Songs from The Capeman

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Songs from The Capeman
Studio album by Paul Simon
Released November 18, 1997
Recorded 1997 at The Hit Factory, NYC
Genre Musical theatre, Pop, worldbeat
Length 55:03
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Roy Halee
Paul Simon chronology
Paul Simon's Concert in the Park, August 15, 1991
(1991)Paul Simon's Concert in the Park, August 15, 19911991
Songs from The Capeman
Greatest Hits: Shining Like a National Guitar
(2000)Greatest Hits: Shining Like a National Guitar2000

Songs from The Capeman is the ninth solo studio album by Paul Simon, released in 1997. It contains Simon's own performances of songs from the Broadway musical he wrote and produced called The Capeman augmented by members of the original cast. The songs retell the story of Salvador Agron, who was known as the "Capeman". A departure musically from his earlier work, the album features doo wop, rock 'n' roll and Puerto Rican rhythms and a number of songs contain swearing in the lyrics, a first for Simon. The stage show was a commercial flop, losing $11 million, and the album did not sell well.[1] It peaked at #42 on the Billboard 200, the lowest chart position in Simon's career.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (neither)[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Paul Simon, with co-lyrics by Derek Walcott.

Side one
  1. "Adios Hermanos" - 4:42
  2. "Born in Puerto Rico" - 5:03
  3. "Satin Summer Nights" - 5:44
  4. "Bernadette" - 3:34
  5. "The Vampires" - 5:14
  6. "Quality" - 4:18
Side two
  1. "Can I Forgive Him" - 6:01
  2. "Sunday Afternoon" - 3:25
  3. "Killer Wants to Go to College" - 1:51
  4. "Time Is an Ocean" - 5:23
  5. "Virgil" - 2:49
  6. "Killer Wants to Go to College II" - 2:09
  7. "Trailways Bus" - 5:14
Bonus tracks
  1. "Shoplifting Clothes"
  2. "Born in Puerto Rico" (sung by José Feliciano)
  3. "Can I Forgive Him" (Original demo)