CD Reissue Review: Carly Simon “Coming Around Again”

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As the title states Carly Simon’s 1987 comeback album “Coming Around Again” is doing just that thanks to Cherry Red Records.

In 1987 Carly Simon signed with Arista Records and desperately needed a hit. It had been almost 10 years since her last platinum seller and “Coming Around Again” proved to be just what Simon fans had been waiting for.

Under the direction of Executive Producer Clive Davis, Simon worked with multiple producers including Richard Perry, Frank Filipetti, Paul Samwell-Smith, George Massenburg, John Boylan and Bryan Adams just to name a few. The end result was an album filled with adult contemporary hits that proved Carly Simon still had the magic touch.

Songs such as “Coming Around Again,” “Give Me All Night,” “Do The Walls Come Down,” “The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of” and “You Have To Hurt” are among some of the best songs Simon ever recorded and can still be played side by side against her classic 70’s hits.

The newly released 30th Anniversary Edition is newly remastered and includes 6 bonus tracks. The hard to find on CD track “If It Wasn’t Love” from the 1986 Tom Hanks film “Nothing In Common” plus the the Oscar winning “Let The River Run” from “Working Girl.” The other 4 tracks are B-Sides and 1 Remix. The set also adds a bonus disc of Carly’s 1988 LIVE album “Greatest Hits LIVE.”

If you have never owned “Coming Around Again” then it’s time you purchase this forgotten 80’s classic. Cherry Red Records has once again given new life to an album that deserves a second look and the remastering, bonus tracks and bonus disc make this 30th Anniversary Edition the definitive issue of this great album.

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Pat Francis currently hosts the popular comedy/music podcast “Rock Solid,” called 1 of the 8 great music podcasts to put in your ears by USA Today and featuring artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and Susanna Hoffs. His frequent appearances on Jimmy Pardo’s top rated podcast “Never Not Funny” are fan favorites. Pat began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic in Chicago, IL. After touring the country and performing in 42 states at comedy clubs and colleges, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. There he appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, AMC, the UCB and is a yearly regular at the San Francisco Sketchfest. For the past 5 years he has also served as Co-Host of the yearly event Pardcast-A-Thon which to date has raised over 700,000 for Smile Train. When not entertaining people in person he also makes his living as a Story Producer for reality television programs. It is also important to know that Pat is a monkey in a human mask.
Pat FrancisCD Reissue Review: Carly Simon “Coming Around Again”