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Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition. Carly's classic comeback album celebrates turning 30 with a deluxe edition curated by the lady herself... Carly Simon first burst on to the pop scene in 1971. By the mid-'80s, Simon's album sales had declined and she felt less relevant in the marketplace. That all changed when Clive Davis signed her to Arista Records, which had already restored the commercial fortunes of both Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin. Simon's first release on the label was her 1986 single "Coming Around Again" which was the theme song from the movie Heartburn starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson. The single made #18, returning Simon to the Billboard top 20 for the first time in six years. The song also made #5 on the AC chart, and went on to make the top ten in the UK and Ireland. Coming Around Again followed in April 1987 with production from the likes of Paul Samwell-Smith, Frank Filipetti, John Boylan and Richard Perry and made #25 in both the US and UK. Hot Shot Records' deluxe edition of Coming Around Again features 17 bonus tracks and an in-depth interview with Carly.
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Carly employs a few guest artists/songwriters here -- Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams, and the late Michael Brecker. Michael plays a rare synthesizer instrument on the song "Do The Walls Come Down." He also plays a very mean saxophone solo on "Two Hot Girls (On A Hot Summer Night)". He would continue to guest solo on more of Carly's songs until 1993.
The title track is a nod to Paul Samwell-Smith, who was responsible for producing Carly's 1971 mega smash LP, "Anticipation." I love how the drum programming sounds too. Carly urges a potential lover that she wants him to give ALL of himself -- and not HALF of anything -- in "Give Me All Night." On the cover song, "As Time Goes By", Stevie Wonder plays an even meaner harmonica, but it's so very sweet-sounding at the same time. And it sounds like only the way that HE can play it!! :)
"The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of" is another important song. It starts out lush and quiet, but by the end of the song, it completely explodes into a full-on choir! Now who can resist that, folks?? :) "All I Want Is You" is my second favorite song on this record. Carly sings to her potential lover that he shouldn't worry about the neighbors or what anyone else thinks about their love for one another, i.e. that nothing else really matters.
The last song, "Itsy Bitsy Spider", is a playful spin-off of the title track. Carly introduces her two children, Sally and Ben Taylor, for the first time (although they technically did guest star on her previous 2 LP's). Of course, now it's 2014, so both of them have made quite a name for themselves during all that time. :)
This is an essential record that is NOT to be missed by Carly/music fans. So it's time for you to re-discover "Coming Around Again" and to understand why it was so popular and hits-laden in the first place. :)
since she first started (in 1970), and she never ceases to amaze me with her intelligent songwriting, coupled with the perfect melodies.
"Coming Around Again" resonates so well with anyone who has experienced heartache, yet the lyrics give one such hope! Every
song is uniquely special. If you love Carly's music, you won't be disappointed with this CD!
(BTW, Arista didn't only do this to Carly Simon. I remember being at an Arista-sponsored Whitney Houston concert in 1986 and thinking: this girl's got one of the great voices of all time, but why is every number over the top? A great arranger would have gone for contrast, letting Whitney rip on the powerhouse numbers while toning the ballads way down.)
That said ... the songs here are SO damn good, and Simon's voice is in top form. "Coming Around Again" is an example of how a talented songwriter can get personal without being mawkish or boring. Carly, if you ever get restless, how about giving us an "Unplugged" version?
Paul Baragona Raleigh, NC USA
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There were only a few songs though on this album that I enjoyed