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A Spy in the House of Lovers

1979's "Spy" was a bit more expansive, production-wise than most other Carly Simon albums. Under the seasoned production hand of Arif Mardin, a perfect array of studio musicians were brought in to flesh out Carly's ideas and added a jazzy touch to Carly's middleweight soft rock/AOR sound. The Steve Gadd solo on "Memorial Day" is possibly worth the price of admission alone. Most of the first side (tracks 1-5) is weak. "Vengeance" is an attempt to rock that fails. "Just Like You Do" is dragged down by Mardin's quasi - disco production and weak vocals. "We're so close" is a drippy ballad that would be more apt for the Carpenters or Osmonds. The second side of the record (tracks 6-9) is superior to the first with "Love You By Heart and "Spy" standing out from the others. "Pure Sin" isn't much more than cheap an innuendo. Most of these songs feature James Taylor's milky backup vocals. The most interesting track is "Memorial Day," an abstract if incoherent narrative the turns and twists its way out of stylistic categorization. This largely forgotten album is likely to stay that way, but it has a few unconventional moments that make it different from Carly's other material.

Great album!!!

Carly Simon ended the '70s with this great album "Spy". Cut number two " Just Like You Do", is a great song for all Carly Simon's fans and for all 70's ballads lovers!!! Makes you wanna listen over and over again!!!


I've been waiting for iTunes to obtain this album - it's one of her best, and I must agree with the original reviewer, this is a great album to end the 70s, especially Carly Simon's transition into the 80s pop/rock scene - gorgeous masterpiece. And the title track is amazing....great for Carly Simon lovers, and good for converts.


Born: June 25, 1945 in New York, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Carly Simon was one of the most popular of the confessional singer/songwriters who emerged in the early '70s. The youngest child in an upper-class New York family (her father, Richard Simon, co-founded the Simon & Schuster publishing company), Simon got her start in music as part of a duo with her sister Lucy (who later wrote the music for the Broadway show The Secret Garden). The Simon Sisters had a chart single with "Winkin' Blinkin' and Nod" in April 1964. But Simon's solo debut did not come...
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