Carpenters – Offering original withdrawn 1969 U.S. LP shrink


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Free U.S. shipping!  An original U.S. copy of Offering, the first album by the Carpenters, which was withdrawn shortly after release.

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Offered for sale is an original U.S. copy of Offering by the Carpenters, with the cover still in the shrink wrap.

Shortly after release, this album was withdrawn and reissued with a different cover as Ticket to Ride.

About this copy: This copy of Offering is a 1969 U.S. pressing on the A&M label.

The cover is M- and still has the original shrink wrap.  The original A&M inner sleeve is M- with no splits.

The disc is VG++ with a couple of light sleeve scuffs.  There are no spindle marks on the labels; the record has likely been played only once or twice.  Clean disc!.

A beautiful copy of a rare Carpenters album that is rarely found in this condition, as the cover is unusually prone to wear.

Background: Released in 1969, Offering was the first album by Karen and Richard Carpenter, recording as Carpenters.

The album reached #150 on the U.S. album charts.   When their second album, Close to You, reached #2 on the U.S. charts, Offering was withdrawn from the market and reissued as Ticket to Ride. gave Ticket to Ride a 3 star review:

The Carpenters’ first long-player, cut in 1969 (and originally released as Offering) amid the breakdown of America’s postwar social contract, the Vietnam War’s soaring to a crescendo of bloodshed, the coming apart of the Beatles, and the final flowering (and wilting) of the youth rebellion of the prior four years. And in the middle of all of that, Karen and Richard Carpenter issued a finely crafted record that moved effortlessly between Spanky & Our Gang-style pop/rock (“Your Wonderful Parade”) and art-song. In some ways, Ticket to Ride is the Carpenters’ most interesting album, for it contains a range of interests and sounds that were modified or abandoned on subsequent albums.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: A&M
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Weight 11 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in