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,[3] 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, staying on the Billboard 200 singles charts for 6 months[4] (its peak was #11) and achieving gold status (sales of more than 1,000,000 copies),[5] as well as reaching #4 in Australia and being her biggest hit there since "You're So Vain".[6]

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

Personnel[edit]

  • Carly Simon - guitar, piano, vocals
  • James Taylor - guitar, vocals
  • Warren Bernhardt - keyboards
  • Don Grolnick - keyboards
  • Billy Mernit - piano
  • Larry Fast - synthesizer
  • Steve Gadd - drums
  • Jerry Grossman - cello
  • Pete Hewlett - guitar, background vocals
  • Ken Landrum - synthesizer
  • Tony Levin - bass guitar
  • Mike Mainieri - keyboards, guitar, background vocals
  • Rick Marotta - drums
  • Christopher Martin - vocals
  • Sid McGinnis - guitar, background vocals
  • Ed Walsh - synthesizer
  • Alex Taylor, Maria Aguiar, Gail Boggs, Laraine Newman, Hugh Taylor, Christine Martin, Sarah Taylor - background vocals
  • Mick Rock - photography

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1980 Pop Albums 36

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

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