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Carly Simon - Boys in the Trees (1978)


Carly Simon - Boys in the Trees (1978)

Tracklist front / back album covers

Side one
1. "You Belong to Me"   3:52
2. "Boys in the Trees"   3:13
3. "Back Down to Earth"  3:08
4. "Devoted to You"   2:29
5. "De Bat (Fly in Me Face)"   2:28
6. "Haunting"   2:28

Side two
1. "Tranquillo (Melt My Heart)"   4:02
2. "You're the One"   3:38
3. "In a Small Moment"   3:08
4. "One Man Woman"   3:39
5. "For Old Times Sake"   3:41

Total length:   35:46



Carly Simon Band Members / Musicians

Carly Simon – lead vocals, backing vocals (1, 7, 8, 11), acoustic guitar (2, 3, 11)

Richard Tee – Fender Rhodes, (1, 4), acoustic piano (3, 8, 10)

Ken Bichel – acoustic piano (6), Fender Rhodes (9), ARP synthesizer (9)

Don Grolnick – Fender Rhodes (7), ARP String Ensemble (7)

Cornell Dupree – electric guitar (1, 8, 10)

Eric Gale – electric guitar (1)

Jeff Mironov – acoustic guitar (2), electric guitar (3)

John Hall – electric guitar (3), backing vocals (5)

Hugh McCracken – electric guitar solo (4)

Hamish Stuart – guitar (7), backing vocals (7, 8)

Onnie McIntyre – guitar (7)

Stuart Scharf – electric guitar (9), acoustic guitar (11), autoharp (11)

Gordon Edwards – bass (1, 8, 10)

Will Lee – bass (3, 4)

Tony Levin – bass (7, 8, 9)

Steve Gadd – drums (1-4, 6-10)

David Carey – marimba (2)

Rubens Bassini – percussion (5)

Errol "Crusher" Bennett – bass drum (5), congas (5), percussion (10)

David Sanborn – alto saxophone (1)

Harvey Estrin – soprano and tenor recorders (2)

George Marge – soprano and tenor recorders (2)

Phil Bodner – oboe (6)

Gloria Agostini – harp (6)

Margaret Ross – harp (6)

Joe Farrell – flute (9)

Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone (10)

Arif Mardin – horn and string arrangements, conductor, glass harmonica (11)

Gene Orloff – concertmaster

James Taylor – backing vocals (1, 2, 5, 7), acoustic guitar (2-5), vocal arrangement (5), horn arrangements (7)

Harvey Estrin – alto saxophone

George Young – alto saxophone

Ronnie Cuber – baritone saxophone

Jaroslav Jakubovič – baritone saxophone

Eddie Bert – trombone

Barry Rogers – trombone

Randy Brecker – trumpet

James Buffington – French horn

Brooks Tillotson – French horn

Roderick George – backing vocals (5)

Luther Vandross – backing vocals (5)

Ken Williams – backing vocals (5)

Steven Dickson – backing vocals (6)

Marc Embree – backing vocals (6)

Alyia Orme – backing vocals (6)

Joanna Simon – backing vocals (6)

Lucy Simon – backing vocals (6)

Cissy Houston – backing vocals (7)

Alex Ligertwood – backing vocals (8)

Jonathan Abramowitz, Lamar Alsop, Julien Barber, 
Alfred Brown, Fredrick Buldrini, Paul Gershman, Ted Hoyle, Theodore Israel, Harold Kohon, Jesse Levy, Charles Libove, Guy Lumia, Joe Malin, Yoko Matsuo, Homer Mensch, Kermit Moore, Marvin Morgenstern, Alan Shulman, Mitsue Takayama and Gerald Tarack – strings


Producer – Arif Mardin

Recorded and Mixed by Lew Hahn

Engineer – Bobby Warner

Assistant Engineers – Ollie Cotton, Bill Dooley, Tom Heid and Mike O'Reilly

Mastered by George Piros at Atlantic Studios (New York, NY)

Art Direction and Design – Tony Lane and Johnny Lee
Photography – Deborah Turbeville




Boys in the Trees is the 7th studio album by American singer-songwriter Carly Simon, released by Elektra Records, in April 1978.

The lead single, "You Belong to Me", reached No. 6 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, becoming Simon's fifth Top 10 pop hit, and earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female. The second single, a remake of The Everly Brothers' 1958 hit "Devoted to You" (sung as a duet with then-husband James Taylor), also reached the Top 40, peaking at No. 36. The singles also hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at No. 4 and No. 2, respectively. The track "Tranquillo (Melt My Heart)" reached No. 86 on the US Cashbox Pop chart.

The photo featured on the front cover of the album was expertly airbrushed to paint a Danskin top on what was a topless photo of Simon. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Album Package, the Grammy went to Johnny Lee and Tony Lane.




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