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No Secrets (Carly Simon album)

No Secrets
Studio album by Carly Simon
Released November 1972
Recorded September–October 1972 at Trident Studios, London
Genre Pop rock[1]
Length 37:23
Label Elektra
Producer Richard 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: 1973

No Secrets is singer-songwriter Carly Simon's third studio album, released in 1972.

The album was Simon's commercial breakthrough. It spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard Pop albums chart and quickly went Gold,[2] as did its leadoff single, "You're So Vain", which remained at #1 on the Billboard Pop singles chart for three weeks, and #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for two weeks.[3] 25 years after its initial release, the album was officially certified Platinum by the RIAA on December 12, 1997.[2]


  • Recording 1
  • Reception 2
  • Cover artwork 3
  • Awards 4
  • Track listing 5
    • Side one 5.1
    • Side two 5.2
  • Personnel 6
    • Additional personnel 6.1
  • Production 7
  • Charts 8
    • Peak positions 8.1
    • Year-end charts 8.2
    • Certifications 8.3
  • References 9
  • External links 10


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.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (B-) [4]
Rolling Stone (highly positive) [5]

Initial reviews for No Secrets were mixed to positive. Robert Christgau, writing in Creem, rated the album a B- and stated that "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?"[4] 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."[5]

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 #72 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All-Time.[6] The song was also voted #216 in RIAA's Songs of the Century. It remains Simon's biggest hit and is considered her signature song.

Cover artwork

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.[7]


Grammy Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated 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[8] Nominated
2004 "You're So Vain" Grammy Hall of Fame Award

Track listing

All songs written by Carly Simon, unless otherwise noted.

Side one

  1. "The Right Thing to Do" – 2:57
  2. "The Carter Family" (Simon, Jacob Brackman) – 3:29
  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, Brackman) – 3:06
  4. "Night Owl" (James Taylor) – 3:47
  5. "When You Close Your Eyes" (Simon, Bill Mernit) – 3:05


Additional personnel



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