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A Numbered, Limited-Edition, Hybrid SACD, Sourced from Original Master Tapes.

This 1971 debut won a Grammy Award for the Best New Artist.   The understated record shows Carly Simon poignantly chronicling her transition from carefree youth to adulthood

Carly Simonís
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 pairís chemistry resulted in a remarkable record that birthed an instant Top Ten hit, “Thatís the Way Iíve Always Heard It Should Be,” a potent statement about marriage that, in the era, doubled as a feminist statement.   Simonís 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 itís long deserved.

For the first time, Kramerís 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 armís reach.   It also places Simonís lyrical arc about moving from living a carefree youth to entering adulthoodóand the doubts, curiosities, heartbreaks, vulnerabilities, and anticipations that accompany the transitionóin greater relief.   Melodic counterpoints provided by the scored orchestrations, steel guitar accents, and hybrid pop-jazz progressions further amplify Simonís 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.   Before evolving into one of rockís premier singer-songwriters, Simon used her eponymous debut as a standout platform to showcase the art of vocal intricacies and phrasing.   Coupled with the recordís nimble arrangements and narrative palette, the performances elevate Carly Simon to a level on par with the artistís breakout No Secrets and Hotcakes albums.

Simonís instinct for introspection canít be denied.   She approaches the material in strikingly personal fashion.   A majority of songs concern a young womanís reflections on development, expectations, disappointment, individuality, and romance.   Chronicling human changes and growth, the singer explores the peaks and valleys between highs and lows with candid eloquence and bittersweet beauty that foreshadow whatís to come.   Whether on the balladic “The Best Thing,” folk-laden “Reunions,” or harmony-drenched “The Loveís Still Growing,” Simon touches hearts and reaches into souls with her expressive feeling and aching melodies.   If only every debut had such resonance.

  1. Thatís the Way Iíve Always Heard It Should Be
  2. Alone
  3. One More Time
  4. The Best Thing
  5. Just a Sinner
  6. Dan, My Fling
  7. Another Door
  8. Reunions
  9. Rolling Down the Hills
10. The Loveís Still Growing

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