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Carly Simon returns with Never Been Gone LP

Carly Simon

Story by Jack Foley

CARLY Simon will return on March 1, 2010, with the release of new album Never Been Gone, released on Iris Records through Rhino UK.

The album will bring the work of Carly Simon to a whole new generation, as she revisits songs originally written throughout her long and hugely successful career.

Recorded at her home on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, the album features largely acoustic arrangements of Carly’s greatest compositions such as You’re So Vain, Let The River Run and Right Thing To Do.

Benjamin Taylor, Carly’s son, was the originator of the idea and Carly willingly complied and lived up to the challenge.

The collective of producers (Carly Simon, Benjamin Taylor, Larry Ciancia, Peter Calo & David Saw), known as ‘Paphiopedilium’, chose the songs, most of which are Carly’s best-known and commercially successful.

An explanation by Carly Simon of the reworking of each of the songs is included in the albums extensive liner notes, although Carly hopes that the music will speak for itself.

Carly commentsed: “It was a revelation to me that these lyrics and melodies were so innocent of age and experience when I composed them back when. These Are The Good Old Days were not nearly as ‘good’ or as ‘old’.

“I was encouraged by performing some of these songs on a promotional tour for the album This Kind Of Love, which was released a year ago. Ben, David (Saw), Peter (Calo), Larry (Ciancia) and I, with only the instruments in our hands, revised the songs: songs such as You’re So Vain and Anticipation. They came out all different! It was a sport of sorts.”

The album was mixed and mastered by long-term collaborators Frank Filipetti and Bob Ludwig respectively.

Track listing:

  1. Right Thing To Do
  2. It Happens Every Day
  3. Never Been Gone
  4. Boys In The Trees
  5. Let The River Run
  6. You’re So Vain
  7. You Belong To Me
  8. No Freedom
  9. That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be
  10. Coming Around Again
  11. Anticipation
  12. Songbird

A portion of the proceeds from Never Been Gone will go to the Carly Simon Music Therapy Initiative, the collaboration between Carly Simon and Berklee College of Music that brings the healing power of music into the community at large.