The Carpenters Offering album
Thee Ace Man
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This page is a discussion with pictures about certain variations of the
Carpenters Offering Album released in 1969.
Not included is the South African release as that is easy to identify
as it has a different call number of AMC 2154 for the original release
and a repressing in 1975 with the call number of AMLP 8001.
But there was also a cassette version (CS-4205) as well as an 8 Track
version (8T-4205) and a 4 Track version (4T-4205). The vinyl
album number was SP-4205. I
have yet to see one (until July 3, 2022), but apparently there was also
a reel to reel
version released as well (OR-4205). Thanks to Rick Cybul for
pointing out the 4 Track and reel to reel versions to me.
As far as numbers here, I think there were about 2800 originals
printed, 18000 (28000?) of the reissues and I have never seen numbers
for the Canadian nor the South African releases.
This page is about the copies (and differences) I have of the original
US pressing, the US reissue, the Canadian "Ticket To Ride" original and
the Canadian reissue version (and now the "Quality Records" and "A
& M Records of Canada" reissue versions as well).
Hopefully this should help people learn how to spot the differences
First, the US original version :
Front Album Cover
For the differences, on the original Karen and Richard's pictures are
fairly clear and there is a very light bluish color for the clouds up
top. In the Canadian version, there is also the light bluish
clouds, but the picture of Karen and Richard is a little
blurrier. For the US reissue, Karen and Richard's picture is
clear but it has the bleached white cloud color. My original
version has some slight wear on the cover.
The Inner Sleeve :
The inner sleeve is the same for both the US original and US
reissue. If it is a US issue or reissue and does not have this
inner sleeve, then the inner sleeve was replaced with a different inner
sleeve that did not originally come with the album.
The Back Cover :
The back cover is actually the same for three issues (US original, US
And a picture of all four covers together (in order, top to bottom) -
Canadian original ("Ticket To Ride")
It is difficult to get an accurate color photo from a cell phone.
If you can see, all four, the US original, the US reissue, the Canadian
original ("Ticket To Ride") and the Canadian reissue (top to bottom of
picture). It will
probably take a couple seconds to notice, but if you look at the
lettering on the album covers, the album cover in the middle and bottom
around the lettering whereas the other two are a light blue around the
As far as the album, itself, side 1 and side 2 here for the original :
It has a small font Offering on top and a larger font Carpenters on top
then the spindle hole, then the track listing.
Second, the US reissue :
Front Cover :
A little crooked, but the clouds on the front cover are almost a
bleached white color compared to the original cover. Yes,
compared to the original I have, my version of the reissue has a bit
more wear on the cover. The cover pictures between the original
and reissue are just about the same except for the light blue /
bleached white sky colors.
The back cover and inner sleeve are the same as the original on the
The album itself, side 1 and side 2 for the reissue :
Yes, part of the track listing appears above the spindle hole.
Note also, this is what is known as a "Monarch pressing" and has the MR
in a circle on the inner runout groove.
Now for the Canadian 'Ticket To Ride' original issue: This
appears to be a US export and Canadian import release.
My copy has the open shrink wrap still there - Front Cover :
The front cover is similar to the original cover but the picture of
Karen and Richard is a little blurry on my copy compared to my original
and reissue. Yes, that is my thumb by the phone (not near the
album cover). Oh, yeah, for newer people, Albums used to be price
marked with letters with A being the highest price and going down the
alphabet. So an A album might be for 19.99, then a B album might
be 16.99 and so on. The price sticker is only on the shrink wrap
and not on the cover. Yes, the cover is well preserved which is
why it is usually good if you can find a copy either unopened or with
the shrink wrap still on.
Here is my scan of the
Canadian original back cover :
Yup, same as the US original and US reissue.
Next the inner sleeve, front and back :
This is the Canadian inner sleeve. Black and white with a maple
Now for the album label itself (which is ahead of its time) side 1 and
side 2 :
Yes, the official album title change was made in 1970 but this 1969
release (inner sleeve) had Ticket To Ride as the album title on the
record itself. Not sure what the full story is there but
definitely an interesting find.
Aha, now the Canadian reissue:
The Canadian reissue on the front has the white or bleached cloud color
like on the US reissue. If you look closely to the left on the
top step you will see "Printed In Canada" on the top step. This
is the "Quality Records" Canadian reissue release.
And on the back:
Kind of the same, except, yup, made in Canada right there on the bottom.
As far as I have yet seen, all the inner sleeves appear to be
generic. Mine is a clear plastic generic sleeve, but most I have
seen appear to be just a plain white generic inner paper sleeve without
hole or such in the sleeve.
And now for the record labels themselves...
Aha again, manufactured in Canada on the bottom.
Yup, the manufacturing of the Canadian release went from a US produced
type product to being a Canadian produced type product. May be
several different varieties out there but it does appear whether US or
Canadian, the original front covers have the bluish sky while the
reissues appear to have a white bleached out sky front cover whether US
And now a note from an observation by Lynda GK from the Facebook -
Carpenters [Fans Club International] group. The above Canadian
reissue is the Quality Records version Canadian release and it has
'Printed In Canada" on the top step to the left on the front cover
(like above). There is also another Canadian reissue that has the
same cover as the US reissue (without the "Printed In Canada" on the
step on the cover) but the album has "MANUFACTURED AND DISTRIBUTED BY A
& M RECORDS OF CANADA LIMITED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED" instead of the
"Manufactured in Canada by Quality Records Limited" on the bottom of
the album label. The back cover of the "Quality Records" release
is pictured above while the "A & M Records of Canada" back cover
has "MANUFACTURED AND DISTRIBUTED BY A & M
RECORDS OF CANADA LTD" on the bottom of the back
cover. Both the A & M Records of
Canada and Quality Records releases appear to have blank / generic
inner sleeves (mine for the Quality Records was a clear plastic inner
sleeve). Note though, I have seen where apparently there was a
color printed inner sleeve for the Quality Records release that has
"Printed in the USA" on the bottom left corner of the inner
sleeve. I believe the A * M Canada Records release has a generic
inner sleeve. There does appear to be two different Canadian
types, the 'Quality Records' type and the 'A&M Records of Canada"
release. I believe both were released at the same time just in
different regions (but not positive on that). I have yet to
acquire an "A&M Records of Canada" release. To note also, the
A & M Records of Canada appears to be the less produced type as A
& M Records of Canada apparently started in February 1970 and only
produced a small amount of the "Offering" release before the title
switch to "Ticket To Ride" in 1970.
Still very interesting.