Come Upstairs

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Come Upstairs
Studio album by Carly Simon
Released June 16, 1980
Recorded at Power Station Studios, New York City
Genre Rock
Length 39:23
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Mike Mainieri
Carly Simon chronology
Spy
(1979)
Come Upstairs
(1980)
Torch
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Come Upstairs is the singer-songwriter Carly Simon's tenth album, and ninth studio album, released in 1980. It was the first of her three albums for Warner Bros. Records and it has a harder, more rock-oriented sound than her previous albums.[2] Whereas those earlier records were prime examples of the singer-songwriter genre, with soft-rocking arrangements primarily built around piano and/or acoustic guitar accompaniment, Come Upstairs uses electric guitars and synthesizers prominently. In the vernacular of the time, Come Upstairs was a "new wave" album, and it followed the lead of newer bands such as The Knack and Talking Heads.

The first single released from the album was "Jesse", an acoustic ballad that was more in the style of Simon's earlier work rather than an example of her new sound. "Jesse" was a major hit, it remained on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for 6 months, peaking at #11,[3] and was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of more than 1,000,000 copies in the United States alone.[4] "Jesse" also reached #12 in Canada, and #4 in Australia and became her biggest hit there since "You're So Vain".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Carly Simon and Mike Mainieri; except where indicated

Side one

  1. "Come Upstairs" — 4:18
  2. "Stardust" — 4:13
  3. "Them" — 3:44
  4. "Jesse" — 4:15
  5. "James" — 2:28

Side two

  1. "In Pain" (Simon, Don Grolnick, Mike Mainieri) — 6:10
  2. "The Three Of Us In The Dark" — 4:14
  3. "Take Me As I Am" (Simon, Mike Mainieri, Sid McGinnis) — 4:50
  4. "The Desert" — 4:44

Credits[edit]

  • Maria Aguiar - Vocals, Vocals (Background)
  • Warren Bernhardt - Keyboards
  • Gail Boggs - Choir/Chorus, Vocals (Background)
  • Boudleaux Bryant - Composer
  • James Farber - Assistant Engineer
  • Larry Fast - Synthesizer
  • Steve Gadd - Drums
  • Bill Gerber - Art Direction, Design
  • Don Grolnick - Composer, Keyboards, Piano
  • Jerry Grossman - Cello
  • Jeff Hendrickson - Assistant Engineer
  • Lee Herschberg - Digital Mastering
  • Pete Hewlett - Choir/Chorus, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Vocals, Vocals (Background)
  • Ken Landrum - Prophet 5, Synthesizer
  • Lucy Laurie - Assistant Engineer
  • Tony Levin - Bass, Bass (Electric), Fretless Bass
  • Scott Litt - Engineer, Mixing
  • Bob Ludwig - Assistant Engineer, Mastering
  • Mike Mainieri - Composer, Guest Artist, Guitar (Acoustic), Keyboards, Marimba, Oberheim Synthesizer, Piano, Producer, Prophet 5, Synthesizer, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
  • Rick Marotta - Drums
  • Christine Martin - Production Coordination, Vocals (Background)
  • Christopher Martin - Vocals
  • Sid McGinnis - Choir/Chorus, Composer, Guitar, Guitar (12 String), Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Slide Guitar, Soloist, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
  • Billy Mernit - Piano, Piano (Electric)
  • Laraine Newman - Guest Artist, Vocals (Background)
  • Mitchell Parish - Composer
  • Mick Rock - Photography
  • Margaret Ross - Harp
  • Carly Simon - Choir/Chorus, Composer, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Piano, Primary Artist, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
  • Alex Taylor - Guest Artist, Vocals (Background)
  • Hugh Taylor - Vocals, Vocals (Background)
  • James Taylor - Guest Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
  • Sally Taylor - La-La's, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
  • Susan Turner - Hand Lettering
  • Ed Walsh - Keyboards, Oberheim Synthesizer, Programming, Synthesizer
  • Peter Whorf - Art Direction
  • Raymond Willhard - Assistant Engineer

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1980 Pop Albums 36

Album - International

Year Country Position
1980 Australia 43[6]
1980 Canada 86[7]

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1980 "Jesse" Pop Singles 11
1980 "Jesse" Adult Contemporary 08
1980 "Take Me As I Am" Pop Singles 102

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Come Upstairs, Allmusic. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
  2. ^ "Carly Simon Official Website - Come Upstairs". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-05-03. 
  3. ^ "Carly Simon - Chart history | Billboard". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  4. ^ "Carly Simon certifications". RIAA.com. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  5. ^ Carly Simon discography
  6. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ "CAN Charts > Carly Simon". RPM. Retrieved 2015-01-04. 

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