Numbered, Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity! Mastered from the Original Master Tapes!
1974s Platinum Hotcakes Captures Carly Simon in Playful, Blissful, and Domestic Moods
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Excellent-Sounding Mobile Fidelity Hotcakes SACD Resonates With Newfound Nuances, Warmth, and Soulfulness
Includes Smash Duet Mockingbird With James Taylor and Contributions From Musical Icons Robbie Robertson, Michael Brecker, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dr. John, and More
Carly Simon found a peaceful, happy place when she made 1974s platinum-selling Hotcakes. Aptly depicted on the cover smiling, radiant, and pregnant, the singer evolved from a jet-setting lifestyle into one marked by domestic bliss thanks to her recent marriage to James Taylor and decision to settle down. Simons refreshed perspective and feel-good moods define the autobiographical Hotcakes, a homespun celebration of bucolic delights and simple pleasures performed with utmost sincerity and sweetness. In addition to spawning two hit singles, the record marks Simon and Taylors attempt to begin an artistic franchise together.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelitys numbered limited-edition hybrid SACD delivers Hotcakes in audiophile-quality sonics that enhance the laidback musics warmth, innocence, and sentimentality. Coming from a tranquil place, Simons voice emerges with terrific ease, composure, and contentment. Surrounded by ravishing instrumental and jazz-based blends that, thanks to added detail and clearer tones, feel more joyous and spirited than on any prior pressing, Simons words take on a reassuring quality conveyed by the best singer-songwriter albums of the era. Consider this stellar-sounding reissue the equivalent of a crackling fireplace on a winter night. Such is the level of coziness and amiability provided.
Largely based around Simons feelings and experiences before giving birth, Hotcakes wonderfully channels a prevailing attitude during the mid-70s that found many people returning to the basics and getting back in touch with familial surroundings after the upheaval following the end of the Sixties. Simons first three albums captured this transition in frank, feminist-inspired, take-no-muss fashion. On Hotcakes, her fourth and second consecutive platinum-selling set, she both reflected and led the dominant spirit of the time, delivering with nursery-rhyme purity and soothing tenderness playful songs about homey euphoria and marital glee.
Anchored by the duet with her then-partner James Taylor, Mockingbird, a cover that the power couple took into the Top Five, Hotcakes shuns any tension or negativity in favor of optimism, intimacy, and tranquility. Standout fare such as I Think Im Gonna Have a Baby and the Simon-Taylor penned Forever My Love testify on behalf of personal bonds and the importance of love. Similarly, Mind on My Man, the husband-focused Misfit, and humorous Safe and Sounda theme-setting opener that describes much of the world in disarray but which maintains all is fine as long as Simon has her soulmatespeak on behalf of the artist's new priorities and the gravity of strong relationships.
Musically, Hotcakes is appointed with first-rate session work from a stream of Hall of Fame-worthy instrumentalists. Robbie Robertson, Michael Brecker, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dr. John, and Taylor are among the guests gracing the arrangements with nimble touches and heartfelt accents indicative of Simons emotionalism. Factor in the tasteful horn sections, excellent backing vocal tracks, and producer Richard Perrys illustrative orchestrations, and Hotcakes may reign as Simons finest-ever studio hour.
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. Safe And Sound
2. Mind On My Man
3. Think Im Gonna Have A Baby
4. Older Sister
5. Just Not True
8. Forever My Love
11. Havent Got Time For The Pain