Come Upstairs

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Come Upstairs
Come Upstairs.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 16, 1980
RecordedOctober 1979 - May 1980 at The Power Station, New York City.
GenreRock
Length38:56
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerMike Mainieri
Carly Simon chronology
Spy
(1979)
Come Upstairs
(1980)
Torch
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 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.

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 six 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 written by Carly Simon and Mike Mainieri, except where indicated.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Come Upstairs"4:18
2."Stardust"4:13
3."Them"3:44
4."Jesse"4:15
5."James"2:28
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."In Pain"Simon, Mainieri, Don Grolnick6:10
2."The Three Of Us In The Dark" 4:14
3."Take Me As I Am"Simon, Mainieri, Sid McGinnis4:50
4."The Desert" 4:44
Total length:38:56

Credits[edit]

  • Carly Simon – lead vocals, backing vocals (1-4, 7, 8, 9), acoustic guitar (4)
  • Billy Mernit – electric piano (1, 9)
  • Mike Mainieri – acoustic piano (1, 5, 7, 8, 9), Oberheim synthesizer (1), Prophet 5 (2), Oberheim OB-X (2), Yamaha CS30 (3), backing vocals (3), synthesizer (8, 9), marimba (9)
  • Ed WalshOberheim OB-X (1), synthesizer programming (1, 8), Oberheim 8 Voice (2)
  • Ken Landrum – Prophet 5 (1)
  • Larry Fast – synthesizer (3)
  • Don Grolnick – acoustic piano (4, 6)
  • Pete Hewlett – electric guitar (1, 2, 3, 6), backing vocals (3, 4), acoustic guitar (4, 8)
  • Sid McGinnis – lead guitar (1, 2, 3), guitar solo (2, 6), backing vocals (3, 4), electric slide guitar (4), electric guitar (7, 8, 9), acoustic guitar (9), 12-string guitar (9)
  • Tony Levin – bass guitar (1-4, 6, 7, 8), fretless bass (5, 9)
  • Steve Gadd – drums (1)
  • Rick Marotta – drums (2-9)
  • Jerry Grossman – cello (5)
  • James Taylor – backing vocals (2, 3, 4)
  • Mariah Aguiar – backing vocals (3)
  • Christine Martin – backing vocals (3)
  • Laraine Newman – backing vocals (3)
  • Hugh Taylor – backing vocals (3, 4)
  • Alex Taylor – backing vocals (3, 4)
  • Sally Taylor – backing vocals (4)
  • Gail Boggs – backing vocals (4)

Production[edit]

  • Producer – Mike Mainieri
  • Production Coordination – Christine Martin
  • Engineered and Mixed by Scott Litt
  • Assistant Engineers – James Farber, Jeff Hendrickson, Lucy Laurie and Raymond Willard.
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk (New York, NY).
  • Art Direction – Peter Whorf
  • Design – Bill Gerber
  • Photography – Mick Rock
  • Hand Lettering – Susan Turner

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. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-03.
  3. ^ "Carly Simon - Chart history | Billboard". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
  4. ^ "Carly Simon certifications". RIAA.com. Archived from the original on 2014-09-06. 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. Archived from the original on 2015-01-04. Retrieved 2015-01-04.

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