1981 Carpenters – Made In America

Made In America is the tenth studio album by the American popular music duo Carpenters, released in June 1981. The final album by the duo to be released during Karen Carpenter’s lifetime, it reached number 52 in the US and number 12 in the UK.

In 1985, Richard said “that was Karen’s favorite album and is mine, out of all our projects”.

Karen played drums in the studio for the first time since Horizon on the song “When It’s Gone (It’s Just Gone)”, albeit in unison with veteran Nashville session drummer Larrie Londin, and she also played percussion on “Those Good Old Dreams” in tandem with Paulinho da Costa.

Tracks

Those Good Old Dreams (Richard Carpenter; John Bettis) 04:15
2  Strength Of A Woman (Juanita Curiel; Phyllis Brown) 04:00
(Want You) Back In My Life Again (Chris Christian; Kerry Chater) 03:41
4  When You’ve Got What It Takes (Bill Lane; Roger Nichols) 03:44
5  Somebody’s Been Lyin’ (Burt Bacharach; Carole Bayer Sager) 04:26
6  I Believe You (Dick Addrisi; Don Addrisi) 03:55
7  Touch Me When We’re Dancing (JL Wallace; Ken Bell; Terry Skinner) 03:23
8  When It’s Gone (It’s Just Gone) (Randy Handley) 05:03
9  Beechwood 4-5789 (George Gordy; Marvin Gaye; William Stevenson) 03:09
10  Because We Are In Love (The Wedding Song) (Richard Carpenter; John Bettis) 05:02

Musicians

1 Those Good Old Dreams

BassJoe Osborn
DrumsRon Tutt
GuitarTim May
Acoustic GuitarTim May
Pedal Steel GuitarJay Dee Maness
KeyboardsRichard Carpenter
HarpGayle Levant
PercussionKaren Carpenter
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsRichard Carpenter
VocalsKaren Carpenter


2 Strength Of A Woman

BassJoe Osborn
DrumsLarrie Londin
DrumsRon Tutt
GuitarTim May
GuitarTony Peluso
KeyboardsRichard Carpenter
OboeEarl Dumler
HarpGayle Levant
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsRichard Carpenter
Background VocalsCarolyn Dennis
Background VocalsStephanie Spruill
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
VocalsKaren Carpenter


3 (Want You) Back In My Life Again

BassJoe Osborn
DrumsRon Tutt
GuitarTim May
GuitarTony Peluso
Acoustic GuitarTim May
KeyboardsRichard Carpenter
ProgrammingDaryl Dragon
ProgrammingIan Underwood
SaxTom Scott
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsRichard Carpenter
VocalsKaren Carpenter


4 When You’ve Got What It Takes

BassJoe Osborn
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarTony Peluso
Acoustic GuitarTim May
KeyboardsRichard Carpenter
OboeEarl Dumler
HarpGayle Levant
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsRichard Carpenter
VocalsKaren Carpenter


5 Somebody’s Been Lyin’

BassJoe Osborn
DrumsRon Tutt
Acoustic GuitarTim May
KeyboardsRichard Carpenter
OboeEarl Dumler
HarpGayle Levant
PercussionPeter Limonick
Background VocalsRichard Carpenter
VocalsKaren Carpenter


6 I Believe You

BassJoe Osborn
DrumsLarrie Londin
GuitarTim May
Acoustic GuitarTim May
KeyboardsRichard Carpenter
PercussionJerry Steinholtz
Background VocalsRichard Carpenter
VocalsKaren Carpenter


7 Touch Me When We’re Dancing

BassJoe Osborn
DrumsLarrie Londin
GuitarTim May
GuitarTony Peluso
Acoustic GuitarTim May
Acoustic GuitarTony Peluso
KeyboardsRichard Carpenter
OboeEarl Dumler
SaxTom Scott
HarpGayle Levant
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsRichard Carpenter
Background VocalsCarolyn Dennis
Background VocalsStephanie Spruill
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
VocalsKaren Carpenter


8 When It’s Gone (It’s Just Gone)

BassJoe Osborn
DrumsLarrie Londin
DrumsKaren Carpenter
GuitarTim May
GuitarTony Peluso
Acoustic GuitarDennis Budimir
Acoustic GuitarFred Tackett
Pedal Steel GuitarJay Dee Maness
KeyboardsRichard Carpenter
OboeEarl Dumler
PercussionKaren Carpenter
PercussionBob Conti
Background VocalsRichard Carpenter
VocalsKaren Carpenter


9 Beechwood 4-5789

BassJoe Osborn
DrumsRon Tutt
GuitarTim May
KeyboardsRichard Carpenter
SaxTom Scott
HarpGayle Levant
Background VocalsRichard Carpenter
VocalsKaren Carpenter


10 Because We Are In Love (The Wedding Song)

BassJoe Osborn
DrumsRon Tutt
GuitarTim May
KeyboardsRichard Carpenter
HarpGayle Levant
PercussionPeter Limonick
VocalsKaren Carpenter

Other Musicians

Choir – The O.K. Chorale (Track 10)

Liner Notes

Producer – Richard Carpenter
Arranged By – Richard Carpenter (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Arranged By – Paul Riser (Track 6)
Arranged By (Vocals) – Richard Carpenter (Track 6)
Concertmaster – James Getzoff (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Concertmaster – Gerald Vinci (Tracks 5, 10)
Conductor (Choir) – Frank Pooler (Track 10)
Directed By – Ron Hicklin (Track 10)
Engineer – Roger Young (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By – Roger Young
Mixed By (Assistant) – Stewart Whitmore
Orchestrated By – Richard Carpenter (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Orchestrated By – Peter Knight (Tracks 5, 10)
Recorded By (Additional) – David Iveland

Art Direction – Chuck Beeson, Jeffrey Ayeroff
Design – Lynn Robb
Illustration – David Willardson
Photography By – John Engstead

Mastered At A&M Studios
Mixed At A&M Studios
Mixed At Sound Labs, Hollywood
Recorded At A&M Studios
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