Carly Simon (album)
|Studio album by Carly Simon|
|Recorded||1970–1971 at Electric Lady Studios, New York City|
|Carly Simon chronology|
Carly Simon is singer-songwriter Carly Simon's self-titled debut/studio album, released in March 1971. The album was released by Elektra Records and produced by Eddie Kramer, who had previously worked with Joe Cocker and Jimi Hendrix.
The album included her first big hit, "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be", a sombre ballad centered on a woman pondering marriage with a sense of both inevitability and entrapment. Simon wrote the music but her friend and frequent collaborator Jacob Brackman wrote the lyrics.
|Robert Christgau||C− |
|Rolling Stone||(positive) |
Carly Simon was mostly well received by critics when released. Timothy Crouse, writing in Rolling Stone, stated "Carly's voice perfectly matches her material" and her "...superbly controlled voice is complemented by deft arrangements." Robert Christgau was not as pleased. Grading the album a C-, he wrote "I suppose it makes sense not only for the privileged to inflict their sensibilities on us, but for many of us to dig it." In more recent years, William Ruhlmann, writing for Allmusic, gave the album a three and a half star rating out of a possible five, and stated "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" and "Dan, My Fling", were the stand-out tracks.
Simon stated in the Ask Carly section on her website that Reunions was her mother's—Andrea Simon—favorite song of hers.
- 1971 Grammy (Won) Best New Artist Of The Year: Carly Simon (Debut Album)
- 1971 Grammy (Nominated) Best Pop Female Vocalist: That's The Way I Always Heard It Should Be
All songs written by Carly Simon except where indicated.
- Side one
- "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" (Simon, Jacob Brackman) – 4:15
- "Alone" – 3:36
- "One More Time" – 3:32
- "The Best Thing" – 4:14
- "Just A Sinner" (Mark "Moogy" Klingman) – 3:10
- Side two
- "Dan, My Fling" (Brackman, Freddy Gardner) – 5:28
- "Another Door" – 3:16
- "Reunions" (Simon; additional music & lyrics by Bill Mernit, Eddie Kramer) – 3:06
- "Rolling Down The Hills" – 3:35
- "The Love's Still Growing" (Buzzy Linhart) – 4:14
- Carly Simon
- Jeff Baxter
- David Bromberg
- Tom Caulfield
- Ed Freeman
- David Givens
- Paul Griffin
- Jerry Jemmot
- Jimmy Johnson
- Mark Klingman
- Tony Levin
- Buzzy Linhart
- Billy Mernit
- Steve Merriman
- Doug Rauch
- Jimmy Ryan
- Harvey Shapiro
- John Siomos
- Frank Steo
- Jim Wilkins
Singles - Billboard (North America) 
|1971||"That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be"||Adult Contemporary||6|
|1971||"That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be"||Pop Singles||10|
- Ruhlmann, William. Carly Simon (album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 12 July 2007.
- Christgau, Robert (August 19, 1971). "Consumer Guide: Carly Simon". The Village Voice. Retrieved 7 November 2011. Also included in "Carly Simon > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
- Crouse, Timothy (April 1, 1971). "Carly Simon > Album Review". Rolling Stone (79). Retrieved 7 November 2011.
- "Carly Simon Carly Simon > Review". Uncut. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
- Carly Simon > Charts & Awards > Billboard Album at AllMusic. Retrieved 9 November 2009.
- Carly Simon > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 9 November 2009.