Anticipation (Carly Simon album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1971
RecordedLate Summer 1971
StudioMorgan Studios, London, England
ProducerPaul Samwell-Smith
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Anticipation is singer-songwriter Carly Simon's second studio album, released in 1971.

It is best known for its title track, "Anticipation", which was a top-twenty chart hit in the U.S.; it was later used as the soundtrack for several television commercials for Heinz ketchup starting in 1973. The song relates Simon's state of mind as she waits to go on a date with Cat Stevens.[2] The album cover artwork is a photo of Simon taken at the gates of Queen Mary's Garden in London's Regent's Park.

The closing song, her version of Kris Kristofferson's "I've Got to Have You", was released as a single in Australia and reached the top 10 of the Australian charts in 1972.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars [3]
Rolling Stonepositive [4]
Uncut3/5 stars [5]


Writing in Rolling Stone, Stephen Davis gave a glowing review of the album. He called the title-track "a spirited examination of the tensions involved in a burgeoning romantic situation in which nobody has any idea of what's going on or what's going to happen." Davis continued by calling "Our First Day Together", "...a quiet song, lovely and quite enigmatic, with a trace of the minor chord influence of Joni Mitchell." He concluded by calling "I've Got To Have You", "an ...absolute clincher, an awesome description of the psychic ravages of gone-nuts, know-nothing love." He continued by saying, " Carly performs it, it becomes a tour de force, and a stern reminder to those of us who might have forgotten that passion is the ruler of man, not reason. When Carly moans 'I can't help it ... I've got to have you,' we're being shown something so primal and so private that it takes your breath away."

A more recent review from Allmusic's William Ruhlmann continued the praise. Ruhlmann rated the album three and a half out of a possible five, and stated, "the album ...found her extending the gutsy persona she had established on her debut album." In 1973, Anticipation was certified Gold by the RIAA, for sales of over 500,000 copies in the United States.[6]


15th Annual Grammy Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1973 "Anticipation" Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female Nominated

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Carly Simon; except where indicated.

Side one

  1. "Anticipation" – 3:19
  2. "Legend in Your Own Time" – 3:45
  3. "Our First Day Together" – 3:29
  4. "The Girl You Think You See" (Simon, Jacob Brackman) – 3:07
  5. "Summer's Coming Around Again" (Simon, Jimmy Ryan, Paul Glanz) – 4:10

Side two

  1. "Share the End" (Simon, Brackman) – 3:58
  2. "The Garden" (Simon, Brackman) – 4:08
  3. "Three Days" – 3:19
  4. "Julie Through the Glass" – 3:23
  5. "I've Got to Have You" (Kris Kristofferson) – 4:45



  • Producer – Paul Samwell-Smith
  • Production Supervisor – Jac Hotzman
  • Engineer – Michael Bobak
  • Editing – Barry Hammond
  • Mastered by Lee Hulko at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
  • Art Direction – Robert Heimall
  • Photography – Peter Simon


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1972 Pop Albums 30

Album - International

Year Country Position
1971 Australia 12[7]
1971 Canada 36[8]

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1972 "Anticipation" Easy Listening 3
1972 "Anticipation" Pop Singles 13
1972 "Legend In Your Own Time" Easy Listening 11
1972 "Legend In Your Own Time" Pop Singles 50


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Carly Simon Official Website - Anticipation". Archived from the original on October 12, 2012. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
  3. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Anticipation at AllMusic. Retrieved 12 July 2007.
  4. ^ Davis, Stephen (December 23, 1971). "Carly Simon Anticipation > Album Review". Rolling Stone (98). Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Carly Simon Carly Simon > Review". Uncut. Retrieved 7 November 2011.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Carly Simon certifications". Retrieved 2014-12-28.
  7. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ "CAN Charts > Carly Simon". RPM. Archived from the original on 2015-01-04. Retrieved 2015-01-04.

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