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Film Noir

Carly SimonAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Prior to singing with the Simon Sisters, beginning at the beginning of my life, things were fairly quiet. Lucy, Joey and I sang throughout our childhood's, first in Greenwich Village (where I was kicked out of family choir for being obstreperous and willful), and then at our lovely homes in Riverdale, NY and Stamford, Connecticut. We sang as a trio, and then Lucy and I began singing in ... Read more in Amazon's Carly Simon Store

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  • Audio CD (April 28, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0026RLM5C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Won't Forget Me
2. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
3. Lili Marlene
4. Last Night When We Were Young
5. Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year
6. Laura
7. I'm a Fool to Want You
8. Fools Coda
9. Two Sleepy People
10. Don't Smoke in Bed
11. Somewhere in the Night

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carly makes classic standards her very own August 19, 1998
Format:Audio CD
Her third project of standards is also her strongest and most appealing. Focusing on songs from the classic "film noir" era of movies, Carly knows just when to make a song her own statement and when to play it straight. The dramatic "You Won't Forget Me" is given a traditional arrangement, but she takes Cole Porter's chestnut "Every Time We Say Goodbye," almost always performed as a ballad, and turns it into a 50's reminiscent, horn-laden gem with an insistent midtempo beat. "Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year," a duet with Jimmy Webb, is given a jolt to its piano and vocal arrangement with a surprising electric guitar solo. "Last Night When We Were Young" offers a perfect dose of sweet nostalgia, and Carly ingeniously weaves elements of her moody ballad "Haunting" (from her 1978 album "Boys in the Trees") into the intro for the ultimate mood piece, Johnny Mercer's "Laura." The project even inspired Carly to write her own classic song, the brilliant title track that gives new meaning to the escapism of the movies. In the wake of so many pop trends and gimmicks, it's refreshing to not only hear someone remember these classic songs, but to breath new and inventive artistic life into them as well.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carly Simon the original pop star doing the standards November 23, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I am a big Carly Simon fan and I cannot Believe "film noir" was
released and I just gor around to buying it. Okay in 1981
Carly released "Torch" one of her best CD's it was a collection
of torch songs due to her breakup with James Taylor. This was
before Linda Ronstadt did 3 CD's of standards, and long before
Rod Stewart, Michael Bolton, Bette Midler, and now Cyndi Lauper
put out their standards CD. In all fairness Carly's voice is great as a pop artists-but her voice is amazing singing standards.
"Film Noir" is an excellent collection of standards and I must
admit one reason is the production by Jimmy Webb. Her voice is
beautiful and the orchestrations and arrangements are the best.
If you like "Torch" believe me you will love "Film Noir" Like
"Torch" is a perfect work of art. Carly Simon you are the
most sophiscated singer of all artists when it comes to
singing the standards. I am so glad I added "Film Noir" to
my Carly Simon collection it makes it truly complete
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Play this CD,and your World changes to Black/White June 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Play this CD,and your World changes to Black and White.It takes you back to the post war days. When I get a CD,I love to read the linner notes,and see who wrote the Music and Words,also the musicians.I couldn't beleive Frank Sinatra co-wrote "I'm a fool to want you." This song is fantastic. I have alot more respect for old blue eyes for writing such a wonderfull song.But my favorite,"Lili Marlene." You will see Marlena Dietrich in your room singing this song to the troops.The American's and the German's both cherished this record while the War was going on. "Don't smoke in Bed" I wouldn't want to mess with this Women. They way Carly sings this,you'll never be able to fall asleep again."Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" I hear this song everytime I step into a Mall. What a great tune. This should have been a top ten hit. John Travolta sounds nice in the "Two Sleepy People" duet,.but Jimmy Webb is wonderfull in the "Spring will be a little Late This year" You won't be dissapointed buying this CD. Thank you again Carly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Film Noir - Angel Voice! Carly Simon IS the gift! March 8, 2006
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In this disc, Carly sings "Two Sleepy People" (a duet with John Travolta). I heard this same song with James Taylor and I must say that Carly's interpretation is "THE SHOW". Another song I love in this disc is "Laura" - what a beautiful melody. I was curious about "Lili Marlene"; after Marlene Dietrich made it famous, it's a dangerous selection for another singer. But Carly is CARLY and she gives a gorgeous interpretation to this old song. "Last Night When We Were Young" and "Evr'ry Time We Say Goodbye" are to die for. Great Carly, as always!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Film Noir Ranks On Top As "Classic Carly" October 21, 2000
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I agree with the other reviewer, this CD is getting worn out by the laser on my CD player due to over-play, too. It's funny, but as time goes by, you find that certain CD's remain in your "always play" CD file, and this album is one of them. My favorite tracks on this album are "Every Time We Say Goodbye", and Frank Loesser's "Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year",which was recorded as a duet with Jimmy Webb and vocally delivered in a simple, honest way. Another one of my favorite songs, and arrangements on Carly's album is her rendition of "Laura" (nominated for a Grammy a couple of years ago, but lost). By the way, if you get into 'film noir', and love the "Laura" theme, then get the new CD release called "Silver Screen Serenades" by 'cabaret' artist, Michael Poss. It contains a full-string arrangement to the lost love theme to Hitchcock's "Marnie". Both, Carly's and Michael Poss' arrangements emote the same mysterious, 'film noir' feel for the true movie love theme buffs. Carly's got class, always had it, and always will. I hope she climbs on top of all the music charts again, with her newest CD release. By the way, I loved "Two Sleepy People" which was intended to be delivered in a cute "sleepy" way by John Travolta and Carly Simon. Great CD!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Film noir
I got this cd partly beouse of 1 song (not as god as on Youtube) and of course CARLY SIMON. I like her work.
Published 13 months ago by rts8
3.0 out of 5 stars CARLY TORCHES AGAIN
I really like Carly Simon and have many of her albums. But I must admit that I don't feel Carly's voice is best suited for standards. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Michael Butts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
A very romantic piece of work. It is thought provoking if you carefully listen to the words. She has a very clear pronunciation of words which is not often found these days.
Published 21 months ago by Larry R. Ulery
3.0 out of 5 stars Film Noir
Having previously purchased Moonlight serenade by Carly Simon which was excellent, this Film Noir does in no way come anywhere near the standard set by Moonlight Serenade. Read more
Published on October 14, 2009 by Henry S. Sears
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice sound
Love Carly's work and this cd is very nice. The years go by and the lady still has what it takes.
Published on September 14, 2009 by JaLanham
4.0 out of 5 stars carly at her best
A different sound from Carly Simon then you've heard in the past. Any one who has followed her and her music through the years will enjoy this c.d.
Published on May 17, 2009 by Theresa A. Visconti
5.0 out of 5 stars Film Noir is fantastic.
This is my second one of this disc. I played the other one so much over the course of 7 years, it was time to replace it. If you like torch singers, Ms. Read more
Published on June 9, 2008 by B. A. Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Dyke Parks, Jimmy Webb, and Carly -- A SoCal Dream Team!
This is an offbeat Carly record, but one that grows on you. The inspired pairing of Carly, Jimmy Webb, and Van Dyke Parks help to create memorable soundscapes, intended to evoke... Read more
Published on May 16, 2008 by Todd and In Charge
5.0 out of 5 stars Spring
We enjoyed all of the songs but the best one was "Spring will be a little late this year." We received Moonlight Seranade a couple of day ago and are enjoying tha very much also.
Published on August 27, 2005 by Robert J. Frederick
4.0 out of 5 stars This was leading to where she went with Moonlight Serenade
I liked her new one so much I bought this one. It is almost as lush as "Moonlight"...but she is dreadfully unrestrained on some tracks. Read more
Published on August 24, 2005 by B. shaw
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