Ticket to Ride (album)

Ticket to Ride is the debut studio album by American music duo the Carpenters. At the time of its initial release in 1969, it was issued under the title Offering, with a completely different cover photo. It was a commercial failure and produced only one minor hit single, a ballad version of the Lennon-McCartney song "Ticket to Ride".

Ticket to Ride/Offering
Ticket To Ride (Carpenters album).jpg
Cover photo by Jim McCrary
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 9, 1969 (Offering)
November 10, 1970 (Ticket to Ride)
StudioA&M Studios (Los Angeles· Joe Osborn's garage studio (Los Angeles)
GenrePop, soft rock,
easy listening,
adult contemporary
ProducerJack Daugherty
The Carpenters chronology
Ticket to Ride/Offering
Close to You
Original cover
Offering original cover.jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[2]

After the Carpenters' subsequent breakthrough, however, the album was reissued internationally under the name Ticket to Ride and sold moderately. The CD in the "Remastered Classics" series went out of print in March 2007. However, in Japan, the "Pack Series" released the Ticket to Ride and Close to You CDs together.

The album is far more self-contained than other Carpenters albums; excluding the orchestrations, bass by Joe Osborn and occasional guitar from Gary Sims, most of the instruments were played by Karen and Richard Carpenter themselves - drums and keyboards respectively - and 10 of the 13 songs were written by Richard and his lyricist John Bettis. It also stands out from subsequent Carpenters albums in that the lead vocals are evenly split between the two band members; on later albums, Karen Carpenter would perform most of the lead vocals and this is one of two albums where Karen provided virtually all of the drumming, the other being Now & Then, released in 1973.

Track listingEdit

All lead vocals by Karen Carpenter except where noted; all tracks written by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis, except where noted.

Side one
1."Invocation" (lead vocals by K. and R. Carpenter) 1:04
2."Your Wonderful Parade" (lead vocals by R. Carpenter) 2:54
3."Someday" 5:19
4."Get Together" (lead vocals by R. Carpenter)Chet Powers2:37
5."All of My Life"R. Carpenter3:07
6."Turn Away" (lead vocals by R. Carpenter) 3:12
Side two
7."Ticket to Ride"Lennon–McCartney4:13
8."Don't Be Afraid"R. Carpenter2:07
9."What's the Use" (lead vocals by R. Carpenter) 2:43
10."All I Can Do" 1:41
11."Eve" 2:53
12."Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" (lead vocals by R. Carpenter)Neil Young4:21
13."Benediction" (lead vocals by K. and R. Carpenter) 0:41



Chart Peak
United States 150 (1971)
United Kingdom 20 (1972)
35 (1975)
Japan 88
Australia 19


"Ticket to Ride"Edit

  • JP 7" single (1969) [KING AM-18] / (1976) [KING AM-1001] / (1977) [KING AM-2061]
  1. "Ticket to Ride"
  2. "All I Can Do"
  • US 7" single (1969) [A&M 1142]
  1. "Ticket to Ride"
  2. "Your Wonderful Parade"


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 140. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  3. ^ Carpenters Fans Ask... Richard Answers, Official Carpenters website. Retrieved March 18, 2012.