Picks and Pans Review: Clouds in My Coffee: 1965-1995

updated 12/18/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/18/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

Carly Simon

It's no secret that Carly Simon plumbs the Sturm und Drang of her life for source material. She wrote "Anticipation" while waiting for Cat Stevens to show up for a first date, "You're So Vain" as a kiss-off to an ex-lover and "Like a River" as a eulogy for her mother. This triple-CD boxed set, spanning 30 years of her work, is a virtual autobiography in song. It boasts 59 tracks, including Top 40 hits, previously unreleased studio cuts (like 1972's lovely country-flavored "I'm All It Takes to Make You Happy") and collectors' items (her spare version of "Take Me Out to the Ballsame" for the PBS series Baseball). For those doubting her range Simon Droves here that she is more than a lite-FM goddess But the biggest surprise is the way she can wrap her sultry voice around a classic like the Gershwins' "I've Got a Crush on You" or Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Something Wonderful." All in all the package is some kinda wonderful. (Arista)

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