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Torch

Carly SimonAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 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 (July 15, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • ASIN: B001AUKUSQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,159 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blue of Blue
2. I'll Be Around
3. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
4. I Get Along Without You Very Well
5. Body and Soul
6. Hurt
7. From the Heart
8. Spring Is Here
9. Pretty Strange
10. What Shall We Do With the Child?
11. Not a Day Goes By [From Merrily We Roll Along]

Editorial Reviews

Carly harkens back to classic torch songs for this intense album.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Torch at its Slit-Your-Wrists Best February 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
At first glance Carly Simon would seem an unlikely talent for a collection of 20th Century pop classics--her unique vocals, that mix the quality of speech with music, would seem at odds with the strictness of the material. But instead of approaching the music with the full orchestrations of Bette Midler or Linda Ronstadt, she offers a stripped down interpretation, and the resulting music has the feel of a smoky, almost-empty nightclub, where the singer sits on a stool surrounded by a bare-bones band and sings not for you, but very powerfully for herself.
1981's TORCH is an incredible recording. Opening with "Blue on Blue" and continuing through such classics as "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good," "Body and Soul," and "Hurt," Simon demonstrates a range of emotion that transcends her more typical off-the-cuff sound, a combination of fire and ice that recalls the great jazz singers of the 1940s and 1950s but which somehow never sounds less than absolutely contemporary. This is classic torch at its slit-your-wrists best, a bonfire of dying emotions.
It is impossible to select a favorite from the material Simon offers on this recording, but if I were pressed, I would likely pick the closing "Not a Day Goes By"--curiously, the only greatly then-contemporary piece in the collection, written by Broadway's Stephen Sondheim for the play MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. Again, Simon and Sondheim are not a combination that you would think would work... but with this recording Simon makes it her own, and it is difficult to imagine any other singer who could best her. Strongly recommended.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling Blue??, Tread VERY Carefully! July 13, 2005
By KRA
Format:Audio CD
Carly Simon released this tour de force as she was going through her public divorce with James Taylor. Needless to say things were not going her way at this time, and if you can not feel the pain in her soul from the recordings on this album, you have no emotion!

I remember first listening to this on vinyl back in the late 70's when it was first released, on a snowy night, alone at the then very deserted off season Jersey Shore. If I could get through a listen under those conditions, anyone can.

Her gut renching read of "Body and Soul", "I Got It Bad", "Hurt" and others give early Blueswomen (Lady Day, Ethel Waters and the like) a run for their money.

The mosy haunting track to me is "What Shall You Do", that song had me yearning to call child protective agencies.

This album is that haunting.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've got it (Good!) and that ain't bad!! November 10, 2000
By James
Format:Audio CD
This is as much a plug for (...) as it is for Carly Simon's "Torch". I bought the vinyl when it was first released, and fell hard - I didn't realize the connection between her artistic expression and the breakup of her marriage to James Taylor, but in retrospect, it makes a sad kind of sense.
After it's initial release, it just kind of disappeared, dropped below the radar, and I couldn't find a copy of this for nearly 20 years. Then I found it here, on (...) and only then icked up my copy of the CD, and boy, am I glad I did.
Each cut gets better than the last, and to not be affected by the time she sings "Not a Day Goes By" indicates to me you're very possibly made of stone. The emotion is genuine, the technique is flawless. This album was the first time I ever heard Carly sing anything but her own material, and it was a revelation.
This CD is a must-have for anyone who's got a taste for the standards, for a great set of performances by one of our top singer/songwriters, or a soundtrack to a flawless romantic evening. I haven't stopped listening to this disc in days, and don't expect to stop now.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carly Simon - what a voice! March 8, 2006
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This woman is incredible! In each disc she surprises us with a special selection of gorgeous songs and sings them with her impecable interpretation. In "I'll be around" she's unique. "Hurt" is simply marvellous. "What shall we do with the child" is the best song and really made me cry. What a talent! I'm glad I have almost all her discs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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As you might have guessed from the title, Carly Simon's 1981 album "Torch" has her covering some pop standards from the past, such as "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)," "I Get Along Without You Very Well," and, most impressively, "Body and Soul." There are also a few of her own compositions thrown into the mix and ends with a superb version of "Not a Day Goes By" from the Stephen Sondheim musical "Merrily We Roll Along." After having regained her songwriting touch with the 1978 album "Boys in the Trees," Simon had suffered an onstage collapse in 1980, which would see her confined largely to the studio for many years. During that time Simon would show that she could sing the songs of others as if she had written them herself. The songs of Ellington, Carmichael, Rodgers & Hart, and the others were well suited to Simon's singing at this point in her career, where her voice was starting to fully mature. Producer Mike Mainieri was also able to bring in some pretty good "sessions" players for "Torch," such as David Sanborn playing alto saxophone on the opening track "Blue of Blues." A lot of other contemporary pop singers would go into the studio to cover old standards, but Carly Simon is pretty much acknowledged to have been ahead of the curve on this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars sing it again carly
Carly is a singer song writer i grew up with ,she has a style all her own. I could go on for hours on why i like her music,but better yet try her for you're self.
Published 4 months ago by smudge29
5.0 out of 5 stars What a voice
Carly has a voice like no other, and even though I'm not a fan of all the cuts on this, I'm really glad I bought it.
Published 4 months ago by KSF
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERY SONG IS GREAT!
Carly is a pro. She comes from a musical family and sings the heck out of all the songs; such passion and pathos.
Published 6 months ago by Patsy Palmadessa
5.0 out of 5 stars Tourch
Carly's beautiful voice brings these wonderful old songs back to life and bring you back in time and to another era
Published 9 months ago by jwt
5.0 out of 5 stars CARLY SIMON
I GREW UP IN THE SAME TIME PERIOD AS MS. SIMON I CONSIDER MYSELF A JAZZ NUT FROM THE LATEYET I ONLY STARTED TOLISONTOTHE OUTSANDIND SINGER SHE IS UUP THERE WITH THE VERY BEST AN... Read more
Published 10 months ago by t. REED
5.0 out of 5 stars Still makes me cry!
These songs are among some of the saddest I have ever heard. Lost my old cassette, so had to buy the CD.
Published 11 months ago by JP
3.0 out of 5 stars Torch CD
'Torch' is hard to find in CD shops , so was glad to find it , however the CD had a scratch or blemish on it, so I hear it every time I play the CD. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. B. Ferdinands
5.0 out of 5 stars A Groundbreaking Classic!
Carly Simon's Torch is in more ways than one a groundbreaking album. Not only was Carly the very first mainstream artist to record an album of standards, she set the "standard" for... Read more
Published 14 months ago by filmbuffwhaley
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE for Carly fans--a classic
TORCH---Love it...a great 'bluesy' nostalgic love song compilation from the 1950's and a MUST HAVE for any Carly Simon fan
Published 14 months ago by H. WAKEMAN SMOOT, II
5.0 out of 5 stars Torch - oldie but goodie
I had the record many years ago and wanted the CD to update my collection. Carly does a great job on these standards!
Published 18 months ago by LLA South
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