Hearts and Bones
|Hearts and Bones|
|Studio album by Paul Simon|
|Released||November 4, 1983|
|Paul Simon chronology|
Hearts and Bones is the sixth solo studio album by Paul Simon. It was released in 1983.
The album was originally intended to be called Think Too Much, but Mo Ostin, president of Warner Bros. Records, persuaded Simon to change it to Hearts and Bones. The album was written and recorded following Simon & Garfunkel's The Concert in Central Park in 1981, and the world tour of 1982-1983. Several songs intended for Think Too Much were previewed on tour, and Art Garfunkel worked on some of the songs with Simon in the studio, with an intention that the finished product would be an all-new Simon & Garfunkel studio album. Garfunkel left the project and Simon worked the material into a solo album.
Although in 1983 the album was considered a commercial failure and signaled a low point in Simon's career, the passage of time has been kind to the album. It has been re-examined and considered to be one of Simon's more important records and a lyrically strong one. Robert Christgau later referred to the album as being "a finely wrought dead end."
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There were two songs from this album released as singles. The first single with "Allergies" as the A-side and "Think Too Much (b)" as the B-side peaked at #44 in the U.S. Hot 100. The second single failed to chart, this being "Think Too Much (a)" (A-side) and "Song About the Moon" (B-side). (Also, the title track was released as the flipside to "Graceland" in the U.S. in 1986, and as the B-side of "The Boy in the Bubble" elsewhere in the world).
- Side one
- "Allergies" – 4:37
- "Hearts and Bones" – 5:37
- "When Numbers Get Serious" – 3:25
- "Think Too Much (b)" – 2:44
- "Song About the Moon" – 4:07
- Side two
- "Think Too Much (a)" – 3:05
- "Train in the Distance" – 5:11
- "Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After the War" – 3:44
- "Cars Are Cars" – 3:15
- "The Late Great Johnny Ace" – 4:45
- Bonus tracks
11-14 are bonus tracks on the remastered Rhino Records CD-release (July 2004):
- Paul Simon - guitar, programming, vocals
- Rob Mounsey - synthesizer, vocoder
- The Harptones - background vocals
- Bernard Edwards - bass
- Nile Rodgers - guitar, programming
- Airto Moreira - percussion
- Marin Alsop - violin
- Michael Boddicker - synthesizer
- Wells Christy - synthesizer, Synclavier
- Tom Coppola - synthesizer, Synclavier
- Al Di Meola - guitar
- Steve Ferrone - drums
- Steve Gadd - drums
- Eric Gale - guitar
- Anthony Jackson - contrabass guitar
- Jill Jaffe - viola
- Jesse Levy - cello
- Mike Mainieri - marimba, vibraphone,
- George Marge - bass clarinet
- Sid McGinnis - guitar
- Marcus Miller - bass
- Jeff Porcaro - drums
- Dean Parks - guitar
- Greg Phillinganes - Fender Rhodes
- Michael Riesman - synthesizer, conductor
- Mark Rivera - alto saxophone
- Rob Sabino - synthesizer, piano
- Richard Tee - synthesizer, piano, Fender Rhodes
- Carol Wincenc - flute
- Frederick Zlotkin - cello
- Peter Gordon - French horn
- Dave Matthews - horn arrangements
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