The Carpenters / The Vinyl Collection

Career spanning vinyl box set

A&M/UMe are to issue The Vinyl Collection next month a 12LP vinyl box set celebrating the recordings of the Carpenters.

All twelve albums – eleven studio long-players and the best selling compilation The Singles 1969 – 1973 – are pressed on 180g vinyl and reside within “lovingly restored original packaging” and have been mastered for vinyl by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios. There doesn’t appear to be any kind of book/let so it’s just the 12 records in an outer slipcase.

The Vinyl Collection will be issued on 17 November and the albums will also be available separately (see listings below). The box is incredible expensive in the UK and even with potential import duties, that US price of $165 / £125 looks quite attractive.


Albums in the box:

1 Ticket to Ride (1969)
2 Close to You (1970)
3 Carpenters (1971)
4 A Song for You (1972)
5 Now & Then (1973)
6 Horizon (1975)
7 A Kind of Hush (1976)
8 Passage (1977)
9 Made in America (1981)
10 Voice of the Heart (1983)
11 Lovelines (1989)
12 The Singles 1969 – 1973

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For anyone who wants to order this, it is currently $107.51 (£82.71) on Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Vinyl-Collection-12-LP/dp/B076BWQY9H/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1514731911&sr=1-1&keywords=carpenters+vinyl&pldnSite=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=superdeluxeed-20&linkId=aa2efa3ded8df2bd3972f35f79c45c07 – with shipping (£5.37) and import charges (£17.62) to the uk this comes in at a cool £105.70. Great value for 12 LP’s! Happy New Year

Mary. Malewicz

What About Their Christmas Collection


Better boxed sets are available. THE BEST OF THE CARPENTERS. A four LP set from Reader’s Digest covering the core years between 1969 and 1977

Randy Metro

From the A&M Carpenters Forum:

“” We have received word that UMe is aware of the problem with the Carpenters vinyl releases, both the box sets and the individual LPs, and has offered a solution. To receive a replacement, send a proof of purchase to UMGCustomerSupport@umusic.com. UMe prefers email, but those who prefer phone contact may call 1-800-288-5942 to speak to Customer Support.””

Randy Metro

Apparently quality control was asleep at the wheel – surprise! – on the Carpenters release and are already making arrangements for replacements. Both the box sets & individual album releases are affected.

Contact them: UMGCustomerSupport@umusic.com

[…] box set and individual album reissues on the way but in the meantime Music On Vinyl are releasing Collected, a new Carpenters compilation on 2LP […]

Disney Mike

This is a huge missed opportunity. Had they included the original artwork for “Offering” instead of the “Ticket to Ride” album cover, and then included the two Christmas albums, “As Time Goes By,” and the Karen Carpenter solo album, this would have been a phenomenal set. As it is, it’s just newly pressed vinyl of records that can be found very cheaply almost everywhere.

From what I’ve heard, they’ll be using the digital masters that were created for the 1998 “Remastered Classics” CDs, so it’s not even going to be an AAA set. While those masters are nice (and they use all the original mixes), they don’t sound as good as the original vinyl or even the original CD pressings from the 1980s.


IMHO they should have included Offering, instead of Ticket To Ride, as well both Christmas albums in their original packaging; a first time on vinyl pressing of Karen’s solo album – with it’s aborted 1980 artwork – along with the 2 Richard solo lps; As Time Goes By, AND the additional material found on the boxed sets [adding additional material found on compilations such as the Live Bacharach/David Medley from the Japanese “Anthology” album, the For All We Know (Reprise), etc., et. al., to make this totally worth it for the fan – a bonus recreation of the Karen Carpenter 1966 Magic Lamp 7″ single would also help this sell in leaps and bounds… Just sayin’ !!


I do like my surround SACD of Singles 1969-1981.

Mark Phillips

Unlike the second greatest hits compilation, the first was created by Richard Carpenter with special reworked versions of the tracks which segue into each other, so it is a unique listening experience.

Listen to it and see – it’s not a conventional “let’s just bung on the singles” greatest hits album.

That could be why it’s included in the collection.

Auntie Sabrina

They are availabke separatelyin the UK from store.udiscovermusic.com priced £18.99, £23.99, £27.99 and £32.99 plus £3.95 postage.too…


They will probably break these out individually at some point like all the rest of these box sets. But geez, what is up with that UK price?


It’s £130 with some UK sellers. That’s £100 too much for those who are happy with analogue originals. Yes, these are digital. As always, Amazon prices are way off.

Barry Caughtry

Can you please tell me the UK sellers that are selling this for £130? Much appreciated as there is no way I am paying the Amazon prices


I am interested in such a collection as I have only a handful of their albums, but the price is crazy for what they are offering, even individually. I’d rather have CD version at this point.


Am I missing something? 12 lps. And that’s it? Oh and a box. Not at all a p-take.


David Olstein, have you asked A&M?

Bob Stanley

They should probably have gone with Offering, the first pressing of Ticket To Ride with totally different artwork, which as far as I know has never been re-issued. I think 69-73 features unique re-records, so that possibly explains its inclusion.


I’m saving my money for the James Last, Last the whole night through. 6 x 180g vinyl boxset. Hopefully in coloured vinyl or even better, picture disc. It’s a dead cert surely?


Does anyone know if a CD version of this set could be coming as well?


I would love to know that, too. If it was done in “mini-LP” form reproducing all of the original album packaging, I would buy that in a heartbeat. The only reason I have held on to my original vinyl is because a lot of the original packaging was really cool: the “envelope” on the tan album, the wraparound tri-fold on “Now & Then,” the logoed inner lining on “A Kind of Hush,” etc.

Disney Mike

I doubt there will be a CD version of this, as there have already been several. The Japanese 30th and 35th Anniversary sets were both fantastic collections with all the CDs housed in mini-LP sleeves, and the 40th Anniversary set was the entire catalog of studio albums on SHM-CD, housed in individual hardbound books.

These were all very limited edition pressings, though, so obtaining one will set you back a whole lot of money, but the fact that they’ve been done already means that it’s unlikely we’ll see another set of that nature on CD.

We can hope that for the Carpenters’ 50th Anniversary in 2019 we’ll get some sort of truly comprehensive set containing ALL of their recordings. I’m not hopeful, but it’s always a possibility. Including the two live albums in the set, along with several discs of the miscellaneous non-ablum material and all three of their solo albums would make for the best set we could ever hope for.


Hope they reissue the CD set

David Olstein

Were the original mixes used? Were the LPs cut from analog master tapes or digital files? If they were cut from digital files, what’s the resolution of those files and what was the original source?

Seriously, if A&M can’t answer these questions, they shouldn’t even be selling this set.

elliott buckingham

great singles band and best album imo was now and then


weren’t the masters for all these lost in a fire?


To my knowledge, it was only the studio multi-tracks that were lost in the Universal fire. The stereo album masters were not held at that location and do still exist.

Stevie B

If you can’t trust mastering done by someone named McMaster then you can’t trust it from anyone!


Now that’s hilarious!

Paul E.

I never cared for McCompression’s mastering so I’ll give this guy a fair shake…

Chris Squires

Kevin McBrick-Wall (hyphenated when Kevin McBrick married Theresa Wall) weeps loudly in the corner as he wasn’t asked to be involved.


You’d have thought the revords would be housed in a wooden box at least.

Paul E.

@ Tim-me…a wooden box would serve well along with the included LPs masterfully cut tongue and groove so that legit super fans could properly tile their favorite listening room.


Please note, the two Christmas albums are not included.


Not only are the Christmas albums not included, neither is 2001’s “As Time Goes By,” which despite being outtakes WAS an album release, and a first ever LP pressing would have made this set unique.

Robert Laversuch

Got the CD box set all those years ago also pricey but of course the contents are sublime

Mark Carroll

Ohhh totally…


I’m curious if these are all analog or digital? All analog and I might consider the box set.


I know they’re popular, but offering nothing new, not even an attractive book will surely limit the appeal of this set? Makes my recent Black Sabbath and Dead or Alive vinyl box sets seem like absolute bargains.


From a fan’s perspective it’s also very annoying to include the first ‘singles’ compilation but not the second (74-78) – doesn’t make sense….


The second “Singles” album wasn’t released in the US, so that is probably why it was not included in this set. The same for their two live albums.


I agree, 74-78 should have been included too, in its’ original shiny gold sleeve. The first Carpenters album I was ever exposed to.

Chris Squires

I spotted this a week or so ago and my first thought was “wow, that’s expensive”.

Even funnier is if you take a look at the cost of the individual albums. ouch. The McCartney stuff suddenly looks reasonable.

With so much utterly fantastic stuff out there and a budget of sorts to stick to (of sorts) I don’t get the pricing structure of some of these things…..


Are you basing the cost of each individual album on the UK price? If you’re basing it on the U.S. price, this box set is pretty reasonable. $165 / 12 = $13.75 per album or roughly £10.45.


Or £1 each at all good charity shops. And I’m not being facetious.


Was thinking exactly the same thing!!!


me to ….and getting an original reasonably good condition vinyl that’s been around for over 30 years is much more covetable surely ?


Except for “Lovelines” (and maybe “Voice of the Heart”), very true.

Including the original “Offering” artwork instead of the revised “Ticket to Ride” version would have been a nice incentive for fans as the original is rare and can be quite expensive. I may have picked it up for that.

Michael Khalsa

I bought the japanese shm cd of ticket to ride. I was surprised to see it came not only the ticket to ride cover but also the offering cover as well. Love the record as well.