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Playing Possum

Carly SimonAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Prior to singing with the Simon Sisters, beginning at the beginning of my life, things were fairly quiet. Lucy, Joey and I sang throughout our childhood's, first in Greenwich Village (where I was kicked out of family choir for being obstreperous and willful), and then at our lovely homes in Riverdale, NY and Stamford, Connecticut. We sang as a trio, and then Lucy and I began singing in ... Read more in Amazon's Carly Simon Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002GXW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. After The Storm
2. Love Out In The Street
3. Look Me In The Eyes
4. More And More
5. Slave
6. Attitude Dancing
7. Sons Of Summer
8. Waterfall
9. Are You Ticklish
10. Playing Possum

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Runner-up to NO SECRETS!!!! January 16, 2001
By DC Fan
Format:Audio CD
Most people believe Carly Simon's best album is NO SECRETS. I would definitely have to say that I am in agreement with this, and even if this is to be argued, its success is certainly reflective of its artistic credibility - the album itself, along with its leadoff single "You're So Vain" both shot straight to #1. However, people's perception of her 2nd best album vary from BOYS IN THE TREES to COMING AROUND AGAIN. In my opinion however, PLAYING POSSUM wins the #2 slot!
An often overlooked, or perhaps "misunderstood" album, probably due to its erotic cover (front and back!), PLAYING POSSUM nevertheless shows Carly at her most melodic, turning out some of the most beautiful songs in her catalogue. Some reviews have labeled the album's songs as generic schmaltz, but if you're a good listener, you will hear a series of love songs that seem to follow a pattern ...
The album's opener "After The Storm" is an intense, sensual moment in Carly's music that may very well stand as her most elaborately produced song. She follows that with the powerful "Love Oout In The Street." However, Carly then provides us with a much needed breather in "Look Me In The Eyes" and the sexy "More and More." She continues with the album's most sexually overt song in the obsessive "Slave." Yet with this song, followed by the danceable "Attitude Dancing" one can see this cycle starting over again. Yet Carly, who is obviously intuitive enough to know that her audience needs occasional breaks from intense emotionality for a consistently listenable album, tones it down again with the thought-provoking "Sons Of Summer" and the gentle "Waterfall.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked Gem! May 15, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Back in the 1970's I was enamored with the singer/songwriter soft rock sound prevalent of that era. When "playing Possum" was released in 1975 the single "Attitude Dancing" was receiving airplay on top-40 radio, while the melodic, gentle "Waterfall" was deserving of airplay on Pop/Adult radio. After purchasing the album and listening to every cut, this album clearly became one of my favorite albums of all time.
Anybody who appreciates artists like Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell and Carole King should add this "gem" to their collection. Better yet, go out and purchase the Carly Simon box set, where a number of tunes from "Playing Possum" are included in the project.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm going to sound like a total guy here, but... December 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
...this is one of the hottest album covers of all time!

Oh yeah, the music on here is really good, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "PLAYING POSSUM": CARLY SIMON'S SEXY OPUS December 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The first time I saw Carly Simon's "Playing Possum", I, like everyone else, was excitedly stunned. You know what I mean. That cover pic has made rock and roll history as the sexiest (in a very artsy and classy way) album cover of all time - hands down and no holds barred.

What we have, musically, with "Playing Possum" is a mature, liberated, sophisticated woman's acknowledgement of her own wants and needs. For the most part, the album deals with sex. The artist has laid out the blueprint of her desires.

Carly's singing on this recording is much more raw and gritty, quite suited for the subject matter and her songwriting continues to be fascinating both in structure and the way she chooses to present herself:

The lush, soothing arrangement of the opening cut "After The Storm" grabs the listener right from the start and sets the stage for her opus of sexuality. "Love Out In The Street" is an almost raunchy rocker about a seductress beckoning the object of her desire ("I've come to know you so well from spying on you from my bathroom window in this cheap hotel") to just put it out there. A Caribbean feel is given to the alluring "Look Me In The Eyes", a song about wanting eye contact during lovemaking. "Slave" is a daring, brazen song about feeling so tied to another as to, literally, feel like a slave to the desire for that person. Carly sings this one with real burning, longing and hunger in her voice, just as the lyrics state she feels. "Are You Ticklish?" is a delightfully playful song dressed in a lilting, somewhat big band sound. "Attitude Dancing" is a fun, pop-rock dance number which fits the album's theme because it is so sexy sounding, itself. "Waterfall" is about an old lover breaking new ground, awakening sleeping feelings.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
That album cover of "Playing Possum"-what can you say
and it was 1975. This CD is fantastic and i don't know
what happened-maybe it was the cover-I just can't figure
it out. Richard Perry produced it right after "No Secrets"
and "Hotcakes" Every song is greatand some of Carly Simon's
best work. I love the songs "After the Storm", "Love out in
the Street", THE TITLE CUT--every song is great, Okay i love
Carly Simon and she did her best work on Elektra--her best
albums are "No Secrets","Hotcakes", "Playing Possum",
and "Another Passenger" When she moved to Warner Bros. the
classic is "Torch" and of her Arista work the best are "Coming
Around Again" and "The Bedroom Tapes"
Although "Playing Possum" did not do well it belongs right up
there with her best CD "Boys In the Trees"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars No Playing Possum Here, the Album is Still Strong!
By far Playing Possum is a tie with Coming Around Again as my favorite Carly Simon album. Solid album. Every song is great and I never get tired of listening to it. Read more
Published 13 days ago by William S. Lloyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Carly Getting A Little Bit Thematically Nasty For 1975
As I already stated,the early to mid 1970's had been an enormously successful growth period for Carly Simon. And that's both in terms of music and general life experience. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
Not her best work. Did not like words or music.I think her voice is best on love songs. Show her vocal range more effectively
Published 5 months ago by Shirley Ann Larson
5.0 out of 5 stars Playing Possum - Carly Simon
My sister had this album in the 70's and I remembered how good it was. It was destroyed in a house fire and I have always wanted to get it for myself. Read more
Published 12 months ago by DSG Tampa
5.0 out of 5 stars The Back Story on the Cover
PP is my favorite of Carly's albums, and I am a huge fan. She was walking through Saks with Sarah (now Sally) in a back pack, and when she got home she found that Sally had been... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Wharton70
5.0 out of 5 stars A very underrated classic!
Playing Possum wasn't a huge seller when released, and a lot of other Carly fans don't hold the album in high regard today. But I'll tell you this, it's a near masterpiece. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Movie_Music_Buff
I have always been a fan of Carly Simon, With her seductive voice and a wry sense of a woman's psyche, Simon gave us some great albums from the 70s into the early nineties,... Read more
Published on June 24, 2012 by Michael Butts
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Carly Simon album
This is Carly Simon's best album. I love every single one of the songs on this album and can listen to them over and over again without getting tired of them. Read more
Published on August 11, 2008 by Wendy
5.0 out of 5 stars Play This Possum
This album changed my perceptions, at age seventeen, of the relationship between love and music. The much-vaunted cover is what it is--erotic but not nasty. Why controversial? Read more
Published on March 8, 2008 by Educated Redneck
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy sells, but............
......would I want my wife posing for this album cover? Look, we all practice a double standard, and if I enjoy looking at a picture of somebody else's wife in a skimpy... Read more
Published on June 19, 2007 by Robert C. Hufford
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