Catalogue Number: A&M SP-3502; CD 3502; 5500632 (Spectrum); 82839 3502 2
Jukebox album release: LLP3502
Date of Release: 5/13/71

Nickname: The “Tan” Album
Chart Position- U.S.: #2; U.K.: #12; JAPAN: #47
Album Singles: “For All We Know”/”Don’t Be Afraid”
“Rainy Days and Mondays”/”Saturday”
“Superstar”/”Bless The Beasts and Children”
Medium: Reel/Vinyl/8-track/Cassette/CD

Track Listing:

1. Rainy Days and Mondays 3:40 (Williams/Nichols)
2. Saturday 1:20 (Carpenter/Bettis)
3. Let Me Be The One 2:25 (Williams/Nichols)
4. (A Place To) Hideaway 3:40 (Sparks)
5. For All We Know 2:34 (Karlin/Wilson/James)
6. Superstar 3:49 (Russell/Bramlett)
7. Druscilla Penny 2:18 (Carpenter/Bettis)
8. One Love 3:23 (Carpenter/Bettis)
9. Bacharach/David Medley 5:25 (Bacharach/David):
a. Knowing When To Leave
b. Make It Easy On Yourself
c. (There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me
d. I’ll Never Fall In Love Again
e. Walk On By
f. Do You Know The Way To San Jose?
10. Sometimes 2:52 (Mancini/Mancini)

Album Credits:

Arranged and Orchestrated by Richard Carpenter
Engineered by Ray Gerhardt and Dick Bogert; Assistant: Norm Kinney
All Vocals: Karen and Richard Carpenter
Keyboards: Richard Carpenter
Bass: Joe Osborn and Bob Messenger
Reeds: Bob Messenger, Douglas Strawn, Jim Horn
Drums: Hal Blaine and Karen Carpenter
Wurlitzer Electric Piano and Ludwig Drums used
Album Concept and Design by Craig Braun Inc.
Jackets mfd. by Sound Packaging Corp.
Art Direction by Roland Young
Photography by Guy Webster
Produced by Jack Daugherty Productions


The third album from Carpenters was self-titled, CARPENTERS, and gave birth to the now-familiar stylized logo of the duo’s name. As originally released, the cover was a plain tan color with a brown logo, designed in a flap/insert fashion so that if folded properly, the inside photograph would stand up like a picture in a frame. In some European reissues like the Spectrum pictured above, the design was simplified to a standard album cover, moving the logo to the top and putting the inside picture underneath it on the revised front cover.

More big-hit singles like “For All We Know”, “Rainy Days And Mondays”, and “Superstar” in rapid succession, combined to establish Carpenters as not just hit-makers, but a real force in the music industry.

Original promotional ad for this album:

Billboard Carpenters album ad already Gold 7-17-1971