- Album name: The Best of Carly Simon
- Artist name: Carly Simon
- Year: 1975
- Number of discs: one
- Label: Elektra Records
- Collection: Selman
- Distinguishing characteristics:
- Sticker on front of album: PROMOTIONAL COPY NOT FOR SALE
- Printed on both sides of LP: RADIO STATION COPY
- Scratched into side one of LP: 7E 1048 ARE 2CP
- Scratched into side two of LP: 7E 1048 BRE 1CP
- Buy it on Amazon: $9.98
Level of familiarity before listening
I previously reviewed No Secrets (1972), but did not like it very much; several of the songs on this compilation appear to come from that record.
What I expected
More easy listening with a slight country sound.
What it was actually like
When I reviewed No Secrets, I wrote:
You’re So Vain was catchy, and had maybe a bit more of a country sound than I remembered it having, but I think it was probably too clever by half.
Night Owl, a bluesy cover of a James Taylor song, was about ten thousand times better than his version, which was awful.
All of that was still true today, though I might add that Night Owl had a terrible saxophone solo.
The record’s most interesting song was Mockingbird, a cover of this Inez and Charlie Foxx song, that’s based on the lullaby Hush, Little Baby. This version had a country and blues sound and was a duet with James Taylor, and it was decent until its saxophone solo.
Attitude Dancing, a disco song, was the worst on the record.
2/5: bad, but I was able to listen to the whole thing
|How bad does a record have to be overall for its most interesting song to be a duet with James Taylor?