Songs From the Trees: A Musical Memoir Collection

Songs From the Trees: A Musical Memoir Collection

by Carly Simon

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Overview

Pointedly not a greatest-hits collection, the double-disc compilation Songs from the Trees instead is a soundtrack to Carly Simon's 2015 memoir Boys in the Trees (in that it has a cousin in Elvis Costello's Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, an autobiography with an accompanying aural collection). Surely, there are hits here -- not all of them, but "You're So Vain," "Mockingbird," "You Belong to Me," and "Anticipation" are -- but there are also some deep cuts, a track from the Simon Sisters ("Winken', Blinkin' and Nod") and other assorted rarities. Everything here shifts focus toward Simon the singer/songwriter and, as the memoir's narrative ends at 1983, so does the music on this collection and that's a good dividing point, considering she left Warner in 1983. She'd have a comeback not long afterward -- "Coming Around Again" climbed into the Top 20 in 1987 -- but this is her golden period as a singer/songwriter and pop star. If the latter is diminished a bit (her James Bond theme "Nobody Does It Better" and her 1980 soft rock hit "Jesse" are absent), seek out Rhino's 2002 set Anthology for a fuller portrait of Simon as a hit-maker; turn here if you want to get a sense of what Simon believes truly reflects her soul as an artist.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2015
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0081227949495
catalogNumber: 552861
Rank: 83771

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carly Simon   Primary Artist,Vocals
Julie Wolf   Vocals
Ben Taylor   Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael McDonald   Composer
Carly Simon   Composer,Liner Notes,Instrumentation
James Taylor   Composer
Inez Foxx   Composer
Charlie Foxx   Composer
Mike Mainieri   Producer
Arif Mardin   Producer
Richard Perry   Producer
Paul Samwell-Smith   Producer
Lucy Simon   Composer
Ted Templeman   Producer
Julie Wolf   Instrumentation
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Eugene Field   Composer
Ben Taylor   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
David Ponak   Licensing
Miguel Scott   Engineer
Jimmy Parr   Engineer
Ryan Casey   Engineer
Lew Hahn   Engineer
Charles Close   Producer

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