1974 Carly Simon – Hotcakes

Hotcakes is singer-songwriter Carly Simon‘s fourth studio album. Released in 1974, it became one of her biggest selling albums. The album featured the major hits “Mockingbird”, a duet with her then-husband James Taylor (a cover of a 1963 hit for Inez and Charlie Foxx), and “Haven’t Got Time for the Pain”. Recorded during her pregnancy with her first child, many of the album’s songs reflected Simon’s upbeat mood during this period. The album’s cover photo, taken by Ed Caraeff, shows the pregnant Simon sitting in a gleamingly white kitchen, smiling brightly and wearing a bohemian white linen dress.

The album went gold immediately and it stayed on the charts for eight months, yet it was initially overshadowed commercially by two other major albums released by Simon’s own label, Elektra/Asylum, in the same month as Hotcakes, Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark and Bob Dylan’s Planet Waves. These took the #2 and #1 spots, respectively, on the Billboard album chart while Hotcakes peaked at #3. Hotcakes went on to sell several hundred thousand more copies than Dylan’s album and was listed in the Top 40 of Billboard’s Year End Top albums for 1974, while Planet Waves did not make the Top 50.

Tracks

1  Safe And Sound (Carly Simon; Jacob Brackman) 03:39
2  Mind On My Man (Carly Simon) 02:59
3  Think I’m Gonna Have A Baby (Carly Simon) 03:56
4  Older Sister (Carly Simon) 03:08
5  Just Not True (Carly Simon) 05:18
6  Hotcakes (James Taylor) 01:08
7  Misfit (Carly Simon) 03:07
8  Forever My Love (Carly Simon; James Taylor) 03:26
Mockingbird (Inez Foxx; Charlie Foxx) 04:14
10  Grownup (Carly Simon) 03:46
11  Haven’t Got Time For The Pain (Carly Simon; Jacob Brackman) 03:54

Musicians

1 Safe And Sound

BassKlaus Voormann
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarDavid Spinozza
Acoustic GuitarCarly Simon
PianoKenny Asher
VocalsCarly Simon


2 Mind On My Man

BassRichard Davis
GuitarBucky Pizzarelli
Acoustic GuitarJames Taylor
Electric PianoCarly Simon
PianoCarly Simon
PercussionGeorge Devens
PercussionRalph MacDonald
VocalsCarly Simon


3 Think I’m Gonna Have A Baby

BassKlaus Voormann
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarDavid Spinozza
Acoustic GuitarCarly Simon
PianoCarly Simon
PercussionRalph MacDonald
Background VocalsCarl Hall
Background VocalsLani Groves
Background VocalsTasha Thomas
Background VocalsLucy Simon
VocalsCarly Simon
Background VocalsTodd Graff


4 Older Sister

BassLarry Brean
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarDavid Spinozza
PianoCarly Simon
Acoustic GuitarJames Taylor
Acoustic GuitarJimmy Ryan
Background VocalsRevelation
VocalsRichard Perry
VocalsCarly Simon


5 Just Not True

BassKlaus Voormann
DrumsJim Gordon
Acoustic GuitarJames Taylor
Acoustic GuitarJimmy Ryan
PianoCarly Simon
Background VocalsJames Taylor
VocalsCarly Simon


6 Hotcakes

DrumsBilly Cobham
SaxBobby Keys
SaxHoward Johnson
TromboneBarry Rogers
TrumpetSteve Madaio
TubaHoward Johnson
VocalsCarly Simon


7 Misfit

BassKlaus Voormann
DrumsAndy Newmark
GuitarJimmy Ryan
Acoustic GuitarJames Taylor
OrganKenny Asher
PianoCarly Simon
VocalsCarly Simon


8 Forever My Love

BassKlaus Voormann
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDavid Spinozza
Acoustic GuitarJames Taylor
Acoustic GuitarCarly Simon
PianoKenny Asher
VocalsCarly Simon


9 Mockingbird

BassKlaus Voormann
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarRobbie Robertson
GuitarJimmy Ryan
OrganMac Rebennack
PianoMac Rebennack
SaxMichael Brecker
SaxBobby Keys
PercussionRalph MacDonald
VocalsJames Taylor
VocalsCarly Simon


10 Grownup

PianoCarly Simon
PianoKenny Asher
VocalsCarly Simon


11 Haven’t Got Time For The Pain

BassKlaus Voormann
DrumsJim Keltner
Acoustic GuitarJames Taylor
Acoustic GuitarJimmy Ryan
Background VocalsCarl Hall
Background VocalsLani Groves
Background VocalsTasha Thomas
VocalsCarly Simon

Liner Notes

Producer – Richard Perry
Arranged By (Horns) – James Taylor (Track 6)
Arranged By (Strings And Woodwinds) – Paul Buckmaster (Tracks 1, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11)
Conductor – Paul Buckmaster (Tracks 1, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11)
Conductor – James Taylor (Track 6)
Engineer (Assistant) – Blaise Castellano
Engineer (Disc Cutting) – Doug Sax
Recorded By – Bill Schnee, Harry Maslin
Remix) – Bill Schnee, Harry Maslin

Art Direction, Design – Push Pin Studios, Vincent Ceci
Photography By (Centerfold) – Vieri Salvadori
Photography By (Cover) – Ed Caraeff

Recorded At – The Hit Factory
Recorded At – Producers Workshop
Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman