1975 Carly Simon – Playing Possum

Playing Possum is singer-songwriter Carly Simon’s fifth studio album, released in April 1975.

It was Simon’s third consecutive album to reach the Top 10 on the Billboard Pop albums chart, peaking at No. 10 in June 1975. The lead single from the album, “Attitude Dancing”, which featured Carole King on backing vocals, was also a success, peaking at No. 21 on Billboard Pop singles chart, and No. 18 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. A second single, “Waterfall,” which featured prominent backing vocals by Simon’s then-husband James Taylor, didn’t fare as well, reaching no higher than No. 78 on the Pop singles chart. It fared much better on the AC chart, entering the Top 40 and peaking at No. 21. The album’s third and final single “More and More” was co-written by New Orleans pianist Dr. John, who also played piano on the track, along with Ringo Starr on drums, but it peaked no higher than No.94 on the Pop singles chart.

Tracks

1  After The Storm (Carly Simon) 2:49
2  Love Out In The Street (Carly Simon) 3:43
3  Look Me In The Eyes (Carly Simon) 3:36
More And More (Alvin Robinson, Mac Rebennack) 4:04
5  Slave (Carly Simon, Jacob Brackman) 3:56
6  Attitude Dancing (Carly Simon) 3:53
7  Sons Of Summer (Billy Mernit) 3:08
Waterfall (Carly Simon) 3:34
9  Are You Ticklish (Carly Simon) 2:28
10  Playing Possum (Carly Simon) 3:56

Musicians

1 After The Storm

Bass Klaus Voormann
Drums Andrew Gold
Guitar Lee Ritenour
Piano Carly Simon
Sax Trevor Lawrence
Percussion Alan Estes
Vocals Carly Simon


2 Love Out In The Street

Bass Willie Weeks
Drums Andy Newmark
Guitar Andrew Gold
Piano Carly Simon
Piano Billy Mernit
Percussion Emil Richards
Percussion Andrew Gold
Background Vocals Clydie King
Background Vocals Rita Coolidge
Vocals Carly Simon


3 Look Me In The Eyes

Acoustic Guitar Carly Simon
Acoustic Guitar James Taylor
Piano James Newton-Howard
Synthesizer James Newton-Howard
Background Vocals Vini Poncia


4 More And More

Bass Klaus Voormann
Drums Ringo Starr
Guitar Jeff Baxter
Guitar Alvin Robinson
Piano Mac Rebennack
Background Vocals Julia Tillman Waters
Background Vocals Maxine Willard Waters
Background Vocals Carolyn Willis
Vocals Carly Simon


5 Slave

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Russ Kunkel
Guitar Lee Ritenour
Acoustic Guitar James Taylor
Mandolin Lee Ritenour
Piano Carly Simon
Background Vocals Clydie King
Background Vocals Rita Coolidge
Vocals Carly Simon


6 Attitude Dancing

Bass Willie Weeks
Drums Jim Gordon
Guitar Andrew Gold
Piano Carly Simon
Percussion Eddie Brown
Background Vocals Abigail Haness
Background Vocals Kenny Moore
Background Vocals Carole King
Vocals Carly Simon


7 Sons Of Summer

Piano Billy Mernit
Vocals Carly Simon


8 Waterfall

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Russ Kunkel
Guitar Lee Ritenour
Acoustic Guitar James Taylor
Piano Carly Simon
Clarinet Lon VanEaton
Flute Derek VanEaton
Background Vocals James Taylor


9 Are You Ticklish

Bass Joe Mondragon
Drums Irv Cottler
Piano Carly Simon
Vocals Carly Simon


10 Playing Possum

Bass Willie Weeks
Drums Andrew Gold
Pedal Steel Guitar Pete Kleinow
Acoustic Guitar Andrew Gold
Sitar Lon VanEaton
Piano Carly Simon
Harmonica Tommy Morgan
Background Vocals James Taylor
Vocals Carly Simon

Liner Notes

Producer – Richard Perry
Mastered By – Darrell Johnson
Arranged By (Strings) – Carly Simon (Tracks: 1, 10), Perry Botkin, Jr. (Tracks: 2, 5)
Conductor – Perry Botkin, Jr. (Tracks: 2, 5, 9)
Orchestrated By – Perry Botkin, Jr. (Tracks: 1, 5)

Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria
Manufactured By – Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records
Published By – C’Est Music
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra Records
Copyright (c) – Elektra Records