Angel Clare

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Angel Clare
Angel clare.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 11, 1973
RecordedGrace Cathedral, San Francisco, 1973
GenreSoft rock
Length38:36
LabelColumbia
ProducerArt Garfunkel, Roy Halee
Art Garfunkel chronology
Angel Clare
(1973)
Breakaway
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC[2]
Rolling Stonefavorable[3]

Angel Clare is the debut solo studio album by Art Garfunkel, released on September 11, 1973. It is his highest charting solo album, peaking at number 5 and contains his only Top 10 hit in the US as a solo artist, "All I Know" which peaked at number 9. It also contained two other Top 40 hits, "Traveling Boy" (#102 Bubbling under the Hot 100, #38 Adult Contemporary) and "I Shall Sing" (#38 Hot 100, #4 Adult Contemporary). It was produced by long-time Simon & Garfunkel producer Roy Halee, alongside Art Garfunkel.

The title, Angel Clare, comes from the name of a character in Thomas Hardy's novel, Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

Songs[edit]

"Traveling Boy" was the third single of the album and the opening track. Written by Paul Williams and Roger Nichols, the song describes the story of a young man heading for the road, leaving a lover behind. The opening tack piano riff was made by Larry Knechtel, with J.J. Cale performing the guitar solo. Garfunkel took three takes on the vocal, with the first two failing because he couldn't keep his voice loud enough during the first middle eight. Sally Stevens performs the soprano note at the start of the guitar solo.

"Down in the Willow Garden," the second track, was a country classic popularised by singer-songwriter Charlie Monroe, about a young man who kills his lover in the town's willow garden, and the events that follow, from his attempts to hide the body to his father's hypocritical advice and, finally, his own demise. Paul Simon sang harmony on the final verse and chorus with Garfunkel, along with Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead playing lead guitar (overdubbed later by Roy Halee in San Francisco). Garfunkel went on to say it was one of his favourite country songs and loved the ability to work with Simon once again. Garcia, however, was less pleased with the results, referring to his contribution as "an overdub in a sea of overdubs" and expressing his dismay at not having been allowed any improvisational freedom.[4]

The third track, "I Shall Sing", was released as the second single from the album. The calypso based song, written by Van Morrison, (which would later be a hit for Boney M)[5] was changed from calypso to a Latin beat by Jim Gordon, with Milt Holland providing the prominent percussion (namely agogo bells, timbales and maracas), Joe Osborn on bass and Jules Broussard performing the saxophone solo, based on an Antônio Carlos Jobim song that he had heard early that year.

"Old Man" was the most controversial track of the album, because of Garfunkel's interpretation of the song. Garfunkel himself admitted that he tended, in those days, to listen to the melody before the words, and so was quite happy to embed a strong string arrangement and vocal changes. Randy Newman, the song's composer, however, went on to say that he actually loved Garfunkel's version, despite bad press from Rolling Stone magazine. Strings were supplied by Peter Matz, Stuart Canin, Ernie Freeman and Jimmie Haskell, with Garfunkel having arranged the vocals, strings and instrumentation himself. The highest note of the song, an A5, is also the highest note on the album, on the line "The Birds Have Flown Away."

"Feuilles-Oh/Do Space Men Pass Dead Souls On Their Way To The Moon?", the fifth track of the album, was a combination of the traditional Haitian folk song with a middle section based on the melody of J.S. Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" Choral N°33, and lyrics by Garfunkel's then fiancée, Linda Marie Grossman. The couple were married at her Nashville home a year earlier (October 1, 1972) but divorced less than two years later (August 1975), with Garfunkel later saying that not only did he not love her, but he did not like her much during their short marriage.[6]

"All I Know", the sixth track of the album, was the first single of the album. The Jimmy Webb composition became Garfunkel's highest US Charting single.

"Woyaya" is a cover of a song by the Afro-pop band Osibisa that was released two years prior.

Release history[edit]

In addition to the usual 2 channel stereo version the album was also released by Columbia Records in 1973 in a 4 channel quadraphonic version.

The album was reissued in the UK in 2018 by Dutton Vocalion on the Super Audio CD format. This edition contains both the stereo and quadraphonic mixes.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Traveling Boy"Paul Williams, Roger Nichols4:55
2."Down in the Willow Garden"Charlie Monroe3:54
3."I Shall Sing"Van Morrison3:30
4."Old Man"Randy Newman3:20
5."Feuilles-Oh/Do Space Men Pass Dead Souls on Their Way to the Moon?"Traditional/Johann Sebastian Bach, Linda Grossman3:07
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."All I Know"Jimmy Webb3:43
2."Mary Was An Only Child"Jorge Milchberg, Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood3:26
3."Woyaya"Sol Amarfio, Osibisa3:15
4."Barbara Allen"Traditional5:22
5."Another Lullaby"Jimmy Webb3:29

Personnel[edit]

Music
Production
  • Art Garfunkel – producer
  • Ron Coro – art direction
  • Jim Marshall – photography
  • Mark Friedman – recording
  • Roy Halee – producer, engineer
  • George Horn – mastering

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Angel Clare at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  2. ^ "CG: garfunkel". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  3. ^ Holden, Stephen (1973-10-25), "Music Reviews : Angel Clare by Art Garfunkel", Rolling Stone, archived from the original on 2008-05-12, retrieved 2008-05-12
  4. ^ Trager, Oliver. The American Book of the Dead. Simon & Schuster, 1997. ISBN 978-0-684-814-025.
  5. ^ Ecclestone, Danny (October 3, 2013). "Premiere: Van Morrison – I Shall Sing". Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "Official Website". Art Garfunkel. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  7. ^ "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 20, No. 15, November 24, 1973". RPM. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
  8. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
  9. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Art Garfunkel – Angel Clare". Hung Medien, norwegiancharts.com. VG-lista. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  10. ^ "Swedish Charts 1972–1975 (in PDF-files)" (PDF) (in Swedish). Hitsallertijden. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 29, 2017. Retrieved March 3, 2012.
  11. ^ "Chart Stats – Art Garfunkel – Angel Clare". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  12. ^ "allmusic ((( Angel Clare > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Art Garfunkel – Angel Care". Music Canada.
  14. ^ "British album certifications – Art Garfunkel – Angel Clare". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Angel Clare in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Art Garfunkel – Angel Clare". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.