- Audio CD (31 May 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Rhino
- ASIN: B000243E5W
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,567 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Reflections - Carly Simon's Greatest Hits CD
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Reflections is the first career-spanning, multi-label single-disc compilation of Carly Simon's career, including hits from Elektra and Arista. This collection includes 20 songs--every one of Carly's top-charting hits, digitally remastered directly from the master tapes. One of music's most influential and cherished singer-songwriters, Simon has recorded and released over 25 albums and is internationally renowned as a versatile artist who is consistently breaking new ground. A Grammy and Oscar winner, her experiences in life, love and motherhood and her strive for success have translated into several of the most memorable hit songs ever recorded.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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 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).
The track listing here is similar but not identical to the old UK compilation Nobody does it better, so anybody who has that does not need this. It is also worth noting that this compilation has slightly different track listings in the UK and the USA although if you really want the tracks on one but not the other, the best solution may be to buy Anthology.
As an introduction to Carly's music, this is brilliant.
"Reflections" is a recording that includes 20 songs which span 30 years of the artist's career. She has a beautiful clear voice, and a natural style, which more than capably express a wide array of emotions. Her music, and much of it is her own, has been influenced by traditional American folk music, jazz, the blues and rock 'n roll. Carly Simon has been placed in the "confessional" genre of vocalists and songwriters. I don't pay attention to that kind of labeling. I feel like her songs are frank, honest and often very moving - from the heart. She is also quite sexy at times, and it is difficult not to move to her beat.
One of my favorite cuts, "Like A River" was written for her mother, Andrea Simon, right after her death. Carly once said in an interview, "My yearning to communicate with her was so strong, it seemed to me that she could really hear me." Ms. Simon's voice, her lyrics, and signature piano make an extremely moving elegy to her mom. "Amity" a duet with daughter Sally Taylor is another captivating and emotional piece. "Nobody Does It Better," sung for the 1977 James Bond hit "The Spy Who Loved Me" is a fabulous, upbeat love song, and a real ego booster for the man in one's life. It topped the AC charts for several weeks in 1977.Read more ›
I've been playing it for over a month now and it still stands out. What surprises me is the consistency. Even the recent stuff stands a lot of listening, helped by lovely melodies and some brilliantly sharp lyrics. (Normally, ageing rock stars seem to fade in quality when they get older.)
I am not sure there are that many other classics on this - "Let the River Run", I suppose, "Jesse" and maybe "Coming Round Again" - but equally every song is enjoyable to listen to, and bears repetition.
Mostly, she writes about love and relationships, on which she's intriguingly ambiguous: the songs where she's swept up with sheer lust are balanced by the songs where she's wearied and angry about how things have happened. A lot of them really resonate.
The more I listen to it, the more I realise how untypical "Nobody Does It Better" is: it's the only track on the album not written by her. Much as I love it, its whole tone is more jokey than the other stuff, which is often quite raw.
The other reviews I read on this seem to point you away from this collection, but I wouldn't say so at all: I think it's brilliant. You won't regret buying it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great album and should cover all of her amazing tracks, but the album on offer does not correspond with the track listing you actually get. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this for hubby as he likes his music. Really good cd happy man.Published 7 months ago by Rosie
A golden girl of our generation, buy it , think of bond, twiggy,on the buses, and think of the 70s, great compilation .Published 10 months ago by Geoffrey David goodman
Very good compilation of the excellent Carly Simon, includes all the big hits and gives a good reflection of her wonderful career. Nobody does it better..Published 11 months ago by TERRY STEVENSON
if you love carly simon you will certainly love this superb collection of her unforgettable wonderful musicPublished 12 months ago by gary barter