Letters Never Sent

Letters Never Sent

by Carly Simon
     
 

Like many singer/songwriters of her lineage, Carly Simon has learned to stretch out her albums of new songs while still maintaining a steady release schedule. She put out eight such albums in the 1970s and another four in the '80s. But in the three-and-a-half years between 1987's Coming Around Again and 1990s Have You Seen Me Lately, there was a liveSee more details below

Overview

Like many singer/songwriters of her lineage, Carly Simon has learned to stretch out her albums of new songs while still maintaining a steady release schedule. She put out eight such albums in the 1970s and another four in the '80s. But in the three-and-a-half years between 1987's Coming Around Again and 1990s Have You Seen Me Lately, there was a live album and an album of standards. After that, Simon released a soundtrack and a "family opera" performed largely by others. Letters Never Sent is her first new studio album in more than four years and only her second of the '90s. In Simon's case, though, this is a good idea. In the '70s, she tended to record too frequently, before she'd written enough strong material, resulting in uneven albums. And with Have You Seen Me Lately, which was freighted with the concerns of middle age, she seemed to have written herself into a corner. Letters Never Sent represents a fresh start, with little reference to aging, other than a song addressed to her late mother. Rather, Simon has returned to passion as her main subject matter, confessing, "I can never be in love, I can only be in heat." She gives off that heat in many of the album's songs, though she doesn't quite fulfill the promise of the title, which implies lots of secret revelations. Instead, there are mostly generalized songs of romance, delivered by Simon with a large cast of supporting players, including her children, a niece, and seemingly every musician who played on previous Simon albums. It's an unusually coquettish performance for a woman of 49, and practically weightless.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/1994
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0078221875226
catalogNumber:
18752

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carly Simon   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals
Taj Mahal   Harmonica,Vocals
Rosanne Cash   Background Vocals
Andreas Vollenweider   Track Performer,Electric Harp
Marc Cohn   Background Vocals
Carlos Alomar   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jerry Barnes   Background Vocals
Katreese Barnes   Background Vocals
Peter Calo   Acoustic Guitar
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Teese Gohl   Synthesizer,Conductor,Keyboards
Gregory Jones   Bass
Walter Keiser   Drums
Curtis King   Background Vocals
Danny Kortchmar   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Arif Mardin   Conductor
Joe Mardin   Conductor
Rick Marotta   Drums
Sammy Merendino   Drums
Andy Newmark   Drums
Pino Palladino   Bass
Jim Ryan   Dobro,Electric Guitar,Hammered Dulcimer
Paul Samwell-Smith   Tambourine,Background Vocals,Grand Cassa
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Stewart   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ben Taylor   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Sally Taylor   Background Vocals
Doug Wimbish   Bass
Dexter Redding   Background Vocals
Wendy Hill   Background Vocals
Robin Gould   Drums
Mick Rossi   Piano
Jeff Hariston   Background Vocals
Dirk Ziff   Guitar
Julia Simon   Background Vocals
Otis Redding   Background Vocals
T-Bone Wolk   Bass

Technical Credits

Andreas Vollenweider   Contributor
Carly Simon   Producer,drum programming,Art Direction,Collage
Jimmy Bralower   drum programming
Frank Filipetti   Producer,Engineer
Teese Gohl   Arranger,String Arrangements
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Danny Kortchmar   Producer
Arif Mardin   Arranger
Joe Mardin   Arranger
Gene Orloff   Contributor,String Contractor
Paul Samwell-Smith   Producer,Contributor
Emile Charlap   Contributor,String Contractor
Jay Militscher   Engineer
Gary Chester   Engineer

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