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

BassKlaus Voormann
DrumsAndrew Gold
GuitarLee Ritenour
PianoCarly Simon
SaxTrevor Lawrence
PercussionAlan Estes
VocalsCarly Simon


2 Love Out In The Street

BassWillie Weeks
DrumsAndy Newmark
GuitarAndrew Gold
PianoCarly Simon
PianoBilly Mernit
PercussionEmil Richards
PercussionAndrew Gold
Background VocalsClydie King
Background VocalsRita Coolidge
VocalsCarly Simon


3 Look Me In The Eyes

Acoustic GuitarCarly Simon
Acoustic GuitarJames Taylor
PianoJames Newton-Howard
SynthesizerJames Newton-Howard
Background VocalsVini Poncia


4 More And More

BassKlaus Voormann
DrumsRingo Starr
GuitarJeff Baxter
GuitarAlvin Robinson
PianoMac Rebennack
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsCarolyn Willis
VocalsCarly Simon


5 Slave

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarLee Ritenour
Acoustic GuitarJames Taylor
MandolinLee Ritenour
PianoCarly Simon
Background VocalsClydie King
Background VocalsRita Coolidge
VocalsCarly Simon


6 Attitude Dancing

BassWillie Weeks
DrumsJim Gordon
GuitarAndrew Gold
PianoCarly Simon
PercussionEddie Brown
Background VocalsAbigail Haness
Background VocalsKenny Moore
Background VocalsCarole King
VocalsCarly Simon


7 Sons Of Summer

PianoBilly Mernit
VocalsCarly Simon


8 Waterfall

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarLee Ritenour
Acoustic GuitarJames Taylor
PianoCarly Simon
ClarinetLon VanEaton
FluteDerek VanEaton
Background VocalsJames Taylor


9 Are You Ticklish

BassJoe Mondragon
DrumsIrv Cottler
PianoCarly Simon
VocalsCarly Simon


10 Playing Possum

BassWillie Weeks
DrumsAndrew Gold
Pedal Steel GuitarPete Kleinow
Acoustic GuitarAndrew Gold
SitarLon VanEaton
PianoCarly Simon
HarmonicaTommy Morgan
Background VocalsJames Taylor
VocalsCarly 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