The Carpenters discography

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The Carpenters discography

Richard and Karen Carpenter at The White House on August 1, 1972
Releases
Studio albums 14
Live albums 2
Compilation albums 11
Singles 46
B-sides 15
Video albums 3
Soundtracks 3
Tribute and cover albums 1

The discography of the American pop group The Carpenters consists of twelve studio albums, two Christmas albums, two live albums, forty-six singles, and numerous compilation albums. The duo was made up of siblings Karen (lead vocals and drums) and Richard Carpenter (keyboards and vocals).

The siblings started their musical career together in the latter half of the 1960s. In October 1969, a half year after they signed a contract with A&M Records, the Carpenters released their debut album Offering (its title was later changed to Ticket to Ride). Within a year, they rose to prominence with the chart-topping single "(They Long to Be) Close to You", a cover version of Bacharach/David composition.

The Carpenters garnered worldwide commercial success, scoring big hits mainly in the first half of the 1970s. RIAA-certified sales of their records (albums, singles and videos) have been estimated at around 34.6 million units.[1] In the United Kingdom, they are ranked at the seventh top-selling albums artist on the official record chart of the 1970s.[2] They have also been the third-best-selling international music act in the Japanese market, only behind Mariah Carey and The Beatles.[3][4][5] To date, they have reportedly sold more than 100 million copies of records worldwide.[6]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Throughout their career, the Carpenters released twelve original albums. Most recently they released As Time Goes By in 2001 in Japan, and 2004 internationally. This includes two Christmas albums released by the group.

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[7]
AUS
[8]
CAN
[9]
JP
[10]
UK
[11]
1969 Ticket to Ride (First released under the title Offering) 150 19 88 20
1970 Close to You
  • Released: August 19, 1970
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: LP, tape, cassette, CD, digital download
2 16 1 53 23
  • US: 2× Platinum[12]
1971 Carpenters
  • Released: May 14, 1971
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: LP, tape, cassette, CD, digital download
2 16 6 47 12
1972 A Song for You
  • Released: June 13, 1972
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: LP, tape, cassette, CD, digital download
4 6 5 5 13
  • US: 3× Platinum[12]
1973 Now & Then
  • Released: May 9, 1973
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: LP, tape, cassette, CD, digital download
2 3 2 1 2
1975 Horizon
  • Released: June 6, 1975
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: LP, tape, cassette, CD, digital download
13 21 4 1 1
1976 A Kind of Hush
  • Released: June 11, 1976
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: LP, tape, cassette, CD, digital download
33 57 22 5 3
1977 Passage
  • Released: September 23, 1977
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: LP, tape, cassette, 8-track CD, digital download
49 48 57 7 12
1978 Christmas Portrait
  • Released: October 13, 1978
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD, digital download
113 104
1981 Made in America
  • Released: June 16, 1981
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD, digital download
52 50 44 12
1983 Voice of the Heart
  • Released: October 18, 1983
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD, digital download
46 54 41 6
1985 An Old-Fashioned Christmas
  • Released: 1985
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD, digital download
190
1989 Lovelines
  • Released: October 31, 1989
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD, digital download
73
2001 As Time Goes By
  • Released: August 1, 2001
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
18
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Live albums[edit]

There are two live albums that the Carpenters have released officially, though neither of them were issued in their homeland.

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
JP
[10]
UK
[11]
1975 Live in Japan 8
1977 Live at the Palladium
  • Recorded: November 1976
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Released in the UK and Japan only
  • Formats: LP, cassette,[10] CD[17]
24 28

Solo albums[edit]

Year Title Notes
1987 Time
1996 Karen Carpenter
  • Released on October 8, 1996
  • Karen's first and only solo album, released posthumously
  • Produced from recording sessions with Phil Ramone in New York City in 1979–1980
  • Out of print in United States
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: Cassette, CD, digital download
1998 Pianist, Arranger
Composer, Conductor
  • Released on January 27, 1998
  • Richard's second and latest solo album
  • Includes instrumentals of popular songs of Carpenters
  • Dedicated to Richard's deceased mother, Agnes Carpenter[18]
  • Out of print
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: Cassette, CD, digital download

Compilations[edit]

Following materials are "greatest-hits" albums of the Carpenters released in the United States.

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[7]
JP
[10][19]
UK
[11]
1973 The Singles: 1969–1973 1 1
1985 Yesterday Once More
  • Released: April 1985
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: LP, cassette, CD, digital download
144 35 10
1995 Interpretations
  • Released: February 7, 1995
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: Cassette, CD, digital download
29
  • UK: Gold+Silver[13]
1997 Love Songs
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: Cassette, CD, digital download
106 47
1998 Reflections
  • Released: June 30, 1998
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: Cassette, CD, digital download[I]
2000 The Singles: 1969–1981
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: Cassette, CD, digital download
45 73
2003 Carpenters Perform Carpenter
  • Released: July 29, 2003
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: Cassette, CD, digital download
2004 Gold: 35th Anniversary Edition
  • Expanded version of the European compilation released in 2000
  • Released: February 10, 2004
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
101 79 4
2006 The Ultimate Collection
  • Released: November 26, 2006
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2009 40/40
  • Released: April 22, 2009
  • Label: A&M / Universal
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3 21

^ I CD only downloadable in the UK.
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Box sets[edit]

Year Album details
1991

From the Top

  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2002

The Essential Collection: 1965–1997

  • Label: A&M Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Limited releases[edit]

  • Golden Prize (Japan only)
    • Released: September 10, 1971
    • Label: A&M/King Records
    • Format: LP, cassette
    • Chart position(s): #3 (JP)

  • Golden Double Deluxe (Japan only)
    • Released: February 10, 1972
    • Label: A&M/King Records
    • Format: LP
    • Chart position(s): #10 (JP)

  • GEM I (Japan only)
    • Released: October 10, 1972
    • Label: A&M/King Records
    • Format: LP
    • Chart position(s): #13 (JP)

  • MAX 20 (Japan only)
    • Released: March 10, 1973
    • Label: A&M/King Records
    • Format: LP
    • Chart position(s): #26 (JP)

  • GEM II (Japan only)
    • Released: October 25, 1973
    • Label: A&M/King Records
    • Format(s): LP
    • Chart position(s): #3 (JP)

  • Golden Prize Volume II (Japan only)
    • Released: April 10, 1974
    • Label: A&M/King Records
    • Format(s): LP, cassette
    • Chart position(s): #1 (JP)

  • Big Star (Japan only)
    • Released: June 1, 1974
    • Label: A&M/King Records
    • Format(s): Cassette
    • Chart position(s): #20 (JP)

  • Special Series (Japan only)
    • Released: November 1, 1976
    • Format(s): Cassette
    • Label: A&M/King Records
    • Chart position(s): #36 (JP)

  • Ketteiban (The Definitive) (Japan only)
    • Released: June 21, 1982
    • Format(s): Cassette
    • Label: A&M/Alfa Records
    • Chart position(s): #61 (JP)


  • Only Yesterday (a.k.a. Their Greatest Hits)
    • Released: March 1990
    • Label: A&M Records
    • Format(s): LP, cassette, CD, digital download
    • Chart position(s): #1 (UK), #8 (NO), #9 (AU), #25 (JP), #25 (NZ)
    • Certification(s): 5× Platinum (UK),[22] Platinum (JP)

  • Seishun no Kagayaki: The Best of (22 Hits of the Carpenters) (Japan only)
    • Released: November 10, 1995
    • Label: A&M / Polydor Japan
    • Format(s): CD, MD, cassette
    • Chart position(s): #3 (JP)
    • Certification(s): 12× Platinum (JP)

  • Yesterday Once More: De Nederlandse Singles Collectie (Netherlands only)
    • Released: 2001
    • Label: A&M / Universal
    • Format(s): CD
    • Chart position(s): #22 (NL)[23]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position B-Side Certifications Album
US Bill
[24]
US AC
[25]
AUS
[8]
CAN
[26]
GER
[27]
IRE
[28]
JAP
[10]
NED
[29]
NZ
[30]
UK
[31]
1966 "Looking for Love" (Karen Carpenter) "I'll Be Yours" From the Top - The Essential Collection
1969 "Ticket To Ride" 54 19 "Your Wonderful Parade" Offering
1970 "(They Long to Be) Close to You" 1 1 1 1 6 71 30 6 "I Kept on Loving You" Close to You
"We've Only Just Begun" 2 1 6 1 71 28 "All of My Life"
"Merry Christmas, Darling" 50 45 "Mr. Guder" Christmas Portrait
1971 "For All We Know" 3 1 10 7 18 "Don't Be Afraid" Carpenters
"Rainy Days and Mondays" 2 1 35 3 72 "Saturday"
"Superstar" 2 1 35 3 7 19 18 "Bless the Beasts and Children"
"Bless the Beasts and Children" 67 26 85 B-side of "Superstar" A Song for You
1972 "Hurting Each Other" 2 1 4 2 56 "Maybe It's You"
"It's Going to Take Some Time" 12 2 24 13 48 "Flat Baroque"
"Goodbye to Love" 7 2 25 4 12 55 9 "Crystal Lullaby"
1973 "Sing" 3 1 24 4 18 "Druscilla Penny" Now & Then
"Yesterday Once More" 2 1 9 1 21 8 5 5 2 "Road Ode"
"Top of the World" 1 2 1 1 38 3 21 12 5 "Heather" A Song for You
1974 "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" 95 50 12 28 3 12 "Mr. Gurder" Now & Then
"I Won't Last a Day Without You" 11 1 63 7 40 32 "One Love" A Song for You
"Please Mr. Postman" 1 1 1 1 10 2 11 29 4 2 "This Masquerade" Horizon
1975 "Only Yesterday" 4 1 16 2 43 5 12 10 7 "Happy"
"Solitaire" 17 1 61 12 44 6 32 "Love Me for What I Am"
"Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" 37 "Merry Christmas, Darling" An Old Fashioned Christmas
1976 "There's a Kind of Hush" 12 1 33 11 7 27 5 22 "(I'm Caught Between) Goodbye and I Love You" A Kind of Hush
"I Need to Be in Love" 25 1 47 31 14 62 36 "Sandy"
"Goofus" 56 4 82 "Boat to Sail"
"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" 71 "I Have You"
1977 "All You Get from Love Is a Love Song" 35 4 89 38 68 "I Have You" Passage
"Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (The Recognized Anthem of World Contact Day)" 32 18 13 9 1 19 9 "Can't Smile Without You"
1978 "Sweet, Sweet Smile" 44 7 100 33 22 59 22 40 "I Have You"
"I Believe You" 68 9 81 "B'wana, She No Home" Made in America
1981 "Touch Me When We're Dancing" 16 1 78 22 "Because We Are in Love (The Wedding Song)"
"(Want You) Back in My Life Again" 72 14 "Somebody's Been Lyin'"
"Those Good Old Dreams" 63 21 "When It's Gone (It's Just Gone)"
1982 "Beechwood 4-5789" 74 18 10 "Two Sides"
1983 "Make Believe It's Your First Time" 7 80 20 60 "Look to Your Dreams" Voice of the Heart
1984 "Your Baby Doesn't Love You Anymore" 12 "Sailing on the Tide"
"Now" "Look to Your Dreams"
"Little Altar Boy" "Do You Hear What I Hear?" An Old Fashioned Christmas
1986 "Honolulu City Lights" "I Just Fall in Love Again" Lovelines
1987 "Something in Your Eyes"
(Richard Carpenter feat. Dusty Springfield)
12 "Time" Time
1989 "If I Had You"(Karen Carpenter) 18 "The Uninvited Guest" Lovelines
1990 "Merry Christmas, Darling" (Re-issue) 18 25 "(They Long to Be) Close to You" Christmas Portrait
1993 "Rainy Days and Mondays" (Re-issue) 63 "Goodbye To Love" From the Top
1994 "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again" 44 "Sing" Interpretations
1995 "I Need to Be in Love" (Japan Re-issue) 5 "Top of the World" 22 Hits of the Carpenters
1996 "Ave Maria" "Merry Christmas, Darling" Christmas Portrait
1998 "Karen's Theme" (Richard Carpenter) "No B-Side" Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor
2001 "The Rainbow Connection" 47 "Leave Yesterday Behind" & "Medley" As Time Goes By
2003 "Top of the World" (Japan Re-issue) 83 "Top of the World" & "Sing" (karaoke) Gold

Notes[edit]

  • "Top of the World" charted four times in Japan, at #21 in 1972 and again in 1973 (to coincide with the song's U.S. success), when it peaked at #52. In 1995 it was the B-side of the reissue of "I Need to Be in Love", and subsequently it charted a fourth time (as an A-side) at #83.
  • "Sweet, Sweet Smile" peaked at #8 on Billboard '​s Country singles chart.
  • "Superstar" and "For All We Know" were released as a double A-side in the UK.
  • "I Won't Last a Day Without You" was originally released as an A-side in the UK in 1972 with "Goodbye to Love" as the B-side. However, the sides were switched shortly after the record's release. The former was later released as an A-side in the UK in 1974 to coincide with its first U.S. release as an A-side.
  • "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" reached #1 in the Republic of Ireland, becoming the duo's biggest hit there.
  • The UK re-issue of "Merry Christmas, Darling" in 1990 features the second recorded version of the song from their 1978 Christmas Portrait album as opposed to the original 1970 version.

Videos[edit]

Title Notes RIAA certifications[1]
Gold: Greatest Hits
  • Released originally in 1985 under the name Yesterday Once More
  • Repackaged in 2002 under the name Gold: Greatest Hits
  • Carpenters' first video compilation
  • Label: A&M Video
  • Formats: Betamax, video cassette, laserdisc, DVD
Gold
Interpretations
  • Released on May 9, 1995
  • Carpenters' second video compilation
  • Label: A&M Video
  • Formats: Video cassette, laserdisc, DVD
Close to You:
Remembering the Carpenters
  • Released on March 1, 1998
  • Carpenters' first DVD documentary
  • Label: MPI Home Video
  • Formats: Video cassette, laserdisc, DVD
Gold
"—" denotes DVDs that are not certified by RIAA.

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Song Notes Album
1971 "Bless the Beasts and Children"
  • Original performers of the song in the summer of 1971.
Bless the Beasts and Children (soundtrack version)
A Song for You (album version)

References[edit]

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