Boys in the Trees

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Boys in the Trees
Boys in the Trees.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1978
RecordedAtlantic Studios and A&R Studios, NYC.
GenreRock, pop, soul, disco
Length35:46
LabelElektra
ProducerArif Mardin
Carly Simon chronology
Another Passenger
(1976)
Boys in the Trees
(1978)
Spy
(1979)
Singles from Boys in the Trees
  1. "You Belong to Me[1]"
    Released: April 1978
  2. "Devoted to You[2]"
    Released: August 1978
  3. "Tranquillo (Melt My Heart)[3]"
    Released: November 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars link
Christgau's Record GuideC+[4]

Boys in the Trees is the seventh studio album (eighth overall) by American singer-songwriter Carly Simon, released in 1978.

The album included "You Belong to Me", which reached #6 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart and became Simon's fifth Top 10 pop hit. Another track, a remake of The Everly Brothers' 1958 hit "Devoted to You", sung as a duet with then-husband James Taylor, also made the Top 40 at #36;[5] the singles also hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at #4 and #2, respectively.

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 a Grammy for Best Album Package, the Grammy went to Johnny Lee and Tony Lane.[6]

Reception[edit]

Janet Maslin, writing in Rolling Stone, stated "Boys in the Trees is Carly Simon's most serene accomplishment to date, but its moods vary dramatically enough to indicate that peace of mind comes at a high price." When praising the single "You Belong to Me", Maslin went on to write, "It's a number that could easily have been belted out or growled à la "You're So Vain", but this time Simon prefers to sound more like a cat who's been dining on canary. Somehow, she's a lot more compelling using a gently chiding tone than she is striking a come-hither-or-else pose."[7]

Allmusic's William Ruhlmann rated the album retrospectively a three out of five, writing "...what really made the album a winner was that Simon had had a couple of years to write some strong songs in her unflinching, reflective style, and she continued to explore the loves and mores of her age and class movingly." Boys in the Trees has been certified Platinum by the RIAA, for sales of over 1,000,000 copies in the United States alone.[8]

Awards[edit]

21st Annual Grammy Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1979 "You Belong to Me" Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female Nominated
Boys in the Trees Best Album Package Won

Cover versions[edit]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Carly Simon, except where indicated.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."You Belong to Me"Simon, Michael McDonald3:52
2."Boys in the Trees" 3:13
3."Back Down to Earth" 3:08
4."Devoted to You"Boudleaux Bryant2:29
5."De Bat (Fly in Me Face)" 2:28
6."Haunting" 2:28
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Tranquillo (Melt My Heart)"Simon, James Taylor, Arif Mardin4:02
2."You're the One" 3:38
3."In a Small Moment" 3:08
4."One Man Woman"James Taylor3:39
5."For Old Times Sake"Simon, Jacob Brackman3:41
Total length:35:46

Personnel[edit]

  • Carly Simon – lead vocals, backing vocals (1, 7, 8, 11), acoustic guitar (2, 3, 11)
  • Richard Tee – Fender Rhodes, (1, 4), piano (3, 8, 10)
  • Ken Bichel – 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 guitar (1, 8, 10)
  • Will Lee – bass guitar (3, 4)
  • Tony Levin – bass guitar (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)
  • Strings – 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

Production[edit]

  • 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 – Tony Lane and Johnny Lee
  • Photography – Deborah Turberville

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1978 Pop Albums 10

Album - International

Year Country Position
1978 Australia 27[9]
1978 Canada 4[10]

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1978 "Devoted to You" Adult Contemporary 2
1978 "Devoted to You" Country Singles 33
1978 "Devoted to You" Pop Singles 36
1978 "You Belong to Me" Adult Contemporary 4
1978 "You Belong to Me" Pop Singles 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.45cat.com/record/recordus231
  2. ^ http://www.45cat.com/record/e45506
  3. ^ http://www.45cat.com/record/e45544
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: S". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  5. ^ AllMusic. "Carly Simon Awards". Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  6. ^ "Carly Simon Official Website - Awards". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on February 20, 2007. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  7. ^ Maslin, Janet (June 15, 1978). "Album review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  8. ^ "Carly Simon certifications". RIAA.com. Archived from the original on September 6, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  9. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  10. ^ "CAN Charts > Carly Simon". RPM. Archived from the original on January 4, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2015.

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