Showing posts with label Carly Simon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Carly Simon. Show all posts

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Nobody does it better - Carly Simon

'Nobody does it better' was written by Carole Bayer Sager and composed by Marvin Hamlisch. Carly Simon recorded it as the theme song for the 1977 James Bond film 'The spy who loved me'. For the first time, the Bond theme song did not have the same title as the movie itself, although the phrase 'The spy who loved me' does appear in the lyric.

The single reached number 2 in the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, number 7 in the UK and a rather disappointing number 31 in the Netherlands.

My collection: 7" single no. 3845
Found: Zeeheldenfestival, Den Haag, July 4, 2009
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'Nobody does it better' / 'After the storm'

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Coming around again - Carly Simon

Carly Simon's thirteenth studio album was her first for the Arista record label, after her contract with CBS was cancelled following disappointing sales of her previous album, 'Spoiled girl'. 'Coming around again' was a strong comeback album and single. The album reached number 25 in America and the UK, whereas the single peaked at number 18 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number 10 in the UK singles chart.

The two tracks on this single were written for and featured in the 1986 film 'Heartburn', starring Meryl Streep (ugh!) and Jack Nicholson.

My collection: 7" single no. 3606
Found: Record fair, Rijswijk, March 14, 2009
Cost: 0,5 euro
Track: 'Coming around again' / 'Itsy bitsy spider'

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Why - Carly Simon

The movie 'Soup for one' was released in 1982, and flopped. However, the soundtrack of this movie, released in the same year, met with critical acclaim and commercial success. The soundtrack was produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers from Chic. Carly Simon provided vocals on this track, 'Why' and was perceived at the time as a conscious attempt to move away from her guitar-based singer/songwriter material from the Seventies.

The single flopped in America, peaked at number 10 in the UK singles chart and at number 29 in the Dutch Top 40. The song resurfaced in 1989 on the 'Hacienda' scene in Ibiza.

My collection: 7" single no. 954
Found: All that music, Leiden, August 10, 1989
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Why' (Carly Simon) / 'Why (instrumental)' (Chic)
Download: here

Thursday, 29 January 2009

It's hard to be tender - Carly Simon

In the Eighties, Carly Simon contributed songs to many film and television scores. 'It's hard to be tender' was contributed to the soundtrack of the 1986 TV miniseries 'Sins', starring Joan Collins. She played a woman who survived the Nazi horror in France, then became a French model/fashion designer who goes through all sorts of soapish trials and tribulations. The series was based on Judith Gould's novel of the same name.

The B-side features an instrumental track which includes some vague melodic references to the A-side track.

My collection: 7" single no. 1090
Found: Free Record Shop, Den Haag, November 4, 1989
Cost: 6 guilders
Tracks: 'It's hard to be tender' (Carly Simon) / 'Face to face with the mirror' (Francis Lai)
Download: here

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

You know what to do - Carly Simon

Carly Elisabeth Simon was born on June 25, 1945. Her solo music career started in 1971 with the debut album 'Carly Simon', quickly followed by a second album entitled 'Anticipation'. She scored the biggest success of her career in 1972 with the song 'You're so vain'. Further hits were 'Nobody does it better' (taken from the James Bond movie 'The spy who loved me'), 'Coming around again' and the classic album 'Boys in the trees'.

'You know what to do' was released in 1983 and only made no. 36 in the UK, whereas it didn't even chart in the Netherlands. I liked the song a lot, though, and so I bought it six years later when the opportunity presented itself.

My collection: 7" single no. 897
Found: All that music, Leiden, June 23, 1989
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'You know what to do' / 'Orpheus'
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