The Paul McCartney Project

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

The Right Thing to Do

2:57 • Studio version


2.

The Carter Family

3:29 • Studio version


3.

You're So Vain

4:17 • Studio version


4.

His Friends Are More Than Fond of Robin

3:00 • Studio version


5.

We Have No Secrets

3:57 • Studio version


6.

Embrace Me, You Child

4:06 • Studio version


7.

Waited So Long

4:14 • Studio version


8.

It Was So Easy

3:06 • Studio version


9.

Night Owl

Written by James Taylor

3:47 • Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals
Nicky Hopkins:
Piano
Jim Keltner:
Drums
Carly Simon:
Vocals
Klaus Voorman:
Bass
Jimmy Ryan:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Ray Cooper:
Congas
Bobby Keys:
Tenor sax
Bonnie Bramlett:
Background vocals
Doris Troy:
Background vocals

10.

When You Close Your Eyes

3:05 • Studio version

About

From Wikipedia:

No Secrets is singer-songwriter Carly Simon’s third studio album, released in 1972.

The album was Simon’s commercial breakthrough. It spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard Pop albums chart and quickly went Gold, as did its leadoff single, “You’re So Vain“, which remained at #1 on the Billboard Pop singles chart for three weeks, and #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for two weeks. 25 years after its initial release, the album was officially certified Platinum by the RIAA on December 12, 1997.

Recording

At the invitation of producer Richard Perry, Simon recorded the album at Trident Studios in London, where Perry was keen for Simon to work with engineer Robin Cable. Trident Studios had previously been the venue for the recording of notable albums including The Beatles’ White Album, David Bowie’s Space Oddity and Elton John’s second album.

Reception

Initial reviews for No Secrets were mixed to positive. Robert Christgau, writing in Creem, rated the album a B- and stated that “if a horse could sing in a monotone, the horse would sound like Carly Simon, only a horse wouldn’t rhyme ‘yacht’, ‘apricot’, and ‘gavotte’. Is that some kind of joke?” Stephen Holden in Rolling Stone concluded that “what finally makes No Secrets so refreshing is her singing, which conveys the finest spirit of patrician generosity.

More recent reviews have been much more positive. For example, Allmusic’s William Ruhlmann gave the album four-and-a-half stars (out of five). Ruhlmann noted that “You’re So Vain“, “set the album’s saucy tone, with its air of sexually frank autobiography and its reflections on the jet-set lifestyle“. He also stated that “now that she felt she had found true love, she was as willing to acknowledge her own mistakes and regrets as she was to point fingers.” He concluded that “Perry paid particular attention to Simon’s vocals and gave her music a new pop/rock ‘buoyancy that previous albums lacked’.” […]


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