1971 Carly Simon – Carly Simon

Carly Simon is the debut studio album by singer-songwriter Carly Simon, released in February 1971 by Elektra Records. The album was produced by Eddie Kramer, who had previously worked with Joe Cocker and Jimi Hendrix.

The album included her first Top 10 hit, “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be”, a somber ballad centered on a woman pondering marriage with a sense of both inevitability and entrapment; the song was written by Simon and collaborator Jacob Brackman. The album features material written by Simon, with additional writing by Brackman, Kramer, and Freddy Gardner. The album also features two covers of songs by Mark Klingman and Buzzy Linhart.


That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be (Carly Simon, Jacob Brackman) 4:18
2  Alone (Carly Simon) 3:36
3  One More Time (Carly Simon) 3:32
4  The Best Thing (Carly Simon) 4:23
5  Just A Sinner (Mark Klingman) 3:13
6  Dan, My Fling (Jacob Brackman, Freddy Gardner) 5:27
7  Another Door (Carly Simon) 3:20
8  Reunions (Carly Simon, Bill Mernit, Eddie Kramer) 3:09
9  Rolling Down The Hills (Carly Simon) 3:39
10  The Love’s Still Growing (Buzzy Linhart) 4:07


BassDavid Givens
BassGary Jemmott
BassJimmy Johnson
BassTony Levin
BassDoug Rauch
DrumsJohn Siomos
DrumsJim Wilkins
GuitarJeff Baxter
GuitarDavid Bromberg
GuitarJimmy Ryan
GuitarCarly Simon
KeyboardsPaul Griffin
PianoCarly Simon
PianoBilly Mernit
CelloHarvey Shapiro
VocalsCarly Simon
 Tom Caulfield
 Steve Merriman
 Frank Steo

Liner Notes

Producer – Eddie Kramer
Engineer – Eddie Kramer, Dave Palmer
Mixed by – Eddie Kramer, Dave Palmer

Art Direction and Design – Robert L. Heimall
Back Cover Photo – Joel Brodsky
Cover Photography and Poster – Peter Simon

Copyright (c) – Elektra Records
Recorded At – Electric Lady Studios