Sunday, June 5

The Best of Carly Simon (1975)

The cover of The Best of Carly Simon reminds me of the Righteous Brothers song that supposed if there's a rock and roll heaven, you know they've got a helluva band, and then went on to list the greats (Jimmy, Janis, Jim, Otis) who would be performing in the afterlife. I don't mean to say that this album cover is morbid. Rather, I mean that it seems to capture Carly's admission into rarified, other-worldly Rock and Roll royalty. Indeed, it looks as though it is not a photograph of Carly herself but instead is the image of her that stands proudly in the musical Pantheon. Her pose is certainly statuesque. Her white dress might be the flowing robes of a goddess (so openly flowing one has to wonder where the clasp might be). And her hair - perfectly arranged and yet casually lifted by a breeze - is reminiscent of Venus as she rises from the sea. The stray hair across the forehead is an especially nice detail: when you are this goddess-like, this mesmerisingly attractive, any slight imperfection can only be endearing.

The lettering, too, looks as though it is etched in stone around a statue of one of the greats. And who could deny that by 1975 Carly was ready to take her place among rock deities? After five studio albums, seven top 40 singles, and any number of 'turntable hits' on FM radio, the arrival of her 'best of' was a well deserved acknowledgement of her achievements, and her rightful place, in the musical firmament.


  1. I love the insightful quote of ..."After five studio albums, seven top 40 singles, and any number of 'turntable hits' on FM radio"

    Her albums have no filler songs, just great quality rock, pop, jazz and even country-tinged songs one after the other. In fact, her best songs are not her radio hits, imho!

  2. I remember FM stations used to play album tracks all the time. So when a new Carly album came out, you would hear the single on AM radio, but lots of different songs on FM. Whatever happened to that? It made radio much more interesting but it stopped some time in the 1980s.