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Releases of "Offering"

Billy Rees

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Thread Starter
Just found out this...

As we all know Offering was released in 1969 and then re-issued as Ticket To Ride when Close To You was a hit. Although, it seems that after Close To You was a hit in South Africa, it was released in 1971 under it's original title. It was then re-issued in 1975 (Cat No: AMLP 8001) again as Offering.

But, I think I've discovered a way how to tell if you have the original pressing or a re-issue!

The original label says OFFERING in small font and CARPENTERS underneath in a larger size...

The Monarch Records version says CARPENTERS on top and OFFERING underneath it in the same size... (And has MR in a circle stamped on the rim around the label)

The last version swaps back to OFFERING on top and CARPENTERS underneath it in same size letters...

Both of those versions have "RE-1" scratched on the rim around the label, so I assume that means Re-Issue 1

So, therefore, I think the first pressing is the one with OFFERING on the label in small lettering!

I don't know if this is 100% correct, but I know a man who does... Chris May, over to you! :phones:
 

Chris May

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Just found out this...

As we all know Offering was released in 1969 and then re-issued as Ticket To Ride when Close To You was a hit. Although, it seems that after Close To You was a hit in South Africa, it was released in 1971 under it's original title. It was then re-issued in 1975 (Cat No: AMLP 8001) again as Offering.

But, I think I've discovered a way how to tell if you have the original pressing or a re-issue!

The original label says OFFERING in small font and CARPENTERS underneath in a larger size...

The Monarch Records version says CARPENTERS on top and OFFERING underneath it in the same size... (And has MR in a circle stamped on the rim around the label)

The last version swaps back to OFFERING on top and CARPENTERS underneath it in same size letters...

Both of those versions have "RE-1" scratched on the rim around the label, so I assume that means Re-Issue 1

So, therefore, I think the first pressing is the one with OFFERING on the label in small lettering!

I don't know if this is 100% correct, but I know a man who does... Chris May, over to you! :phones:
Yessir!
 

Harry

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I still feel blessed to have an original pressing that was bought back in the day when there WAS ONLY an original pressing. It was my "play" copy for a few years until I finally bought a TICKET TO RIDE as an update.
 

GDB2LV

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Very interesting, and a little bittersweet I guess. I have many copies including a promo version. All have Offering and Carpenters the same size font. They all have RE-1 on the inner rim. No date on any of them either.
 

KateKarpenter

New Member
I am urgently looking for 'Someday' in piano music score form, (P.V.G) ..this is from "offering' /"Ticket to Ride'...and I have joined this forum in the hope that someone could supply it for me!! I need it to play for a special occasion/celebration that I have been asked to play for...at Christmas...any chance someone has the piano album with it in, or a sheet copy for me?? i would be SOOOO grateful....I have trawled through the internet and come up with nothing....Thank you so much. (willing to pay whatever, of course!)
 
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