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Prior to singing with the Simon Sisters, beginning at the beginning of my life, things were fairly quiet. Lucy, Joey and I sang throughout our childhood's, first in Greenwich Village (where I was kicked out of family choir for being obstreperous and willful), and then at our lovely homes in Riverdale, NY and Stamford, Connecticut. We sang as a trio, and then Lucy and I began singing in ... Read more in Amazon's Carly Simon Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 5, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B00006LHXC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,701 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
See all 21 tracks on this disc
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
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Product Description

Carly's first-ever career-spanning anthology, with tracks from her years with Elektra, Warner Bros., Mirage, Epic and Arista! Includes That's the Way I Always Heard It Should Be; Anticipation; You're So Vain; Mockingbird, and Devoted to You with James Taylor; Nobody Does It Better; You Belong to Me; Jesse; The Right Thing to Do; Haven't Got Time for the Pain; Attitude Dancing; Coming Around Again; Better Not Tell Her , and more. 40 tracks with a 40-page booklet!

Inevitably described as leggy or toothy, Carly Simon emerged in the early '70s as a kind of finishing-school sex symbol. She's the daughter of publisher Richard Simon, as in Simon and Schuster, and her very personal early songs were informed with a familiarity and uneasiness with the trappings of wealth and prominence. The finely detailed "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" best captures the young Simon. At a time when her counterculture peers were singing about buildings going up in flames, 26-year-old Carly focused on the glow from her brooding father's cigarette as she slipped by his study. "That's the Way" was the first of a string of top-10 hits Simon produced through the '70s and into the '80s. Anthology includes the lot of them--from "Anticipation" through "You're So Vain" past "Let the River Run" (better known as the theme from Working Girl). Far surpassing the 10-song Elektra retrospective, The Best of Carly Simon, this two-disc, 40-song collection spans three decades in the career of an artist who clearly believes that confession is good for the soul. --Steven Stolder

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We've all been here - that one love affair that we know we should let go of, but just can't.
Jef Fazekas
The sound quality is superb, the packaging is great, the liner notes are entertaining as well as informative, and the photos are exquisite.
Michael King
This is a good boxed set that stands alone on its own and worth the purchase for both long-time fans and newcomers to her music.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on July 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Carly Simon straddled the world between folk and pop music in the early 1970s and gradually emerged from the shadow of other folk titans to become a pop singer of verve and moment, earning herself a place in the pantheon of very successful singers like Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, and a number of others like Carol King who were on the pop charts and in the folk clubs earlier in their career. This album is a wonderful summary of the best of her efforts throughout her career, including those early years. From her breakthrough hits like -That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be- and -Anticipation- to later smash singles like -Loving You Is the Right Thing To Do- and -You're So Vain- (rumored to be written about everyone from James Taylor to Mick Jagger, but more likely a joke aimed at actor Warren Beatty) is all here.

This collection successfully gathers the best of those early years in one place, and then adds to it those superb follow-on efforts with a second CD that reprises her second stage efforts with another collection of more adult-centered pop hits. Even though I usually prefer to sample an artist in context in their early albums, even I have to admit this is a great comprehensive overview of the collective efforts from Carly Simon. There are a lot of good songs here, like the terrific -Legend In Your Own Time- about then beau James Taylor, and the rocking -Mockingbird-, a duet done with Taylor.

Indeed, there are other interesting, provocative, and beautiful selections here, including my own personal favorite, -I Haven't Got Time For The Pain-.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Whatley on February 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Carly Simon's two disc Anthology contains forty songs -- and all but one was previously available on compact disc (the new track is the live recording of "Touched by the Sun"). So you own Warner Brothers' The Best of Carly Simon Volume I (single disc), you own Arista's three disc boxed set Clouds In My Coffee and you own Arista's Greatest Hits Live (single disc) -- what do you need this one for?
It's an appropriate question. Even more so if you're also someone who owns all of Simon's studio albums. Why buy Anthology for any reason other than to keep the collection complete? Especially at this price?
There is a wonderful essay in the booklet that comes with the Anthology. There are some interesting photos. And?
For me, the deciding factor was all the talk of the superior sound quality. The reviewers are not mistaken, there is a world of difference in the sound quality of the previous versions (whether they're songs from the seventies, eighties or nineties). I don't think it's just an issue of remastering. I think a number of songs have been remixed to bring tracks that were previously buried in the mix more to the foreground.
This isn't a make it or break it test for Carly fans. Having this album doesn't make you a better fan and not having doesn't make you a worse one. But having it does give you a new perspective on recordings you previously felt you had heard.
Are there any complaints to be made? Sure. It would be easy to point out that the B-side to "Give Me All Night," a wonderful song called "Sleight of Hand," is still not available on disc.
Despite a boxed set and now a two disc anthology, the only way to hear this song remains vinyl. Want to hear her song to the mini-series Sins?
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By SLS on January 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I don't know whether it says more about the quality of music today or my age, but this is the first CD I have purchased for myself in years. If, like me, you are tired of paying $15 to hear two familiar tracks, you will be pleased with the bounty of music you get for your money with "Anthology". Although it is a CD set, it is more like two separate CDs-each one loaded to the brim with good music.
The first CD features most of Carly's popular hits. Memory evoking songs such as "Anticipation", "You're So Vain", "Attitude Dancing", and "Legend in Your Own Time" will have you fighting (unsuccessfully) the against the desire to sing along. Some later hits ("Nobody Does It Better and "Vengence") sound good too.
The second CD features some songs lesser-known than the first, but can still stand on its own. Several of Carly's later songs ("Let the River Run","Better Not Tell Her", "Coming Around Again", and "Love of My Life") were on the radio for too brief a time and in my opinion received too little airplay. Some of these titles I did not recognize initially, but were immediately familiar to me when I heard them. You may have the same experience.
As an added bonus there were several tracks in this set that I had not heard before. After listening to "It Happens Everday", "Julie Through the Glass", and "At Times in My Head" I found them growing on me easily.
I particularly liked the way the songs were arranged in chronological order. It made the set seem like a soundtrack to Carly's life. The songs on the first CD tend be about new love, relationships and heartbreak. The later songs on the second CD are about marriage ("Coming Around Again"), family ("Two Sisters", "Love of My Life") and even death ("The River").
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