Film Noir (album)

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Film Noir
CS Film Noir.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 16, 1997
Recorded1996-7 New York City
StudioRight Track Studios, The Warehouse, Clinton Studios and National Edison (New York, NY); Snowbound Sound (Pawling, NY); Capitol Studios (Hollywood, CA).
GenreStandards
Length42:26
LabelArista
ProducerCarly Simon, Jimmy Webb and Arif Mardin
Carly Simon chronology
Clouds in My Coffee
(1995)
Film Noir
(1997)
The Very Best of Carly Simon: Nobody Does It Better
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars link

Film Noir is the 17th studio album by American singer-songwriter Carly Simon, released in 1997.

It is Simon's third album devoted to standards. Jimmy Webb co-produced the album and contributed his vocals, orchestration and piano skills to the project which was filmed for an AMC documentary (which premiered in September 1997). He also co-wrote the title song "Film Noir" with Simon. John Travolta duets with Simon on the song "Two Sleepy People". Film director Martin Scorsese provided liner notes in the fold out booklet.[1][2]

Promotion[edit]

Simon made and released a music video for Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye.[3] She also performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno[4] and The Late Show with David Letterman.[5] and appeared on The View and CBS This Morning. She performed Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year, along with Jimmy Webb, on The Rosie O'Donnell Show.[6]

Songs in Shadow: The Making of Carly Simon's Film Noir aired as a special presententation on AMC. This documentary also features footage of Jimmy Webb, Arif Mardin and Van Dyke Parks in the studio recording the album with Simon.

Awards[edit]

40th Annual Grammy Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1998 Film Noir Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance Nominated

Track listing[edit]

  1. "You Won't Forget Me" (Kermi Goel, F. Speilman) – 2:52
  2. "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" (Cole Porter) – 4:33
  3. "Lili Marlene" (M. David, Norbert Schultze, H. Leip) – 3:41
  4. "Last Night When We Were Young" (Edgar Yip Harburg, Harold Arlen) – 4:42
  5. "Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year" (Frank Loesser) – 3:34
  6. "Film Noir" (Jimmy Webb, Carly Simon) – 3:35
  7. "Laura" (Johnny Mercer, David Raksin) – 4:44
  8. "I'm a Fool to Want You" (Frank Sinatra, Joel Herron, John Wolf) – 3:32
  9. "Fools Coda" (Torrie Zito) – 1:13
  10. "Two Sleepy People" (Frank Loesser, Hoagy Carmichael) – 3:37
  11. "Don't Smoke in Bed" (Willard Robison) – 2:54
  12. "Somewhere in the Night" (Josef Myrow, Mack Gordon) – 3:29

Personnel[edit]

  • Carly Simon – lead and backing vocals
  • Teese Gohl – keyboards
  • Jimmy Webb – acoustic piano, organ, arrangements and conductor, lead vocals (5)
  • Russ Kassoff – acoustic piano
  • Michael Kosarin – acoustic piano, piano arrangements
  • Mindy Jostyn – accordion, guitar, violin
  • Peter Calo – guitar
  • Jeff Pevarmandolin
  • David Finck – acoustic bass
  • Billy Ward – drums
  • Van Dyke Parks – arrangements and conductor
  • Torrie Zito – arrangements and conductor
  • Elena Barere – concertmaster
  • Barry Finclair – concertmaster
  • Dick Berkhe – vocal arrangements
  • Al Dana – backing vocals
  • Kevin DiSimone – backing vocals
  • Kevin Osborne – backing vocals
  • Lenny Roberts – backing vocals
  • Ben Taylor – backing vocals
  • Darryl Tookes – backing vocals
  • John Travolta – lead vocals (10)


Production[edit]

  • Carly Simon – producer (1-6, 8-12)
  • Jimmy Webb – producer (1-6, 8-12)
  • Arif Mardin – producer (7)
  • Frank Filipetti – engineer, mixing
  • Al Schmitt – engineer
  • Billy Eric – additional engineer
  • Brian Faehndrich – additional engineer
  • Roy Hendrickson – additional engineer
  • Michael O'Reilly – additional engineer
  • Craig Boyce – assistant engineer, mix assistant
  • Peter Doell – assistant engineer
  • Joe Lizzi – assistant engineer
  • Jim Murray – assistant engineer
  • Yvonne Yedibalian – assistant engineer
  • Ted Jensen – mastering at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
  • Jill Dell'Abate – production manager
  • Nancy Roof – production coordination
  • Mark Burdett – art direction
  • Rita Karidis – design
  • Marlo Viscel – design
  • Greg Gorman – photography
  • Martin Scorsese – liner notes
  • Bill Zimmerman – research

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1997 The Billboard 200 84

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Usher Scores Billboard Hit; Bieber Could Outsell Madonna". 26 June 2012. Voice of America. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  2. ^ "Film Noir". carlysimon.com.
  3. ^ "Carly Simon – Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye". Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  4. ^ "Carly Simon – Jay Leno show Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye". Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  5. ^ "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye – Carly Simon". Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  6. ^ "Carly Simon – SPRING WILL BE A LITTLE LATE". Retrieved July 17, 2014.

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