Helen Reddy (album)

Helen Reddy
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 8, 1971
RecordedAugust–September 1971
StudioCapitol Studios, Los Angeles
ProducerLarry Marks
Helen Reddy chronology
I Don't Know How to Love Him
Helen Reddy
I Am Woman
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideA–[2]

Helen Reddy is the second studio album by Australian-American pop singer Helen Reddy, released on November 8, 1971, by Capitol Records.[3] Reddy's selections include tracks by singer-songwriters Carole King, John Lennon, Randy Newman, and Donovan. It debuted on Billboard magazine's Top LP's chart in the issue dated December 4, 1971, and had a seven-week chart run in which it got as high as number 167.[4] On March 29, 2005, the album was released for the first time on compact disc as one of two albums on one CD, the other album being I Don't Know How to Love Him, Reddy's debut LP that originally came out in the spring of 1971.[5]


Billboard's December 4, 1971, issue also marked the first appearance of the single from the album, "No Sad Song", on the magazine's Hot 100, where it spent eight weeks and peaked at number 62,[6] and the December 25 issue, three weeks later, began the song's four weeks on the Easy Listening chart, where it reached number 32.[7] It also reached number 51 on the pop chart in Canada's RPM magazine.[8]


Village Voice critic Robert Christgau chose to highlight "a scathing death-of-a-cocksman song that Carole King somehow left off Music ['No Sad Song'], a John Lennon autotherapy that sounds inquisitive instead of foolish ['How?'], and a frolicsome sisterhood ditty that [Reddy] wrote herself ['More Than You Could Take']."[2] Joe Viglione of AllMusic retrospectively describes the album as "a pleasant listening experience, though it was the only one of her early albums not to find representation on her Greatest Hits. Because there was no big hit on the record, it is not as well-known as her other recordings, but it definitely has charm and is an essential part of her collection of music."[1]

Track listing[]

Side 1

  1. "Time" (Paul Parrish) – 3:38
  2. "How?" (John Lennon) – 3:33
  3. "Come on John" (David Blue) – 4:21
  4. "Summer of '71" (Jack Conrad, Helen Reddy) – 2:36
  5. "I Don't Remember My Childhood" (Leon Russell) – 3:32

Side 2

  1. "No Sad Song" (Carole King, Toni Stern) – 3:11
  2. "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" (Randy Newman) – 2:27
  3. "Tulsa Turnaround" (Larry Collins, Alex Harvey) – 3:24
  4. "More Than You Could Take" (Helen Reddy) – 2:41
  5. "New Year's Resovolution" (Donovan) – 3:40
French version of "No Sad Song"

In 2009 EMI Music Special Markets released Rarities from the Capitol Vaults, a 12-track CD of mostly what were previously unreleased Reddy recordings, which included "Plus De Chansons Tristes", the French version of "No Sad Song" that was only released in France.[9]


Chart (1971/72) Peak
USA (Billboard 200) 167



  1. ^ a b c "Helen Reddy [Capitol] - Helen Reddy". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: R". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ "Discography". Billboard. Vol. 86 no. 31. p. 52. ISSN 0006-2510.
  4. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 646.
  5. ^ "I Don't Know How to Love Him/Helen Reddy". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  6. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 805.
  7. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 226.
  8. ^ "RPM 100 Singles". RPM. 1972-01-22.
  9. ^ (2009) Rarities from the Capitol Vaults by Helen Reddy [CD booklet]. Hollywood: EMI Music Special Markets 509996-98493-2-9


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