Another favorite. On January 10, 1979, I entered a rehab clinic for six weeks to get off the damned sleeping pills. I got off to a promising start and wanted to keep it that way, so I took the rest of the year off to relax, recuperate and reassess things.  I did allow plenty of time to listen to the numerous songs still being submitted. Karen, wanting to stay active, decided to become bi-coastal and record a solo album with producer Phil Ramone. (For a number of reasons, Karen later decided not to release it.) By early 1980 we were underway on “Made In America”, and ended up recording far more tunes than would fit on one album. In April of that year, Karen was introduced to Tom Burris.  A whirlwind romance ensued, and Karen and Tom were married on August 31, 1980. As a result, the album was not finished until spring of 1981.  The marriage was finished by November.

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

6.    I Believe You    3:54

7.    Touch Me When We're Dancing    3:20

8.    When It's Gone (It's Just Gone)    5:01

9.    Beechwood 4-5789    3:06

10.  Because We Are In Love (The Wedding Song)    5:04


Produced by Richard Carpenter

Arranged and Orchestrated by Richard Carpenter

Because We Are In Love (The Wedding Song) & Sombody's Been Lyin' arranged by Richard Carpenter and 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 Assistanted 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.

Paulinho DaCosta appears courtesy of Pablo Records

John Robinson appears courtesy of MCA Records

Tom Scott appears courtesy of Columbia Records


Art Direction: Chuck Beeson & Jeff Ayeroff

Album Design: Lynn Robb

Illustration: David Willardson, Willardson & White, Inc.

Photography: John Engstead


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Last Updated June 4, 2008
May 2004  © Richard Carpenter

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