ARTIST: Paul Simon
TITLE: Still Crazy After All These Years
YEAR RELEASED: 1975
CHART ACTION: #1 US, #6 UK
SINGLES: Gone at Last (#23 US), 50 Way to Leave Your Lover (#1 US, #23 UK), Still Crazy After All These Years (#40 US)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Only Simon fans know more.
LINEUP: Paul Simon. The main band was Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, and Hugh McCracken but there was a whole bunch of others on various songs. Art Garfunkel dueted on “My Little Town”. Phoebe Snow sang with Simon on “Gone at Last”
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Third (ok, fourth, but no one remembers his first, and he’d like to forget it, really) solo album finds Simon’s deeper cuts being a little lackluster, or maudlin.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: There’s some great music on this album. Steve Gadd’s drum pattern on “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” is a marvel to this day, especially on close listen (hearing the interaction of snare, tom and kick drum with chocked hi hat). Yet it seemed that Simon had reached the end of his songbook for the time being.
Unlike his previous two albums, it seemed that the deeper cuts were at times schlocky and at other times derivative of his other work. It’s well produced and impeccably played, but it still seems a bit off.
There’s some great music here, and for that it’s worth a spin. But it doesn’t shine like his other early solo work.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The title cut was covered by singers as diverse as Rosemary Clooney and Willie Nelson
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A couple of demo cuts added.
GRADE: B: Maybe it’s because his other early solo albums were really exemplary, but this one’s just a bit flat.