The cherished recording catalogue of one of the best-loved melodic pop acts in history will be celebrated with A&M/UMe's 17 November release of The Vinyl Collection, a new 12-LP vinyl box set by the Carpenters.
The set includes 12 albums on high-quality, 180-gram black vinyl, housed in a stylish slipcase and with the original packaging and related artwork painstakingly restored. The discs have been mastered for vinyl by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles. Each Carpenters album will also be released separately.
The collection features all of the duo's original studio albums with the exception of their two Christmas records. It also includes their famous and massively successful compilation The Singles 1969-1973, which went seven-times platinum in the US alone, as well as platinum in the UK and other countries.
The new collection affords a fresh opportunity to admire the unfailingly stylish harmony pop of siblings Richard and Karen Carpenter, who have career record sales estimated at 100 million copies. The three-time Grammy winners have two recordings in the Grammy Hall of Fame, '(They Long to Be) Close to You' and 'We’ve Only Just Begun.'
The US singles chart record of the Carpenters shows a tally of three pop No. 1s and five No. 2 hits among their 12 top ten singles. They also logged a remarkable 15 No. 1s on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, from 'Close To You' in 1970 to 1978's 'Touch Me When We're Dancing.'
Order the Carpenters' The Vinyl Collection here.
The albums in the box set are:
1. Ticket To Ride (1969)
2. Close To You (1970)
3. Carpenters (1971)
4. A Song For You (1972)
5. Now & Then (1973)
6. Horizon (1975)
7. A Kind Of Hush (1976)
8. Passage (1977)
9. Made In America (1981)
10. Voice Of The Heart (1983)
11. Lovelines (1989)
12. The Singles 1969-1973 (1973)