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One-Trick Pony

An album by Paul Simon

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If ever you decide to get a Paul Simon album, get this one

  • Oct 23, 2009
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Boom, ba ba doo doo dooom, keykey pyeiw, Boom - doo do dodo dooom, pyeiw pyeiw (first notes of One Trick Pony).
I'm in heaven! This band is tight like I don't know what. No wonder. It has Steve Gadd on drums, Eric Gale on guitar, Richard Tee on keys (and vocals), Tony Levin and Anthony Jackson on bass, Hugh McCracken on acoustic guitar, Ralph MacDonald on percussion. Oh and Paul Simon plucks some guitar strings too from time to time. Horns on Late in the Evening and God Bless the Absentee arranged by Dave Grusin, on Long, Long Day by Bob Friedman - with Patty Austin on vocals.
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When it came out back in 1977 I was skeptical at first if Paul's voice would suit the music. When I listened to Late in the Evening, the first song on the album, all my fears were blown away in a matter of seconds. Not only did he fit the band, his songwriting is top class - and soo different from what I knew before. This has groove, yahoo!!! (but the ballads are magic too)
This remastered edition is definitely worth it. The sound is clearer than on the first cd version, the instruments separate better than before and it has more of the live-feeling intended. The Bonus songs are nice but don't add up much to the wonderful album.
Just get this. Some of the best tight playing out there.

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This energetic 1980 studio release contains many of the songs featured in the film Simon wrote and starred in. Contains the hit single "Late In The Evening," as well as four previously unreleased bonus tracks, including the non-album track "Soft Parachutes" from the film.
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Label: Rhino Records
Artist: Paul Simon
Release Date: July 13, 2004

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