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August 19, 2009
This is the original version of the Carpenters' cover of the Beatles' song released as a single in October 1,969 on the A&M label and charting at #54 on the American Billboard Hot 100 charts in early 1,970. It was included in the Carpenters' debut album, Offering, later retitled Ticket to Ride after the single. Richard Carpenter said of the song: "Ticket to Ride is one of our finest tracks. Since many of The Beatles'up-tempo songs are as melodic as the ballads, they can be made, with the right approach, into ballads as well. Not only did I slow the piece down, but changed, or added, some chord changes as well, along with the melody at the end of the choruses, with Karen resolving on a very effective major seven. This put her in her marvelous lower register on the word care, which sounds terrific and adds to the plangent character of the entire chart; after all Ticket To Ride is a sad lyric. The arrangement ends with a tag of four part harmony (overdubbed, 12 voices in all) singing Think I'm gonna be sad." In 1,973 "Ticket to Ride" was re-recorded for inclusion in the album, Singles 1,969-1,973. While this version is now most often played, the earlier version also deserves to be heard. I do not own the right to the song, audio, or images contained in this video. The sound recording is administered by UMG. No copyright infringement is intended. This purpose of this upload is for viewer enjoyment and education not for monetary gain.