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Over the course of her long and celebrated career, Carly Simon has periodically delved into the classics, first with 1981's Torch and then with the admirable trilogy of jazz pop standards encompassing 1990's My Romance, 1997's Film Noir, and 2005's Moonlight Serenade. With Into White, however, Simon turns her attention -- and her considerable interpretive skills -- in a different direction. It's a collection of lullabies and seemingly simple tunes -- some new but many deeply familiar -- that Simon treats with care and gentle wisdom. Billed as "soothing songs for the young and the young at heart," Into White is quiet and spacious, full of brief songs played softly, with ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
Over the course of her long and celebrated career, Carly Simon has periodically delved into the classics, first with 1981's Torch and then with the admirable trilogy of jazz pop standards encompassing 1990's My Romance, 1997's Film Noir, and 2005's Moonlight Serenade. With Into White, however, Simon turns her attention -- and her considerable interpretive skills -- in a different direction. It's a collection of lullabies and seemingly simple tunes -- some new but many deeply familiar -- that Simon treats with care and gentle wisdom. Billed as "soothing songs for the young and the young at heart," Into White is quiet and spacious, full of brief songs played softly, with the focus always on Simon's intimate alto. "Blackbird" floats amid acoustic guitars and a slide guitar before billowing slightly with strings; "You Are My Sunshine" moves slowly to a few scattered piano chords; "Devoted to You" becomes a mother's pledge to her child -- it rocks like a cradle, all the more so when it joins with "All I Have to Do Is Dream." It's only fitting that Simon's own children, Ben and Sally Taylor, contribute, sitting in on their father's "You Can Close Your Eyes." The Barnes & Noble exclusive version of the album is capped off with a lovely medley of "Hush Little Baby" and "My Bonnie." Familial and familiar, Into White impresses with understatement.
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  • Release Date: 1/2/2007
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886970156424
  • Catalog Number: 701564

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Class, Pure and Simple

    Ok, I admit it: No, I’m not a lifetime Carly Simon follower. Sure, I know the classics like “You’re So Vain”, “Anticipation”, “Haven’t Got Time For The Pain”, and maybe a few more if I think about it. So I hear the tail end of “Oh Susanna” on Good Morning America, and I thought, “Hmm, that’s a song I haven’t heard for while was that really Carly Simon?” In Starbucks, I hear “You Can Close Your Eyes”, and I thought: “Wow , I didn’t know she was singing with James Taylor again (she’s not: it’s their son Ben and daughter Sally). There’s the album, “Into White”. So, I bought it, popped it in the car CD and off to work. And: I’ve traveled back to Carly Simon --- I think seriously back. This album is pure class, pure talent, pure beauty. It seems not even percussion is included: doesn’t need it. There’s simply not a weak song anywhere in this album. “Manha De Carnival”, hauntingly beautiful “Jamaica Farewell” brings you to a warm tropical breeze “You Can Close Your Eyes” shows her children’s amazing talents so well developed, heirs of their parents’ musical gifts. And like all things that earn the title “classic”, this music is ageless. “Blackbird”, of McCartney fame, is my 14 year old son’s favorite (thank God, the kid knows a good thing!). My 14 year old niece fell in love with “Quiet Evening”--- as any one could: envision moonlight over a Caribbean shore, couples dancing on an outside patio around white cloth table tops with champagne glasses half emptied…OK, you get the point. And speaking of McCartney: if Ben Taylor’s talent is a Lennon, then this guy David Saw is his McCartney. Both “Quiet Evening” and “I’ll Just Remember You” are untouchable in their evocative emotionality. Here’s the problem: Now my sister-in-law has pulled out Carly’s “Reflections” and I can’t stop listening to “Like a River”, and the pick up and dance “All I Want Is You”. And then there’s “Film Noir” she shows me with the heart rendering “Every Time We Say Goodbye”. And “Better Not Tell Her” from “Have You Seen Me Lately”. So now I have to admit it: I just sent in for “Carly Simon: Clouds In My Coffee: 1965-1995”. Suffice it to say, in an era of bubble gum “hits” spewing out like candied popcorn at a movie theater kiosk, I am a believer in Carly Simon’s ageless talent. A thousand years from now on some intergalactic transport, this singer/ songwriter will be played forth again and again. I now realize why she’s earned the title: “Legendary”.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tell them you love them again

    Looking for a special way to tell them you love them? This is it. I will be giving this beautiful CD to all of my children. Carly Simon has been a favorite of mine for over 30 years, she seems to read our hearts and minds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing

    Come on Carly, we know you can do better than to sing juvenile songs that we all sang as kids. Into White and Close your eyes are gorgeous, but the rest of the album is dull. Hasn't, "Over the rainbow" been sung to death lately?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Beautiful

    I can only say that I purchased 3 of Carly's latest. The extra 2 CD's are in case I wear the the first 2 out. This is Carly Simon at her finest. Completely calming and enjoyable sweet music. Share this with those you love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fermez les yeux, le charme de l'Amérique prend forme

    Tout le monde connaissait en 1973 le « You’re so vain » écrit le temps d’un vol d’avion pour la Nouvelle Ecosse, que Carly Simon faisait vivre au moment où son mari James Taylor devenait star de musique intimiste aux Etats-Unis. Chacun a suivi sa route, James Taylor romantique et mélodiste, Carly Simon plus rockeuse et chanteuse de punch. Ce disque paru en janvier vient rééquilibrer son œuvre et signe un vrai succès. Elle a gardé de son talent la vivacité des rythmes, une voix toujours aussi cinglante dans ses aigues avec des très beaux titres dont le « You can close your eyes » chanté avec ses enfants Ben et Sally Taylor, tous deux chanteurs, mais elle offre avec son « I’ll just remember you », une nouvelle approche de la musique de « song-writer » (cette musique à texte qui ne sacrifie pas à la mélodie ni aux harmonies). Ce dernier disque est une grande bouffée d’air qui souligne que le talent ne s’évapore pas lorsqu’il se fonde sur une vraie richesse intérieure… mise en harmonie. A ne pas manquer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spend A Quiet Evening In Peace

    In a day and age where our senses are constantly assaulted by the violence of war and even teenage girls fighting on YouTube is news worthy - languishing in this album is such a breath of fresh air. It's peace and tranquility wrap itself around you like a down comforter on a cold winter night....one that you want to invite others to share with you. It takes me to a place where I feel young and innocent and at peace with the world. Carly Simon's voice and the harmonies and instruments on this album all blend into one gorgeous spell cast from the warmth of remembrance and rejuvenation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Now THIS is a Carly Simon album!!

    Not since 1997's "Film Noir" has Carly sounded this great - from the opening track to the bonus track, each song moves the listener between fond memories of Carly in her heyday and optimism that this great artist will continue on for a long, long time. The Cat Stevens title song is a dream and "Scarborough Fair" transports us to another time. And, who would not shed a tear when listening to "You Can Close Your Eyes," a James Taylor classic that is full of irony and memory as sung by Carly with Ben and Sally Taylor. What is equally amazing on this album is how the sparse musical instrumentation - piano and guitar, creates a density and background that highlights Carly's voice. Newer tracks on this album, such as "Quiet Evening" and "I Remember You," can be added to the long list of Carly Simon gems. There are times during this album that one could actually believe he was listening to "Anticipation," "No Secrets," or "Playing Possum." It's a bit surprising how an album full of "covers" seems completely original and as if they were being sung for the very first time. "Into White" has risen to the occasion, and raised Carly Simon back up on the pedestal where anyone who has appreciated her music and musicianship over the past 40 years, knows she belongs!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TRULY SURPRISED

    I would never have expected to buy this cd, but i heard it at starbucks and really was impressed. Bought it and am now sure that i will be listening to it for years to come, to set the mood for certain occasions. It's way cool. A cool new carly simon cd? who would've thunk it?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely amazing!!

    Into White is just incredible from start to finish. I truly believe that this is one of my favorites so far. I've loved Carly's music ever since I was a baby. I'm 19 now and I have to say I'm proud to be a fan of such an amazing artist. I hope for those who don't know Carly's music very well picks up this c.d.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'll Just Remember You

    This is such a beautiful and touching CD. Having lost my husband almost 4 years ago, I was so moved by "Love of My Life" and "I'll Just Remember You". And, Ben Taylor's voice is silk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Carly Simon A Legendary Artist

    "Into White" is a collection of soothing classic songs. I have listened to this legendary artist, Carly Simon, sing for 35 years. Carly has stood the test of time in a business that can eat you like candy! Someone recently asked me,"What is it about Carly Simon?" I replied,"Its her soul." Carly is truely a vintage artist, a singer/songwriter,and she is back to her folk/guitar roots on "Into White." Her unique voice sounds like no other artists. She takes you in on each song and it's almost dreamlike. "Quiet Evening" is an original song that lets the listener know what Carly Simon is all about! Her talented children Ben and Sally Taylor join her on "You Can Close Your Eyes" A James Taylor classic, and it's magical. The genetics are uncanny, just listen to the harmony as they sing. In the 60's when Carly sang with her sister, Lucy Simon, they had a very unique sound. Carly with her dusky alto and Lucy with her falsetto{The Simon sisters Winkin' Blinkin" And Nod was just re-released!} "Into White" holds something pleasing for everyone. You can give it to your kids, parents, grandparents, and grandkids! Now that's amazing! And Carly won't let you down she never ceases to amaze me. I will be looking forward to see what this humble, dear, sweet soul of an artist has in store for us next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oh, yeah!

    Into White showcases two incredible treasures: the wealth of wonderful songwriting in popular music, and the timeless voice of Carly Simon. Mellow, wistful, lilting, comfort food for the ears. With tunes penned by Cat Stevens, James Taylor, and Paul McCartney, the sound is familiar and nostalgic, yet the fresh approaches keep the tunes from being rehashes. Plus, the old folky standards such as "You Are My Sunshine" are just plain delightful. And that family harmony is, well, very, very bittersweet to us oldtimers. A must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Into White enters your dreams

    Into White is a breath of fresh air. It contains the roots of the troubador era of singing, and the inclusion of Scarborough Fair and I Gave My Love a Cherry clinches this. Including Manha de Carnival -- musically beautiful, but also referencing Orpheus and the guitar itself, reflects back on what this album is about: the voice, the strings, the intimate conversation and -- frankly -- myth (Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Blackbird, Into White, Scarborough Fair all have the imagery of myth and magic.) If you think about the content of the songs, it's about the magic of life on the edge of a dream (in fact, the album could have been called Dreamworld in terms of what's here): Into White is a song about building a house of barley rice -- a fantastical place. The dovetail of Devoted to You into All I Have to Do is Dream, etc., also pushes us toward the dream. I love this album. The vocals go from intimate to a soothing choral feeling, the song choices are both nostalgic and seemingly new, and the two new songs -- "Quiet Evening" and "I'll Just Remember You," -- are two of the best songs I've heard in years. Carly Simon's Into White has a level of innocence and magic and dreams to it that very few recordings convey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Miracle from Carly

    Listen to the voice, listen to the music and listen to the production. Carly's vocals are FULL of quiet feelings, delicacy and intimacy, the subtle music arrangements and amazingly crystal clear production have created an album that wraps you up in the comfort of being home--the comfort of knowing you are loved.

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