1978 Carly Simon – Boys In The Trees

Boys In The Trees is the seventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Carly Simon, released in 1978.

The album included “You Belong to Me”, which reached No. 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 No. 36. The singles also hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at No. 4 and No. 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.

Tracks

You Belong To Me (Carly Simon; Michael McDonald) 03:52
2  Boys In The Trees (Carly Simon) 03:13
3  Back Down To Earth (Carly Simon) 03:09
Devoted To You (Boudleaux Bryant) 02:30
5  De Bat (Fly In Me Face) (Carly Simon) 02:30
6  Haunting (Carly Simon) 02:29
7  Tranquillo (Melt My Heart) (Arif Mardin; Carly Simon; James Taylor) 04:03
8  You’re The One (Carly Simon) 03:40
9  In A Small Moment (Carly Simon) 03:10
10  One Man Woman (James Taylor) 03:41
11  For Old Times Sake (Carly Simon; Jacob Brackman) 03:41

Musicians

1 You Belong To Me

BassGordon Edwards
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarCornell Dupree
GuitarEric Gale
Electric PianoRichard Tee
SaxDavid Sanborn
Background VocalsJames Taylor
VocalsCarly Simon


2 Boys In The Trees

DrumsSteve Gadd
Acoustic GuitarCarly Simon
Acoustic GuitarJames Taylor
Acoustic GuitarJeff Mironov
MarimbaDavid Carey
RecorderGeorge Marge
RecorderHarvey Estrin
Background VocalsJames Taylor
VocalsCarly Simon


3 Back Down To Earth

BassWill Lee
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarJohn Hall
GuitarJeff Mironov
Acoustic GuitarCarly Simon
Acoustic GuitarJames Taylor
PianoRichard Tee
VocalsCarly Simon


4 Devoted To You

BassWill Lee
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarHugh McCracken
Acoustic GuitarJames Taylor
PianoRichard Tee
VocalsCarly Simon


5 De Bat (Fly In Me Face)

DrumsCrusher Bennett
Acoustic GuitarJames Taylor
CongasCrusher Bennett
PercussionRubens Bassini
Background VocalsJames Taylor
Background VocalsJohn Hall
Background VocalsKen Williams
Background VocalsLuther Vandross
Background VocalsRoderick George
VocalsCarly Simon


6 Haunting

DrumsSteve Gadd
PianoKen Bichel
OboePhil Bodner
HarpGloria Agostini
HarpMargaret Ross
Background VocalsAlyia Orme
Background VocalsJoanna Simon
Background VocalsLucy Simon
Background VocalsMarc Embree
Background VocalsSteven Dickson
VocalsCarly Simon


7 Tranquillo (Melt My Heart)

BassTony Levin
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarHamish Stuart
GuitarOnnie McIntyre
Electric PianoDon Grolnick
SynthesizerDon Grolnick
Background VocalsCissy Houston
Background VocalsHamish Stuart
Background VocalsJames Taylor
VocalsCarly Simon


8 You’re The One

BassGordon Edwards
BassTony Levin
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarCornell Dupree
PianoRichard Tee
Background VocalsAlex Ligertwood
VocalsHamish Stuart
VocalsCarly Simon


9 In A Small Moment

BassTony Levin
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarStuart Scharf
Electric PianoKen Bichel
SynthesizerKen Bichel
FluteJoe Farrell
PercussionCrusher Bennett
VocalsCarly Simon


10 One Man Woman

BassGordon Edwards
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarCornell Dupree
PianoRichard Tee
SaxMichael Brecker
VocalsCarly Simon


11 For Old Times Sake

BassTony Levin
Acoustic GuitarCarly Simon
Acoustic GuitarStuart Scharf
AutoharpStuart Scharf
Glass HarmonicaArif Mardin
VocalsCarly Simon

Other Musicians

French HornBrooks Tillotson
French HornJim Buffington
SaxGeorge Young
SaxHarvey Estrin
SaxJaroslav Jakubovic
SaxRonnie Cuber
SaxMichael Brecker
TromboneBarry Rogers
TromboneEddie Bert
TrumpetRandy Brecker

Strings

Alan Shulman, Alfred Brown, Charles Libove, Frederick Buldrini, Gerald Tarack, Guy Lumia, Harold Kohon, Homer Mensch, Jesse Levy, Joe Malin, Jonathan Abramowitz, Julien Barber, Kermit Moore, Lamar Alsop, Marvin Morgenstern, Mitsue Takayama, Paul Gershman, Ted Hoyle, Theodore Israel, Yoko Matsuo

Liner Notes

Producer- Arif Mardin
Arranged By (Horns, Strings) – Arif Mardin
Arranged By (Horns) – James Taylor (Track 7)
Concertmaster – Gene Orloff
Conductor – Arif Mardin
Engineer – Bobby Warner
Engineer (Assistant) – Bill Dooley, Mike O’Reilly, Ollie Cotton, Tom Heid
Mastered By – George Piros
Mixed By – Lew Hahn
Recorded By – Lew Hahn

Art Direction – Johnny Lee, Tony Lane
Photography – Deborah Turbeville

Mastered At Atlantic Studios
Recorded At Atlantic Studios
Recorded At A&R Studios
Phonographic Copyright (p) Elektra/Asylum Records
Copyright (c) Elektra/Asylum Records