BetteBack Review: Carly Simon’s “No Secrets” And Bette Midler’s “The Divine Miss Miss M”

Mister D: Another awesome album included here…a watershed work for Ms. Simon, but then there’s…BETTE!

Greeley Daily Tribune
Carly Simon is writing love songs now
January 23, 1973

It was less than two years ago that Carly Simon made her first solo album. And it was that first album that contained her first hit single, “That’s the Way I’ve Heard It Should Be,” on Elektra.

In the interim, Carly also picked up a Grammy for the Best New Artist of 1971, based on her second album, “Anticipation.” She became a leading attraction on the concert club circuit with her arresting stage presence and dynamic abilities with her own songs and occasionally with songs of other writers.

Miss Simon kept writing and growing as a writer and the results can be heard on her third LP, “No Secrets,” which presents Carly with all new material and some new ways of performing. For the first time in her recording career, Carly has made an album that comes close to approximating the magnetism, energy and joy that can be felt in her live performances.

While there is still a fair share of the ballads and love songs that have helped make her famous, there are also a few numbers that are more on the rocking side, including “You’re So Vain,” which is riding high on all national charts.

“No Secrets” was made in London at Trident Studios and Air Recording, with producer Richard Perry, who has done a splendid job for Harry Nilsson, Barbra Streisand, Fanny and Ella Fitzgerald.

Recently Carly commented that for the first time in her life, she was writing happy love songs, that give a looseness and good feeling throughout the entire album.

Friends working with Miss Simon on the album include Klaus Voorman, Bobby Keys, James Taylor, lead guitarist Jimmy Ryan, the familiar drums of Andy Newmark, Paul and Linda McCartney, Bonnie Bramlett and Nicky Hopkins. With this impressive group backing up Carly, it’s easy to see why the album flew to the top and is expected to stay there for many months to come.

Some of the more powerful cuts include “His Friends Are More Than Kond of Robin,” “The Carter Family,” “We Have No Secrets,” “Embrace Me You Child” and “When You Close Your Eyes.” Truly a super package.



The Divine Miss Mis here!And it’s a real joy to find an artist of the caliber of Bette Midler, whose new Atlantic LP “The Divine Miss M” has just been released.

A young woman with an incredible talent, a voice that soars throatily across a dizzying collection of material that spans decades. From Bobby Freeman’s “Do You Want To Dance” to Buzzy Linhart‘s. “Friends” through classics like “Chapel of Love,” “Superstar,” “Delta Dawn,” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

Bette takes each song and creates an individual mood masterpiece with every one.

Miss Midler’s talent is more than a beautiful voice, it has a lot to do with sex-appeal, style, feeling, and a great sense of humor. Make room for this one on your superstar shelf.

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