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Week #16: Album Cover Art, Part II: “The Later Years”

Favorite Album Cover, Part II:

  • "YESTERDAY ONCE MORE" (UNITED KINGDOM/U.S.)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • "A&M CLASSICS, VOLUME 2" (U.S.)

    Votes: 3 12.5%
  • "TREASURES" (JAPAN)

    Votes: 1 4.2%
  • "REMINISCING" (CANADA)

    Votes: 1 4.2%
  • "ANTHOLOGY" (JAPAN)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • "ANTHOLOGY" (JAPAN) [1997 RE-RELEASE]

    Votes: 7 29.2%
  • "TREASURES" (UNITED KINGDOM)

    Votes: 1 4.2%
  • "STARTRAX" (AUSTRALIA)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • "YESTERDAY ONCE MORE-MASTER KARAOKE" (JAPAN)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • "CHRISTMAS WITH THE CARPENTERS" (TIME-LIFE MUSIC)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • "INTERPRETATIONS" (UNITED KINGDOM/U.S.)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • "REFLECTIONS" (GERMANY/AUSTRALIA)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • "TWENTY-TWO HITS OF THE CARPENTERS" (HONG KONG)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • "THEIR GREATEST HITS AND FINEST PERFORMANCES" (READER'S DIGEST)

    Votes: 1 4.2%
  • "LOVE SONGS" (U.S.)

    Votes: 2 8.3%
  • "YESTERDAY ONCE MORE" (REMASTERED)

    Votes: 1 4.2%
  • "BY REQUEST" (JAPAN)

    Votes: 3 12.5%
  • "THE SINGLES, 1969-1981" (WORLDWIDE COVER)

    Votes: 1 4.2%
  • "THE SINGLES, 1969-1981" (U.S. COVER)

    Votes: 1 4.2%
  • "THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION, 1965-1997" (U.S.)

    Votes: 1 4.2%
  • "CARPENTERS PERFORM CARPENTER" (U.S.)

    Votes: 1 4.2%

  • Total voters
    24
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raz42289

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I'm the first to vote, so I will go with the Anthology 1997 re-release. Karen is at a perfect weight and looks gorgeous.
 

Chris May

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I too will have to go with the '97 re-release of "Anthology". What a great photo.

Secondly, I would pick the U.S. release of "The Singles, 1969-1981", followed by "By Request". -Chris
 

jfiedler17

Active Member
I, too, have to go with the "Anthology" re-release; it's just a great photo. Second and third choices would be "By Request" and the worldwide "Singles 1969-1981", respectively.

Jeff F.
 

Rick-An Ordinary Fool

Well-Known Member
Well so far I'm in the minority. I voted for the Singles US Version. 69-81. I really love this photo, I think it was part of the shoot from the Rolling Stones Cover? I want that Rolling Stones issue so bad, maybe one day I can add that to my collection. Karen is having so much fun here & we get to see both Richard & Karen in a more relaxed setting, just being themselves. Yes Karen had a sense of humor as we all know, she just loved laughing.

It also makes them 2 separate people, Karen looking one way being her funny self & Richard looking the other. So many times, photos try to make them look like there couples. I like this relaxed setting more like a brother & sister would act.

For beauty, I think Karen looks awesome on the Time Life Christmas pic. So glad I got that one before it went OOP.
 

cam89

Active Member
Hi All,
I chose REMINSCING as I am from Canada, and remember in Fall of 1988, when they began to show video commercial footage of them on Television to promote the album. I always thought Karen looked beautiful in that gorgeous yellow-orange outfit. Her hair looked nice. Richard looked good too. For me, at least, they looked very contemporary looking. And I had just been a fan for about 5 months at this time, so I was a bit impressionable. I also would chose as my Second Favorite album cover of CHRISTMAS WITH THE CARPENTERS. Karen looks stunning. They make such a nice looking couple.

My thoughts,
Cameron
 

Harry

Charter A&M Corner Member
Staff member
Moderator
Once again I'm sure to be in the minority, but again I have to pick the simple white-and-silver graphics on LOVE SONGS. This is such an elegant-looking presentation. No wonder it sold so well.

The package of songs itself is just so-so, but the classy cover really stands out. I guess you CAN'T judge a book by its cover!

Harry
...who prefers the simpler things, online...
 

Murray

Well-Known Member
My choice is for "Their Greatest Hits and Finest Performances" (Reader's Digest). Karen looks so pretty in this picture, and I also like the graphic layout, with the large gold logo against a blue background.

A close second is the "Anthology" re-issue, followed by "A&M Classics". They both feature wonderful photos of the duo.

Murray
 

ThaFunkyFakeTation

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Chris May said:
I too will have to go with the '97 re-release of "Anthology". What a great photo.

Secondly, I would pick the U.S. release of "The Singles, 1969-1981", followed by "By Request". -Chris
Add me to the "agreement" pile. Great photo and not one I've seen five million times...LOL!

Ed
 

Jeff

Well-Known Member
The BY REQUEST cover is my fave here. When I joined CarpenterS Fan Club in '71 or so this is the 8x10 B&W photo that came signed with membership. To my eye this photo is a classic. When I think Close To You or anything pre-'71's CarpenterS album and subsequent new logo this is the image that surfaces. It shows the vibrant new artists fresh and hopeful. Compare this to the A&M Classics cover and you will see a profound distinction in Karen's eyes.

BTW, I obtained my Rolling Stone issue several years ago from a guy who archives and sells publications like this. I don't remember exactly but I think I paid something like $25. I will dig thru some things and unearth the contact info. The dudes outfit is called C-BUB Publications. More specifics later. The article in this issue is quite interesting and candid. There is some speak of over-the-top fans and in a general way Karen alludes to their annoyance. I read this years after our meeting and stand guilty and convicted of same. Ooops.

Jeff
 

enigma

New Member
This was a close one but I also chose by request I liked Karens "look" during this period and this photo just reminds me of when I first became a Carpenters fan. I also think it is a good looking photo. :D
 

Dave

Well-Known Member
That's a very good (and delicate) shot of Karen gracing the cover of Anthology [Japan, 1997 Re-Release]! And Richard looks very candid, himself!

Too bad that cover couldn't be used for anything released in the U.S. Or even in any of the liner photos or back-cover shots... (Or maybe I haven't looked!) :oneeye:


Dave
 

aaflyer98

Well-Known Member
I voted for "A&M CLASSICS" cover. I just love this picture of Karen & Richard...which was from the "later years". I also love the "Anthology" picture, which is from the Horizon photo shoot, but my vote is for the Classics!
 

Dave

Well-Known Member
From what I've seen, a lot of Japanese compilations get a lot of the good cover shots.

Yesterday Once More is loaded with a lot of inner-sleeve photos that the Classics, Volume 2 didn't get.

And the photo on the back of Love Songs is the real clincher.


Dave
 

PJ

Member
Great selection of covers , artwork & photographs from worldwide releases:cool:

Debated over several favs -Japanese Anthology , Japanese Treasures, Singles 1969-1981 (1981 cover photo ) , Classics etc :)

Finally decided on a fav UK release cover :

UK Treasures (1991) ....love this photo / colours ...one of the best late period Karen & Richard pictures ....this A&M photo has been used with promo materials and for several features -always looks wonderful :cool:

Peter
 
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