Torch (Carly Simon album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1, 1981
RecordedThe Power Station, New York City.
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerMike Mainieri
Carly Simon chronology
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Torch is singer-songwriter Carly Simon's eleventh album, and tenth studio album, released in 1981.

It was Simon's first album devoted to standards, namely torch songs, relating unrequited love or rejection; the album also features one Simon original, "From the Heart".[1] The album was recorded during her marriage break up to James Taylor, which was announced shortly after the release of the album.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars link
Rolling Stone4/5 stars link

Cover artwork[edit]

The man whose arm Simon is tugging on the cover is American actor Al Corley, known for playing Steven Carrington on the 1980s soap opera Dynasty; the photographer was Lynn Goldsmith.[2]


"Hurt" was the only single released from the album. It just missed the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #106 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

"Not a Day Goes By" was included on Simon's 2002 career spanning collection Anthology.[3] "From the Heart" was included on Simon's 2015 career retrospective Songs From The Trees (A Musical Memoir Collection).[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Blue of Blue"Nicholas Holmes, additional lyrics by Carly Simon3:38
2."I'll Be Around"Alec Wilder2:30
3."I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good"Duke Ellington, P.F. Webster3:46
4."I Get Along Without You Very Well"Hoagy Carmichael3:23
5."Body and Soul"Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green4:12
Side two
1."Hurt"Jimmie Crane, Al Jacobs3:21
2."From the Heart"Simon2:47
3."Spring Is Here"Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart3:02
4."Pretty Strange"Jon Hendricks, Randy Weston2:59
5."What Shall We Do with the Child"Holmes, Kate Horsey, additional lyrics by Simon2:44
6."Not a Day Goes By (from the Broadway show Merrily We Roll Along)"Stephen Sondheim2:40
Total length:35:02



  • Producer – Mike Mainieri
  • Production Coordination – Christine Martin
  • Engineer – Scott Litt
  • Second Engineer – Garry Rindfuss
  • Mixing – Scott Litt (Tracks 1-7, 9, 10 & 11); Tony Bongiovi (Track 6).
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk (New York, NY).
  • Art Direction – Bill Gerber and Simon Levy
  • Design – Bill Gerber
  • Photography – Lynn Goldsmith


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1981 Pop Albums 50

Album - International

Year Country Position
1981 Australia 77[5]
1981 Canada 50[6]
1981 Japan 56[7]

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1981 "Hurt" Pop Singles 106


  1. ^ "Carly Simon Official Website - From The Heart lyrics". Archived from the original on September 19, 2010. Retrieved 2014-12-21.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  2. ^ San Francisco Art Exchange. "Carly Simon, Torch by Lynn Goldsmith". Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Carly Simon Official Website - Anthology". Retrieved 2014-12-21.
  4. ^ "Carly Simon Official Website - Songs from the Trees". Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  5. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "CAN Charts > Carly Simon". RPM. Archived from the original on 2015-01-04. Retrieved 2015-01-04.
  7. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.

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