Boys in the Trees

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Boys in the Trees
Studio album by Carly Simon
Released April 1978
Genre Rock
Length 35:46
Label Elektra
Producer Arif Mardin
Carly Simon chronology
Another Passenger
(1976)
Boys in the Trees
(1978)
Spy
(1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link

Boys in the Trees is the seventh studio album (eighth overall) by American singer-songwriter Carly Simon, released in 1978.

The album included "You Belong to Me", which reached number six on the Pop Singles chart and became Simon's fifth top ten pop hit. Another track, a remake of The Everly Brothers' 1958 hit "Devoted to You", sung as a duet with then-husband James Taylor, also made the top forty at number thirty-six.

The photo featured on the front cover of the album was expertly airbrushed to paint a Danskin top on what was a topless photo of Carly. The album won a Grammy for Best Album Package, the Grammy went to Johnny Lee and Tony Lane.[1]

Reception[edit]

Janet Maslin, writing in Rolling Stone, stated "Boys in the Trees is Carly Simon's most serene accomplishment to date, but its moods vary dramatically enough to indicate that peace of mind comes at a high price." When praising the single "You Belong to Me", Maslin went on to write, "It's a number that could easily have been belted out or growled à la "You're So Vain", but this time Simon prefers to sound more like a cat who's been dining on canary. Somehow, she's a lot more compelling using a gently chiding tone than she is striking a come-hither-or-else pose."[2]

Allmusic's William Ruhlmann rated the album a three out of five, writing "...what really made the album a winner was that Simon had had a couple of years to write some strong songs in her unflinching, reflective style, and she continued to explore the loves and mores of her age and class movingly." Boys in the Trees has been certified Platinum by the RIAA, for sales of over 1,000,000 copies in the United States alone.[3]

Awards[edit]

  • 1978 Grammy (Nominated) Best Pop Female Vocalist: You Belong To Me
  • 1978 Grammy (Won) Best Album Package: Johnny Lee and Tony Lane.

Cover versions[edit]

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Carly Simon except where indicated.

Side one

  1. "You Belong to Me" (Simon, Michael McDonald) – 3:52
  2. "Boys in the Trees" – 3:13
  3. "Back Down to Earth" – 3:08
  4. "Devoted to You" (Boudleaux Bryant) – 2:29
  5. "De Bat (Fly in Me Face)" – 2:28
  6. "Haunting" – 2:28

Side two

  1. "Tranquillo (Melt My Heart)" (Simon, James Taylor, Arif Mardin) – 4:02
  2. "You're the One" – 3:38
  3. "In a Small Moment" – 3:08
  4. "One Man Woman" (James Taylor) – 3:39
  5. "For Old Times Sake" (Simon, Jacob Brackman) – 3:41

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1978 Pop Albums 10

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1978 "Devoted to You" Adult Contemporary 2
1978 "Devoted to You" Country Singles 33
1978 "Devoted to You" Pop Singles 36
1978 "You Belong to Me" Adult Contemporary 4
1978 "You Belong to Me" Pop Singles 6

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