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Album Sides THE ALBUM SIDES [Poll]: "MADE IN AMERICA" (SP-3723)

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Chris May, May 5, 2018.

Which side is your favorite?

  1. Side 1

    12 vote(s)
    50.0%
  2. Side 2

    12 vote(s)
    50.0%
  1. Chris May

    Chris May Resident 'Carpenterologist' Moderator Thread Starter

    “MADE IN AMERICA”

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    Catalogue Number: A&M SP-3723
    Date of Release: 06/09/81
    Chart Position- U.S.: #52; U.K.: #12; JAPAN: #44
    Album Singles: "I Believe You"/"B'wana, She No Home"
    "Touch Me When We're Dancing"/"Because We Are In Love"
    "(Want You) Back In My Life Again"/"Somebody's Been Lyin"
    "Those Good Old Dreams"/"When It's Gone (It's Just Gone)"
    "Beechwood 4-5789"/"Two Sides"
    Medium: Vinyl/Cassette/CD



    Side 1:
    1.) Those Good Old Dreams 4:12 (Carpenter/Bettis)
    2.) Strength of a Woman 3:59 (Brown/Curiel)
    3.) (Want You) Back In My Life Again 3:39 (Chater/Christian)
    4.) When You've Got What it Takes 3:39 (Nichols/Lane)
    5.) Somebody's Been Lyin' 4:22 (Bayer Sager/Bacharach)

    Side 2:
    6.) I Believe You 3:55 (Addrisi/Addrisi)
    7.) Touch Me When We're Dancing 3:19 (Skinner/Wallace/Bell)
    8.) When It's Gone (It's Just Gone) 4:59 (Handley)
    9.) Beechwood 4-5789 3:06 (Stevenson/Gaye/Gordy)
    10.) Because We Are In Love (The Wedding Song) 5:00 (Carpenter/Bettis)



    Album Credits:

    Those Good Old Dreams:
    Background vocals: Karen & Richard Carpenter
    Bass: Joe Osborn
    Drums: Ron Tutt
    Keyboards: Richard Carpenter
    Acoustic & Electric Guitar: Tim May
    Pedal Steel Guitar: Jay Dee Maness
    Percussion: Karen Carpenter, Paulinho DaCosta
    Harp: Gayle Levant
    Concertmaster: Jimmy Getzoff


    Strength Of A Woman:
    Bass: Joe Osborn
    Drums: Larrie Londin, Ron Tutt
    Keyboards: Richard Carpenter
    Electric Guitar: Tim May, Tony Peluso
    Oboe: Earl Dumler
    Harp: Gayle Levant
    Percussion: Paulinho DaCosta
    Background vocals: Karen & Richard Carpenter & The Carpettes: Karen Carpenter, Carolyn Dennis, Stephanie Spruill, Maxine Waters Willard
    Concertmaster: Jimmy Getzoff


    (Want You) Back In My Life Again:
    Background vocals: Karen & Richard Carpenter
    Bass: Joe Osborn
    Drums: Ron Tutt
    Keyboards: Richard Carpenter
    Acoustic & Electric Guitar: Tim May
    Electric Guitar: Tony Peluso
    Percussion: Paulinho DaCosta
    Synthesizer Programming: Daryl Dragon, Ian Underwood
    Tenor Sax: Tom Scott
    Concertmaster: Jimmy Getzoff


    When You've Got What It Takes:
    Background vocals: Karen & Richard Carpenter
    Bass: Joe Osborn
    Drums: John Robinson
    Keyboards: Richard Carpenter
    Acoustic Guitar: Tim May
    Electric Guitar: Tony Peluso
    Oboe: Earl Dumler
    Harp: Gayle Levant
    Percussion: Paulinho DaCosta
    Concertmaster: Jimmy Getzoff


    Somebody's Been Lyin':
    Background vocals: Karen & Richard Carpenter
    Bass: Joe Osborn
    Drums: Ron Tutt
    Keyboards: Richard Carpenter
    Acoustic Guitar: Tim May
    Percussion: Peter Limonick
    Harp: Gayle Levant
    Oboe: Earl Dumler
    Concertmaster & Solo: Jerry Vinci


    I Believe You:
    Background vocals: Karen & Richard Carpenter
    Bass: Joe Osborn
    Drums: Larrie Londin
    Keyboards: Richard Carpenter
    Acoustic & Electric Guitar: Tim May
    Congas: Jerry Steinholtz
    Concertmaster: Jimmy Getzoff
    Vocals arranged by Richard Carpenter


    Touch Me When We're Dancing:
    Bass: Joe Osborn
    Drums: Larrie Londin
    Keyboards: Richard Carpenter
    Acoustic & Electric Guitar: Tony Peluso, Tim May
    Harp: Gayle Levant
    Oboe: Earl Dumler
    Percussion: Paulinho DaCosta
    Tenor Sax: Tom Scott
    Background vocals: Karen & Richard Carpenter & The Carpettes: Karen Carpenter, Carolyn Dennis
    Concertmaster: Jimmy Getzoff


    When It's Gone (It's Just Gone):
    Background vocals: Karen & Richard Carpenter
    Bass: Joe Osborn
    Drums: Larrie Londin, Karen Carpenter
    Keyboards: Richard Carpenter
    Acoustic Guitar: Dennis Budimir, Fred Tackett
    Electric Guitar: Tim May, Tony Peluso
    Pedal Steel Guitar: Jay Dee Maness
    Percussion: Karen Carpenter, Bob Conti
    Oboe: Earl Dumler
    Concertmaster: Jimmy Getzoff


    Beechwood 4-5789:
    Background vocals: Karen & Richard Carpenter
    Bass: Joe Osborn
    Drums: Ron Tutt
    Keyboards: Richard Carpenter
    Electric Guitar: Tim May
    Harp: Gayle Levant
    Tenor Sax: Tom Scott
    Concertmaster: Jimmy Getzoff


    Because We Are In Love (The Wedding Song):
    Bass: Joe Osborn
    Drums: Ron Tutt
    Keyboards: Richard Carpenter
    Electric Guitar: Tim May
    Percussion: Peter Limonick
    Harp: Gayle Levant
    Choir: The O.K. Chorale under the direction of Ron Hicklin, Conducted by Frank Pooler
    Concertmaster: Jerry Vinci


    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Produced by Richard Carpenter
    Arranged & Orchestrated by Richard Carpenter
    "Because We Are In Love (The Wedding Song)" & "Somebody's Been Lyin'" arranged by Richard Carpenter & Orchestrated by Peter Knight. "I Believe You" arranged by Paul Riser.
    Recorded at A&M Recording Studios
    Engineered by Roger Young
    Additional recording by Dave Iveland
    "I Believe You" engineered by Ray Gerhardt
    Mixed at Sound Labs and A&M Recording Studios
    Mix-down engineer: Roger Young
    Assisted by Stewart Whitmore
    Mastered at A&M Recording Studios by Bernie Grundman
    Special thanks to Gary Sims, Pat Peters, Ron Gorow, John Bettis, Jules Chaikin, Herb, Jerry, Gil and the entire A&M family.
    Art Direction: Chuck Beeson & Jeff Ayeroff
    Album Design: Lynn Robb
    Illustration: David Willardson, Willardson & White, Inc.
    Photography: John Engstead
     
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  2. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    That’s a really tough one but side one. Tracks 3 and 4 are the sound of summer for me.
     
  3. This one is tough. I like three of the songs on Side One, and nearly three of the tracks on Side Two. It's the other songs that really drag this album down for me. Like most, I really don't care for "The Wedding Song". I'm real ambivalent about "Somebody's Been Lyin'" and "Strength Of A Woman". I can't imagine ever seeking out either of the two "When..." songs intentionally.

    So it's kind of a tie. If I had to pick one, it would probably be Side One, since this LP is one of the only places to find the original album mix of "Those Good Old Dreams."
     
  4. This was impossible to chose. I ended up with Side 2 simply by looking at the songs I listen to most on compilation albums from that album and it's that side of the album.
     
  5. Toolman

    Toolman Simple Man, Simple Dream

    Voted for side one. Not a big fan of the album, but I do like "Touch Me..." Side two misses with "Beechwood" and "Because...", the latter of which may be my least favorite of all Carpenters songs. Nothing on side one sounds as good as "Touch Me..." but I don't dislike anything there as much as that infernally overdone wedding song.
     
  6. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    So which side of their worst album? let me see hum...:hmmm: Side 1: Based on the first selection, Those Good Old Dreams, with Karen's sweet reading. The best song on an otherwise forgettable album.
     
  7. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    I see that the arrangement for, Because We Are In Love,
    was all Richard Carpenter.
    In any event, I like the song,primarily Karen's lead vocals.
    I dislike much of the arrangement and especially the choir.
    I'm surprised Richard Carpenter did the entire arrangement.
    (as, for instance, Look To Your Dreams was left to Peter Knight).

    Doesn't the song have similarities to the song
    Someday ?
    Someday--rested from hours of sleeping...

    Children--it was more fun to be children...
     
  8. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    The three best songs of the album are spread across both sides—-had to go with Side 2 as “Touch Me” and “Beechwood” are both on Side 2. The only other stand-out track amongst this collection of outtakes is (Want You” Back In My Life Again.
     
  9. ullalume

    ullalume Well-Known Member

    I found this very hard so had to give each song a mark out of 10 and add up each side. Side two beat out side one by 2 points (37/50 if anyone's interested). TGOD, TMWWD and WIG are among my favourite in the entire catalogue.
     
  10. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    To complete the information above for the stats on the Album:
    (1) Title of #4 on Side One is missing the letter "n" in the word "When"
    (2) Beechwood is missing the "Run Time" after title (Side 2, #9).
     
  11. Fixed
     
  12. Rumbahbah

    Rumbahbah Well-Known Member

    Side 2 has the album's two best tracks in 'I Believe You' and 'Touch Me When We're Dancing'. Side 1 never gets above so-so and is pretty thin gruel on the middle three tracks.
     
  13. motownboy

    motownboy Active Member

    I picked side two. I just can't stomach the "I am your door mat while you cheat" lyrics to "Strength of a Woman", plus two of the best songs are on side two.."Touch Me When We're Dancing" and "When It's Gone", which has one of Karen's most beautiful and properly emoted vocals ever.
     
  14. Brian

    Brian Active Member

    This album held a special place for me in 1981 when it was released. I was very fond of it then.

    My other favourites at the time were by Cold Chisel, Lene Lovich, Jona Lewie, Visage, Santana, Kate Bush, The Spinners, Heart, The Motels, Goanna, The Sparks and Alan Parsons Project. Although I really like soul a lot, I don't think there was much of that genre that grabbed me at the time. Carpenters were quite a bit softer than some of my other favourites, but I always loved melodic, easy-listening music with classical- and choral-influenced arrangements.

    Most of the songs from 'Made in America', I still like. The only ones I'm not as fond of, although I don't dislike them, are 'Touch Me When We're Dancing', 'Strength of a Woman', '(Want You) Back in my Life Again' and 'Beechwood 45789'. My least favourites would be the last two I've mentioned.

    I don't really have a favourite side of the album, so I haven't voted.
     

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