Thursday, July 29, 2010

"Free Man In Paris"

OK, more 70's: This Canadian singer/songwriter penned this '74 release after a trip to Europe with music agent/promoter David Geffen. He was unhappy despite his wealth and power - it speaks of the pressures the music industry exerts upon artists. Peaked at #22. Jose Feliciano happened to be in the studio and laid a 2nd guitar track over Larry Carlton's. David Crosby and Graham Nash sing backup vocals. Artist? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "A Hazy Shade Of Winter". From Dan Rogers: "I could be the most devoted fan on my block for Paul Simon. And I sort of like the Bangles, with qualifiers. Song was 'A Hazy Shade of Winter'. Classic Paul Simon phrasing: But look around, leaves are brown now And the sky is a hazy shade of winter.". No qualifiers - Susanna Hoffs rocks! This song was one of those "tests of manhood" growing up - you HAD to be able to play the lead guitar riffs and sing the words if you wanted to call yourself a geeeetar player. No doubt about it - Paul Simon is one of the musical geniuses of our time.

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