Hello Big Man

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Hello Big Man
Studio album by Carly Simon
Released August 31, 1983
Recorded Power Station Studios, New York City
Genre Rock
Length 38:57
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Mike Mainieri
Carly Simon chronology
Torch
(1981)
Hello Big Man
(1983)
Spoiled Girl
(1985)

Hello Big Man is singer-songwriter Carly Simon's eleventh studio album (twelfth overall), released in 1983. It is also her last album for Warner Bros. Records (and for what became the Warner Music Group, having also spent time with Elektra Records), as it was a failure commercially despite some reasonable critical reviews. The album featured Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare on a number of tracks, including one Bob Marley cover.

At the time of release, Carly Simon gave an interview to a music magazine (either Stereo Review or Circus Magazine) in which she spoke about the title of the album. When her father met her mother for the first time, he said to her "Hello there, little woman". Carly's mother replied "Hello, big man".

The music video for the single "You Know What to Do", directed by Dominic Orlando from a concept by Simon, was filmed on location in Martha's Vineyard, at her home and in the surrounding woods.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Carly Simon, except where indicated.

Side one

  1. "You Know What to Do" (Simon, Jacob Brackman, Peter Wood, Mike Mainieri) - 4:16
  2. "Menemsha" (Simon, Wood) - 4:39
  3. "Damn You Get to Me" - 3:16
  4. "Is This Love?" (Bob Marley) - 4:13
  5. "Orpheus" - 3:50

Side two

  1. "It Happens Everyday" - 2:44
  2. "Such a Good Boy" (Simon, Robbie Shakespeare, Mainieri) - 4:01
  3. "Hello Big Man" (Simon, Wood) - 5:29
  4. "You Don't Feel the Same" - 2:43
  5. "Floundering" - 3:46

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1983 Pop Albums 69
1983 The Billboard 200 140

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1983 "You Know What to Do" Adult Contemporary 36
1983 "You Know What to Do" Pop Singles 83