No Secrets (Carly Simon album)

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

No Secrets
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 28, 1972
RecordedSeptember–October 1972
StudioTrident Studios
(London, England)
GenrePop rock[1]
ProducerRichard Perry
Carly Simon chronology
No Secrets
Singles from No Secrets
  1. "You're So Vain"
    Released: November 1972
  2. "The Right Thing to Do"
    Released: March 1973

The album was Simon's commercial breakthrough. It spent five weeks at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and quickly went Gold,[2] as did its lead single, "You're So Vain", which remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks, and topping on the Adult Contemporary chart for two weeks.[3] 25 years after its initial release, the album was officially certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on December 12, 1997.[2] The album is ranked number 997 in All-Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd. edition, 2000).[4]

Recording and packagingEdit

"Angel from Montgomery" was recorded by Carly Simon in her first session for the No Secrets album which was produced by Paul Buckmaster and featured James Taylor's vocals and Danny Kortchmar on guitar. Simon recalls: "Elektra rejected [the tracks from that session] and...asked me to work with Richard Perry. [Elektra] didn't think Buckmaster would produce a hit record for me".[5]

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.[6]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[7]

Initial reviews for No Secrets were mixed to positive. Robert Christgau, writing in Creem, said, "if a horse could sing in a monotone, the horse would sound like Carly Simon, only a horse wouldn't rhyme 'yacht', 'apricot', and 'gavotte'. Is that some kind of joke?"[8] Stephen Holden in Rolling Stone concluded that "what finally makes No Secrets so refreshing is her singing, which conveys the finest spirit of patrician generosity."[9]

More recent reviews have been much more positive. For example, AllMusic's William Ruhlmann gave the album four-and-a-half stars (out of five). Ruhlmann noted that "You're So Vain", "set the album's saucy tone, with its air of sexually frank autobiography and its reflections on the jet-set lifestyle." He also stated that "now that she felt she had found true love, she was as willing to acknowledge her own mistakes and regrets as she was to point fingers." He concluded that "Perry paid particular attention to Simon's vocals and gave her music a new pop/rock 'buoyancy that previous albums lacked'."[1]

"You're So Vain" is ranked at number 72 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All-Time.[10] The song was also voted number 216 in RIAA's Songs of the Century. It remains Simon's biggest hit and is considered her signature song.

Songs coversEdit

The singer Morrissey recorded a cover version of "When You Close Your Eyes" for his 2019 album California Son.[11]


Grammy Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1974 "You're So Vain" Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female Nominated
No Secrets Best Engineered Recording[12] Nominated
2004 "You're So Vain" Grammy Hall of Fame Award Inducted

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Carly Simon, except where indicated.

Side one
1."The Right Thing to Do" 2:57
2."The Carter Family"Simon, Jacob Brackman3:29
3."You're So Vain" 4:17
4."His Friends Are More Than Fond of Robin" 3:00
5."We Have No Secrets" 3:57
Side two
1."Embrace Me, You Child" 4:06
2."Waited So Long" 4:14
3."It Was So Easy"Simon, Brackman3:06
4."Night Owl"James Taylor3:47
5."When You Close Your Eyes"Simon, Bill Mernit3:05
Total length:35:58


Additional personnelEdit


  • Produced – Richard Perry
  • Engineers – Robin Geoffrey Cable and Mark Berry
  • RemixingBill Schnee and Robin Geoffrey Cable at Sound Labs (Los Angeles, CA) and AIR Studios (London, England).
  • MasteringDoug Sax at The Mastering Lab (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Art Direction and Design – Robert Heimall
  • Cover Photography – Ed Caraeff
  • Inner Sleeve Photography – Peter Simon
  • Music Contractor – David Katz

Charts and certificationsEdit


  1. ^ a b c Ruhlmann, William. No Secrets at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 March 2006.
  2. ^ a b RIAA (2010-02-28). "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - February 28, 2010". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-02-28. (table of RIAA certifications for artist Carly Simon in format ALBUM)
  3. ^ RIAA (2010-02-28). "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - February 28, 2010". RIAA. Archived from the original on June 26, 2007. Retrieved 2010-02-28. (table of RIAA certifications for artist Carly Simon in format SINGLE)
  4. ^ "Rocklist". Retrieved July 22, 2018.
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  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 1973). "The Christgau Consumer Guide: Carly Simon: No Secrets". Creem. Retrieved 7 November 2011. Also included in "Carly Simon > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 14 March 2006.
  9. ^ Holden, Stephen (January 4, 1973). "Carly Simon No Secrets > Album Review". Rolling Stone (125). Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Chart 50th Anniversary". 1994-05-21. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
  11. ^ "Morrissey covers album California Son tracklist". Retrieved Aug 3, 2019.
  12. ^ "Grammy Awards 1974". Awards& Retrieved 2015-04-11.
  13. ^ Castleman, Harry; Podrazik, Walter J. (1977). "1972 – Never Tell Your Mother She's Out of Tune". All Together Now – The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961–1975 (Second ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 117. ISBN 0-345-25680-8.
  14. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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  17. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia - Gli album più venduti del 1973" (in Italian). Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  18. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
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  25. ^ "British album certifications – Carly Simon – No Secrets". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 20, 2013. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type No Secrets in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  26. ^ "American album certifications – Carly Simon – No Secrets". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 20, 2013. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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