‘Songs From the Trees’ a terrific companion piece for new Carly Simon memoir

Carly Simon‘Songs From the Trees’
Carly Simon (Rhino)
4.5 stars out of 5

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Carly Simon was one of the true superstars of the 1970s and has a career that spans some 45 years. At age 70, Simon is still going strong and recently penned her memoir “Boys in the Trees.” To coincide with the release of the book, Simon offers up a two-CD musical companion piece in “Songs From the Trees.”

Carly Simon CD“This is a special album that serves as an additional way to look at my stories,” she explains. “Most of these songs are precursors to what eventually became the book. As the narrative only goes up to 1983, there are many songs to follow. If you feel like playing this puzzle, there are clues of how to cross-reference the songs with the chapters, pages and words.”

The 31-track set spans the years 1971 and includes her biggest solo hits, as well as early recordings of The Simon Sisters (with sibling Lucy), a tune with ex-husband James Taylor and a pair of previously unreleased bonus cuts. Highlights abound, most notably “It Happens Everyday,” “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be,” “Anticipation,” “You’re So Vain,” “Mockingbird” (with Taylor), “You Belong to Me” and “The Right Thing to Do.” (Jeffrey Sisk)

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