Still Crazy After All These Years [Bonus Tracks]

Still Crazy After All These Years [Bonus Tracks]

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by Paul Simon
     
 

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The third new studio album of Paul Simon's post-Simon & Garfunkel career was a musical and lyrical change of pace from his first two, Paul Simon and There Goes Rhymin' Simon. Where Simon had taken an eclectic approach before, delving into a variety of musical styles and recording all over the world, Still Crazy found him working for the most partSee more details below

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The third new studio album of Paul Simon's post-Simon & Garfunkel career was a musical and lyrical change of pace from his first two, Paul Simon and There Goes Rhymin' Simon. Where Simon had taken an eclectic approach before, delving into a variety of musical styles and recording all over the world, Still Crazy found him working for the most part with a group of jazz-pop New York session players, though he did do a couple of tracks ("My Little Town" and "Still Crazy After All These Years") with the Muscle Shoals rhythm section that had appeared on Rhymin' Simon and another ("Gone at Last") returned to the gospel style of earlier songs like "Loves Me Like a Rock." Of course, "My Little Town" also marked a return to working with Art Garfunkel, and another Top Ten entry for S&G. But the overall feel of Still Crazy was of a jazzy style subtly augmented with strings and horns. Perhaps more striking, however, was Simon's lyrical approach. Where Rhymin' Simon was the work of a confident family man, Still Crazy came off as a post-divorce album, its songs reeking of smug self-satisfaction and romantic disillusionment. At their best, such sentiments were undercut by humor and made palatable by musical hooks, as on "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," which became the biggest solo hit of Simon's career. But elsewhere, as on "Have a Good Time" (written for but not used in the film Shampoo and perhaps intended to express the shallow feelings of the main character), the singer's cynicism seemed unearned. Still, as out of sorts as Simon may have been, he was never more in tune with his audience: Still Crazy topped the charts, spawned four Top 40 hits, and won Grammys for Song of the Year and Best Vocal Performance. [In 2004, Warner Strategic Marketing reissued Simon's studio albums as remastered editions with bonus tracks, packaged in a cardboard digipack. Like the other Simon reissues in this series, the remastering is excellent. Still Crazy has the fewest number of bonus tracks out of any of the reissues -- just two previously unreleased cuts, one a loose and appealing demo of "Slip Slidin' Away" (later released on the compilation Greatest Hits, Etc.), the other a demo of "Gone at Last" recorded with the Jessy Dixon Singers that plays up the song's gospel origins quite expertly.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2004
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227890124
catalogNumber:
78901

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Simon   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
John Tropea   Electric Guitar
Patti Austin   Vocals,Background Vocals
Art Garfunkel   Vocals
Simon & Garfunkel   Vocals
Phoebe Snow   Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Beck   Electric Guitar
Michael Brecker   Saxophone,Soloist
Bob James   Electric Piano
David Sanborn   Saxophone
Grady Tate   Drums
Pete Carr   Electric Guitar
Sivuca   Accordion,Vocals,Soloist
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Chicago Community Choir   Background Vocals
Barry Beckett   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Eddie Daniels   Saxophone
Gordon Edwards   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jerry Friedman   Electric Guitar
Steve Gadd   Drums
Roger Hawkins   Drums
David Hood   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jessy Dixon Singers   Background Vocals
Tony Levin   Bass,Bass Guitar
Hugh McCracken   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Leon Pendarvis   Piano
Valerie Simpson   Background Vocals
Richard Tee   Piano
Toots Thielemans   Harmonica
Phil Woods   Saxophone,Soloist
Ken Asher   Organ,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Ralph McDonald   Percussion
Rev. Jessy Dixon & The Chicago Community Choir   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Art Garfunkel   Producer,Audio Production
Paul Simon   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Bob James   String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Ted Hughes   Author
Greg Allen   Reissue Design
Glenn Berger   Engineer
Bill Inglot   Remastering
Jerry Masters   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Burt Szerlip   Engineer
John Berg   Cover Design
Edie Baskin   Cover Photo
Anthony Maggioro   Cover Design
Dave Matthews   Horn Arrangements
Bob James & Creations   String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Daniel Hersch   Remastering

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