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Spoiled Girl (Expanded Edition) Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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Carly Simon shot to fame in the early seventies with a string of critically acclaimed singles & albums on the Elektra label. As well as the iconic hits You re So Vain & Nobody Does It Better (from The Spy Who Loved Me ) she enjoyed further US successes with the hits That s The Way I ve Always Heard It Should Be , Anticipation , Mockingbird (with James Taylor) and You Belong To Me. After a less successful stint on Warner Bros. and a divorce from fellow singer/songwriter James Taylor, Carly signed with Epic Records in 1985 who teamed her up with some of the hottest Pop & Dance producers of the day including Arthur Baker, Don Was, Phil Ramone and Paul Samwell- Smith. The resulting album was SPOILED GIRL. Though the album did not reach sales expectations in 1985 it has since become something of a cult classic and is seen by many as one of the most cohesive, well written and produced multi-producer albums of the mid-eighties. TIRED OF BEING BLONDE was released as the first single and returned Carly to the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts. MY NEW BOYFRIEND was the albums second single and featured Carly in a New Wave/Dance setting. THE WIVES ARE IN CONNECTICUT caught the attention of Mike Nichols and Norah Efron who invited Simon to write the theme song for their upcoming movie Heartburn resulting in her comback hit Coming Around Again. Spoiled Girl now enjoys its first expanded remaster on Hot Shot Records and is a must for all Pop and Dance fans!
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Much is made of the degree to which the album slipped through the cracks upon its release in 1985. Maybe this slick re-vamp in the label(s) series of remastered hit albums of the 80s will deliver well-deserved, if delayed attention for the record's hitherto shameful near-disregard.
The sonic boom backdrop of SPOILED GIRL engulfs the listener. This submersion could result from the purported replication of the "warm" sound of vinyl in this restoration. But up-to-the-minute technology has not surprisingly wrung aural nuance locked in the master tapes apparently not previously possible to fully extract. I remember emanating no such through-the-roof dynamic range from the velvety hum (hiss?) of LP grooves OR, for that matter, from the steely clarity of the original CD at the dawn of the digital age when SPOLIED GIRL first appeared.
Like many other fans I had never heard the remix or dub versions of the TIRED OF BEING BLONDE or MY NEW BOYFRIEND tracks. These once-obscure special marketing recordings are now properly reunited and preserved within the context of the entire album.
Mr. Wikane's deftly woven "liner notes" behind the record's production certainly qualify them for more than this term. His riveting words crammed into the flyer-sized insert comprise a compact, but mighty mini-epic that set a standard for this narrative genre.
Doubtless Carly required a terrific leap of faith to jump from an already-legendary acoustical oeuvre to the ramped up, synthesized overdubbing craze that exploded in recording studios three decades ago. But as we can re-discover, the venture succeeded magnificently. Even against this sharp shift in style, Simon blends her gifts of exquisite phrasing and melodic flow; so she again forges a tour de force. In the warm afterglow of hindsight Carly can now enthuse, " . . . I think this album is amazing! What don't I like?" But this old fan knew it all the time.
If stepping back even further to the 1970s is not too gauche for this astute production group, I would like to see them take on the project of a 5.1 Surround Sound DVD of THE BEST OF CARLY SIMON -- V.I.P. treatment already afforded her milestone NO SECRETS. The world could then truly sense the depth and beauty of a voice like hers in these prototypical, classic songs. As the chance for us of ever again hearing her sing live recedes, the time for this project has arrive.
it was quite overlooked at the time..lost in the mist of 80's groups but it is wonderful and here is why!!
"my new boyfriend"..the title should say it all...is wonderful...a bit electronic..but the lyrics are ecstatic!!! things like "he loves me more than you ever did..my new boyfriend isnt just a baby..my new boyfriend isnt just some kid" ...this song has to be heard to be believed!!!
"come back home" "anyone but me" "spoiled girl" are fantastic!!! very 80's but not dated like starship...and lyrically superb!
"tonight and forever" and "make me feel something" are the classic carly...200% great!
"tired of being blonde" and "spoiled girl" are faster but still have the carly trademark.
"interview" is so damn sexy...and "cant give it up" so soulful dance classic (with mr luther vandross on backing vocals)
this album is wonderful...an ignored masterpeice!!!
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