Paul Simon – One Trick Pony (1980) – Lp
Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actor. Simon’s musical career has spanned seven decades, with his fame and commercial success beginning as half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, which was formed in 1964 with Art Garfunkel.
Artist: Paul Simon
Title: One Trick Pony
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Catalog# WB 56846
One-Trick Pony, Paul Simon’s fifth solo studio album, was released in 1980. It was Simon’s first album for Warner Bros. Records, and his first new studio album since 1975’s Still Crazy After All These Years.
Though it was released to coincide with the opening of the film One-Trick Pony, which Paul Simon wrote and starred in, the One-Trick Pony album is not a soundtrack, as it is sometimes categorized, at least, not exactly. If it were, it might contain the Paul Simon song “Soft Parachutes” and other non-Simon music featured in the movie. Instead, this is a studio album containing many of the movie songs, some of them in the same performances (two were cut live at the Agora Club in Cleveland). The record is not billed as a soundtrack, but a sleeve note reads, “The music on this Compact Disc was created for the Paul Simon Movie ‘One-Trick Pony.'” Anyway, if Simon was in fact writing songs for Jonah, his movie character (as seems true of songs like “Jonah,” “God Bless the Absentee,” and “Long, Long Day”), he intended that character to take a somewhat less considered lyrical viewpoint than Paul Simon generally does, but to be even more enamored of light jazz fusion than Paul Simon had been on his last album, Still Crazy After All These Years. Tasty licks abound from the fretwork of Eric Gale, Hiram Bullock, and Hugh McCracken, and the rhythm section of Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, and Richard Tee is equally in the groove. This is the closest thing to a band album Simon ever made, and it contains some of his most rhythmic and energetic singing. But it is also his most uneven album, simply because the songwriting, with the exception of the title song and the ballads “How the Heart Approaches What It Yearns” and “Nobody,” is not up to his usual standard. Maybe he was too busy writing his screenplay to polish these songs to the usual gloss. (It can’t have been than Jonah wasn’t supposed to be as talented as Paul Simon. Could it?) In any case, though the album spawned a Top Ten hit in “Late in the Evening” and may have sold more copies than the film did tickets, it remained a disappointment in both artistic and commercial terms.
1. Late In The Evening (4:02)
2. That’s The Way God Made The Movies (3:38)
3. One-Trick Pony (3:54)
4. How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns (2:49)
5. Oh, Marion (4:00)
1. Ace In The Hole (5:43)
2. Nobody (3:33)
3. Jonah (3:30)
4. God Bless The Absentee (3:15)
5. Long, Long Day (3:48)