Still Crazy After All These Years

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Still Crazy After All These Years
PaulSimonStillCrazyAfterAllTheseYearsCover.jpg
Studio album by Paul Simon
Released 25 October 1975
Recorded 1975
Genre Folk rock, pop rock, soul
Length 36:25 (original album)
45:32 (2004 CD reissue)
Label Columbia,
Producer Paul Simon, Phil Ramone
Paul Simon chronology
Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin'
(1974)
Still Crazy After All These Years
(1975)
Greatest Hits, Etc.
(1977)
Singles from Still Crazy After All These Years
  1. "Gone at Last"
    Released: 1975
  2. "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"
    Released: December 1975
  3. "Still Crazy After All These Years"
    Released: 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]
Rolling Stone mixed[3]

Still Crazy After All These Years is the fourth solo studio album by Paul Simon. Recorded in 1975, the album produced four U.S. Top 40 hits: "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" (#1), "Gone at Last" (#23), "My Little Town" (#9, credited to Simon & Garfunkel), and the title track (#40). It won two Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1976. In Simon's acceptance speech for the Album of the Year award, on February 28, he jokingly thanked Stevie Wonder, who had won the award the two previous years for Innervisions and Fulfillingness' First Finale, for not releasing an album that year.[4] (Wonder won the award again for Songs in the Key of Life, a double album, in 1977.)

"My Little Town" reunited Simon with former partner Art Garfunkel on record for the first time since 1970, while "Gone at Last" was a duet between Simon and Phoebe Snow.

The title track has been recorded by Rosemary Clooney (on her 1993 album Still on the Road), Ray Charles (on his 1993 album My World), Karen Carpenter (on her self-titled solo album released posthumously in 1996), and Willie Nelson (on the soundtrack of the 2000 motion picture Space Cowboys).

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Paul Simon.

Side one
  1. "Still Crazy After All These Years" – 3:26
  2. "My Little Town" – 3:51
  3. "I Do It for Your Love" – 3:35
  4. "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" – 3:37
  5. "Night Game" – 2:58
Side two
  1. "Gone at Last" – 3:40
  2. "Some Folks' Lives Roll Easy" – 3:14
  3. "Have a Good Time" – 3:26
  4. "You're Kind" – 3:20
  5. "Silent Eyes" – 4:12
Bonus tracks (2004 remaster)
  1. "Slip Slidin' Away" (Demo) – 5:30
  2. "Gone at Last" (Original Demo) w/ The Jessy Dixon Singers – 4:38

Personnel[edit]

  • Paul Simon – vocals, acoustic guitar on "My Little Town", "I Do it For Your Love", "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" and "You're Kind", electric guitar on "Night Game", horn and string arrangements
  • John Tropea – electric guitar on "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"
  • Patti Austinbackground vocals
  • Art Garfunkel – vocals on "My Little Town"
  • Phoebe Snow – background vocals, vocals on "Gone at Last"
  • Joe Beck – electric guitar on "I Do it For Your Love", "Have a Good Time" and "You're Kind"
  • Michael Breckeralto saxophone on "Still Crazy After All These Years", saxophone on "Some Folks' Lives Roll Easy"
  • Bob JamesFender Rhodes electric piano on "Some Folks' Lives Roll Easy" and "Have a Good Time", string and horn arrangements
  • David Sanborn – saxophone on "Some Folks' Lives Roll Easy"
  • Grady Tatedrums on "Gone at Last"
  • Pete Carr – electric guitar on "My Little Town"
  • Sivucaaccordion and vocals on "I Do it For Your Love"
  • Ralph MacDonaldpercussion on "My Little Town", "I Do it For Your Love", "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", "Gone at Last" and "Have a Good Time"
  • Chicago Community Choir – background vocals
  • Barry Beckett – Fender Rhodes electric piano on "Still Crazy After All These Years", piano on "My Little Town"
  • Eddie Daniels – saxophone on "Some Folks' Lives Roll Easy"
  • Gordon Edwards – bass on "Gone at Last"
  • Jerry Friedman – electric guitar on "I Do it For Your Love"
  • Steve Gadd – drums on all songs except where noted and "Night Game"
  • Roger Hawkins – drums on "Still Crazy After All These Years" and "My Little Town"
  • David Hood – bass on "Still Crazy After All These Years" and "My Little Town"
  • The Jessy Dixon Singers – background vocals
  • Tony Levin – bass on all songs except where noted
  • Hugh McCracken – electric guitar on "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", "Some Folks' Lives Roll Easy" and "Have a Good Time" acoustic guitar on "You're Kind"
  • Leon Pendarvis – piano on "Silent Eyes"
  • Dave Mathews – horn arrangements
  • Valerie Simpson – background vocals
  • Richard Tee – piano on "Gone at Last"
  • Toots Thielemans – harmonica on "Night Game"
  • Phil Woods – alto saxophone on "Have a Good Time"
  • Kenny AscherHammond organ on "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", Fender Rhodes electric piano on "I Do it For Your Love"
  • Uncredited – percussion on "You're Kind", Hammond organ on "Gone at Last", oboe on "I Do it For Your Love", strings, horns, brass, woodwinds

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ “”. "18th Grammy Awards Album Of The Year". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  6. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-12
  7. ^ "dutchcharts.nl Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years" (ASP). dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  8. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin – levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 263. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  9. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005 (in Japanese). Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  10. ^ "charts.org.nz – Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years" (ASP). Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  11. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Paul Simon – There Goes Rhymin' Simon" (ASP). Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  12. ^ "swedishcharts.com Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years" (ASP). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  13. ^ "Chart Stats – Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years" (PHP). UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  14. ^ Allmusic – Still Crazy After All These Years> Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums
  15. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1975". RPM. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  16. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1976". RPM. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  17. ^ "Top Pop Albums of 1976". Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  18. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years". Music Canada. 
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Still Crazy After All These Years in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Rock of the Westies by Elton John
Billboard 200 number-one album
December 6–12, 1975
Succeeded by
Chicago IX - Chicago's Greatest Hits by Chicago