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As Time Goes By
Studio album by The Carpenters
Released August 1, 2001 Japan
April 13, 2004 International
Recorded 1967–1980
Genre Pop
Label A&M
The Carpenters chronology
As Time Goes By

The Carpenters album, "As Time Goes By," was initially released to Japan on August 1, 2001. An international release was originally to follow soon thereafter, but the release of the album generated copyright discrepancies among several publishers. These discrepancies were not resolved until late 2003, delaying the albums international date of release until April 13, 2004.

The tracks contained on this collection span the years 1967-1980, and are culled from a wide variety of media: demos, outtakes, live performances, as well as The Carpenters' television specials. The recordings encompass the majority of the Carpenters' recording career and are an eclectic mix, containing the likes of "Dizzy Fingers", "My Funny Valentine" and "Dancing in the Street".


Track listing

1. Without A Song [Edward Eliscu; Billy Rose; Vincent Youmans] - (2:56)
2. Medley - (3:10)
a. Superstar [Bonnie Bramlett; Leon Russel]
b. Rainy Days And Mondays [Paul Williams; Roger Nichols]

3. Nowhere Man [John Lennon; Paul McCartney] - (2:56)
4. Can You Feel It Medley - (9:12)
a. Can You Feel the Love Tonight [Elton John; Tim Rice]
b. Can You Feel It [Jackie Jackson; Michael Jackson]
c. S' Wonderful [George Gershwin; Ira Gershwin]
d. Rhapsody In Blue [George Gershwin; Ira Gershwin]
e. Fascinating Rhythm [George Gershwin; Ira Gershwin]

5. Dancing In The Street [Ivy Hunter; Marvin Gaye; William "Mickey" Stevenson] - (2:01)
6. Dizzy Fingers [Zez Confrey] - (2:29)
7. You're Just In Love [Irving Berlin] - (3:56)
8. Karen/Ella Medley - (6:01)
a. This Masquerade [Leon Russell]
b. My Funny Valentine [Richard Rodgers]
c. I'll Be Seeing You [Irving Kahal; Sammy Fain]
d. Someone To Watch Over Me [George Gershwin; Ira Gershwin]
e. As Time Goes By [Herman Hupfield]
f. Don't Get Around Much Anymore [Edward Ellington; Bob Russell]
g. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart [Irving Mills, Henry Nemo, John Redmond, and Duke Ellington]

9. Close Encounters/Star Wars Medley - (6:01)
a. Close Encounters Theme [John Williams]
b. Star Wars Theme [John Williams]

10. Leave Yesterday Behind [Fred Karlin] - (3:34)
11. Carpenters/Como Medley - (6:56)
a. Yesterday Once More [John Bettis; Richard Carpenter]
b. Magic Moments [Burt Bacharach; Hal David]
c. Sing [Joe Raposo]
d. Catch a Falling Star [Lee Pockriss; Paul Vance]
e. Close To You [Burt Bacharach; Hal David]
f. It's Impossible [Armando Manzanero/Canche Manzanero/Sid Wayne]
g. We've Only Just Begun [Paul Williams; Roger Nichols]
h. And I Love You So [Don McLean]
i. Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes [Slim Willet]
j. 'Til The End Of Time [Buddy Kaye; Ted Mossman]
k. No Other Love [Richard Rodgers; Oscar Hammerstein II]

12. California Dreamin' [John Phillips; Michelle Phillips] - (2:33)
13. The Rainbow Connection [Paul Williams; Kenny Archer] - (4:37)
14. Hits Medley '76 - (8:13)
a. Sing [Joe Raposo]
b. Close To You [Burt Bacharach; Hal David]
c. For All We Know [Fred Karlin; James Griffin; Robb Wilson]
d. Ticket To Ride [John Lennon; Paul McCartney]
e. Only Yesterday [John Bettis; Richard Carpenter]
f. I Won't Last A Day Without You [Paul Williams; Roger Nichols]
g. The Winner Takes It All [Benny Andersson; Bjorn Ulvaeus]

Bonus Track

15. And When He Smiles [Al Anderson] - (3:06)


  • Rainbow Connection
CD single UICY-5006
  1. The Rainbow Connection
  2. Leave Yesterday Behind
  3. Medley (Superstar/Rainy Days And Mondays)
  • JP CD promo (2001) SIC-1039
  1. The Rainbow Connection
  2. Leave Yesterday Behind

Song information

  1. "Without a Song" was featured as the opening performance for the Carpenters' television special, "Music, Music, Music," that aired on ABC in the U.S. in 1980
  2. The medley consisting of "Superstar" and "Rainy Days And Mondays," was originally featured on "The Carpenters' Very First Television Special", which aired on ABC in the U.S. in 1976.
  3. "Nowhere Man" was a demo recorded by Richard and Karen Carpenter in the home recording studio of bassist Joe Osborne.
  4. "Can You Feel It Medley" was originally featured during the Carpenters' television special, "Music, Music, Music."
  5. "Dancing in the Street" was featured on the Carpenters' third television special, "Space Encounters" that aired on ABC in the U.S. in 1978.
  6. "Dizzy Fingers" was originally featured on the television special, "Music, Music, Music." The sequence featured Richard on a variety of pianos, dashing from one to the other in order to enliven the segment.
  7. "You're Just in Love" was originally featured as a duet between Karen Carpenter and John Davidson on the Carpenters' television special, "Music, Music, Music" in 1980. However, Richard and Karen later invested their own money into re-recording several of the songs featured on "Music, Music, Music" for their own private collections. LPs were pressed for both Richard and Karen, and the album itself has never been released to the public.
  8. "Karen/Ella Medley" Karen Carpenter and Ella Fitzgerald originally featured this piece on the Carpenters' television special, "Music, Music, Music."
  9. "Space Medley," comprising the themes from the motion pictures, "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind," and "Star Wars," was originally featured on the Carpenters' television special, "Space Encounters."
  10. "Leave Yesterday Behind" was originally recorded for (but never used) for the motion picture of the same name in 1978.
  11. "Carpenters/Como Medley" was originally featured on Perry Como's television special in 1974. Due to copyright issues, Richard re-recorded some of Perry's leads for inclusion on this set.
  12. "California Dreamin'" is another demo that Karen and Richard recorded at Joe Osborne's home studio.
  13. "The Rainbow Connection" was first introduced by Kermit the frog in "The Muppets' Movie." Karen and Richard recorded their version while on hiatus after the release of "Christmas Portrait."
  14. "Hits Medley '76" was originally performed at many of the Carpenters' concert appearances. The version included on this set was taken from "The Carpenters' Very First Television Special."
  15. "And When He Smiles" was originally recorded and released by The Wildweeds. Karen and Richard included it in their set for their BBC concert appearance that originally aired in 1971.


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