Never Been Gone

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Never Been Gone
CarlysimonNeverbeengoneUSversion.jpg
Studio album by Carly Simon
Released October 27, 2009
Genre Pop, adult contemporary
Length 49:25[1]
Label Iris
Producer Carly Simon, Ben Taylor, Larry Ciancia, Peter Calo, David Saw, Ben Thomas
Carly Simon chronology
Carly Simon Collector's Edition
(2009)
Never Been Gone
(2009)
Original Album Series
(2011)
International version CD cover
Never Been Gone UK cover.jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]

Never Been Gone is an album by the American singer/songwriter Carly Simon, released on October 27, 2009 by Iris Records. The album features new acoustic versions of many of Simon's past hits, as well as two new songs. It is her 25th studio album (and her 35th overall, including live and compilation albums).

The album peaked at #134 on the United States Billboard 200 album chart in 2009, and the International version peaked at #45 on the United Kingdom's UK Albums Chart in 2010.[3] It was given away free with The Mail on Sunday newspaper on 28 March 2010.[4]

Background[edit]

The album was conceived in the summer of 2008, a time when Simon was having problems promoting her previous album, This Kind of Love, which had been released through Starbucks' Hear Music label. Simon claimed the company had failed to promote it properly.[5] Simon's son, Ben Taylor, convinced her to channel her energies into making a new album. Never Been Gone features new acoustic versions of many of Simon's hits spanning her career, and was recorded at her home on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Track listing[edit]

The original version and International version contain the same track listing.
All songs written by Carly Simon unless shown otherwise.

  1. "The Right Thing to Do" – 3:46
  2. "It Happens Everyday" – 4:19
  3. "Never Been Gone" (Simon, Jacob Brackman) – 2:55
  4. "Boys In The Trees" – 4:26
  5. "Let the River Run" – 3:16
  6. "You're So Vain" – 5:09
  7. "You Belong to Me" (Simon, Michael McDonald) – 4:14
  8. "No Freedom" (Simon, David Saw, Ben Taylor) – 3:39
  9. "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" (Simon, Brackman) – 5:19
  10. "Coming Around Again" – 4:53
  11. "Anticipation" – 4:52
  12. "Songbird" – 2:37

Credits[edit]

  • Elena Barere - Concert Master, Violin
  • Margaret Bell - Vocals (Background)
  • Adrian Benjamin - Viola
  • Jacob Brackman - Composer, Lyricist
  • Peter Calo - Arranger, Bass (Acoustic), Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Baritone), Lap Steel Guitar, Vocals (Background)
  • Giulia Casalina - Vocals (Background)
  • Larry Ciancia - Arranger, Cajon, Djembe, Drums, Engineer, Percussion
  • Stephanie Cummins - Celli
  • Chris Davies - Engineer
  • Jill Dell'Abate - String Contractor, Vocals (Background)
  • Frank Filipetti - Engineer, Mixing, Vocals (Background)
  • John Forté - Engineer, Guitar (Acoustic), Producer, Programming, Vocals (Background)
  • Toni Glickman - Violin
  • Teese Gohl - Arranger, Conductor, Orchestration, Piano, String Arrangements, String Pads
  • Yana Goichman - Violin
  • Steven Jurgensmeyer - Artwork, Design
  • Dave Kreiger - Art Direction
  • Meghan La Roque - Personal Assistant
  • Derik Lee - Engineer
  • Anne Lehmann - Violin
  • Vince Lionti - Viola
  • Katherine Livolsi - Violin
  • Richard Locker - Celli
  • Bob Ludwig - Mastering
  • Nancy McAlhany - Violin
  • Eugene J. Moye - Celli
  • Paphiopedilium - Producer
  • Jimmy Parr - Guitar (Synthesizer), Engineer
  • Carlo Pennisi - Engineer
  • David Saw - Arranger, Composer, Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals (Background)
  • Meredith Sheldon - Vocals (Background)
  • Carly Simon - Arranger, Bass, Composer, Cover Photo, Engineer, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Synthesizer), Instrumentation, Keyboard Programming, Layout Design, Lyricist, Mixing, Piano, Primary Artist, Vocals
  • Alyssa Smith - Viola
  • Ben Taylor - Arranger, Composer, DJ, Drum Programming, Engineer, Guitar (Acoustic), Loops, Piano, Vocals (Background)
  • Sally Taylor - Vocals (Background)
  • Ben Thomas - Bass, Drum Programming, Organ, Piano, Piano (Electric), Producer, String Arrangements
  • Christopher Thomas - Bass

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)[6]

Year Chart Position
2009 The Billboard 200 134
2009 Folk Albums 11
2009 Independent Albums 22

Album - International[7]

Year Country Chart Position
2010 United Kingdom UK Albums Chart 45

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official website
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "Michael Jackson's "This Is It", Billboard.com, November 5, 2009
  4. ^ "Get Carly Simon's latest album free". Dailymail.com. Retrieved 2015-01-04. 
  5. ^ Never Been Gone: A Conversation With Carly Simon
  6. ^ "Carly Simon - Chart history | Billboard". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-12-27. 
  7. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Never Been Gone". The Official Charts Company. 18 January 2015. 

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