Torch (Carly Simon album)

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Studio album by Carly Simon
Released August 1, 1981
Recorded Power Station Studios, New York City
Genre Standards
Length 35:02
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Mike Mainieri
Carly Simon chronology
Come Upstairs
(1980)Come Upstairs1980
Hello Big Man
(1983)Hello Big Man1983

Torch is singer-songwriter Carly Simon's eleventh album, and tenth studio album, released in 1981.

It was Simon's first album devoted to standards, namely torch songs, relating unrequited love or rejection. The album also features one Simon original, "From the Heart".[1] The album was recorded during her marriage break up to James Taylor, which was announced shortly after the release of the album.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link

Cover artwork[edit]

The man whose arm Simon is tugging on the cover is American actor Al Corley, known for playing Steven Carrington on the 1980s soap opera Dynasty. The photographer was Lynn Goldsmith.[2]


"Hurt" was the only single released from the album. It just missed the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #106 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

"Not a Day Goes By" was included on Simon's 2002 career spanning collection Anthology.[3] "From the Heart" was included on Simon's 2015 career retrospective Songs From The Trees (A Musical Memoir Collection).[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one

  1. "Blue of Blue" (Nicholas Holmes, additional lyrics by Carly Simon) - 3:38
  2. "I'll Be Around" (Alec Wilder) - 2:30
  3. "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" (Duke Ellington, P.F. Webster) - 3:46
  4. "I Get Along Without You Very Well" (Hoagy Carmichael) - 3:23
  5. "Body and Soul" (Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green) - 4:12

Side two

  1. "Hurt" (Jimmie Crane, Al Jacobs) - 3:21
  2. "From the Heart" (Simon) - 2:47
  3. "Spring Is Here" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) - 3:02
  4. "Pretty Strange" (Jon Hendricks, Randy Weston) - 2:59
  5. "What Shall We Do with the Child" (Holmes, Kate Horsey, additional lyrics by Simon) - 2:44
  6. "Not a Day Goes By" (from the Broadway show Merrily We Roll Along) (Stephen Sondheim) - 2:40



Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1981 Pop Albums 50

Album - International

Year Country Position
1981 Australia 77[5]
1981 Canada 50[6]
1981 Japan 56[7]

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1981 "Hurt" Pop Singles 106


  1. ^ "Carly Simon Official Website - From The Heart lyrics". Archived from the original on September 19, 2010. Retrieved 2014-12-21. 
  2. ^ San Francisco Art Exchange. "Carly Simon, Torch by Lynn Goldsmith". Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Carly Simon Official Website - Anthology". Retrieved 2014-12-21. 
  4. ^ "Carly Simon Official Website - Songs from the Trees". Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  5. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  6. ^ "CAN Charts > Carly Simon". RPM. Retrieved 2015-01-04. 
  7. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 

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