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July 6, 2017

The Carpenters – Made In America (1981)

by Record Facts

The Carpenters were an American vocal and instrumental duo consisting of siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter. Producing a distinctively soft musical style, they became one of the best-selling music artists of all time.












Artist:  The Carpenters
Title:  Made In America
Year:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  A&M Records
Catalog#  AMLK 63723

Made in America is the tenth album by Carpenters, and was the final album by the duo to be released during Karen Carpenter‘s lifetime. Released in June 1981, the album reached number 52 in the US and number 12 in the UK. Karen Carpenter made a final return to playing drums on the song “When it’s Gone (It’s Just Gone)”, albeit in unison with veteran Nashville session drummer Larrie Londin.

The Carpenters‘ final album, Made in America, released after their two-year break from work, a period in which Karen Carpenter attempted a solo album and when Richard was incapacitated due to a drug problem, is very much a comeback effort, with a fair amount of energy on most of it, newly radiant arrangements (“The Wedding Song,” etc.), one cute oldie cover (“Beechwood 4-5789,” which was made into a video), and the best new songs they’d had since the mid-’70s (“Those Good Old Dreams,” “Touch Me When We’re Dancing”). The latter song, in particular, marked a breakthrough to a new sound and a new sensuality in Karen‘s image as a singer, and could have led to a new beginning for all concerned, and the album as a whole was more energetic and memorable than anything they’d done since A Song for You. Unfortunately, the singer was already suffering from worsening effects of the psychological disorder that would kill her less than two years after the release of this album — “The Wedding Song,” in particular, seems now like an unintentionally poignant bookend on the other end of her life and career from “We’ve Only Just Begun.”


Side one
1.  Those Good Old Dreams  (4:12)
2.  Strength of a Woman  (3:59)
3.  (Want You) Back in My Life Again  (3:40)
4.  When You’ve Got What It Takes  (3:41)
5.  Somebody’s Been Lyin’  (4:25)

Side two
1.  I Believe You  (3:54)
2.  Touch Me When We’re Dancing  (3:19)
3.  When It’s Gone (It’s Just Gone)  (5:01)
4.  Beechwood 4-5789  (3:06)
5.  Because We Are in Love (The Wedding Song)  (5:04)

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