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You're the One

Artist: Paul Simon

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Label: Warner Bros.
Album: You're the One
# Song Title   Time
1)    That's Where I Belong
2)    Darling Lorraine
3)    Old
4)    You're the One
5)    Teacher, The
6)    Look at That
7)    SeĀ¤orita With a Necklace of Tears
8)    Love
9)    Pigs, Sheep and Wolves
10)    Hurricane Eye
11)    Quiet

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Paul Simon (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, sitar); Vincent Nguin (acoustic & electric guitars); Mark Stewart (electric & pedal steel guitars, banjo, dobro, sitar, cello, tromba doo); Larry Campbell (pedal steel guitar); Jay Elfenbein (vihuela, vielle); Dan Duggan (dulcimer); Steve Gorn (wooden flute); Evan Ziporyn (bass clarinet, soprano & tenor saxophones); Andy Snitzer (soprano & tenor saxophones); Alan Mallet (harmonium, Wurlitzer piano); Howard Levy, Skip La Plante (harmonica); Clifford Carter (celeste, keyboards, glockenspiel); Abraham Laboriel, Bakithi Kumalo (bass); Peter Herbert (upright bass); Steve Gadd (drums); Jamey Haddad, Steve Shehan (percussion).
  • Recorded at The Hit Factory, New York, New York.
  • YOU'RE THE ONE was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Album Of The Year.
  • Personnel: Paul Simon (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, dobro, sitar); Vincent Nguini (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Mark Stewart (electric guitar, dobro, banjo, cello, trumpet); Dan Duggan (hammer dulcimer); Skip La Plante (harp); Jay Elfenbein (vielle, vihuela); Steve Gorn (bamboo flute); Howard Levy (harmonica); Ted Reichman (accordion); Evan Ziporyn (bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Andy Snitzer (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Clifford Carter (celesta, glockenspiel); Alain Mallet (reed organ, Wurlitzer organ); Peter Herbert (upright bass); Steve Gadd (drums); Jamey Haddad, Steve Shehan (percussion).
  • Recording information: The Hit Factory, New York, NY.
  • Photographer: Lynn Goldsmith.
  • Arranger: Paul Simon.
  • If you discount his musical theater endeavor THE CAPEMAN, as many are quick to do, YOU'RE THE ONE ended a 10-year silence in the recording career of Paul Simon. The wait was not in vain; this album unites GRACELAND's effervescence (guitar and bass chores are handled by Simon's South African accomplices from that era), RHYTHM OF THE SAINTS' free-floating poetry and languid cool, and the mix of humor and introspection that made HEARTS & BONES Simon's most underrated album.
  • "Darling Lorraine" is a devastatingly poignant portrait of a turbulent relationship, where language and melody are somehow simultaneously liquid and cutting. "Old" finds the pushing-60 Simon casting a humorous eye on humanity's relative age in the universe, over backing that mates South African fluidity with the '50s rock & roll of Simon's youth. Throughout the album, Simon continually manages to wring new emotional truths out of words and music without ever sounding labored; the mark not only of a seasoned vet, but also of a true artist in full flower.

Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (1/4/01, p.116) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Top 50 Albums of 2000".

Rolling Stone (10/26/00, p.111) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The melodies are lucid, simple in the best sense of the term. The album's overall impression is of quietness and introspection....providing the map of the shifting geographies of our emotional lives..."

Entertainment Weekly (10/6/00, p.85) - "...No one weds conversational and cosmological - or acoustic pop and ethnological studies - quite so gracefully..." - Rating: A-

Q (1/01, p.94) - Included in Q's "50 Best Albums of 2000".

Q (11/00, p.109) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...This is an album of the finest, most beguiling cut. Rhythms skip and play seemingly without touching earth....These are manifestly the labors of a man still with something to say. And...saying it beautifully."

CMJ (10/23/00, p.31) - "...His best solo effort since 1986's GRACELAND, following a pure pop ethos that is refreshingly, and sometimes, painfully honest..."

Mojo (Publisher) (10/00, p.114) - "...[He] still has it. He writes, plays, sings with unmatched elegance, intelligence, a decent heart and mostly sounds like the teenaged kid everyone middle-aged knows they have inside them still."

Producer:Paul Simon; David May
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:2 October, 2000
Guest Artist: Steve Gadd; Steve Gorn; Abraham Laboriel Sr.; Steve Shehan; Andy Snitzer; Dan Duggan


1. That's Where I Belong

2. Darling Lorraine

3. Old

4. You're The One

5. The Teacher

6. Look At That

7. Senorita With A Necklace Of Tears

8. Love

9. Pigs,Sheep And Wolves

10. Hurricane Eye

11. Quiet

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