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Greatest Hits Live
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|1. Nobody Does It Better|
|2. You're So Vain|
|3. It Happens Everyday|
|5. The Right Thing To Do|
|6. Do The Walls Come Down|
|7. You Belong To Me|
|8. Two Hot Girls (On A Hot Summer Night)|
|9. All I Want Is You|
|10. Coming Around Again / Itsy Bitsy Spider|
|11. Never Been Gone|
Top Customer Reviews
Simon's profile had undergone a minor resurgence at this point. The title track from her most recent album had become a Top 20 hit (her first for six years), and had appeared on the soundtrack for the Jack Nicholson movie "Heartburn". It seemed appropriate to mark the occasion.
She sounds fresher in a live environment - occasionally on her studio records, her voice can sound grating and self-congratulory - and she has fine support from her band.
In most cases, Simon doesn't tinker with the original arrangements, and this is not necessarily a bad thing - at this point, it was difficult to compile a greatest hits album for this artist given the record company-hopping she'd indulged in. "You're So Vain" benefits from some spirited backing vocals, but "Nobody Does It Better" and "Anticipation" are very faithful interpretations of her 70s hits.
Other hits featured include "The Right Thing To Do" and a particularly spirited version of "You Belong To Me" which actually improves on the original.
Aside from the 70s hits, you also get two fairly obscure numbers which are worth hearing again. "It Happens Every Day" from 1983
boasts a pretty, country-ish melody with some sweet harmony vocals, but the lyrics deal with disappointment and marriage dreams shattered. "Never Been Gone", from her 1979 record "Spy", is a lovely, wistful little tune.
The rest of the album turns its attention to her most recent set "Coming Around Again".Read more ›
And while one can always argue and debate whether "this song should have been on" or "why did they include that song", what we have here on Greatest Hits Live is a fairly good representation of Carly's singles over the years. One wonders, then, where "Jesse" is.
The highlight of the album for me, however, is "All I Want Is You". This (live version) is my favorite all-time Carly song. It's upbeat, fast, Carly's playful on the vocals,and I can play it over and over and over and never get tired of it. I even work out to this song. I so wish Carly would do more uptempo songs like this! The second highlight is the wonderful way she intertwines "Coming Around Again" and "Itsy Bitsy Spider" into one song, with a chorus of children singing backup. You can't help but get caught up in it and find yourself singing along.
Two quibbles: "Two Hot Girls"? This wasn't even a hit off Coming Around Again. I really could have done without this song.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Opening up her live performance with the smash Bond theme "Nobody Does It Better", Carly knows what to give her listeners. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2002 by k. lane
After years of hearing Carly Simon's classic song "You're So Vain" played on the radio, I decided to seek out the CD that it could be found on. Read morePublished on June 18 2001 by R. Michael
I was a little unsure of buying this CD at first. I relented and did purchase the CD and it is absolutely wonderful. Read morePublished on April 13 2000 by John Nelson
Released in the wake of Carly's moderately successful late 80's comeback with "Coming Around Again," this album attempted to solve problems caused by an earlier,... Read morePublished on April 5 2000 by Michael Berlin
I never thought it could happen,a live album from Carly Simon.I was on stage with Carly at her last perfomance before this one in 1980 at the Stanley Theather in Pittsburgh Pa. Read morePublished on March 12 2000 by Bob Waskiewicz
I never thought it could happen,a Live Album from Carly. I was on stage with Carly at her last performance in 1980 at the Stanley Theather in Pittsburgh,Pa. Read morePublished on June 23 1999