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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
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...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 081227816728
  • Catalog Number: 78167
  • Sales rank: 48,943


Disc 1
  1. 1 That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be (4:17)
  2. 2 One More Time (3:35)
  3. 3 Anticipation (3:22)
  4. 4 Legend in Your Own Time (3:45)
  5. 5 Julie Through the Glass (3:25)
  6. 6 You're So Vain (4:19)
  7. 7 We Have No Secrets (3:58)
  8. 8 The Right Thing to Do (2:59)
  9. 9 Mockingbird - James Taylor (4:12)
  10. 10 Haven't Got Time for the Pain (3:55)
  11. 11 Older Sister (3:08)
  12. 12 Waterfall (3:32)
  13. 13 Attitude Dancing (3:56)
  14. 14 In Times When My Head (3:30)
  15. 15 Nobody Does It Better (3:44)
  16. 16 You Belong to Me (3:53)
  17. 17 Devoted to You - James Taylor (2:31)
  18. 18 Boys in the Trees (3:15)
  19. 19 Vengeance (4:13)
  20. 20 Come Upstairs (4:20)
  21. 21 Jesse (4:18)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Not a Day Goes By (2:43)
  2. 2 Why (4:05)
  3. 3 It Happens Everyday (2:47)
  4. 4 Orpheus (3:53)
  5. 5 Come Back Home (4:24)
  6. 6 Coming Around Again (3:42)
  7. 7 Give Me All Night (4:04)
  8. 8 The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of (4:57)
  9. 9 All I Want Is You (3:59)
  10. 10 Let the River Run (3:42)
  11. 11 My Romance (2:35)
  12. 12 Better Not Tell Her (5:13)
  13. 13 Love of My Life (3:34)
  14. 14 Like a River (4:47)
  15. 15 Two Little Sisters (3:24)
  16. 16 Film Noir (3:38)
  17. 17 Scar (5:34)
  18. 18 Actress (4:51)
  19. 19 Touched by the Sun (5:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carly Simon Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, 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, 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, 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, Guitar, 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
Bill Inglot Remastering
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
Al 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
Don Hersch Remastering
Gary Chester Engineer
James P. Nichols Engineer
Dave Palmer Engineer
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