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Album Review

Rather than focusing on hits and other material most beloved by fans, retrospectives compiled by the artists themselves tend to reflect personal favorites, overbalanced with more recent material. By organizing this three-disc set into three different, non-chronological collections, Carly Simon partially defeats those tendencies. The first disc, The Hits, performs the valuable function of bringing together most of her biggest singles, previously spread across many records on many labels. The second disc, Miscellaneous & Unreleased, seems aimed at the collector. And the third, Cry Yourself to Sleep, is the best-intentioned one of all — though perceived as a singles artist, Simon has written some of her best and most personal music on isolated album tracks. However, her choices here are frequently not the best songs in her catalog; what is included is good stuff — it's just that a box set can offer the opportunity to provide an alternate view of an artist who may have been misjudged, as Carly Simon has been, and Clouds in My Coffee is ultimately less than completely successful in that regard.

Customer Reviews

Like Gold dust, Hard to Find and Genuine

I believe this was Carly Simon's original 'boxed set' in compact disc format and it holds tracks that are very difficult to find. Like 'Raining' isn't on any other LP release. 'Dink's Blues' is the original track when she was just starting with her sister Lucy Simon as the Simon Sisters and her voice is very very strong and full bodied in this solo. It wasn't until the later "Anthology" set featuring her favorite picks that you'll find a goodie like this. Worth it; recommend.

Not just for die-hards.

The comments by the iTunes reviewer seem somewhat confused. While I agree with the assessment that Ms. Simon has been misjudged as an artist, the songs featured in this retrospective are well-chosen and really do make a solid case for a critical reassessment. It's reasonable to expect that every fan has their own playlist of favorite selections, and opinions will differ as to what an optimal selection might be. But there's so much solid, under-the-radar material gathered here that I'd recommend this collection to anyone with a love of intelligent, tuneful popular music.

Carly Is Eternal

I've been a fan of Carly's since I started listening to radio in the 70's. All of my favorite songs are here remastered utilizing 24-bit technology that enhanced the sonics and latter compilations just can't duplicate the sound here. In the liner notes Cary stated she had to bargain hard with former label Warner Brothers, who owns Electra, to obtain licensing to get the bulk of this material and she apologized for the glaring ommissions. After being dropped from Warner Carly did a one-off with Sony, later to become part of BMG, to release "Spoiled Girl" and the album is represented by it's biggest hit "My New Boyfriend" and while I wish "Tired Of Being Blonde" from that same lp was here I'm happy with it's lone reprensentation. Like most boxed sets Carly features outtakes and unfinished recordings, "Raining" is an outtake from "Have You Seen Me Lately" and "Angel From Montgomery" featuring a raw, young Carly was finished for this set and backing vocals were supplied from her son Ben, who by the way produced Carly's upcoming new album, stripped down versions of previous recordings. I like how this set was divided into three seperate cd's with their own titles, "The Hits," "Rare And Unreleased," and "Try Not To Cry." The cd's are generous in material and while the hit "Vengence" is missing there wouldn't be room for it, this set is totally stuffed.

Biography

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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