The Very Best of Carly Simon: Nobody Does it Better Import
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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-.Read more ›
From my perspective, there were two peaks in Carly's career - her seventies hits and her late eighties album, Coming around again. Between them, they dominate this collection, although there are other great tracks here, most notably Why.
Carly began her successful period in the seventies via the American hits That's the way I've always heard it should be and Anticipation. Britain then discovered her music and subsequent hits charted in both the UK and USA, though Carly remained more popular in America. Her international hits from the seventies include You're so vain, The right thing to do, Mockingbird (a duet with James Taylor) and Nobody does it better (a James Bond theme). Carly's only big hit of the early eighties was Why, although she released some interesting albums during that time. In the late eighties came the album Coming around again, possibly her best ever. It is represented by four tracks - The stuff that dreams are made of, All I want is you, Give me all night and the title track. A few later tracks are also included, most notably the Oscar-winning Let the river run (from Working girl).
For many years (until the more recent Reflections compilation), this was easily the strongest single-CD collection of Carly's music but the import price is about the same as the double CD Anthology, so buy that or Reflections instead.
From "Anticipation" to "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of" to "You're So Vain" to "Coming Around Again", they're all here. It's a well-balanced selection of Carly hits, which also includes some of my other favorites: "Haven't Got Time For The Pain", "Give Me All Night", and "All I Want Is You".
This "Very Best Of" collection is worth every penny.
This was the very first 1 CD release of Carly's work that had almost every song of hers that I wanted to hear. Even the 3 CD box set did not include her Arista hits and was a must for all fans when I originally bought it. I overlooked the import steep price as it was worth more than worth it. I finally got to hear "Let The River Run" from the soundtrack to "Working Girl" next to all my favorites.
At the time I said that I wished that more companies would cooperate with one another to produce greatest hits collections that reflect the career of artists who may have had more than one home during their career. If it's about money, they can split it on a hit by hit basis, and in the end more products will sell. Well, I guess that I was not the only one to see the advantages of putting together ALL of Carly's better known work as in 2002 Rhino release the magnificent 2 CD release titled "Anthology," which is even better than this one as it is obviously more comprehensive and BMG Heritage will be releasing a remastered 1 CD release in early May, 2004 so based on the play lists I would recommend these two domestic releases over this one, which still warrants 5 stars and was the first release to shoot for more than just a part of Carly's career.
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Really enjoy listening to this best-of compilation. Brings back a lot of memories. Really good lyrics sung by a siren ;)Published 16 months ago by Gilda Grape
I would have opted for the cut,,,Jesse,,,,instead of a couple of little known cuts,,,but very comprehensive of her body of work...Love this cd..
I have been a big fan of Carly Simon's music for about as long as I can remember. I loved her 1970s pop, and all of the later music! Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
I just got rid of all of my albums and this was one I definitely wanted to replace. It's fabulous!Published on January 4, 2013 by Linda A. Golub
As it stands, Reflections is the most comprehensive and complete single disc collection of Carly's hits to date. Read morePublished on November 10, 2012 by cryptkeeperfun
....indeed. Carly has long been the voice of my generation, and it would be pointless to deny my own infatuation with her. Read morePublished on January 23, 2008 by Robert C. Hufford
Like "The Best of Carly Simon" and this 1998 "Very Best of", both do not include Jesse (a huge hit from 1980) or the Kris Kristoffesen penned hit "I've Got to Have You". Read morePublished on May 22, 2005 by William