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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/1997
  • Label: Warner Bros Uk
  • UPC: 093624681427
  • Catalog Number: 246814

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Simon Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hi String
Rubén Blades Vocals
Steve Cropper Guitar
David Mann Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Arlen Roth Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Kevin Harrison Background Vocals
Ednita Nazario Vocals
Milton Cardona Conga, Marimbas, Background Vocals, Claves, Guira
Danny Rivera Vocals
Marc Anthony Vocals
Bobby Allende Bongos, Cymbals, Bell-tree
Robby Ameen Guitar, Drums
John Beal Bass
Errol Crusher Bennett Shaker
Karen Bernod Background Vocals
Bobby Bright Background Vocals
Briz Background Vocals
Pablo Calogero Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Richard Crooks Drums
Barry Danielian Flugelhorn
Ray de la Paz Background Vocals
Shannon Ford Drums
Bob Franceschini Soprano Saxophone
Mitch Frohman Tenor Saxophone
Tony Garnier Bass
Myrna Lynn Gomila Vocals, Background Vocals
Paul Griffin Piano
Juliet Haffner Viola
Oscar Hernandez Synthesizer, Piano, Celeste, Glockenspiel, Vibes
Bill Holloman Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone
Derrick James Background Vocals
Kia Jeffries Background Vocals
Jay Leonhart Bass
Ozzie Melendez Trombone
Bernie Minoso Bass Guitar
Edgardo Miranda cuatro
Vincent Nguini Guitar
Horace Ott Piano
Paul Peabody Violin
Marc Quiñones Conga, Timbales
Angel Ramirez Jr. Background Vocals
Michael Ramos Accordion
Stewart Rose French Horn
Jimmy Sabater Conga, cowbell
Nestor Sanchez Background Vocals
Stanley Silverman Conductor
Edgar Stewart Background Vocals
Robby Turner Pedal Steel Guitar
Robert Vargas Background Vocals
Krista Bennion Feeney Violin
Nelson Gonzalez Tres, Plenaro
Paul Livant Guitar
John Walsh Trumpet
Wallace Richardson Guitar
Pablo Nunez Bongos, cowbell
Ray Vega Trumpet
Laura Bontrager Cello
Chris Eminizer Tenor Saxophone
Hans Giraldo Background Vocals
Bakithi Kumalo Bass
Edwin Montalve Conga
Rubén Rodríguez Bass
Oriente Lopez Organ, Flute, fender rhodes
Luis Marrero Background Vocals
Marcia Butler Oboe
Angelo Aponte Background Vocals
Saturnino Laboy Acoustic Guitar
Diomedes Matos Acoustic Guitar
Sean Pulley Background Vocals
Teana Rodriguez Vocals, Background Vocals
Harper Simon Guitar, Harmonica
DeWayne Snype Background Vocals
Dionte Sutton Background Vocals
Trent Sutton Background Vocals
Johnny Andrews Timbales
Renee Connell-Adams Background Vocals
David Davila Background Vocals
Hechter Ubarry Background Vocals
Ed Vasquez Background Vocals
Sara Ramirez Vocals
David "Piro" Rodríguez Trumpet
Technical Credits
Rubén Blades Contributor
Paul Simon Composer, Producer, Contributor, Liner Notes
Ednita Nazario Contributor
Marc Anthony Contributor
Roy Halee Producer, Engineer
Oscar Hernandez Horn Arrangements
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Marc Quiñones Contributor
Stanley Silverman Orchestration
Andy Smith Engineer
Luis Lopez Contributor
Bob Crowley Illustrations
Derek Walcott Composer
Oriente Lopez Horn Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A BOX OFFICE FLOP IS A MAGNIFICENT CD

    When I first listened to SONGS FROM THE CAPEMAN in late 1997 I was certain Paul Simon's first Broadway Musical would be a hit. It didn't help that The New York Post seemed to have it out for Mr. Simon, giving the show a devastatingly bad review weeks before its official opening. THE CAPEMAN may have had its problems but the album that contains song selections from the score is nothing short of a masterpiece. An epic story of one man's fall and redemption is told here in songs that burn in the memory. Every cut on this album is tremendous, but for my money "Trailways Bus" ranks among the finest songs Paul Simon has ever written. SONGS FROM THE CAPEMAN is a flat -out work of art.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Album, Underrated

    I've read what other people have said here, and while I understand both points of view, I have to say I really love this album. It's true that you'll like it and appreciate it a lot more if you read the liner notes and understand the story on which the songs are based -- and it IS better to listen to it as the soundtrack to a Broadway show, rather than as a typical studio compilation from a recording artist. But even if you forget about the Capeman theme and listen to it as a stand-alone piece of work, I think the album is strong. I personally listened to it before reading and knowing about the Capeman story, and I was blown away by the doo-wop musicality and Latin riffs evident in many of the tracks. This album really does hearken back to 1950s music, and also incorporates a lot of samba, bassnova and Cuban rhythms and melodic elements. Forgetting all that technical music stuff, though, you don't have to be a playwright, musician, or connoseur to enjoy this album. Simply put, the songs are really well-crafted. Simon's voice remains strong, and his songwriting and lyricism is second to none here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Talk about diversity

    There certainly are some strong opinions about this... both ways. I should have chimed in months and months ago. Having grown up in NYC, I'm familiar with the story and absolutely love the music style. Regardless of any opinion on the case itself, Simon really captured the times... sociologically, politically, and economically. I, for one, play it over and over and only wish I could write and sing the way Simon and his fellow artists do. Also wish I could have gotten back to the Apple to have seen the show.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I like it

    I like this album a lot, i'm also a huge paul simon fan. The thing is, that its not an almbum, it's selected songs from a musical, and they're not even supposed to be the best song. They are good songs, but you have to listen to it in the context of a musical, not a cd. I like it, it tells a story, and there are many featured performers, though paul sings most of the songs. The original cast recording would be amazing to listen to, but i'm not sure it will ever be released. Anyway, I don't think this is a failure, I like it a lot. Now I have to even things out the best i can.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Send it Back

    Terrible album. I'm a die-hard Paul Simon fan and am so disappointed in this album. Perhaps if I saw the musical I would like it better. I bought it, tried to listen to it several times, and finally sold it back. What's worse is that I bought it for someone as a gift before I listened to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simon Still Knows How It's Done

    I'm going to have to disagree with you, WLDTRAV, but this CD is one of Paul Simon's greatest works. It gives the multi-sided story of these 1950's murders in such a way that instills sympathy and anger. This is a must have for all Simon fans. He's always done a great job, and this CD is no exception.

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