Carpenters – Offering original withdrawn U.S. LP

$495.00

Free U.S. shipping!  An original U.S. copy of Offering, the withdrawn first album by the Carpenters.

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Shortly after release, this album was withdrawn and reissued as Ticket to Ride, with a completely different cover.

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 disc is M- with a couple of very faint sleeve scuffs.  There are no spindle marks on the labels; the record may be unplayed.

A beautiful copy of a rare Carpenters album that is rarely found in this condition, as the cover is unusually prone to wear.  This is the only copy we’ve ever had for sale.

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   When their second album, Close to You, reached #2 on the U.S. charts, Offering was withdrawn and retitled Ticket to Ride.

Allmusic.com 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:
SP-4205
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Weight 11 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in