No Secrets (Carly Simon album)

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No Secrets
No Secrets (Carly Simon album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Carly Simon
Released November 28, 1972
Recorded September–October 1972
Studio Trident Studios
(London, England)
Genre Pop rock[1]
Length 35:58
Label Elektra
Producer Richard Perry
Carly Simon chronology
No Secrets
Singles from No Secrets
  1. "You're So Vain"
    Released: November 1972
  2. "The Right Thing to Do"
    Released: March 1973

No Secrets is the third studio album by American singer and songwriter Carly Simon, released on November 28, 1972 by Elektra Records.

The album was Simon's commercial breakthrough. It spent five weeks at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and quickly went Gold,[2] as did its lead single, "You're So Vain", which remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks, and topping on the Adult Contemporary chart for two weeks.[3] 25 years after its initial release, the album was officially certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on December 12, 1997.[2]

Recording and packaging[edit]

At the invitation of producer Richard Perry, Simon recorded the album at Trident Studios in London, where Perry was keen for Simon to work with engineer Robin Cable. Trident Studios had previously been the venue for the recording of notable albums including The Beatles' White Album, David Bowie's Space Oddity and Elton John's second album.

The photograph for the cover, taken by Ed Caraeff, was shot in front of the Portobello Hotel, on Stanley Gardens in London's Notting Hill.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(B-)[5]
Rolling Stone(positive)[6]

Initial reviews for No Secrets were mixed to positive. Robert Christgau, writing in Creem, rated the album a B- and stated that "if a horse could sing in a monotone, the horse would sound like Carly Simon, only a horse wouldn't rhyme 'yacht', 'apricot', and 'gavotte'. Is that some kind of joke?"[5] Stephen Holden in Rolling Stone concluded that "what finally makes No Secrets so refreshing is her singing, which conveys the finest spirit of patrician generosity."[6]

More recent reviews have been much more positive. For example, AllMusic's William Ruhlmann gave the album four-and-a-half stars (out of five). Ruhlmann noted that "You're So Vain", "set the album's saucy tone, with its air of sexually frank autobiography and its reflections on the jet-set lifestyle." He also stated that "now that she felt she had found true love, she was as willing to acknowledge her own mistakes and regrets as she was to point fingers." He concluded that "Perry paid particular attention to Simon's vocals and gave her music a new pop/rock 'buoyancy that previous albums lacked'."[1]

"You're So Vain" is ranked at number 72 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All-Time.[7] The song was also voted number 216 in RIAA's Songs of the Century. It remains Simon's biggest hit and is considered her signature song.


Grammy Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1974 "You're So Vain" Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female Nominated
No Secrets Best Engineered Recording[8] Nominated
2004 "You're So Vain" Grammy Hall of Fame Award Inducted

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Carly Simon, unless otherwise noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "The Right Thing to Do" – 2:57
  2. "The Carter Family" (Simon, Jacob Brackman) – 3:29
  3. "You're So Vain" – 4:17
  4. "His Friends Are More Than Fond of Robin" – 3:00
  5. "We Have No Secrets" – 3:57

Side two[edit]

  1. "Embrace Me, You Child" – 4:06
  2. "Waited So Long" – 4:14
  3. "It Was So Easy" (Simon, Brackman) – 3:06
  4. "Night Owl" (James Taylor) – 3:47
  5. "When You Close Your Eyes" (Simon, Bill Mernit) – 3:05


Additional personnel[edit]


  • Produced – Richard Perry
  • Engineers – Robin Geoffrey Cable and Mark Berry
  • RemixingBill Schnee and Robin Geoffrey Cable at Sound Labs (Los Angeles, CA) and AIR Studios (London, England).
  • MasteringDoug Sax at The Mastering Lab (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Art Direction and Design – Robert Heimall
  • Cover Photography – Ed Caraeff
  • Inner Sleeve Photography – Peter Simon
  • Music Contractor – David Katz

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Ruhlmann, William. No Secrets at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 March 2006.
  2. ^ a b RIAA (2010-02-28). "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - February 28, 2010". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-02-28.  (table of RIAA certifications for artist Carly Simon in format ALBUM)
  3. ^ RIAA (2010-02-28). "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - February 28, 2010". RIAA. Archived from the original on June 26, 2007. Retrieved 2010-02-28.  (table of RIAA certifications for artist Carly Simon in format SINGLE)
  4. ^ Walter Neff. "Carly Simon - Album Covers: No Secrets (1972)". carlysimonalbumcovers. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (April 1973). "The Christgau Consumer Guide: Carly Simon: No Secrets". Creem. Retrieved 7 November 2011.  Also included in "Carly Simon > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 14 March 2006. 
  6. ^ a b Holden, Stephen (January 4, 1973). "Carly Simon No Secrets > Album Review". Rolling Stone (125). Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Chart 50th Anniversary". 1994-05-21. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  8. ^ "Grammy Awards 1974". Awards& Retrieved 2015-04-11. 
  9. ^ Castleman, Harry; Podrazik, Walter J. (1977). "1972 – Never Tell Your Mother She's Out of Tune". All Together Now – The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961–1975 (Second ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 117. ISBN 0-345-25680-8. 
  10. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  11. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved February 20, 2013
  12. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > Choisir Un Artiste Dans la Liste" (in French). Archived from the original on May 6, 2013. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia - Gli album più venduti del 1973" (in Italian). Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  14. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  15. ^ " Carly Simon – No Secrets" (ASP). Hung Medien. VG-lista. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Chart Stats – Carly Simon – No Secrets (original soundtrack)" (PHP). UK Albums Chart. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  17. ^ "allmusic ((( No Secrets > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Album Search: Carly Simon – No Secrets" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Les Albums (CD) de 1973 par InfoDisc" (in French). Archived from the original (PHP) on October 27, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Top Pop Albums of 1973". Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  21. ^ "British album certifications – Carly Simon – No Secrets". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 20, 2013.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter No Secrets in the search field and then press Enter.
  22. ^ "American album certifications – Carly Simon – No Secrets". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 20, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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