ARTIST: Carly Simon
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Top 20: That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be (#10 US), Anticipation (#13 US), You’re So Vain (#1 US, #3 UK), The Right Thing to Do (#17 US, #17 UK), Mockingbird (#5 US, #34 UK), Haven’t Got Time for the Pain (#14 US), Nobody Does It Better (#2 US, #7 UK), You Belong to Me (#6 US), Jesse (#11 US), Coming Around Again (318 US, #10 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nah, unless you are a big fan.
LINEUP: Carly Simon and session players, sometimes she sang with her ex-husband James Taylor.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Pretty complete overview of the highlights of Simon’s career.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: She came out of privilege in New York (Simon & Schuster? Yeah, Simon’s her dad), yet she connected easily with audiences since she sang about love, loss, and family (functional and dysfunctional).
Musically, her songs have twists and turns, changing from minor to major keys with ease. Her voice is well-matched for her material and great for show tunes and standards. The one downgrade is that after the 70’s, she seemed to chase trends in production on her mainstream albums, and her genre-themed albums didn’t quite have the song selection or originality she once exhibited.
This collection hits all of the 70’s high points and does a pretty decent job of picking through her 80’s and 90’s material, and for non-rabid fans it’s well worth the streams.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This isn’t streaming but you can put it together, since the other compilations miss some key tracks. Though three soundtrack cuts aren’t streaming on any platform. She also suffers from stage fright – so much so she pre-taped her one SNL performance.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE A-: Listening this made me realize the depth of her career and how much more she was to pop culture than “You’re So Vain”.