Sunday, April 22, 2012

Art Garfunkel - Watermark

Art Garfunkel...of course he has only the best musicians sitting when he makes records, he's Artie.  I have his first three solo records.  This is Watermark, his third.  Here are some of the people who play/work on it.  Jimmy Webb.  And Paul Desmond, Stephen Bishop, James Taylor, David Crosby, Leah Kunkel, Richard Tee, the great Bill Payne, Tony Levin, Stave Gadd (of course), and Paul Simon. It was produced by Jimmy Webb, Art Garfunkel, and Phil Ramone.  I read that this record got pretty much panned.  Originally released in October 1977 on Columbia Records. When the first single, "Crying in My Sleep", failed to chart in the United States, the album was immediately withdrawn and a version of "(What a) Wonderful World" (featuring harmony vocals from Garfunkel's old partner Paul Simon and mutual friend James Taylor) was added to the track listing. The updated version of the album was released in early 1978. "(What a) Wonderful World" was also released as a single, reaching #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The songs "Watermark" and "Paper Chase" had previously been performed by Richard Harris on his albums A Tramp Shining and The Yard Went On Forever. This album is also noted as being the final recording sessions of legendary saxophonist Paul Desmond who died of lung cancer shortly thereafter.

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