1971 self-titled debut album! Numbered, limited edition Hybrid SACD
Includes Top 10 hit "That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be"
Carly Simon's exceptional debut remains one for the books. Immediately recognizing her potential, Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman signed and paired her with legendary producer Eddie Kramer. The pair's chemistry resulted in a remarkable record that birthed an instant Top Ten hit, "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be," a potent statement about marriage that, in the era, doubled as a feminist statement. Simon's star-making self-titled album went on to garner critical acclaim and two Grammy nominations, including an award for Best New Artist. Now, more than four decades later, the album receives the sonic treatment it's long deserved.
For the first time, Kramer's production gets the opportunity to truly shine. Boasting stellar sonics and gorgeous subtleties, this SACD is tailor-made for relaxing listening sessions with a glass of wine at arm's reach. It also places Simon's lyrical arc about moving from living a carefree youth to entering adulthood-and the doubts, curiosities, heartbreaks, vulnerabilities, and anticipations that accompany the transition-in greater relief. Melodic counterpoints provided by the scored orchestrations, steel guitar accents, and hybrid pop-jazz progressions further amplify Simon's emotional reach.
While Simon achieved greater commercial success with successive releases, rarely did she again sing with the kind of nuanced character, understated poignancy, and outstanding control present here. Chronicling human changes and growth, the singer explores the peaks and valleys between highs and lows with candid eloquence and bittersweet beauty that foreshadow what's to come. Whether on the balladic "The Best Thing," folk-laden "Reunions," or harmony-drenched "The Love's Still Growing," Simon touches hearts and reaches into souls with her expressive feeling and aching melodies. If only every debut had such resonance.
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