters: The Musical Legacy can be ordered here. A big thanks to the authors and Richard Carpenter for their tremendous effort in compiling this book! Also, the new solo piano album Richard Carpenter's Piano Songbook is available for ordering here.

New Release - If I was asked to create


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In case Universal or Richard would ever call to ask me to put together a new album….I thought I should be prepared. J I don’t usually go so detailed on stuff anymore. Used to, but haven’t for a while and decided it would be fun to think about.

The album would be released as streaming, download, CD and double vinyl.

The vinyl would be pressed by one of the following, since Universal seems to not press vinyl well.


Music on Vinyl

Craft Recordings

I’ve purchased records pressed by each of these and they are GREAT!! More on the vinyl colors later…

The album would be gatefold with glossy paper with the logo in black ink. The cover photo would be the one with Karen in an orange dress seated in a white chair with Richard standing behind. The back cover would be the “Reminiscing” cover in yellow and white. Inside the jacket there would be four photos taking up the entire space.

1. From the same shoot as the Lovelines cover. It is in Randy’s book Illustrated Discography pg 115, also in Mike and Chris’ book, pg. 204

2. Rolling Stone cover

3. Photoshoot of Karen’s solo album with red jacket and big hair. Not the over the shoulder one, but straight on.

4. another from Randy’s book, Chapter 18, page 167

The inside dust jackets would have lyrics, info and more pictures, a nice lightweight card stock

The vinyl would come in various colors, depending on where purchased and would all be 180 gm, AND would be perfect!!!!

Amazon – black

Carpenters site – Orange Marbled

Barnes and Noble – Split vinyl orange/yellow

Target – one translucent orange one translucent yellow

Target would have an exclusive. New pressing inside of Close to You 7” orange vinyl and the cover would be one of the photos I have seen with Karen wearing a pink headband.

Richard would use the same program that brought Karen’s voice forward in the RPO albums – so any place I say vocals cleaned up, etc. that is what it means

Album 1

Without a Song – just Karen and Richard the intro part

Bless the Beasts and the Children – soundtrack version

Alternate take of Close to You

MMM Medley

I Won’t Last a Day – Karen’s cleaned up vocal and Richard playing new piano accompaniment

Karen/Ella Medley

Tryin’ to Get the Feeling- vocal cleaned up

Medley from Make Your Own… vocal cleaned with new piano by Richard and new segues

Rode Ode – vocals cleaned

Can’t Smile without you – b-side 74-78 version

Album 2

I Can’t Make Music – cleaned up vocal with new accompaniment of Richard playing piano

New piano medley by Richard of NON Carpenters songs- his own spin

And When He Smiles – cleaned up vocal

Make Believe It’s Your First Time – solo version

Something’s Missing – unreleased solo

Last One Singing The Blues- cleaned up vocal

A Song for You – cleaned up vocal

When Time Was all we Had – Richard from Time

Please Mr. Postman – Karen’s vocal with new accompaniment by Pentatonix

This Masquerade – Karen’s clean up vocal – new accompaniment with Take 6

Sweet, Sweet Smile – Karen’s vocal with new accompaniment by a blue grass band – I don’t know names

Karen’s Theme



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Ok, here's my idea:

Title of the album:

Carpenters: Prime Time Love

Format to be released: Vinyl, HDCD, DualDisc, Digital

Artwork: Front cover will be a print of a new oil painting, commissioned for this release that features the likeness of Karen and Richard somewhere, but paints a scene from the song "Prime Time Love". The inside gatefold of the Vinyl and under the CD/DVD tray will have the yellow/white photo from Reminiscing, with the titles on each side (kind of like the 1985 Yesterday Once More LP). The back cover will feature the Phoenix shirt picture from the 1984 Yesterday Once More record.

One note about the DualDisc is that it will offer all the tracks remixed into DTS 5.1 on the DVD side; the CD side will have non-HDCD PCM versions. The stand-alone CD will be encoded in the 24-bit HDCD format.

So with that set aside, lets get to Disc 1

CD/DualDisc 1
Vinyl Side 1

Prime Time Love
You're Baby Doesn't Love You Anymore
Don't Try To Win Me Back
Leave Yesterday Behind
(Want You) Back In My Life Again
Remember When Loving Took All Night
The Rainbow Connection

Vinyl Side 2

Say Yeah!
My Body Keeps Changing My Mind (1991 Remix)
Who Do You Love?
Beechwood 4-5789
I've Got Rhythm
You're Just In Love

CD/Dual Disc 2
Vinyl Side 3

Dancing In The Street
I Kept On Loving You
Touch Me When We're Dancing
Slow Dance
Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again
Baby It's You (RPO version)

Vinyl Side 4

Making Love In The Afternoon (record new backing track to make it an upbeat dance track without the disco elements)
Jimmy Mack (use Karen's vocal track, record new backing instruments)
Kiss Me The Way You Did Last Night
You're Enough
Sailing On The Tide
All You Get From Love Is A Love Song
California Dreamin'

CD/DualDisc 3

Vinyl Side 5

Sweet, Sweet Smile
I Won't Last A Day Without You (re-record the backing track, and give it a more punchy feeling)
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (re-record the piano into stereo)
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Can't Smile Without You (74-78 version)

Vinyl Side 6

There's A Kind of Hush (All Over The World) (remix it, so that it's got more of a dance beat to it, maybe re-record the drums to give it the bigger punch)
Fun, Fun, Fun
Heather (re-record Richard's piano in stereo to get rid of the "dated" sound)
Book of Love
Johnny B. Good
Johnny Angel (studio version)
Daddy's Home
Little Honda
I'm Still Not Over You

David A

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Really enjoy reading these, appreciate the thought and effort put into this - though I suspect it was a "labor of love" as they say :).

I agree with many of the choices and options, including packaging ideas.

Randy M

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In one of these threads ages ago, I said I was working on a Christmas CD of Karen/Richard without all the music in between, as separate tracks. Finally!!! I finished it after mulling it over for years and years. Got the songs in running order, volume equalized, and ready to burn to CDR. I always walk away for a few days when I've been focused on one project. Tonight I gave it a full all-the-way-through listen. It sounds great! More than great. I was/am quite proud of myself...... and then song #10, I'll Be Home For Christmas (song #9 is Merry Christmas Darling), began playing. My ears pricked up when I heard some clicks and other small artifacts which sound a lot like vinyl clicks? I'm scuttling about manually de-clicking or replacing it with a backup version. It's happening, and it will be home (my home) for Christmas.

Rick-An Ordinary Fool

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They did the same thing on Time Life Christmas with the Carpenters. It’s just all Karen one song after the next with no separate tracks. I really like this set except for track MCD which should not have been tampered with.

Wow Christmas is right around the corner. 🎄


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I took a different tack. I took the German Christmas Portrait and separated out the tracks so that when they come up in a random shuffling, the song has a more proper start and end. It required a few fade-outs and fade ins, but it works. When the German CD was mastered, the track index was "approximate" at best.


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My idea is a Carpenters album of stripped down versions of songs they have recorded. This is the opposite to the RPO album. It would be using the original multitracks and/or (preferably) new arrangements by Richard using piano, acoustic guitar, small string ensemble, perhaps some wind instruments, and light percussion. This would work SO fantastically well because of Karen and Richard's talent and because of the songs.

Suggested Songs (in no particular order):
The Uninvited Guest
We've Only Just Begun
(I'm Caught Between) Goodbye and I Love You
Goodbye To Love
Make Believe it's Your First Time (Karen's solo LP version)
I Need to Be in Love
Sweet, Sweet Smile
Touch Me When We're Dancing
Two Sides
Reason to Believe
Those Good Old Dreams
When it's Gone (It's Just Gone)
Ticket to Ride
Tryin' To Get The Feeling
I Can't Make Music
Top Of The World
Where Do I Go From Here
You're The One
Reworking a Bacharach/David Medley using songs from the live versions
Medley: Johnny Angel/End of The Word (arranged into a medley)
Medley: Da Doo Ron Ron/One Fine Day (I wish Karen had recorded the full lyrics for "One Fine Day')
Last One Singing The Blues

I think this is a very worthwhile project that would be received very favorably and would bring new fans to Karen and Richard. Plus, it could be done by Richard without leaving his area of residence.
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Last One Singing The Blues I’m kind of surprised that Richard hasn’t issued a remix or just finished it in the last 30 years since it was put on the solo album. I know he doesn’t like the solo tracks as much, but out of the whole collection, it’s the one track that is in the worst legally released state.


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Last One Singing The Blues I’m kind of surprised that Richard hasn’t issued a remix or just finished it in the last 30 years since it was put on the solo album. I know he doesn’t like the solo tracks as much, but out of the whole collection, it’s the one track that is in the worst legally released state.
I'm a HUGE fan of this song- even in its unfinished state.
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