by Carly Simon

Ranging from 1971's "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" to 2000's "Actress," Anthology traces Carly Simon's evolution from confessional singer-songwriter to hit-making pop artist to skillful soundtrack contributor and interpreter. Comprising two CDs, each more than 75 minutes long, the set encompasses both the familiar and the neglected. The firstSee more details below


Ranging from 1971's "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" to 2000's "Actress," Anthology traces Carly Simon's evolution from confessional singer-songwriter to hit-making pop artist to skillful soundtrack contributor and interpreter. Comprising two CDs, each more than 75 minutes long, the set encompasses both the familiar and the neglected. The first disc covers Simon's first decade, when her popularity was at its peak. Out of the gate, she established herself as a smart and keen writer with hits such as "Anticipation," leading to a Best New Artist Grammy in 1971. She wrote one of the all-time great poison-pen songs in "You're So Vain," with backing vocals from Mick Jagger, who may or may not be the song's subject. Her duets with then-husband James Taylor, the joyous "Mockingbird" and the heartfelt "Devoted to You," still sound fresh, as do the jazzy "Older Sister," the heartwarming "Nobody Does It Better," and the slinky "You Belong to Me." Through the '80s and '90s, Simon's greatest successes came in writing songs for films; the songs have held up better than the films, including "Coming Around Again" from Heartburn, "Let the River Run" from Working Girl, and "Two Little Sisters" from Marvin's Room. Simon also explored torch songs -- the string-laden "Not a Day Goes By" and Rodgers & Hart's "My Romance" are here -- and became a fixture on Adult Contemporary radio. Anthology concludes with "Scar" and "Actress," two sharply-observed narratives from 2000's Bedroom Tapes, which returned Simon to the acoustic, confessional mode of her early work, plus a bonus treat of a 1995 live recording of "Touched by the Sun." Ultimately, Anthology does equal justice to Carly Simon's smoky, seductive voice and her sharp songwriting.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
For Carly Simon fans looking for something a little more extensive than a single-disc greatest-hits collection, but not something so large and expensive as her Clouds in My Coffee 1966-1996 box set, Anthology is a good deal. The two CDs include 40 songs from 1971 to 2000, among them nearly two dozen chart hits (though some of the later ones only made the adult contemporary charts). For the more cold-blooded fan who wants to zero in on her best and most popular work, there might well be more than she or he wants to hear, particularly on disc two, devoted entirely to post-1980 material, which reflects her move from tenuously folk-rock-related singer/songwriting to blander adult contemporary music. For those who see her early work as her best, The Best of Carly Simon remains about all you need; for those who appreciate her whole career, the lengthier single-disc anthology The Very Best of Carly Simon: Nobody Does It Better will likewise suffice. There's not much in rarities on Anthology either -- nothing from her pre-Elektra recordings as part of the Simon Sisters, and nothing previously unreleased, though 1995's "Touched By the Sun" was only on the Live at Grand Central video, and four tracks are taken not from Simon albums but from film soundtracks (including, of course, her massive 1977 hit, "Nobody Does It Better"). All of this might be too much carping. This does, after all, gather material from more than half a dozen labels, presented respectfully with a 40-page booklet, though the liner notes are much heavier on fawning affection than historical details.

Product Details

Release Date:
Elektra / Wea


Disc 1

  1. That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be
  2. One More Time
  3. Anticipation
  4. Legend in Your Own Time
  5. Julie Through the Glass
  6. You're So Vain
  7. We Have No Secrets
  8. The Right Thing to Do
  9. Mockingbird  - James Taylor
  10. Haven't Got Time for the Pain
  11. Older Sister
  12. Waterfall
  13. Attitude Dancing
  14. In Times When My Head
  15. Nobody Does It Better
  16. You Belong to Me
  17. Devoted to You  - James Taylor
  18. Boys in the Trees
  19. Vengeance
  20. Come Upstairs
  21. Jesse

Disc 2

  1. Not a Day Goes By
  2. Why
  3. It Happens Everyday
  4. Orpheus
  5. Come Back Home
  6. Coming Around Again
  7. Give Me All Night
  8. The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of
  9. All I Want Is You
  10. Let the River Run
  11. My Romance
  12. Better Not Tell Her
  13. Love of My Life
  14. Like a River
  15. Two Little Sisters
  16. Film Noir
  17. Scar
  18. Actress
  19. Touched by the Sun

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carly Simon   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Human Whistle,keyboard bass
Marc Cohn   Vocal Harmony
Tim Curry   Background Vocals
Dr. John   Organ,Piano
Roberta Flack   Background Vocals
Carole King   Background Vocals
Michael McDonald   Electric Piano
Robbie Robertson   Electric Guitar
Linda Ronstadt   Background Vocals
James Taylor   Vocals
Warren Bernhardt   Piano,Keyboards
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Don Grolnick   Piano,Clavinet
Rob Mounsey   Piano,Keyboards,keyboard bass
David Sanborn   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Jay Berliner   spanish guitar,Soloist
Bernard Edwards   Bass,Conductor
Andrew Gold   Guitar
John Hall   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Leah Kunkel   Background Vocals
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Jimmy Maelen   Percussion
Ian McLagan   Piano
Billy Mernit   Electric Piano
Nile Rodgers   Guitar,Conductor
Alex Taylor   Background Vocals
Libby Titus   Background Vocals
Jimmy Webb   Piano
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Andy Goldmark   Keyboards
Laurence Juber   Electric Guitar
Marvin Hamlisch   Conductor
Jim Gordon   Drums
Gordon Grody   Background Vocals
Tasha Thomas   Background Vocals
Jerry Barnes   Background Vocals
Katreese Barnes   Background Vocals
Eric Bazilian   Mandolin
Kenneth Bichel   Piano
Gail Boggs   Background Vocals
Eddie Bongo   Conga
Jimmy Bralower   Percussion
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Vicki Brown   Background Vocals
Stephen Bruton   Electric Guitar
Peter Calo   Acoustic Guitar
David Carey   Marimbas
Joe Caro   Electric Guitar
Vivian Cherry   Background Vocals
Kacey Cisyk   Background Vocals
Ray Cooper   Conga
Mickey Curry   Drums
Barry DeSouza   Drums
Cornell Dupree   Electric Guitar
Gordon Edwards   Bass
Mike Egan   Acoustic Guitar
Harvey Estrin   Soprano Recorder,Tenor Recorder
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
John Fiore   Background Vocals
Steve Gadd   Drums
Eric Gale   Electric Guitar
Teese Gohl   Synthesizer,Piano,Conductor,Keyboards
Gordon Gottlieb   Percussion
Lani Groves   Background Vocals
Jamey Haddad   Percussion
Carl Hall   Background Vocals
Abigale Haness   Background Vocals
Ula Hedwig   Background Vocals
Pete Hewlett   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Milt Holland   Percussion
Terri Homberg   Background Vocals
Kirby Johnson   Conductor,Electric Piano
Zev Katz   Bass
Ellen Kearney   Background Vocals
Bobby Keys   Baritone Saxophone
Robbie Kilgore   Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Curtis King   Background Vocals
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Ken Landrum   Synthesizer
Will Lee   Bass,Background Vocals
Jay Leonhart   Acoustic Bass
Tony Levin   Bass
Richard Locker   Cello,Soloist
Bruce Lynch   Bass
Mike Mainieri   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano
Liam Maonlai   Flute,Vocals,Background Vocals,Soloist
George Marge   Soprano Recorder,Tenor Recorder
Rick Marotta   Cymbals,Drums,Tom-Tom
Scott Martin   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Marty Paich   Conductor
Hugh McCracken   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Charles McCracken   Cello
John McCurry   Acoustic Guitar
Sid McGinnis   Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Jeff Mironov   Acoustic Guitar
Andy Newmark   Drums
Brian Odgers   Bass
Pino Palladino   Bass
Dean Parks   Electric Guitar
Bill Payne   Keyboards
Wayne Pedziwiatr   Electric Bass
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Richard Perry   Percussion
Jeff Pevar   Electric Guitar
Chris Rae   Electric Guitar
Lee Ritenour   Electric Guitar
Robert Sabino   Keyboards
Paul Samwell-Smith   Background Vocals
Ira Siegel   Guitar
Frank Simms   Background Vocals
Lucy Simon   Background Vocals
Lee Sklar   Bass
David Spinozza   Electric Guitar
Meryl Streep   Background Vocals
Liza Strike   Background Vocals
Ben Taylor   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Hugh Taylor   Background Vocals
Richard Tee   Electric Piano,Clavinet
Derrek Van Eaton   Flute
Peter-John Vettese   Keyboards
Klaus Voormann   Bass
Ed Walsh   Synthesizer
Willie Weeks   Bass
Doug Wimbish   Bass
Peter Wood   Synthesizer
Kurt Yahjian   Background Vocals
Larry Breen   Slap Bass
Paul Keough   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Lockwood   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Lon Van Eaton   Clarinet
Michael Kosarin   Piano
Kenny Moore   Background Vocals
Robin Gould   Drums
Mick Rossi   Keyboards
Dirk Ziff   Guitar
Frank Floyd   Background Vocals
Tony Thompson   Drums
John Miller   Bass
T-Bone Wolk   Bass
Jimmy Ryan   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Background Vocals
Mindy Joslyn   Violin
Sarah Taylor   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Victor Herbert   Composer
Jeff Lynne   Composer
Michael McDonald   Composer
Carly Simon   Composer,Engineer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Billy Eric   Engineer
Rob Mounsey   Producer,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Bernard Edwards   Arranger,Producer
Nile Rodgers   Arranger,Producer
Jimmy Webb   Composer,Producer
Arthur Freeman   Contributor
Andy Goldmark   drum programming
Marvin Hamlisch   Producer
Chris Lord-Alge   Engineer
Phillip Ballou   Contributor
Andrew Berliner   Engineer
Mark Berry   Engineering
Mike Bobak   Engineer
John Boylan   Producer
Jimmy Bralower   drum programming
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Paul Buckmaster   Orchestration
Robin Geoffrey Cable   Engineer
Bob Clearmountain   Engineer
Clive Davis   Executive Producer
Neil Dorfsman   Engineer
Don Sebesky   Orchestration
James Farber   Engineer
Frank Filipetti   Engineer,drum programming
Inez Foxx   Composer
Charlie Foxx   Composer
Inez & Charlie Foxx   Composer
Ed Freeman   String Arrangements
Teese Gohl   Arranger,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Lewis Hahn   Engineer
Jeff Hendrickson   Engineer
Roy Hendrickson   Engineer
Richard Hewson   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Horn Conductor,String Conductor
Kirby Johnson   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Norm Kinney   Engineer
Eddie Kramer   Producer,Engineer
Russ Kunkel   Producer,drum programming
Donn Landee   Engineer
Tim Leitner   Engineer
Scott Litt   Engineer
Mike Mainieri   Producer
Liam Maonlai   Contributor
Arif Mardin   Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Horn Conductor,String Conductor
Marty Paich   Arranger,String Arrangements
Harry Maslin   Engineer
George Massenburg   Producer,Engineer
David McLees   Producer
Bill Miranda   Engineer
Del Newman   String Arrangements
Michael O'Reilly   Engineer
Bill Payne   Producer
Richard Perry   Producer
Gary Peterson   Producer
Lennie Petze   Executive Producer
Paul Riser   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Paul Samwell-Smith   Producer
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Bill Scheniman   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Gary Starr   Engineer
Ted Templeman   Producer
Ed Tuton   Engineer
Bobby Warner   Engineer
Don Was   Producer
Arnold McCuller   Contributor
Jeffrey Kimball   Producer
Randy Ezratty   Engineer
Michael Kosarin   Arranger
Cookie Rankin   Contributor
Heather Rankin   Contributor
Raylene Rankin   Contributor
Nigel Dick   Director
Jay Militscher   Engineer
Julie Vlasak   Art Direction
Brian Faehndrich   Engineer
James Biggs   Engineer
T-Bone Wolk   Producer
Brian Doyle   Executive Producer
Tim Scanlin   Liner Note Coordination
Greg Pliska   Arranger
Gary Chester   Engineer
James P. Nichols   Engineer
Dave Palmer   Engineer

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