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One Trick Pony [Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered]

Paul SimonAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)


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During his distinguished career Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards including 12 Grammy Awards, three of which ("Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Still Crazy After All These Years" and "Graceland") were albums of the year. In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. He is ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Simon Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 2, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Wea Japan
  • ASIN: B000GW88NS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,517 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Late In The Evening
2. That's Why God Made The Movies
3. One-Trick Pony
4. How The Hear Approaches What It Yearns
5. Oh Marion
6. Ace In The Hole
7. Nobody
8. Jonah
9. God Bless The Absentee
10. Long, Long Day
11. Soft Parachutes (Bonus Track)
12. All Because Of You (Outtake) (Bonus Track)
13. Spiral Highway (Bonus Track)
14. Stranded In A Limousine (Bonus Track)

Editorial Reviews

Japanese limited edition issue of the album classic in a deluxe, miniaturized LP sleeve replica of the original vinyl album artwork.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, understated, and sophisticated October 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
After years of success in the folk-pop genre with Garfunkel and his own solo career, Paul Simon decided to get into acting. Bad move. I saw One Trick Pony in the theater and on video. As a movie, despite some very nice little scenes and live performances, it drags. Honestly, it is a little depressing.

However, the songs written for the movie are another matter entirely. Paul Simon took some study in musical composition, and this began to bear fruit in Still Crazy After All These Years and One Trick Pony. Everything here is pop music at the highest level, tinged with a bit of jazz -- the presence of jazz guitarist Eric Gale and keyboardist Richard Tee, the ultra-clean and always innovative drumming of Steve Gadd are an essential part of the superb mix. But the songs are heavenly, melodic, meaningful, poetic, mostly meditative, and well-crafted.

I'd have to say this is my favorite Paul Simon album. Others come close -- Still Crazy, and Rhythm of the Saints. I find this one the most consistent and most worthy of repeated listening. (Not counting the bonus tracks, which may be nice to have, but do not fit in with the original album as a whole. Most of the time you'll want to skip the bonus cuts.)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quiet, Thoughtful, and Suprisingly Expressive February 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is a sleeper: one rarely goes to One Trick Pony when a Paul Simon mood hits you; certainly his first solo album stands as a testament to his songwriting abilities, and the many hits along the way often draw you to other albums in his catalogue.

But One Trick Pony really stands the test of time: tasteful, beautiful songwriting, a clear, effective concept album sustained through song after song, and superior songcraft and performances (jazz guitarist Eric Gale, keyboardist Richard Tee, drummer Steve Gadd) add an organic, naturally high level of sophistication to the arrangements. Some of the album tracks buried in here are among Simon's finest: "Jonah" is a great track, crying out to be covered again and revived by another artist; the closer "Long Long Day" perfectly captures the mood and feel of the album, "God Bless the Absentee" tastefully describes the drudgery and toil of the working man, sacrificing, putting in time for his family and a dream.

If you were put off by the rather weak film, or have not picked this up lately, you will be surprised. It takes active listening, but there are many rewards here to be found, and you will find yourself returning to the quiet joys of One Trick Pony.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His best album concept, start to finish. August 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Never saw the film, but from the moment I purchased this album new in 1980 it has always been one of my favorite LPs. The effervescent first track, "Late in the Evening," is both descriptive and not, for "One Trick Pony" is a late-in-the-evening kind of record, but one you'll remember less for its three upbeat numbers than for its seven mellow session tracks performed with a terrific ensemble and some of Rhymin' Simon's most soulful writing this side of "Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After the War." Indeed, I rarely play it before midnight anymore, and I sometimes sing the lyrics with Paul as a sort of late-night meditation. You purchase the Rhino version with the bonus tracks at your own risk, for the 10 tracks on the original are so complete, so satisfying taken as a whole, that I see no need to tamper with them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Meets Fusion! January 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
As far as I'm concerned, this is the album where Paul Simon peaked in his solo career, although I can see why the movie itself flopped. Albums that followed got worse and worse or un-Paul Simon, should I say. I ceased to follow Paul Simon's music after Rhythem of the Saints.
The music contained here is basically Paul Simon performing with core members of STUFF, then a real hot fusion group consisted of top jazz/fusion musicians; late Eric Gale on lead guitar, Steve Gadd on drums and, as Paul used to put it, infamous late Richard Tee on keyboard. Those three "first callers" (those who get the first call to accompany when top musicians record or tour) are extremely well featured in all songs that I really dig this album as a jazz fan as well. Eric Gale's guitar playing is so fantastic that you hardly take notice of Paul's guitar performance, which used to impress the audience during the days of S&G. I was routinely working 12 hours a day when the album was originally released. As a married man with kids, I personally related a lot to the song "God Bless The Absentee." While my enthusiusm in Paul's new tunes started to shrink after this album, it's no conincidence that my interest in jazz grew a lot more in the process, because this album, in a way, was a wake up call to open up my eyes and ears to jazz.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic old Paul Simon
"Late in the Evening" is worth buying the rest of the album!
Published 1 month ago by Paul A. Stasz
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Favorites
One of my favorite old albums from back in the day. I never saw the movie and don't really need to to appreciate the music.
Published 7 months ago by George P. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid Paul Simon album
"Late in the Evening" is of course the all-time classic... there are no other mega-hits on the album, but it's a strong example of Paul Simon's songwriting and melodicism. Read more
Published 15 months ago by fifusweater
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for any Paul Simon fan.
I have sought this album for years. It demonstrates the blues/funk feel of the early solo albums (think Kodachrome). Read more
Published 16 months ago by Linda R. Black
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his Best, but not bad!
Paul Simon is truly an American Icon. 'One Trick Pony' is not the first album that comes to mind in his extensive cannon. Read more
Published on June 1, 2011 by William J. Thibault
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless, Overlooked Album
I became a Paul Simon Fan in the late 80's when a compilation album was given to me for Christmas. I knew the music from the radio, but didn't know that all this good music was... Read more
Published on December 24, 2010 by Marathon1
5.0 out of 5 stars Secretly one of Paul Simon's best
One glance at the circumstances surrounding this album, and you can understand why so many people have missed out on one of the greatest albums of Paul Simon's career. Read more
Published on August 24, 2010 by Daniel Werner
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Masterpiece
Whenever I hear Paul Simon fans talk about his music, it's usually about his duet days with Art Garfunkel, or his solo effort on "Graceland. Read more
Published on December 30, 2009 by silhouette_of_enchantment
4.0 out of 5 stars People think this is schmaltzy, uncool garbage...
...and it's just NOT.

A lot of the words used by previous reviewers ("expressive," "thoughtful," "sophisticated") already sum up the way I feel about this album. Read more
Published on July 14, 2009 by Mars Nova
5.0 out of 5 stars one trick pony
I thought that it is still great to listern to the songs on this c.d. They still sound great after all the years.
Published on June 17, 2009 by toe
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