Carly Simon

Songs from the Trees: A Musical Memoir Collection

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    Track Title


  1. Boys in the Trees 3:14
  2. Winken', Blinkin' and Nod 2:18
  3. Orpheus 3:52
  4. Older Sister 3:09
  5. It Was So Easy 3:09
  6. Embrace Me, You Child 4:10
  7. Hello Big Man 5:29
  8. Two Hot Girls (On a Hot Summer Night) 4:52
  9. It Happens Everyday 2:45
  10. His Friends Are More Than Fond of Robin 3:03
  11. I'm All It Takes to Make You Happy 3:36
  12. That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be 4:18
  13. I've Got to Have You 4:45
  14. Anticipation 3:21
  15. Legend in Your Own Time 3:44
  16. Three Days 3:17
  17. Julie Through the Glass 3:22
  18. We Have No Secrets 3:58
  19. You're So Vain 4:19
  20. Mind on My Man 3:00
  21. Mockingbird 4:13
  22. After the Storm 2:49
  23. Haunting 2:29
  24. In Times When My Head 3:30
  25. You Belong to Me 3:52
  26. We're So Close 5:10
  27. From the Heart 2:51
  28. Come Upstairs 4:18
  29. The Right Thing to Do 3:00
  30. Showdown [#][*] 3:26
  31. I Can't Thank You Enough [#][*] 3:23


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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi