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Still Crazy After All These Years [Remastered & Expanded]
     

Still Crazy After All These Years [Remastered & Expanded]

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 part

Overview

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," 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2011
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0886978199928
catalogNumber:
5003356
Rank:
14612

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Simon   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
John Tropea   Electric Guitar
Patti Austin   Background Vocals
Art Garfunkel   Vocals
Phoebe Snow   Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Beck   Electric Guitar
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,Electric Piano
Eddie Daniels   Saxophone
Gordon Edwards   Bass
Jerry Friedman   Electric Guitar
Steve Gadd   Drums
Roger Hawkins   Drums
David Hood   Bass
Jessy Dixon Singers   Background Vocals
Tony Levin   Bass
Hugh McCracken   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Leon Pendarvis   Piano
Valerie Simpson   Background Vocals
Richard Tee   Piano
Phil Woods   Saxophone,Soloist
Ken Asher   Organ,Electric Piano
Mike Brecker   Saxophone,Soloist
Toots Thielmans   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Art Garfunkel   Producer
Paul Simon   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Original Album Producer
Bob James   String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Greg Allen   Reissue Design
Jerry Masters   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer,Engineer,Original Album Producer
John Berg   Cover Design
Edie Baskin   Cover Photo
Dave Matthews   Horn Arrangements
Anthony Maggiore   Cover Design

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