1980 Carly Simon – Come Upstairs

Come Upstairs is the ninth studio album by American singer-songwriter Carly Simon, released in 1980. It was the first of her three albums for Warner Bros. Records and it has a harder, more rock-oriented sound than her previous albums. Whereas those earlier records were prime examples of the singer-songwriter genre, with soft-rocking arrangements primarily built around piano and/or acoustic guitar accompaniment, Come Upstairs uses electric guitars and synthesizers prominently.

The first single released from the album was “Jesse”, an acoustic ballad that was more in the style of Simon’s earlier work rather than an example of her new sound. “Jesse” was a major hit: it remained on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for six months, peaking at No. 11, and was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of more than 1,000,000 copies in the United States alone.”Jesse” also reached No. 12 in Canada, and No. 4 in Australia and became her biggest hit there since “You’re So Vain”.

Tracks

1  Come Upstairs (Carly Simon; Mike Mainieri) 04:19
2  Stardust (Carly Simon; Mike Mainieri) 04:16
3  Them (Carly Simon; Mike Mainieri) 03:47
Jesse (Carly Simon; Mike Mainieri) 04:21
5  James (Carly Simon; Mike Mainieri) 02:28
6  In Pain (Carly Simon; Mike Mainieri; Don Grolnick) 06:11
7  The Three Of Us In The Dark (Carly Simon; Mike Mainieri) 04:16
8  Take Me As I Am (Carly Simon; Mike Mainieri; Sid McGinnis) 04:53
9  The Desert (Carly Simon; Mike Mainieri) 04:43

Musicians

1 Come Upstairs

BassTony Levin
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarSid McGinnis
GuitarPeter Hewlett
PianoBilly Mernit
PianoMike Mainieri
SynthesizerMike Mainieri
SynthesizerEd Walsh
SynthesizerKinny Landrum
ProgrammingEd Walsh
VocalsCarly Simon


2 Stardust

BassTony Levin
DrumsRick Marotta
Guitar (solo)Sid McGinnis
GuitarPeter Hewlett
SynthesizerMike Mainieri
ProgrammingEd Walsh
Background VocalsJames Taylor
VocalsCarly Simon


3 Them

BassTony Levin
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarSid McGinnis
GuitarPeter Hewlett
SynthesizerLarry Fast
SynthesizerMike Mainieri
Background VocalsAlex Taylor
Background VocalsChristine Martin
Background VocalsHugh Taylor
Background VocalsJames Taylor
Background VocalsLaraine Newman
Background VocalsMariah Aguiar
Background VocalsMike Mainieri
Background VocalsSid McGinnis
VocalsCarly Simon


4 Jesse

BassTony Levin
DrumsRick Marotta
Slide GuitarSid McGinnis
Acoustic GuitarPeter Hewlett
Acoustic GuitarCarly Simon
PianoDon Grolnick
Background VocalsAlex Taylor
Background VocalsGail Boggs
Background VocalsHugh Taylor
Background VocalsSarah Maria Taylor
Background VocalsJames Taylor
VocalsCarly Simon


5 James

BassTony Levin
DrumsRick Marotta
PianoMike Mainieri
CelloJames Grossman
VocalsCarly Simon


6 In Pain

BassTony Levin
DrumsRick Marotta
Guitar (solo)Sid McGinnis
GuitarPeter Hewlett
PianoDon Grolnick
VocalsCarly Simon


7 The Three Of Us In The Dark

BassTony Levin
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarSid McGinnis
PianoMike Mainieri
VocalsCarly Simon


8 Take Me As I Am

BassTony Levin
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarSid McGinnis
Acoustic GuitarPeter Hewlett
PianoMike Mainieri
SynthesizerMike Mainieri
SynthesizerEd Walsh
ProgrammingEd Walsh
VocalsCarly Simon


9 The Desert

BassTony Levin
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarSid McGinnis
Acoustic GuitarSid McGinnis
12 String GuitarSid McGinnis
Electric PianoBilly Mernit
PianoMike Mainieri
SynthesizerMike Mainieri
MarimbaMike Mainieri
VocalsCarly Simon

Liner Notes

Producer – Mike Mainieri
Coordinator – Christine Martin
Engineer (Assistant) – James Farber, Jeff Hendrickson, Lucy Laurie, Raymond Willhard
Mastered By – Bob Ludwig
Mixed By – Scott Litt
Recorded By – Scott Litt

Art Direction – Peter Whorf
Artwork – Susan Turner
Design – Bill Gerber
Photography By – Mick Rock

℗ 1980 Warner Bros. Records Inc.