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Even among her singer/songwriter peers, Carly Simon stood out for her skill at observation and analysis. Early on, she showed a talent for probing beneath domestic situations, searching for the cracks around the edges of romance. The Best of Carly Simon gleans key tracks from her early -‘70s output, emphasizing her chart singles. Simon’s emotional landscape is a complex one — expressions of deep pessimism (“That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be”) and unbridled optimism (“The Right Thing to Do”) vie for dominance in her work. Some of her most effective tunes — “We Have No Secrets” in particular — are wryly ambivalent in tone. Of course, she can get playful when she chooses, as her duet with then-husband James Taylor on “Mockingbird” shows. And, as the classic “You’re So Vain” makes plain, she can deliver a put-down with authority. Simon’s resonant alto vocals add a classy sheen to even relatively banal fare like the disco-inflected “Attitude Dancing.” Those curious about her post-1975 releases will have to look elsewhere, but if it’s early Carly you’re after, this collection delivers the high points.

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Best of all times

Awesome album, one of the all time best singers!

Some of the best there is

So great to hear these early hits. How few have mastered all three parts of a song: Compose it write the lyrics and then perform it. For one person to have so many such compositioms with so many hits puts her deservedly in the realm of the lengendary talents.

The Best of Carly Simon

I've never been a big fan of any one of Carly's albums in particular (with the exception of Hotcakes) because I found the filler songs to be kind of dry. This collection, though brief, really does pick out the main highlights. It has my two favorites by her, You're So Vain and Mockingbird, also. It sounds great on vinyl, just got it the other day!


Born: June 25, 1945 in New York, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Carly Simon was one of the most popular of the confessional singer/songwriters who emerged in the early '70s. The youngest child in an upper-class New York family (her father, Richard Simon, co-founded the Simon & Schuster publishing company), Simon got her start in music as part of a duo with her sister Lucy (who later wrote the music for the Broadway show The Secret Garden). The Simon Sisters had a chart single with "Winkin' Blinkin' and Nod" in April 1964. But Simon's solo debut did not come until...
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