Letters Never Sent

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Letters Never Sent
Letters Never Sent.jpg
Studio album by Carly Simon
Released November 1, 1994
Recorded 1994
Genre Rock
Length 52:07
Label Arista
Producer Frank Filipetti & Carly Simon
Carly Simon chronology
Romulus Hunt: A Family Opera
(1993)Romulus Hunt: A Family Opera1993
Letters Never Sent
Clouds in My Coffee
(1995)Clouds in My Coffee1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars link

Letters Never Sent is singer-songwriter Carly Simon's twentieth album, and eighteenth studio album, released in 1994.

Simon has stated the inspiration for the album came when she found an old box of letters that she'd written, but never mailed.[1] She wrote "Like A River" in honor of her mother, Andrea Simon, and "Touched By The Sun" for her dear friend, Jackie Onassis,[2] both of whom died from cancer in 1994.

The album features backing vocals by Marc Cohn and Simon's son Ben Taylor (who also appears as vocalist on "Time Works On All The Wild Young Men", the bridge song between the 4th and 6th tracks). Andreas Vollenweider plays the harp on the track "Davy".[3]

Promotion and Reception[edit]

Simon made music videos for the songs "Like A River" and "Touched By The Sun". She performed the latter on Late Show with David Letterman on two different occasions.[4] Simon also embarked on a co-headlining tour with Hall & Oates in support of the album.[5]

Entertainment Weekly graded the album B+, and called it "funky, fascinating, and sumptuous" and concluded it as "A daring move that pays off".[6] AllMusic wrote that the album "represents a fresh start" and that "Simon has returned to passion as her main subject matter, confessing, "I can never be in love, I can only be in heat." She gives off that heat in many of the album's songs" and concluded "It's an unusually coquettish performance for a woman of 49, and practically weightless."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Carly Simon, except where noted

  1. "Intro" – 0:18
  2. "Letters Never Sent" (Simon, Jacob Brackman) – 4:45
  3. "Lost In Your Love" – 4:52
  4. "Like A River" – 6:03
  5. "Time Works On All The Wild Young Men" (Simon, Ben Taylor) – 0:44
  6. "Touched By The Sun" – 5:28
  7. "Davy" – 3:41
  8. "Halfway 'Round The World" – 4:33
  9. "What About A Holiday" – 0:32
  10. "The Reason" (Simon, Danny Kortchmar) – 5:29
  11. "Private" – 4:37
  12. "Catch It Like A Fever" – 0:23
  13. "Born To Break My Heart" – 5:00
  14. "I'd Rather It Was You" – 5:42

Concert special (VHS)[edit]

Live at Grand Central (VHS)

Live at Grand Central is a 1995 concert Simon gave in the middle of New York City's Grand Central Terminal. The surprise concert was a prelude to her first concert tour in 14 years. Directed by English music video and film director Nigel Dick, the special aired on Lifetime Television, and shortly after was released on VHS and LaserDisc.[8] It has yet to be released on DVD. For this special, Simon was nomatinated for two CableACE Award's, winning one.

Track listing[edit]

CableACE Awards

Year Work Award Result
1995 Live at Grand Central Performance in a Music Special Nominated
"Touched by the Sun" Original Song Won



Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1994 The Billboard 200 129[9]


  1. ^ "Carly Simon Official Website - Letters Never Sent". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on October 12, 2012. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  2. ^ ultimatejackie.blogspot.com. "Ultimate Jackie". Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Album review and info". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Touched By The Sun on Late Night". YouTube. Retrieved March 31, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Carly Simon Comfortable On Tour With Hall And Oates". Hartford Courant. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ Schwartz, Robin J. (November 11, 1994). "Album Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ Letters Never Sent. "Album review". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 Mar 2017. 
  8. ^ "Carly Simon: Live at Grand Central". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Carly Simon - Chart history | Billboard". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2015-01-04. 

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