Numbered, Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity! Mastered from the Original Master Tapes!
1971 Debut Won Grammy Award for Best New Artist: Understated Record Finds Carly Simon Poignantly Chronicling Transition from Carefree Youth to Adulthood
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Warm, Intimate SACD of Carly Simon Boasts Stellar Microdynamics, Vocal Intricacies, and Lifelike Imaging
Includes the Top Ten Hit Thats the Way Ive Always Heard It Should Be
Carly Simons exceptional debut remains one for the books. Immediately recognizing her potential, Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman signed and paired her with legendary producer Eddie Kramer. The pairs chemistry resulted in a remarkable record that birthed an instant Top Ten hit, Thats the Way Ive Always Heard It Should Be, a potent statement about marriage that, in the era, doubled as a feminist statement. Simons star-making self-titled album went on to garner critical acclaim and two Grammy nominations, including an award for Best New Artist. Now, more than four decades later, the album receives the sonic treatment its long deserved.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelitys numbered limited edition hybrid SACD brings audiophile-caliber warmth, closeness, and realism to the exquisitely crafted music. Simons even-keeled voice assumes a clearer, more intimate quality. Instruments come into view via well-defined imaging and accurate tonalities. Balances are sharper than on prior editions, and the emotionalism enhanced. Soundstages, too, are broader and deeper, benefitting from a meticulous mastering process that opens up the dynamics and lets everything breathe.
For the first time, Kramers production gets the opportunity to truly shine. Boasting stellar sonics and gorgeous subtleties, this SACD is tailor-made for relaxing listening sessions with a glass of wine at arms reach. It also places Simons lyrical arc about moving from living a carefree youth to entering adulthoodand the doubts, curiosities, heartbreaks, vulnerabilities, and anticipations that accompany the transitionin greater relief. Melodic counterpoints provided by the scored orchestrations, steel guitar accents, and hybrid pop-jazz progressions further amplify Simons emotional reach.
While Simon achieved greater commercial success with successive releases, rarely did she again sing with the kind of nuanced character, understated poignancy, and outstanding control present here. Before evolving into one of rocks premier singer-songwriters, Simon used her eponymous debut as a standout platform to showcase the art of vocal intricacies and phrasing. Coupled with the records nimble arrangements and narrative palette, the performances elevate Carly Simon to a level on par with the artists breakout No Secrets and Hotcakes albums.
Simons instinct for introspection cant be denied. She approaches the material in strikingly personal fashion. A majority of songs concern a young womans reflections on development, expectations, disappointment, individuality, and romance. Chronicling human changes and growth, the singer explores the peaks and valleys between highs and lows with candid eloquence and bittersweet beauty that foreshadow whats to come. Whether on the balladic The Best Thing, folk-laden Reunions, or harmony-drenched The Loves Still Growing, Simon touches hearts and reaches into souls with her expressive feeling and aching melodies. If only every debut had such resonance.
Super Audio CD
SACD Stereo SACD Layer
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
Numbered, Limited Edition
Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Thats the Way Ive Always Heard It Should Be
3. One More Time
4. The Best Thing
5. Just a Sinner
6. Dan, My Fling
7. Another Door
9. Rolling Down the Hills
10. The Loves Still Growing