Carly Simon – No Secrets (Epic #294)

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Carly Simon – No Secrets (1972)

No Secrets is the third studio album by American singer and songwriter Carly Simon, released on November 28, 1972 by Elektra Records.

The album was Carly’s commercial breakthrough. It spent five weeks at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and quickly went Gold, as did its lead single, “You’re So Vain”, which remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks, and topped the Adult Contemporary chart for two weeks. In the UK, both the album and it’s lead single reached No.3.

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.

The photograph for the cover, taken by Ed Caraeff, was shot in front of the Portobello Hotel, on Stanley Gardens in London’s Notting Hill.

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Ian Seigal – The Dust (Epic #293)

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Ian Seigal – The Dust (2009)

Ian Siegal is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, bandleader and recording artist whose music encompasses Blues and Americana. Born near Portsmouth in England, he dropped out of art college in the late 1980s and went busking in Germany. He has toured in the UK and Europe.

In 2005 he released the first of several albums on the Nugene label. Meat & Potatoes was recorded with Nikolaj Bjerre (drums), Andy Graham (bass), Jonny Henderson (organ), and with guitar contributions by Matt Schofield, who also acted as producer. The album includes several songs written by Siegal or co-written with Keith Harrison, that have since become readily identified with Siegal’s sound and style. The album is listed in the Penguin Book of Blues Recordings. Two further albums with the same line up follows: in 2007 Swagger and in 2009 Broadside, the latter picked by MOJO magazine as blues album of the year. A year earlier, he released his first solo acoustic album, 2008’s The Dust.

At the inaugural British Blues Awards in 2010, Siegal won Best Band. In the following three years, he collected awards in various categories including Best Male Vocalist, Best Solo Artist, Best Album, and Best Song. He was one the early inductees to the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame.

Gerry Rafferty – City to City (Epic 2017 #247)

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Gerry Rafferty – City to City (1977)

City to City was the second studio album from the late singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty. Released in 1977, it was Rafferty’s first solo release in six years and first release of any kind since 1975 due to his tenure in the band Stealers Wheel and subsequent legal proceedings which prevented Rafferty from releasing any new solo recordings for the next three years.

The album was strongly received, peaking at No. 1 in the US and going Platinum, as well as reaching No. 6 in the UK and achieving Gold status. “Baker Street”, “Right Down the Line” and “Home and Dry” were successfully released as singles. By October 2010, “Baker Street” had reached 5 million plays on British radio.

Baker Street might have had almost as many plays in this household over the years. Everything a song should be and one which we’ve played over and over (and still do) for over 40 years now!

Paulo Nutini – These Streets (Epic 2017 #191)

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Paulo Nutini – These Streets (2008)

These Streets is the debut studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini, released by Atlantic Records on 17 July 2006. Preceded by the single “Last Request”, the album debuted and peaked at number 3 on the UK Albums Chart and was later certified with five Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for domestic shipments in excess of 1,500,000 copies. It also entered the charts in many other European countries, and in 2011 it was certified double Platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for sales of over 2,000,000 copies in Europe.

Most of the songs featured on the album were inspired by the end of Nutini’s relationship with his long-term girlfriend Teri Brogan, which began when they both were fifteen.Among the others, “Last Request” describes the couple’s last night together, while “Rewind” expresses the willing of turning back time before the end of their love story. Another auto-biographical intimate relationship served as the inspiration for the album’s second single, “Jenny Don’t Be Hasty”, which tells about Nutini’s involvement with an older woman who refused him because of his age.

Other tracks from the album explore different themes, like the title-track, which describes the feelings of a boy who leaves his hometown to move to a big city, or “New Shoes”, a song telling about a man who finds life easier as he wears a new pair of shoes. According to Nutini, the song was written trying to imagine if solving problems could be as easy as buying shoes is.

Nilsson – Schmilsson (Epic 2017 #184)

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Nilsson – Schmilsson (1971)

Nilsson Schmilsson is the seventh album by American singer Harry Nilsson, released by RCA Records in November 1971. It was Nilsson’s most commercially successful work, producing three of his best-known songs. Among these was the number 1 hit “Without You”, written by Pete Ham and Tom Evans of the group Badfinger. The album was the first of two Nilsson albums recorded in London and produced by Richard Perry.

“Jump into the Fire” and “Coconut”, both written by Nilsson, also became hits. The album performed well at the 1973 Grammy Awards, earning a nomination for Album of the Year, while “Without You” won the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. In 2006, Nilsson Schmilsson was ranked number 84 on Pitchfork’s “Top 100 Albums of the 1970s”.

Mika – Life in Cartoon Motion (Epic 2017 #177)

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Mika – Life in Cartoon Motion (2007)

Life in Cartoon Motion is the debut album released by British singer/songwriter Mika. The album was produced by Greg Wells and Mika himself, mixed by Wells, with co-production on two songs by Jodi Marr and John Merchant. It was released via Island Records on 5 February 2007 in the United Kingdom, and via Casablanca Records on 27 March 2007 in the United States. The album’s lead single, “Grace Kelly”, stayed at number one on the UK Singles Chart for five weeks straight and became a number-one hit in many countries.

The album debuted at number 1 in the United Kingdom, selling 7.8 million copies worldwide since its release.The Life in Cartoon Motion album cover has since been used in a commercial for the iPod Touch. It was the fifth-best-selling album in the world during 2007