Carpenters Made in America
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- Released: December 8, 1998
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: A&M
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The Carpenters: Richard Carpenter (vocals, keyboards); Karen Carpenter (vocals, percussion).
Additional personnel: Tim May (acoustic & electric guitars); Dennis Budimir, Fred Tackett (acoustic guitar); Tony Peluso (electric guitar); Jay Dee Maness (pedal steel guitar); Gayle Levant (harp); Earl Dumler (oboe); Tom Scott (tenor saxophone); Daryl Dragon, Ian Underwood (synthesizers); Joe Osborn (bass); Ron Tutt, Larrie London, John Robinson (drums); Jerry Steinholtz (congas); Paulinho Da Costa, Peter Limonick, Bob Conti (percussion); Carolyn Dennis, Stephanie Spuill, Maxine Waters Willard, The O.K. Chorale (background vocals).
Digitally remastered by Richard Carpenter.
Personnel: Richard Carpenter (vocals, keyboards); Karen Carpenter (vocals, drums, percussion, background vocals); Timothy May (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Dennis Budimir, Fred Tackett (acoustic guitar); Tony Peluso (electric guitar); Gayle Levant (harp); Earl Dumler (oboe); Tom Scott (tenor saxophone); Larrie Londin, Ron Tutt (drums); Jerry Steinholtz (congas); Paulinho Da Costa, Peter Limonick, Bob Conti (percussion); Carolyn Dennis, Stephanie Spruill (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Roger Young.
Recording information: A & M Recording Studios.
Director: Ron Hicklin.
Illustrator: David Willardson.
Photographer: John Engstead.
Arrangers: Richard Carpenter ; Paul Riser.
Featuring the Carpenters' last hit single, the lovely, string-laden "Touch Me When We're Dancing," MADE IN AMERICA was the siblings' final release before Karen Carpenter's tragic death in 1983. It had been four years since Karen and Richard's last album, PASSAGE, a solo album Karen had recorded in 1979 with producer Phil Ramone but unreleased until 1996.
Some fans may be disappointed by the lack of the Carpenters' traditional '60s covers, as MADE IN AMERICA features a larger-than-usual number of songs written by the songwriting team of Richard Carpenter and John Bettis. None of these are less than very good; some--especially "These Old Dreams" and "Because We Are In Love"--are excellent. Although it was unfortunately to be the duo's final work, MADE IN AMERICA does the Carpenters' legacy proud.
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