May 27, 2015 – 1:01 pm

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Boston 1995 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Avalon, Boston, MA; March 13, 1995. Fairly to very good audience recording.

There are very few live Carly Simon shows and the reason is that Simon does not like to fly and she is very “wary about performing.” She said: “It’s a scary thing to do. Public speaking is like the No. 1 fear over death.”

Steve Morse, Boston Globe, March 14, 1995:

Carly Simon scored another first last night. Not only was it her first local show in 14 years (excluding a brief cameo at the KISS party in ‘92), but it was the first time a non-corporate cabaret concert had been tried at Avalon. It was the perfect marriage between artist and venue, as Simon delivered a sharp, confidence-brimming set before a scaled-down crowd of 750 fans - 300 of whom sat at tables that made the room feel more like a coffeehouse than a dance club.

Simon is a seemingly transformed woman from the fragile figure who suffered from stage shivers in her last two major engagements in Boston. One was a jittery show at Orpheum Theater (she cut short her tour soon afterward) and the other was at the Paradise, where she failed to show up for one set and her then-husband, James Taylor, went on instead.

That feels like ancient history now. Last night, Simon interacted easily with the crowd - far more easily than many of her peers. It was impossible to believe this was the same woman who virtually needed smelling salts to get on stage in the old days. She bantered freely - and added totally different stage patter from her recent opening show in Santa Ana, CA, which this writer also attended.

The song list was similar to that show - from the a cappella intro of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” (which she first did for Ken Burns’ documentary, “Baseball”) to an encore of the alltime radio classic, “You’re So Vain,” which is to soft-rock radio what Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” is to album-rock formats.

There were surprises, though, last night. One was a guest shot by Livingston Taylor on an encore of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Another was the sudden “duelling basses” of backup musicians Doug Wimbish and Jerry Barnes. And another was an appearance by Simon’s daughter, Sally, 21, to sing Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally.” As Simon beamed with pride from her spot as backup singer, Sally took the song home in style. She had started tentatively, but gained confidence as the tune developed. It was evident that she had the Simon/Taylor musical genes - and could likely have a musical career if she sought it.

Simon, who is expected to play Harborlights this summer if all goes well, won several standing ovations with emotional revisits to early hits “Anticipation” and “Haven’t Got Time for the Pain.” She clearly relished being back on stage (”I really get to feel like David Letterman sometimes when I cut the band off,” she quipped). And she managed to incorporate such genre touchstones as Broadway show music (Rodgers & Hart’s “He Was Too Good to Me”), lyrical folk-jazz (”No Secrets”) and a blast of funk (the new “Letters Never Sent”).

Her smartly chosen backup band never let her down - with special kudos to Boston-based guitarist Peter Calo, former Berklee College keyboardist Teese Gohl and backup singers Katreese and Jerry Barnes.

Opening acoustic performer Eoin Woods also fared well, though he kept his acoustic stylings fairly tame compared to some of the fiery, crowd-pleasing shows for which he’s known.

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Thanks to the taper; and to shopkin527 for sharing the show at Dime.

shopkin527 noted: “Moderate crowd noise… excised several moments of close-up audience noise between songs… and several instances of static mic cable noise in one channel have been patched as two channel mono.”

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Disc 1
Track 101. Take Me Out To The Ball Game 2:47 (4.7MB)
Track 102. Anticipation 5:02 (8.5MB)
Track 103. Haven’t Got Time For The Pain 5:34 (9.3MB)
Track 104. I’ve Got To Have You 6:26 (10.8MB)
Track 105. Letters Never Sent 4:08 (6.9MB)
Track 106. We Have No Secrets 4:52 (8.2MB)
Track 107. Coming Around Again 6:34 (11.0MB)
Track 108. Halfway ‘Round The World 5:08 (8.6MB)
Track 109. intros 9:26 (15.9MB)
Track 110. Penny (Jerry & Katreese Barnes) 4:15 (7.1MB)
Track 111. Dueling Basses (Jerry Barnes & Doug Wimbish) 3:29 (5.9MB)
58 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Let The River Run 4:37 (7.8MB)
Track 202. He Was Too Good To Me 3:04 (5.1MB)
Track 203. Mustang Sally (with Sally Taylor - vocals) 7:19 (12.3MB)
Track 204. De Bat (Fly In Me Face) (with Sally Taylor - vocals) 5:03 (8.5MB)
Track 205. Nobody Does It Better 4:27 (7.5MB)
Track 206. Legend In Your Own Time 4:07 (6.9MB)
Track 207. You Belong To Me 4:56 (8.3MB)
Track 208. Touched By The Sun 5:42 (9.6MB)
Track 209. ovation and Livingston Taylor intro 2:37 (4.4MB)
Track 210. I Belong (Livingston Taylor) 3:49 (6.4MB)
Track 211. Over The Rainbow (with Livingston Taylor) 4:27 (7.5MB)
Track 212. You’re So Vain 5:31 (9.3MB)
56 mins

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  1. 5 Responses to “CARLY SIMON - BOSTON 1995”

  2. This seems interesting in a week of soft rock. But no That’s The Way I Always Heard It Should Be, her best song? Nonetheless, thanks!

    By Tony Pizza on May 27, 2015

  3. I think this was a tour when she spent a week @ Foxwoods Casino rehearsing. [I worked there, then] She ate her lunch in the employee cafeteria — mostly salads, then spent the afternoons running thru songs in The Fox Theater. At the end of the week she put a hell of a show on along with Sally and Ben Taylor. It was a treat to see her.

    By Dodger on May 28, 2015


    By Shawn on May 28, 2015

  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Carly Simon is one of the most under-rated songwriters of all time. Much appreciated concert.

    By manofamillionchords on May 28, 2015

  6. Thanks so much for this. I was there, and there’s a shout-out to me after the applause at the end of Anticipation- I never thought I’d hear that again! A great evening.

    By Jack on Jun 11, 2015

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