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Anticipation (Carly Simon album)

Studio album by Carly Simon
Released November 1971
Recorded 1971
Genre Rock
Length 37:23
Label Elektra
Producer Paul Samwell-Smith
Carly Simon chronology
Carly Simon
No Secrets

Anticipation is singer-songwriter Carly Simon's second studio album, released in 1971.

It is best known for its title track, "Anticipation", which was a top-twenty chart hit in the U.S.; it was later used as the soundtrack for a television commercial for Heinz ketchup in the late 1970s. The song relates Simon's state of mind as she waits to go on a date with Cat Stevens.[1] The album cover artwork is a photo of Simon taken at the gates of Queen Mary's Garden in London's Regent's Park.

The closing song, her version of Kris Kristofferson's "I've Got to Have You", was released as a single in Australia and reached #2 on the Australian charts in October, 1972.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone positive [3]
Uncut 3/5 stars [4]


  • Reception 1
  • Awards 2
  • Track listing 3
  • Personnel 4
  • Charts 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Writing in

A more recent review from Allmusic's William Ruhlmann continued the praise. Ruhlmann rated the album three and a half out of a possible five, and stated, "the album ...found her extending the gutsy persona she had established on her debut album." In 1973, Anticipation was certified Gold by the RIAA, for sales of over 500,000 copes in the United States.[5]


15th Annual Grammy Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
1973 "Anticipation" Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female Nominated

Track listing

All tracks composed by Carly Simon; except where indicated

Side one

  1. "Anticipation" – 3:19
  2. "Legend in Your Own Time" – 3:45
  3. "Our First Day Together" – 3:29
  4. "The Girl You Think You See" (Simon, Jacob Brackman) – 3:07
  5. "Summer's Coming Around Again" (Simon, Jimmy Ryan, Paul Glanz) – 4:10

Side two

  1. "Share the End" (Simon, Brackman) – 3:58
  2. "The Garden" (Simon, Brackman) – 4:08
  3. "Three Days" – 3:19
  4. "Julie Through the Glass" – 3:23
  5. "I've Got to Have You" (Kris Kristofferson) – 4:45



Album - Billboard (North America)
Year Chart Position
1972 Pop Albums 30
Album - International
Year Country Position
1971 Australia 12[6]
1971 Canada 36[7]
Singles - Billboard (North America)
Year Single Chart Position
1972 "Anticipation" Easy Listening 3
1972 "Anticipation" Pop Singles 13
1972 "Legend In Your Own Time" Easy Listening 11
1972 "Legend In Your Own Time" Pop Singles 50


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  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Anticipation (Carly Simon album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 12 July 2007.
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External links

  • Carly Simon's Official Website
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