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, Paul Simon's fifth solo studio album, was released in 1980. It was Simon's first album for One-Trick Pony Warner Bros. Records, and his first new studio album since 1975's His back catalog from Still Crazy After All These Years. Columbia Records would also move to Warner Bros. as a result of his signing with the label.
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 United States. 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.
A few of the
session musicians appearing on the album also appeared in the movie as the character Jonah's backing band: Eric Gale on lead guitar, Richard Tee on piano, Tony Levin on bass, and Steve Gadd on drums.
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 is a colloquial American expression meaning a person specializing in only one area, having only one talent, or of limited ability.
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs were written by
"Ace in the Hole" (Live at the Agora Theatre and Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio, September 1979) – 5:43
"Nobody" – 3:32
"Jonah" – 3:30
"God Bless the Absentee" – 3:17
"Long, Long Day" (with
Patti Austin) – 3:57
Soft Parachutes" – 1:53 "All Because of You" – 4:06
"Spiral Highway" – 2:56
"Stranded in a Limousine" – 3:10
Personnel [ edit ]
Paul Simon – vocals,
nylon string guitar, electric guitar, percussion, acoustic guitar on "Stranded in a Limousine" (2004 reissue only), horn and string arrangements
John Tropea – acoustic guitar on "Jonah"
Patti Austin – vocals
Joe Beck – electric guitar on "Long Long Day"
Michael Brecker – saxophone on "Stranded in a Limousine" (2004 reissue only)
Hiram Bullock – electric slide guitar on "That's Why God Made the Movies"
Jon Faddis – flugelhorn on "Oh, Marion"
Don Grolnick – string synthesizer on "That's Why God Made the Movies"
David Sanborn – saxophone on "Stranded in a Limousine" (2004 reissue only)
Marvin Stamm – trumpet on "Stranded in a Limousine" (2004 reissue only)
Ralph MacDonald – percussion
Randy Brecker – trumpet on "Stranded in a Limousine" (2004 reissue only)
Dave Grusin – horn and string arrangements Gordon Edwards – bass on "Stranded in a Limousine" (2004 reissue only)
Steve Gadd – drums on all songs, percussion on "Stranded in a Limousine" (2004 reissue only)
Eric Gale – electric guitar, nylon string guitar on "How the Heart Approaches What it Yearns" Lani Groves – background vocals
Anthony Jackson – bass on "Oh Marion"
Tony Levin – bass on all songs except where noted Irwin "Marky" Markowitz – trumpet on "Stranded in a Limousine" (2004 reissue only)
Hugh McCracken – acoustic guitar Jeff Mironov – electric guitar on "Oh, Marion"
Richard Tee – Fender Rhodes electric piano, piano on "God Bless the Absentee" and "Stranded in a Limousine" (2004 reissue only), tambourine, background vocals Bob Friedman – horn and string arrangements
Paul Simon, Phil Ramone - producers Jim Boyer - recording engineer, mixing engineer
Ted Jensen - mastering engineer
Accolades [ edit ]
Grammy Awards [ edit ]
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Australian Albums Chart
French Albums Chart
Certifications [ edit ]
Cover versions [ edit ]
In popular culture [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Allmusic review
^ Robert Christgau review
^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived December 16, 2008)
^ "Oxford English Dictionary, Third edition, June 2004; online version March 2011".
^ "Rock On The Net: 23rd Annual Grammy Awards - 1981" . Retrieved . 2011-08-08
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^ "charts.org.nz - Paul Simon - One-Trick Pony". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand . Retrieved . 2011-08-28
^ "dutchcharts.nl Paul Simon - One-Trick Pony". dutchcharts.nl. MegaCharts . Retrieved . 2011-08-28
^ "swedishcharts.com Paul Simon - One-Trick Pony". Sverigetopplistan . Retrieved . 2011-08-28
^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > Choisir Un Artiste Dans la Liste : Paul Simon". infodisc.fr . Retrieved . 2011-08-28
^ Allmusic - One-Trick Pony > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums
^ a b Kent, David (1993). . Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
^ "Chart Stats - Paul Simon - One-Trick Pony". UK Albums Chart . Retrieved . 2011-08-28
^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
^ "Les Albums (CD) de 1980 par InfoDisc" (PHP) (in French). infodisc.fr . Retrieved . 2012-01-29
^ "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
^ "British album certifications – Paul Simon – One-trick Pony". British Phonographic Industry. Enter One-trick Pony in the field Keywords . Select Title in the field Search by . Select album in the field By Format . Select Silver in the field By Award . Click Search
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