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Playing Possum

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Editorial Reviews


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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B000002GXW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,395 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By DC Fan on January 16, 2001
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 By A Customer on May 15, 2003
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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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Buddy Gott on 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 By Johnny-Nuz on 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 By A Customer on January 30, 2004
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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