Lucy Simon - Stolen Time (RCA APL1-1745) 1977 MP3/Flac


This is another album that I transferred to CD using a never-before-played, still-sealed copy. As with Lucy's first solo album, I don't find it entirely satisfying. Something somehow doesn't quite work, despite the indubitable talents of all those involved, including Simon herself. James Taylor is clearly audible on Father to Son, a mid-tempo pop song which examines the way that a predisposition to divorce can actually be hereditary. Carly Simon can be heard on Partners in Crime. Those two tracks, as well as I Want You Back and Early Heroes of Our Lives, count towards the strengths of the album. Summer Storm, which closes side 1, is a pretty piece of music, but listeners may be less convinced by the cod-reggae arrangement of I've Been There Before. The discofied experiments such as "Please Say Yes" (with lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager), are not a resounding success, and some of the well-meant balladry/pop is simply bland.

Lucy Simon writes and co-writes, while also playing piano.

Make up your own mind about "Stolen Time" by listening at 320 kbps here.