Ticket to Ride (album)
Ticket to Ride is the first 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|
Cover photo by Jim McCrary
|Studio album by|
|Released||October 9, 1969 (Offering)|
November 10, 1970 (Ticket to Ride)
|Studio||A&M Studios (Los Angeles) · Joe Osborn's garage studio (Los Angeles)|
|The Carpenters chronology|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
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.
All lead vocals by Karen Carpenter except where noted; all tracks written by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis, except where noted.
|1.||"Invocation" (lead vocals by K. and R. Carpenter)||1:04|
|2.||"Your Wonderful Parade" (lead vocals by R. Carpenter)||2:54|
|4.||"Get Together" (lead vocals by R. Carpenter)||Chet Powers||2:37|
|5.||"All of My Life"||R. Carpenter||3:07|
|6.||"Turn Away" (lead vocals by R. Carpenter)||3:12|
|7.||"Ticket to Ride"||Lennon–McCartney||4:13|
|8.||"Don't Be Afraid"||R. Carpenter||2:07|
|9.||"What's the Use" (lead vocals by R. Carpenter)||2:43|
|10.||"All I Can Do"||1:41|
|12.||"Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" (lead vocals by R. Carpenter)||Neil Young||4:21|
|13.||"Benediction" (lead vocals by K. and R. Carpenter)||0:41|
- Richard Carpenter – lead and backing vocals, piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, harpsichord
- Karen Carpenter – lead and backing vocals, drums, bass on "All of My Life" and "Eve"
- Joe Osborn – bass
- Bob Messenger – bass
- Gary Sims – guitar on "All of My Life"
- Herb Alpert – shakers
- Producer: Jack Daugherty
- Engineer: Ray Gerhardt
- Art director: Tom Wilkes
- Photographer: Jim McCrary
|United States||150 (1971)|
|United Kingdom||20 (1972)|
"Ticket to Ride"Edit
- JP 7" single (1969) [KING AM-18] / (1976) [KING AM-1001] / (1977) [KING AM-2061]
- "Ticket to Ride"
- "All I Can Do"
- US 7" single (1969) [A&M 1142]
- "Ticket to Ride"
- "Your Wonderful Parade"