Torch (Carly Simon album)

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Studio album by Carly Simon
Released August 1, 1981
Recorded Power Station Studios, New York City
Genre Standards
Length 35:02
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Mike Mainieri
Carly Simon chronology
Come Upstairs
Hello Big Man

Torch is singer-songwriter Carly Simon's tenth studio album (eleventh overall). It was her first album devoted to standards, mostly old torch songs, relating unrequited love or rejection, and one Simon original, From The Heart. The album was released in 1981, and was made during her marriage break up to James Taylor, which was announced one month after the release of this album.

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

Cover artwork[edit]

The man on the cover with Simon is American actor Al Corley, star of the 1980s soap opera Dynasty.


Hurt was the only single released from the album. It just missed the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #106.

"Not a Day Goes By" was included on Simon's 2002 career spanning collection Anthology.

Track listing[edit]

Side one

  1. "Blue of Blue" (Nicholas Holmes, additional lyrics by Carly Simon) - 3:38
  2. "I'll Be Around" (Alec Wilder) - 2:30
  3. "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" (Duke Ellington, P.F. Webster) - 3:46
  4. "I Get Along Without You Very Well" (Hoagy Carmichael) - 3:23
  5. "Body and Soul" (Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green) - 4:12

Side two

  1. "Hurt" (Jimmie Crane, Al Jacobs) - 3:21
  2. "From the Heart" (Simon) - 2:47
  3. "Spring Is Here" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) - 3:02
  4. "Pretty Strange" (Jon Hendricks, Randy Weston) - 2:59
  5. "What Shall We Do with the Child" (Holmes, Kate Horsey, additional lyrics by Simon) - 2:44
  6. "Not a Day Goes By" (From the Broadway show Merrily We Roll Along) (Stephen Sondheim) - 2:40


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1981 Pop Albums 50

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1981 "Hurt" Pop Singles 106

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