As Time Goes By is an album released containing songs by American pop duo The Carpenters. It was initially released in Japan on August 1, 2001. An international release was originally to follow soon thereafter, but the release of the album generated copyright discrepancies among several publishers. These discrepancies were not resolved until late 2003, delaying the album's international date of release until April 13, 2004.
The tracks contained on this collection span the years 1967–1980, and are culled from a wide variety of media: demos, outtakes, live performances, as well as the Carpenters' television specials. The recordings encompass the majority of the Carpenters' recording career and are an eclectic mix, containing the likes of "Dizzy Fingers", "My Funny Valentine" and "Dancing in the Street".
"Without a Song" was featured as the opening performance for the Carpenters' television special, Music, Music, Music, that aired on ABC in the US in 1980.
The medley consisting of "Superstar" and "Rainy Days and Mondays", was originally featured on The Carpenters' Very First Television Special, which aired on ABC in the US in 1976.
"Nowhere Man" was a demo recorded by Richard and Karen Carpenter in the home recording studio of bassist Joe Osborne.
"I Got Rhythm Medley" was originally featured during the Carpenters' television special, Music, Music, Music.
"Dancing in the Street" was featured on the Carpenters' third television special, Space Encounters that aired on ABC in the US in 1978.
"Dizzy Fingers" was originally featured on the television special, Music, Music, Music. The sequence featured Richard on a variety of pianos, dashing from one to the other in order to enliven the segment.
"You're Just in Love" was originally featured as a duet between Karen and John Davidson on the Carpenters' television special, Music, Music, Music in 1980. However, Richard and Karen later invested their own money into re-recording several of the songs featured on Music, Music, Music for their own private collections. LPs were pressed for both Richard and Karen, and the album itself has never been released to the public.