One-Trick Pony (album)

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One-Trick Pony
Soundtrack album by Paul Simon
Released August 1980
Recorded 1979–1980
Genre Rock
Length 38:12
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Paul Simon, Phil Ramone
Paul Simon chronology
Greatest Hits, Etc.
(1977)
One-Trick Pony
(1980)
Hearts and Bones
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[3]

One-Trick Pony is the fifth solo album by Paul Simon. It was released in 1980, his first album for Warner Bros. Records. His back catalog from Columbia Records would also move to Warner Bros. as a result of his signing with the label.

Paul Simon's One-Trick Pony was released concurrently with the film of the same name, in which Simon also starred. Despite their similarities, the album and film are musically distinct: each features different versions of the same songs, as well as certain songs that appear exclusively on either the film or the album. The album is best known for the Grammy-nominated track "Late in the Evening" which was a hit for Simon in 1980, peaking at #6 in the U.S. Two of the tracks (the title song and "Ace in the Hole") were recorded live at the Agora Theatre and Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio in September 1979. The rest are studio cuts.

The record features several top session musicians (who also appeared in the movie as the character Jonah's backing band), including Eric Gale on lead guitar, Richard Tee on piano, Tony Levin on bass, and Steve Gadd on drums.

In 2004, One-Trick Pony was remastered and re-released by Warner Bros. Records. This reissue contains four bonus tracks, including "Soft Parachutes" and "Spiral Highway" (an early version of "How the Heart Approaches What It Yearns") both of which were featured in the film but were missing from the original album release. Also included in the re-release were the outtake of "All Because of You" (an early version of "Oh Marion") and "Stranded in a Limousine", which originally appeared on the 1977 compilation Greatest Hits, Etc..

Album title[edit]

The title derives from a colloquial American expression meaning a person specializing in only one area, having only one talent, or of limited ability.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Paul Simon.

  1. "Late in the Evening" – 4:02
  2. "That's Why God Made the Movies" – 3:37
  3. "One-Trick Pony" (recorded live at the Agora Theatre and Ballroom) – 3:53
  4. "How the Heart Approaches What It Yearns" – 2:49
  5. "Oh, Marion" – 4:00
  6. "Ace in the Hole" (recorded live at the Agora Theatre and Ballroom) – 5:43
  7. "Nobody" – 3:32
  8. "Jonah" – 3:30
  9. "God Bless the Absentee" – 3:17
  10. "Long, Long Day" (with Patti Austin) – 3:57
2004 re-release
  1. "Soft Parachutes" – 1:53
  2. "All Because of You" – 4:06
  3. "Spiral Highway" – 2:56
  4. "Stranded in a Limousine" – 3:10

Personnel[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1981 "Late in the Evening" Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male[5] Nominated

Charts[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived December 16, 2008)
  4. ^ "Oxford English Dictionary, Third edition, June 2004; online version March 2011". 
  5. ^ "Rock On The Net: 23rd Annual Grammy Awards - 1981". Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  6. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Paul Simon - One-Trick Pony". Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  7. ^ "charts.org.nz - Paul Simon - One-Trick Pony". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  8. ^ "dutchcharts.nl Paul Simon - One-Trick Pony". dutchcharts.nl. MegaCharts. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  9. ^ "swedishcharts.com Paul Simon - One-Trick Pony". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  10. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > Choisir Un Artiste Dans la Liste : Paul Simon". infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  11. ^ Allmusic - One-Trick Pony > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums
  12. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  13. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  14. ^ "Chart Stats - Paul Simon - One-Trick Pony". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  15. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.4703a&type=1&interval=20&PHPSESSID=lo0152od4caliufjkgh3mkphk6
  16. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  17. ^ "Les Albums (CD) de 1980 par InfoDisc" (PHP) (in French). infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Paul Simon – One Trick Pony". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Paul Simon – One-trick Pony". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter One-trick Pony in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go

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