Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Carly Simon - Letters Never Sent (1994)


Carly Simon - Letters Never Sent (1994)

Tracklist front / back album covers

"Intro" – 0:18
"Letters Never Sent" (Simon, Jacob Brackman) – 4:45
"Lost In Your Love" – 4:52
"Like A River" – 6:03
"Time Works On All The Wild Young Men" (Simon, Ben Taylor) – 0:44
"Touched By The Sun" – 5:28
"Davy" – 3:41
"Halfway 'Round The World" – 4:33
"What About A Holiday" – 0:32
"The Reason" (Simon, Danny Kortchmar) – 5:29
"Private" – 4:37
"Catch It Like A Fever" – 0:23
"Born To Break My Heart" – 5:00
"I'd Rather It Was You" – 5:42




Carly Simon Band Members / Musicians

Carly Simon – lead vocals, acoustic guitar (3, 6, 7, 11, 14), acoustic piano (4), electric piano (4), drum programming (4, 10, 13), keyboards (10, 13), strings (13)
Teese Gohl – keyboards (2, 10, 14), string arrangements and conductor (2, 5–14), synthesizers (3, 6, 8, 11), orchestral arrangements (4), acoustic piano (4), sailor (8), strings (13)

Mick Rossi – acoustic piano (3, 6, 11)

Carlos Alomar – electric guitar (2), guitar (13)

Jimmy Ryan – electric guitar (3), dobro (14), hammered dulcimer (14)

Ben Taylor – acoustic guitar (5), lead vocals (5), backing vocals (6, 8), sailor (8)

Peter Calo – acoustic guitar (6, 8, 11), guitar (13)

Dirk Ziff – lead guitar (6)

Dave Stewart – acoustic guitar (8), electric guitar (8)

Danny Kortchmar – acoustic guitar (10), electric guitar (10), slide guitar (10)

Doug Wimbish – bass (2, 13)

T-Bone Wolk – bass (3, 13)

Pino Palladino – bass (4, 6, 10)

Gregory Jones – bass (6, 11)

Sammy Merendino – drums (2, 14)

Andy Newmark – drums (3)

Robin Gould – drums (4)

Rick Marotta – drums (6, 11)

Walter Keiser – drums (7)

Paul Samwell-Smith – Grand Cassa bass drum (8), tambourine (8), sailor (8)

Steve Ferrone – drums (10)

Jimmy Bralower – additional drum programming (13)

Andy Snitzer – tenor sax solo (3), tenor saxophone (11)

Emile Charlap – string contractor (2, 4–14)

Arif Mardin – arrangements and conductor (3)

Joe Mardin – arrangements and conductor (3)

Gene Orloff – string contractor (3)

Jeffrey Halpern – orchestra conductor (4)

Andreas Vollenweider – electric harp (7), lead vocals (7)

Taj Mahal – harmonica (8), backing vocals (8)

Beth Miller – fiddle (8)

Jerry Barnes – backing vocals (2)

Katreese Barnes – backing vocals (2)

Curtis King – backing vocals (2)

Dexter Redding – backing vocals (3)

Otis Redding III – backing vocals (3)

Luretta Bybee – backing vocals (4)

Jeff Hariston – backing vocals (4)

Wendy Hill – backing vocals (4)

Marc Cohn – backing vocals (6)

Gregory Keller – sailor (8)

Julia Simon – backing vocals (10)

Sally Taylor – backing vocals (10)

Rosanne Cash – backing vocals (13)




Letters Never Sent is the 16th studio album by American singer-songwriter Carly Simon, released by Arista Records, on November 1, 1994.

Simon has stated the inspiration for the album came when she found an old box of letters that she'd written, but never mailed. She wrote "Like A River" in honor of her mother, Andrea Simon, and "Touched By The Sun" for her dear friend, Jackie Onassis, both of whom died from cancer in 1994.

The album features backing vocals by Marc Cohn and Simon's son Ben Taylor (who also appears as vocalist on "Time Works On All The Wild Young Men", the bridge song between the 4th and 6th tracks). Andreas Vollenweider plays the harp on the track "Davy".

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