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Greatest Hits Live


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  • Audio CD (May 29 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Imports
  • ASIN: B000002VF4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nobody Does It Better
2. You're So Vain
3. It Happens Everyday
4. Anticipation
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

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In my younger days, I would fairly often buy an album quite spontaneously, and Carly Simon's Greatest Hits Live is one of my better purchases of that type. I was familiar with a few of her songs, especially You're So Vain, but I can't say I was ever really a fan, so I don't really know why I was drawn to this CD at the time I bought it. This album certainly made me a Carly fan when I listened to it, though. I love her uniquely flowing, soothing voice. Several of the tracks on this CD are immediately recognizable when you hear them: Nobody Does It Better (which served as the theme song for a James Bond movie), the aforementioned You're So Vain, It Happens Everyday, Coming Around Again, and Anticipation. I had forgotten how great a song Anticipation is, having gone so many years without hearing it. My favorite happens to be a song I do not remember having heard before, You Belong To Me; Simon seems to pack a great deal of emotion and feeling into it and makes of it something really special. All eleven songs are remarkably consistent in sound and presentation although spanning a total of 16 years, a fact which can be explained to some degree by the fact that Carly Simon wrote or co-wrote every track except for Nobody Does It Better. The 1970s material is more familiar and enjoyable than those tracks from the late 1970s and the early- to mid-1980s, but there's not a bad song to be found here at all. I had never realized until recently that Carly Simon had such a fear of performing live, and that makes me appreciate this live album even more than I already did. With such obvious musical talent and that richly melodic voice, Simon stands as one of the most amazing female vocalists of the last thirty years. She can sing about love and loss and still make you feel good doing so, which is quite remarkable in my book.
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Conquering a chronic fear of live performing, Carly Simon's sole concert performance following the release of her 1987 set "Coming Around Again" at Martha's Vineyard was recorded for this record (and for video).
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".
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I am a pretty big Carly Simon fan. I have about the first thirteen of her albums. I have this on video. And having had the privilege of missing her last scheduled concert before this because she cancelled due to chronic stagefright; I am glad to have seen this performance on tape. The setting is in her home shores of Martha's Vineyard to an audience of friends to keep her anxiety to a minimum. However at times you can hear a the shyness in her voice particularly when addressing the crowd directly between songs. So while there are a lot of her big hits on this album I think her studio performances on her greatest hits are a lot stronger. She is just more comfortable there. The newest greatest hits album has more and better songs too. This was just a little too soon for a new greatest hits album. The newer songs of that era were pulled from her "Coming Around Again" album. This is the first album in many years that got her noticed again. But there were some better songs on her middle albums that didn't become great hits that might have been even better choices. This is sort of Greatest Hits plus "Coming Around Again". This is a good album, but if you are looking for a greatest hits album, get the early one or the later one. You might track down the VHS and see it as well as listen if you are really interested in a live Carly performance. The video probably costs less!
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While I feel this album was more a marketing ploy by her record label, Arista (it really is no more than her '75 Best Of album, with Coming Around Again hits added on), I didn't care. We fans of Carly, who know how rare a public singing appearance is for her, are overjoyed. Coming from the HBO concert, it was the first time I'd ever heard her live. Carly sounds great and sounds like she's having a good time (she actually was petrified giving the concert, but trooper that she was, she was not about to disappoint the people who had come to see her). All the hits are here: You're So Vain, Anticipation, The Right Thing To Do, Coming Around Again, You Belong To Me, etc., and including for the first time on any Carly album, Nobody Does It Better.
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.
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