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)
Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actor. Simon’s fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel.
Artist: Paul Simon
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Graceland is the seventh solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. Produced by Simon and Roy Halee, the album was released on August 25, 1986 by Warner Bros. Records. In the early 1980s, Simon’s career hit a low point. Following a very successful but contentious reunion with former partner Art Garfunkel, Simon’s marriage fell apart and his previous record, Hearts and Bones (1983), was a significant commercial disappointment. In 1984, after a period of depression, Simon became fascinated with a bootleg cassette of South African township music. He planned a trip to Johannesburg in the new year with Halee, where he spent two weeks recording with South African musicians.
Recorded between 1985–86, Graceland features an eclectic mixture of musical styles, including pop, rock, a cappella, zydeco, isicathamiya, and mbaqanga. Simon created new compositions inspired by the recordings made in Johannesburg, collaborating with both African and American artists. Simon faced controversy for seemingly breaking the cultural boycott imposed by the rest of the world against South Africa because of its policy of apartheid. In addition, some critics viewed Graceland as an exploitive appropriation of their culture. Following its completion, Simon toured alongside South African musicians, combining the music of Graceland and their own music.
Despite the controversy, Graceland was a major commercial hit, becoming Simon’s most successful studio album. His highest-charting effort in over a decade, Simon’s return to the forefront of popular music was considered a remarkable comeback in a fickle music industry. It attracted excellent reviews from music critics, won the 1987 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, and sold over 16 million copies worldwide. Graceland has frequently been called one of the best albums of the 1980s, and is present on lists of greatest albums created by numerous publications. It was added to the National Recording Registry in 2007, having been judged to meet the Registry’s admission criterion of being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important.”
1. The Boy In The Bubble (3:59)
2. Graceland (4:48)
3. I Know What I Know (3:13)
4. Gumboots (2:42)
5. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes (5:34)
1. You Can Call Me Al (4:39)
2. Under African Skies (3:34)
3. Homeless (3:45)
4. Crazy Love, Vol. II (4:17)
5. That Was Your Mother (2:51)
6. All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints (3:15)