Made in America

Made in America

by Carpenters

CD(German Import)

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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."

Product Details

Release Date: 12/22/2009
Label: Imports
UPC: 0082839372329
catalogNumber: 5002927

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carpenters   Primary Artist
Tom Scott   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Carpenter   Keyboards,Vocals
Dennis Budimir   Acoustic Guitar
Karen Carpenter   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Carolyn Dennis   Background Vocals
Earl Dumler   Oboe
Timothy May   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tony Peluso   Electric Guitar
Stephanie Spruill   Background Vocals
Jerry Steinholtz   Conga
Fred Tackett   Acoustic Guitar
Ron Tutt   Drums
Gerald Vinci   Concert Master
Gayle Levant   Harp
Bob Conti   Percussion
Peter Limonick   Percussion
Larrie Londin   Drums

Technical Credits

Peter Knight   Orchestration
Richard Carpenter   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Don Addrisi   Composer
Ken Bell   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Ray Gerhardt   Engineer
Ron Hicklin   Director
Dave Iveland   Engineer
Paul Riser   Arranger
Roger Young   Engineer
Dick Addrisi   Composer
Chuck Beeson   Art Direction
David Willardson   Illustrations

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