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Carly Simon: Songs from the Trees: A Musical Memoir Collection [Slipcase]

Track List

>Boys in the Trees
>Winken', Blinkin' and Nod
>Older Sister
>It Was So Easy
>Embrace Me, You Child
>Hello Big Man
>Two Hot Girls (On a Hot Summer Night)
>It Happens Everyday
>His Friends Are More Than Fond of Robin
>I'm All It Takes to Make You Happy
>That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be
>I've Got to Have You
>Legend in Your Own Time
>Three Days
>Julie Through the Glass
>We Have No Secrets
>You're So Vain
>Mind on My Man
>After the Storm
>In Times When My Head
>You Belong to Me
>We're So Close
>From the Heart
>Come Upstairs
>Right Thing to Do, The
>Showdown - (previously unreleased)
>I Can't Thank You Enough - (previously unreleased)

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Carly Simon.

Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY; Atlantic Studios, New York, NY; Carly's Living Room, Hidden Star Hill, Martha's Vineyar; Parr Audio.

Pointedly not a greatest-hits collection, the double-disc compilation Songs from the Trees instead is a soundtrack to Carly Simon's 2015 memoir Boys in the Trees (in that it has a cousin in Elvis Costello's Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, an autobiography with an accompanying aural collection). Surely, there are hits here -- not all of them, but "You're So Vain," "Mockingbird," "You Belong to Me," and "Anticipation" are -- but there are also some deep cuts, a track from the Simon Sisters ("Winken', Blinkin' and Nod") and other assorted rarities. Everything here shifts focus toward Simon the singer/songwriter and, as the memoir's narrative ends at 1983, so does the music on this collection and that's a good dividing point, considering she left Warner in 1983. She'd have a comeback not long afterward -- "Coming Around Again" climbed into the Top 20 in 1987 -- but this is her golden period as a singer/songwriter and pop star. If the latter is diminished a bit (her James Bond theme "Nobody Does It Better" and her 1980 soft rock hit "Jesse" are absent), seek out Rhino's 2002 set Anthology for a fuller portrait of Simon as a hit-maker; turn here if you want to get a sense of what Simon believes truly reflects her soul as an artist. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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