Paul Simon

Tower Theater (Philadelphia, PA)

Oct 7, 1980

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  1. 1 Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard 03:04
  2. 2 Ace In The Hole 06:22
  3. 3 Something So Right 04:17
  4. 4 One-Trick Pony 03:51
  5. 5 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover 04:11
  6. 6 Late In The Evening 04:08
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Paul Simon - guitar, vocals
Jon Faddis - flugelhorn
Steve Gadd - drums
Eric Gale - guitar
Richard Tee - piano, keyboards, vocals
Tony Levin - bass, background vocals
Ralph MacDonald - percussion
Hugh McCracken - guitar
Lani Groves - background vocals

This partial live show comes a full decade after the demise of Simon & Garfunkel, and was recorded while Simon was promoting his new album and semi-autobiographical film, One Trick Pony. The record, which Simon claimed was not a soundtrack, faired much better than the film (which was his first and last attempt at being a movie maker). The film has been forgotten, but the songs from the album went on to be part of his long term musical repertoire.

"Late In The Evening" was the biggest track to emerge from One Trick Pony, and Simon does this song last in a set that was part of a full-length two hour show. Other highlights include his first solo hit from his 1972 self-titled debut, "Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard," "Something So Right," the title track to the film, "One Trick Pony," and a smooth and groove drenched version of "Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover," the smash hit that won him a Grammy from 1975's Still Crazy After All These Years.

Because of the intricate rhythms many of his newer songs had developed, Simon assembled an all-star band of mostly jazz heroes. He attained three fifths of the Stuff band (Steve Gadd on drums, Richard Tee on keyboards, and Eric Gale on guitar), as well as future King Crimson/Peter Gabriel bassist, Tony Levin. Simon was riding high from the success of his '70s solo records when he made this recording, but he would see a lull during the 1980s until he exploded with Graceland in 1986.