Lovelines is the posthumous thirteenth studio album by American music duo Carpenters, released in 1989. It is a compilation album, assembled by Richard Carpenter from unreleased Carpenters tracks along with selected solo tracks by his sister, Karen (from her then-unreleased solo album).[1]

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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 31, 1989
StudioA&R Recording, NYC, A&M Studios, Hollywood and Kendun Recorders, Burbank
ProducerPhil Ramone, Richard Carpenter
Carpenters chronology
An Old-Fashioned Christmas
As Time Goes By
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The Carpenters' songs were mainly from their television specials. "When I Fall in Love" was originally recorded in 1978 for their TV special, Space Encounters. However, they chose "Little Girl Blue" for that special instead, and later used "When I Fall in Love" in their Music, Music, Music! TV special in 1980. Other outtakes included "Kiss Me the Way You Did Last Night" and "The Uninvited Guest" from Made in America, the studio album released in 1981 and the last completed during Karen's lifetime.

Between 1989 and 2019, Lovelines was also the last Carpenters album to be issued in the vinyl LP format; in 2019 Carpenters with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was released on LP.

Track listingEdit

Side one
1."Lovelines"Rod Temperton4:28
2."Where Do I Go from Here?"Parker McGee4:24
3."The Uninvited Guest"
  • Buddy Kaye
  • Jeffrey M. Tweel
4."If We Try"Temperton3:42
5."When I Fall in Love"3:08
6."Kiss Me the Way You Did Last Night"
  • Margaret Dorn
  • Lynda Lee Lawley
Side two
7."Remember When Lovin' Took All Night"
  • John Farrar
  • Molly-Ann Leiken
8."You're the One"Steve Ferguson4:13
9."Honolulu City Lights"Keola Beamer3:19
10."Slow Dance"
  • Philip Margo
  • Mitchell Margo
11."If I Had You"
  • Steve Dorff
  • Gary Harju
  • Larry Herbstritt
12."Little Girl Blue"3:24


"Honolulu City Lights"

  • US 7" single (1986) A&M 8667
  1. "Honolulu City Lights"
  2. "I Just Fall in Love Again"

"Honolulu City Lights"

  • Japan CD single (1986) A&M 8667
  1. "Honolulu City Lights"
  2. "Slow Dance"

"If I Had You" (issued as a Karen Carpenter solo)

  • US Cassette single (1989) A&M TS 1471
  1. "If I Had You"
  2. "The Uninvited Guest"
  • US CD Single Promo (1989)
  1. ”If I Had You” (no B-side)
  • JP 7" promo (1989) SSP-75
  1. "If I Had You"
  2. "Lovelines"

"When I Fall in Love"

  • PH 7" single (1989) AM-90-133
  1. "When I Fall in Love"
  2. ??


Four selections from Carpenters: The 12 Compact Disc Collection

  • UK CD promo (1989) SAMP1989
  1. "You're the One"
  2. "(They Long to Be) Close to You"
  3. "Goodbye to Love"
  4. "Merry Christmas Darling"


  1. ^ The Rock Who's who - Page 92 Brock Helander - 1996 The posthumously released album Lovelines contained 10 unreleased songs, including 4 by Karen from a never-completed solo album.