Personnel includes: Carly Simon (vocals, acoustic guitar, whistle, piano, electric piano, synthesizer, percussion, programming); James Taylor (vocals, acoustic guitar); Jimmy Ryan (acoustic guitar, electric bass); Mike Egan, Paul Keough (acoustic guitar); Eric Gale, Lee Ritenour, Robbie Robertson (electric guitar); Nile Rodgers (guitar); Jeff Baxter (steel guitar); Eric Bazilian (mandolin); David Sanborn (alto saxophone); Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone); Randy Brecker (trumpet); Michael MacDonald (electric piano); Dr. John (piano, organ); Richard Tee (electric piano, Clavinet); Robert Sabino (keyboards); Will Lee (bass, background vocals); Bernard Edwards, Doug Wimbish (bass); Steve Gadd (drums); Roberta Flack, Carole King (background vocals).
Producers include: Eddie Kramer, Richard Perry, Arif Marden, Mike Manieri, Nile Rodgers.
Compilation producers: Carly Simon, David McLees, Gary Peterson.
Recorded between 1971 & 2000. Includes liner notes by Jack Mauro.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Carly Simon (vocals, whistling, guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, electric piano, keyboards, synthesizer, keyboard bass, drum programming); Liam Maonlai (vocals, flute, background vocals); James Taylor (vocals); Jimmy Ryan (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, ukulele, background vocals); Hugh McCracken (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Peter Calo (guitar, acoustic guitar); Sid McGinnis (guitar, slide guitar, background vocals); Ira Siegel, Dirk Ziff, Nile Rodgers , Andrew Gold (guitar); Pete Hewlett (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Michael Lockwood (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Ben Taylor (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Paul Keough, Jeff Mironov, John McCurry, Mike Egan (acoustic guitar); Chris Rae, Cornell Dupree, David Spinozza, Dean Parks, Eric Gale , Jeff Pevar, Joe Caro, John Hall, Laurence Juber , Lee Ritenour , Robbie Robertson, Stephen Bruton (electric guitar); Jay Berliner (Spanish guitar); Eric Bazilian (mandolin); Mindy Joslyn (violin); Richard Locker, Charles McCracken (cello); Derrek Van Eaton (flute); George Marge, Harvey Estrin (soprano recorder, tenor recorder); Lon Van Eaton (clarinet); David Sanborn (alto saxophone); Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone); Bobby Keys (baritone saxophone); Randy Brecker (trumpet); Don Grolnick (piano, Clavinet); Dr. John (piano, organ); Teese Gohl (piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Rob Mounsey (piano, keyboards, keyboard bass); Warren Bernhardt (piano, keyboards); Mike Mainieri (piano, synthesizer); Ian McLagan, Jimmy Webb , Michael Kosarin, Kenneth Bichel (piano); Richard Tee (electric piano, Clavinet); Kirby Johnson, Michael McDonald , Billy Mernit (electric piano); Robbie Kilgore (keyboards, bass synthesizer); Andy Goldmark (keyboards, drum programming); Scott Martin (keyboards, background vocals); Mick Rossi , Peter-John Vettese, Bill Payne, Robert Sabino (keyboards); Ed Walsh, Ken Landrum, Peter Wood (synthesizer); David Carey (marimba); Jay Leonhart (acoustic bass); Wayne Pedziwiatr (electric bass); Rick Marotta (drums, cymbals, tom tom); Russ Kunkel (drums, drum programming); Barry DeSouza, Robin Gould, Tony Thompson , Jim Gordon , Jim Keltner, Mickey Curry, Andy Newmark, Steve Gadd , Shawn Pelton (drums); Eddie Bongo, Ray Cooper (congas); Jimmy Bralower (percussion, drum programming); Jamey Haddad, Milt Holland, Ralph MacDonald, Sammy Figueroa, Gordon Gottlieb, Richard Perry, Jimmy Maelen (percussion); Frank Filipetti (drum programming); Gordon Grody, Vicki Brown, Curtis King, Terri Homberg, Sarah Taylor, Frank Simms, Kenny Moore, Abigale Haness, Ellen Kearney, Hugh Taylor, Gail Boggs, Kurt Yahjian, Jerry Barnes, Kacey Cisyk, Katreese Barnes, Lani Groves, Leah Kunkel, Libby Titus, Liza Strike, Lucy Simon , Alex Taylor, Paul Samwell-Smith, Roberta Flack, Tim Curry, Ula Hedwig, Will Lee , John Fiore, Linda Ronstadt, Meryl Streep, Vaneese Thomas, Tasha Thomas, Vivian Cherry, Frank Floyd, Carl Hall, Carole King (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Chris Lord-Alge; Ed Cherney ; Frank Filipetti; Lewis Hahn; Scott Litt; Tom Lord-Alge.
Audio Remasterers: Don Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Recording information: A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA; A&R Studios, New York, NY; AIR Recording Studios, London, England; Atlantic Studios, New York, NY; BMG Studios, New York, NY; Bumble Hill Studio; Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA; Cadiloon Sound, Pawling, NY; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Clinton Recording Studios, New York, NY; Crystal-Sound Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA; Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY; Flying Monkey Studio, New York, NY; Grand Central Station, New York, NY; Lobsterville, Gay Head, MA; Morgan Studios, North London, England; National Edison Recording Studios, New York, NY; Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA; Power Station, New York, NY; Producers Workshop, Hollywood, CA; Right Track Recording, New York, NY; Room With A View, New York, NY; Snowbound Sound, Pawling NY; Sonic Brothers, Martha's Vineyard, MA; Sound Labs, Inc., Hollywood, CA; Sound on Sound Studios, New York, NY; Studio 55, Hollywood, CA; Sunset Sound Recordings, Hollywood, CA; The Bedroom & The Play-Barn, Martha's Vineyard, MA; The Hit Factory, New York, NY; The Peninsula Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA; Trident Studios, London, England; Village Recorders, West Los Angeles, CA.
Director: Nigel Dick.
Editor: Barry Hammond.
Photographers: Ed Caraeff; Ken Regan; Michael Putland; Norman Seeff; Mick Rock ; Emerson Loew; Bob Gothard; Peter Simon.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Cookie Rankin; Raylene Rankin; Phillip Ballou; Heather Rankin; Liam Maonlai; Arnold McCuller; Arthur Freeman.
Arrangers: Marty Paich; Michael Kosarin; Nile Rodgers ; Teese Gohl; Bernard Edwards; Greg Pliska.
For Carly Simon fans looking for something a little more extensive than a single-disc greatest-hits collection, but not something so large and expensive as her Clouds in My Coffee 1966-1996 box set, Anthology is a good deal. The two CDs include 40 songs from 1971 to 2000, among them nearly two dozen chart hits (though some of the later ones only made the adult contemporary charts). For the more cold-blooded fan who wants to zero in on her best and most popular work, there might well be more than she or he wants to hear, particularly on disc two, devoted entirely to post-1980 material, which reflects her move from tenuously folk-rock-related singer/songwriting to blander adult contemporary music. For those who see her early work as her best, The Best of Carly Simon remains about all you need; for those who appreciate her whole career, the lengthier single-disc anthology The Very Best of Carly Simon: Nobody Does It Better will likewise suffice. There's not much in rarities on Anthology either -- nothing from her pre-Elektra recordings as part of the Simon Sisters, and nothing previously unreleased, though 1995's "Touched By the Sun" was only on the Live at Grand Central video, and four tracks are taken not from Simon albums but from film soundtracks (including, of course, her massive 1977 hit, "Nobody Does It Better"). All of this might be too much carping. This does, after all, gather material from more than half a dozen labels, presented respectfully with a 40-page booklet, though the liner notes are much heavier on fawning affection than historical details. ~ Richie Unterberger