As Time Goes By (The Carpenters album)

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As Time Goes By
As Time Goes By (Carpenters album).jpg
Studio album by Carpenters
Released August 1, 2001 (Japan)
April 13, 2004 (international)
Recorded 1967–1980
Genre Adult contemporary
Length 63:07
Label A&M
Producer Richard Carpenter
Carpenters chronology
As Time Goes By
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Uncut 3/5 stars[2]

As Time Goes By is an album released containing songs by American pop duo 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.

As Richard Carpenter writes on the group's official website: "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"."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Without a Song" (with Acapella Intro) (Edward Eliscu, Billy Rose, Vincent Youmans) – 1:58
  2. "Superstar/Rainy Days and Mondays" (Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell/Paul Williams, Roger Nichols) – 3:10
  3. "Nowhere Man" (Lennon–McCartney) – 2:56
  4. "I Got Rhythm Medley" (George and Ira Gershwin) – 4:43
  5. "Dancing in the Street" (Ivy Hunter, Marvin Gaye, William Stevenson) – 2:01
  6. "Dizzy Fingers" (Edward Elzear "Zez" Confrey) – 3:34
  7. "You're Just in Love" (Irving Berlin) – 3:46
  8. "Karen/Ella Medley" – 6:00
  9. "Close Encounters/Star Wars Medley" (John Williams) – 6:01
  10. "Leave Yesterday Behind" (Fred Karlin) – 3:34
  11. "Carpenters/Como Medley" – 6:56
  12. "California Dreamin'" (John Phillips, Michelle Phillips) – 2:33
  13. "The Rainbow Connection" (Paul Williams, Kenneth Ascher) – 4:36
  14. "Hits Medley '76" – 8:13
  15. "And When He Smiles" (Bonus Track) (Al Anderson) – 3:06


  • "The Rainbow Connection"
CD single UICY-5006
  1. "The Rainbow Connection"
  2. "Leave Yesterday Behind"
  3. "Medley (Superstar/Rainy Days and Mondays)"
  • JP CD promo (2001) SIC-1039
  1. "The Rainbow Connection"
  2. "Leave Yesterday Behind"

Song information[edit]

  1. "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.
  2. 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.
  3. "Nowhere Man" was a demo recorded by Richard and Karen Carpenter in the home recording studio of bassist Joe Osborne.
  4. "I Got Rhythm Medley" was originally featured during the Carpenters' television special, Music, Music, Music.
  5. "Dancing in the Street" was featured on the Carpenters' third television special, Space Encounters that aired on ABC in the US in 1978.
  6. "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.
  7. "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.
  8. "Karen/Ella Medley"
  9. "Space Medley", comprising the themes from the motion pictures Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Wars, was originally featured on the Carpenters' television special, Space Encounters.
  10. "Leave Yesterday Behind" was originally recorded for (but never used) the motion picture of the same name in 1978.
  11. "Carpenters/Como Medley" was originally featured on Perry Como's television special in 1974. Due to copyright issues, Richard re-recorded some of Perry's leads for inclusion on this set.
  12. "California Dreamin'" is another demo that Karen and Richard recorded at Joe Osborne's home studio.
  13. "The Rainbow Connection" was first introduced by Kermit the Frog in The Muppet Movie. Karen and Richard recorded their version while on hiatus after the release of Christmas Portrait.
  14. "Hits Medley '76" was originally performed at many of the Carpenters' concert appearances. The version included on this set was taken from The Carpenters' Very First Television Special.
  15. "And When He Smiles" was originally recorded and released by The Wildweeds. Karen and Richard included it in their set for their BBC concert appearance that originally aired in 1971.


  1. ^ As Time Goes By - Carpenters. AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  2. ^ The Carpenters - As Time Goes By. Uncut. IPC Media. Retrieved November 27, 2013.