The Best of Carly Simon

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The Best of Carly Simon
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Greatest hits album by Carly Simon
Released November 24, 1975
Recorded 1970–1975
Genre Rock
Length 37:54
Label Elektra
Producer Eddie Kramer, Richard Perry, Paul Samwell-Smith
Carly Simon chronology
Playing Possum
(1975)Playing Possum1975
The Best of Carly Simon
Another Passenger
(1976)Another Passenger1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]

The Best of Carly Simon is singer-songwriter Carly Simon's sixth album, and her first greatest-hits compilation of previously released songs. Covering the first five years of her career, 1971 to 1975, the compilation includes six top ten hit singles, two minor hits ("Legend In Your Own Time", "Attitude Dancing") and two album cuts that were never released as singles ("Night Owl", "We Have No Secrets").

For many years, this was Simon's only greatest hits collection, and, as a result, it became her bestselling album. In the late 1990s, sales in the United States alone stood at over three million copies.[2] However, in later years the collection could not be considered a complete or definitive representation of Simon's best or most popular work because it did not include her major hits from the mid-1970s onward, such as "Nobody Does It Better", "You Belong to Me", "Jesse", "Coming Around Again" and "Let the River Run". The fact that Simon had changed record labels several times (moving from Elektra to Warner Brothers to Epic to Arista) made a more wide-ranging collection a difficult proposition. A live album, Greatest Hits Live (1988), went some way to rectifying this issue, but the original recorded versions were eventually collected on the three-disc boxed-set Clouds in My Coffee (1995), the two-disc set Anthology (2003), and the single-disc compilation Reflections: Carly Simon's Greatest Hits (2004). Reflections went on to become a great success, and was certified gold by the RIAA in 2007.

Track listing[edit]

1."That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" (from the album Carly Simon)C. Simon/J. Brackman4:19
2."The Right Thing to Do" (from the album No Secrets)C. Simon3:01
3."Mockingbird" (from the album Hotcakes)C. Foxx/I. Foxx/additional lyrics by J. Taylor3:51
4."Legend in Your Own Time" (from the album Anticipation)C. Simon3:45
5."Haven't Got Time for the Pain" (from the album Hotcakes)C. Simon/J. Brackman3:40
6."You're So Vain" (from the album No Secrets)C. Simon4:19
7."We Have No Secrets" (from the album No Secrets)C. Simon3:58
8."Night Owl" (from the album No Secrets)J. Taylor3:51
9."Anticipation" (from the album Anticipation)C. Simon3:22
10."Attitude Dancing" (from the album Playing Possum)C. Simon/J. Brackman3:53
Total length:37:54



AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1976 Pop Albums 17[3]

Album – International

Year Country Position
1975 Australia 42[4]
1975 Canada 40[5]


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  2. ^ "Carly Simon certifications". Retrieved 2014-09-06. 
  3. ^ "Carly Simon - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 2015-01-04. 
  4. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ "CAN Charts > Carly Simon". RPM. Archived from the original on 2015-01-04. Retrieved 2015-01-04. 

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