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Album Review

Paul Simon's One-Trick Pony never sold as well as it might have, perhaps because it was associated with a film that few people enjoyed — although, ironically enough, it wasn't a soundtrack album, and merely included some of the songs that Simon had written for the film. (In a sense, the album suffered a fate similar to Dean Koontz's novelization of The Funhouse, which turned out to be a much better book than Tobe Hooper's film was a movie, and was selling well and getting good reviews but died once the long-delayed movie got out to kill interest in it). It is a good album, if nowhere near as imposing as the four albums that preceded it, with the usual excellent playing and one unabashed jewel ("Late In The Evening"). The July 2004 reissue boosts the clarity and shapness of the sound, as well as the volume, and gives the music a fresh punch as well as adding two songs from the movie that were never on the original LP or CD — among the latter, "Soft Parachute" rates as good as anything on the original LP and should have been there, and the slow, introspective "Spiral Highway" adds an element of quiet that was missing from the original album, and the producers have thrown on the chronologically related single "Stranded In A Limousine".

Customer Reviews

Ace in Hole

I think i might have been the only 14 year old listening to this album in 1995. The more i listened the better it got. "The only time love is an easy game is when someone else is playin' it." If you like Paul you better get this!

You might miss it!

This is soundtrack album, believe it or not; "One-Trick Pony" was a film Simon wrote and starred in in 1980. The film wasn't awful, but it wasn't fabulous, either. This album, on the other hand, is really very good, with quite a range of themes and cadences. People remember "Late in the Evening," as they should, since it's a great tune, but there are some other wonderful tracks here, too, especially "Stranded in a Limousine," and followed closely by "Ace in the Hole and "One-Trick Pony," the title cut. And if you aren't moved by "Long, Long Day," then there's probably something amiss with your thumpin' gizzard.

It's an oldie but a goodie.


I am a huge pail Simon fan and trust me there are some gems on this album. I can't imagine not owning this....or the movie. :)


Born: October 13, 1941 in Newark, NJ

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Paul Simon was one of the most successful and respected songwriters of the second half of the 20th century. Rising to fame in the mid-'60s, Simon's songs were mature and literate, but also melodically engaging, and spoke to the concerns and uncertainties of a generation. As the 1960s gave way to the '70s and '80s, Simon's work tended to focus on the personal rather than the larger world, but he also expanded his musical palette, and helped introduce many rock and pop fans to world music. Paul Frederic...
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