Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years (1975/2010) [AcousticSounds FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years (1975/2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 00:45:18 minutes | 820 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: | © Legacy Recordings
Recorded: 1975

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.

1 Still Crazy After All These Years 3:25
2 My Little Town 3:52
3 I Do It For Your Love 3:35
4 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover 3:35
5 Night Game 2:47
6 Gone At Last 3:24
7 Some Folks Lives Roll Easy 3:10
8 Have A Good Time 3:25
9 You’re Kind 3:23
10 Silent Eyes 3:57
Bonus Tracks
11 Slip Slidin’ Away (Demo; Recorded September 1976) 5:30
12 Gone At Last (Original Demo, Recorded Octeber 1974) 4:38

Paul Simon – vocals, guitar
John Tropea – electric guitar
Patti Austin – background vocals
Art Garfunkel – vocals on “My Little Town”
Phoebe Snow – background vocals, vocals on “Gone at Last”
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
Ralph MacDonald – percussion
Chicago Community Choir – background vocals
Barry Beckett – electric piano
Eddie Daniels – saxophone
Gordon Edwards – bass
Jerry Friedman – electric guitar
Steve Gadd – drums
Roger Hawkins – drums
David Hood – bass
The Jessy Dixon Singers – background vocals
Tony Levin – bass
Hugh McCracken – guitar
Leon Pendarvis – piano
Valerie Simpson – background vocals
Richard Tee – piano
Toots Thielemans – harmonica
Phil Woods – saxophone
Kenny Ascher – organ, electric piano