Scissors Cut

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Scissors Cut
Studio album by Art Garfunkel
Released August 25, 1981
Recorded October 1980 – May 1981
Genre Adult contemporary
Length 32:10
Label Columbia
Producer Roy Halee, Art Garfunkel
Art Garfunkel chronology
Fate for Breakfast
(1979)
Scissors Cut
(1981)
The Art Garfunkel Album
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Scissors Cut is the fifth solo album by Art Garfunkel released in August 1981 on Columbia Records. It was his second album to miss the US Billboard Top 40 and his second album containing no US Top 40 singles. The month following its release, Garfunkel would reunite with former partner, Paul Simon, for their famous 1981 Concert in Central Park.

History[edit]

In August 1981, Garfunkel released his fifth solo album Scissors Cut (U.S. #113, U.K. #51). This album included the Gallagher & Lyle hit "A Heart in New York" (U.S. #61). The U.K. version contains the track "The Romance" rather than "Bright Eyes." The album was co-produced by Roy Halee, who also co-produced the Simon & Garfunkel albums, including Bridge over Troubled Water. Paul Simon makes a brief appearance on "In Cars" performing background vocals. Near the end of the song, Art sings, rather mystically, lines from "Girl From The North Country" ("Remember me to one who lives there, she once was a true love of mine" which itself comes from "Scarborough Fair" - an old English ballad covered by Simon and Garfunkel on the album "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" - a lyric extracted from this song.) The album is dedicated to Laurie Bird and includes a partial photograph of her on the rear cover.

Garfunkel was devastated by Bird's death in his New York apartment in June 1979 while he was in Europe filming Bad Timing. Garfunkel was quoted at the time, "Laurie was the greatest thing I ever knew in my life, now I've lost it."[2] In 1988, he added, "I took her death terribly and remained moody over it through much of the 80's." He became somewhat of a recluse following the tragedy and wouldn't release another solo album until 1988's Lefty (excluding 1986's The Animals' Christmas with Amy Grant).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "A Heart in New York" (Benny Gallagher, Graham Lyle) – 3:13
  2. "Scissors Cut" (Jimmy Webb) – 3:49
  3. "Up in the World" (Clifford T. Ward) – 2:16
  4. "Hang On In" (Norman Sallitt) – 3:46
  5. "So Easy to Begin" (Jules Shear) – 2:56
  6. "Bright Eyes" (Mike Batt) – 3:55
    (Replaced with "The Romance" on U.K./Japan release)
  7. "Can't Turn My Heart Away" (John Jarvis, Eric Kaz) – 4:22
  8. "The French Waltz" (Adam Mitchell) – 2:12
  9. "In Cars" (Jimmy Webb) – 3:47
  10. "That's All I've Got to Say (Theme from The Last Unicorn)" (Jimmy Webb) – 1:54

Personnel[edit]

Music
Production
  • Roy Halee – producer, engineer
  • Art Garfunkel – producer
  • Mike Batt – producer
  • Terry Rosiello – mixing
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • John Berg – design
  • Anthony Loew – artwork

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Official Website". Art Garfunkel. 2001-09-11. Retrieved 2012-03-08.