Made In America (1981)

Made In America (1981)

Carpenters Made In America album cover 1981“Made In America” is the tenth and final true studio album released by Carpenters. It was the last album released during Karen Carpenter’s lifetime. Fans are largely split on their views regarding the album. Some fans find it to be one of Carpenters’ best while others say the album is a big step backwards and out of touch with the musical trends of the early 80’s. The album ends up being Carpenters’ lowest selling studio album of their career and did little to create a comeback for them. The lead single “Touch Me When We’re Dancing” did make it into the US Top 20 reaching #16. The subsequent singles; “(Want You) Back In My Life Again,” “Those Good Old Dreams” and “Beechwood 4-5789” all failed to reach the Top 60.

“I Believe You,” which was released as a single in June 1978 was included on “Made In America,” the song was recorded during the “Christmas Portrait” sessions and would have been included on the scrapped 1979 album, which would have included the full length studio versions of “Dancing In The Street,” “Thank You For The Music,” “Honolulu City Lights,” “Where Do I Go From Here,” “Two Lives,” “Look To Your Dreams” and “Leave Yesterday Behind.”

“Made In America” was meant to be an album to get Carpenters back to their roots as their record sales were progressively decreasing with each release. Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss made the call and felt the public would want to hear a reminiscent and familiar sound from Carpenters as opposed to a new style. Many fans lauded “Those Good Old Dreams” which is decidedly nostalgic of the country tinged “Top of the World.” “Those Good Old Dreams” seemed like the appropriate way to open the album. The line “Like an old love song, gone for much too long” brings to mind that the familiar Carpenters brand of “love songs” had been gone for a much too long, and now they’re back with a sense of optimism and excitement (“No more dark horizons, only blue… It’s a new day for those good old dreams”). Despite the manufactured feel of enthusiasm Karen Carpenter had sunken further into her bout with anorexia nervosa and was dealing a with a marriage that had failed. She had fallen further into a depression which was hidden by her sunny smile and the quick ironies of a strict publicity machine.

The lead single “Touch Me When We’re Dancing” made it to #16 on the US Billboard singles chart. This was Carpenters’ highest charting single since March 1976 when they reached #12 with “There’s A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World).” In some regard this would be considered a comeback though when looking at the larger picture it was a very short and unsubstantial comeback as the song fell of the charts quickly after it’s peak and the singles following it did not make it any higher than #63 on the charts. As well the single failed to fuel sales for the album “Made In America” which has yet to be certified gold by the RIAA. Many die-hard fans consider “Touch Me When We’re Dancing” to be a favorite. The song’s chorus features some of the highest pitched vocals ever recorded by Karen Carpenter as do several of the other songs on “Made In America,” many of the songs on the album are pitched higher throughout the choruses.

The mournful “Somebody’s Been Lyin'” written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager is a reunion of sorts between Carpenters and Bacharach being the first song since 1971’s “Bacharach/David Medley, written by the master, that Carpenters have included on any of their albums.

Album Information

Release Date: June 16, 1981
Catalog Number: SP-3723
Chart Positions: #52 US, #12 UK, #44 Japan, #50 Australia
Certifications: Silver (UK)
Singles: “Touch Me When We’re Dancing,” “(Want You) Back In My Life Again,” “Those Good Old Dreams,” “Beechwood 4-5789”
B-Sides: “Because We Are In Love (The Wedding Song)” (b-side of “Touch Me When We’re Dancing”), “Somebody’s Been Lyin'” (b-side of “(Want You) Back In My Life Again”), “When It’s Gone (It’s Just Gone)” (b-side of “Those Good Old Dreams”

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Album Credits

A1 Those Good Old Dreams

Lyrics By – John BettisMusic By – Richard CarpenterPercussion – Karen CarpenterSteel Guitar [Pedal Steel] – Jay Dee Maness

4:12
A2 Strength Of A Woman

Backing Vocals – Carolyn Dennis, Maxine Waters Willard*, Stephanie SpruillWritten-By – Juanita Curiel, Phyllis Brown

3:59
A3 (Want You) Back In My Life Again

Programmed By [Synthesizer] – Daryl Dragon, Ian UnderwoodWritten-By – Chris Christian, Kerrie Chater*

3:39
A4 When You’ve Got What It Takes

Drums – John Robinson (2)Written-By – Bill Lane (2), Roger Nichols (2)

3:39
A5 Somebody’s Been Lyin’

Orchestrated By – Peter Knight (5)Percussion – Peter LimonickSoloist, Violin, Concertmaster – Jerry Vinci*Written-By – Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager

4:22
B1 I Believe You

Arranged By – Paul RiserArranged By [Vocals] – Richard CarpenterCongas – Jerry SteinholtzEngineer – Ray GerhardtWritten-By – Dick & Don Addrisi*

3:55
B2 Touch Me When We’re Dancing

Acoustic Guitar – Tony PelusoBacking Vocals – Carolyn DennisWritten-By – J.L. Wallace, Ken Bell (2), Terry Skinner

3:19
B3 When It’s Gone (It’s Just Gone)

Acoustic Guitar – Dennis Budimir, Fred TackettDrums, Percussion – Karen CarpenterPercussion – Bob ContiSteel Guitar [Pedal Steel] – Jay Dee ManessWritten-By – Randy Handley

4:59
B4 Beechwood 4-5789

Written-By – George Gordy, Marvin Gaye, William Stevenson

3:05
B5 Because We Are In Love (The Wedding Song)

Choir – The O.K. ChoraleConcertmaster – Jerry Vinci*Conductor [O.k. Chorale] – Frank PoolerDirected By [O.k. Chorale Under Direction Of] – Ron HicklinLyrics By – John BettisMusic By – Richard CarpenterOrchestrated By – Peter Knight (5)Percussion – Peter Limonick

5:00

Credits

  • Acoustic Guitar – Tim May (tracks: A1, A3 to B2, B5)
  • Arranged By – Richard Carpenter (tracks: A1 to A5, B2 to B5)
  • Art Direction – Chuck Beeson, Jeff Ayeroff*
  • Backing Vocals – Karen Carpenter (tracks: A1 to B4), Richard Carpenter (tracks: A1 to B4)
  • Bass – Joe Osborn
  • Concertmaster – Jimmy Getzoff* (tracks: A1 to A4, B1 to B4)
  • Design [Album Design] – Lynn Robb
  • Drums – Larrie Londin (tracks: A2, B1 to B3), Ron Tutt (tracks: A1 to A3, A5, B4, B5)
  • Electric Guitar – Tim May (tracks: A1 to A3, B1 to B4), Tony Peluso (tracks: A2 to A4, B2, B3)
  • Engineer – Roger Young (tracks: A1 to A5, B2 to B5)
  • Harp – Gayle Levant (tracks: A1, A2, A4, A5, B2, B4, B5)
  • Illustration – David Willardson
  • Keyboards – Richard Carpenter
  • Management – Jerry Weintraub
  • Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
  • Mixed By – Roger Young
  • Mixed By [Assistant] – Stewart Whitmore
  • Oboe – Earl Dumler (tracks: A2, A4, A5, B2, B3)
  • Orchestrated By – Richard Carpenter (tracks: A1 to A4, B1 to B4)
  • Percussion – Paulinho DaCosta* (tracks: A1 to A4, B2)
  • Photography By – John Engstead
  • Producer – Richard Carpenter
  • Recorded By [Additional Recording] – Dave Iveland*
  • Tenor Saxophone – Tom Scott (tracks: A3, B2, B4)

Carpenters Made In America album cover 1981

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Carpenters Made In America Touch Me When Were Dancing 1981

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Carpenters Made In America Those Good Old Dreams 1981

Carpenters Made In America Beechwood 4-5789 1981

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carpenters Made In America I Believe billboard advertisement october 28 1978

Carpenters Made In America Those Good Old Dreams sheet music 1981

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Carpenters Made In America billboard advertisement July 11 1981

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Made In America” (1981)

Discography Links:
Offering (1969) Click Here
Close To You (1970) Click Here
Ticket To Ride (1971) Click Here
Carpenters (1971) Click Here
A Song For You (1972) Click Here
Now & Then (1973) Click Here
Horizon (1975) Click Here
A Kind Of Hush (1976) Click Here
Passage (1977) Click Here
Christmas Portrait (1978) Click Here
Karen Carpenter (Solo)(1980 – Released 1996) Click Here
Made In America (1981) Click Here
Voice Of The Heart (1983) Click Here
An Old Fashioned Christmas (1984) Click Here
Lovelines (1989) Click Here
As Time Goes By (2001) Click Here

 

 

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