Songs from The Capeman

Songs from The Capeman

by Paul SimonPaul Simon


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Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/1997
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624681441
catalogNumber: 46814

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Simon   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hi String
Rubén Blades   Vocals
Steve Cropper   Guitar
David Mann   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Arlen Roth   Acoustic Guitar
Kevin Harrison   Background Vocals
Ednita Nazario   Vocals
Milton Cardona   Conga,Marimbas,Background Vocals,Claves,Guira
Danny Rivera   Vocals
Marc Anthony   Vocals
Bobby Allende   Bongos,Cymbals,Bell-tree
Robby Ameen   Guitar,Drums
John Beal   Bass
Errol Crusher Bennett   Shaker
Karen Bernod   Background Vocals
Bobby Bright   Background Vocals
Briz   Background Vocals
Pablo Calogero   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Richard Crooks   Drums
Barry Danielian   Flugelhorn
Ray de la Paz   Background Vocals
Shannon Ford   Drums
Bob Franceschini   Soprano Saxophone
Mitch Frohman   Tenor Saxophone
Tony Garnier   Bass
Myrna Lynn Gomila   Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Griffin   Piano
Juliet Haffner   Viola
Oscar Hernandez   Synthesizer,Piano,Celeste,Glockenspiel,Vibes
Bill Holloman   Trumpet,Tenor Saxophone
Derrick James   Background Vocals
Kia Jeffries   Background Vocals
Jay Leonhart   Bass
Ozzie Melendez   Trombone
Bernie Minoso   Bass Guitar
Edgardo Miranda   cuatro
Vincent Nguini   Guitar
Horace Ott   Piano
Paul Peabody   Violin
Marc Quiñones   Conga,Timbales
Angel Ramirez   Background Vocals
Michael Ramos   Accordion
Stewart Rose   French Horn
Jimmy Sabater   Conga,cowbell
Nestor Sanchez   Background Vocals
Stanley Silverman   Conductor
Edgar Stewart   Background Vocals
Robby Turner   Pedal Steel Guitar
Robert Vargas   Background Vocals
Krista Bennion Feeney   Violin
Nelson Gonzalez   Tres,Plenaro
Paul Livant   Guitar
John Walsh   Trumpet
Wallace Richardson   Guitar
Pablo Nunez   Bongos,cowbell
Ray Vega   Trumpet
Laura Bontrager   Cello
Chris Eminizer   Tenor Saxophone
Hans Giraldo   Background Vocals
Bakithi Kumalo   Bass
Edwin Montalve   Conga
Rubén Rodríguez   Bass
Oriente Lopez   Organ,Flute,fender rhodes
Luis Marrero   Background Vocals
Marcia Butler   Oboe
Angelo Aponte   Background Vocals
Saturnino Laboy   Acoustic Guitar
Diomedes Matos   Acoustic Guitar
Sean Pulley   Background Vocals
Teana Rodriguez   Vocals,Background Vocals
Harper Simon   Guitar,Harmonica
DeWayne Snype   Background Vocals
Dionte Sutton   Background Vocals
Trent Sutton   Background Vocals
Johnny Andrews   Timbales
Renee Connell-Adams   Background Vocals
David Davila   Background Vocals
Hechter Ubarry   Background Vocals
Ed Vasquez   Background Vocals
Sara Ramirez   Vocals
David "Piro" Rodríguez   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Rubén Blades   Contributor
Paul Simon   Composer,Producer,Contributor,Liner Notes
Ednita Nazario   Contributor
Marc Anthony   Contributor
Roy Halee   Producer,Engineer
Oscar Hernandez   Horn Arrangements
Marc Quiñones   Contributor
Stanley Silverman   Orchestration
Andy Smith   Engineer
Luis Lopez   Contributor
Bob Crowley   Illustrations
Derek Walcott   Composer
Oriente Lopez   Horn Arrangements

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Songs from The Capeman 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There certainly are some strong opinions about this... both ways. I should have chimed in months and months ago. Having grown up in NYC, I'm familiar with the story and absolutely love the music style. Regardless of any opinion on the case itself, Simon really captured the times... sociologically, politically, and economically. I, for one, play it over and over and only wish I could write and sing the way Simon and his fellow artists do. Also wish I could have gotten back to the Apple to have seen the show.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is just a brilliant album. I am listening to it for the 1000th time and I just love the entire body of the recording. Paul's voice is top-notch, the lyrics are fabulous, the music, flawless. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm going to have to disagree with you, WLDTRAV, but this CD is one of Paul Simon's greatest works. It gives the multi-sided story of these 1950's murders in such a way that instills sympathy and anger. This is a must have for all Simon fans. He's always done a great job, and this CD is no exception.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first listened to SONGS FROM THE CAPEMAN in late 1997 I was certain Paul Simon's first Broadway Musical would be a hit. It didn't help that The New York Post seemed to have it out for Mr. Simon, giving the show a devastatingly bad review weeks before its official opening. THE CAPEMAN may have had its problems but the album that contains song selections from the score is nothing short of a masterpiece. An epic story of one man's fall and redemption is told here in songs that burn in the memory. Every cut on this album is tremendous, but for my money "Trailways Bus" ranks among the finest songs Paul Simon has ever written. SONGS FROM THE CAPEMAN is a flat -out work of art.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Terrible album. I'm a die-hard Paul Simon fan and am so disappointed in this album. Perhaps if I saw the musical I would like it better. I bought it, tried to listen to it several times, and finally sold it back. What's worse is that I bought it for someone as a gift before I listened to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read what other people have said here, and while I understand both points of view, I have to say I really love this album. It's true that you'll like it and appreciate it a lot more if you read the liner notes and understand the story on which the songs are based -- and it IS better to listen to it as the soundtrack to a Broadway show, rather than as a typical studio compilation from a recording artist. But even if you forget about the Capeman theme and listen to it as a stand-alone piece of work, I think the album is strong. I personally listened to it before reading and knowing about the Capeman story, and I was blown away by the doo-wop musicality and Latin riffs evident in many of the tracks. This album really does hearken back to 1950s music, and also incorporates a lot of samba, bassnova and Cuban rhythms and melodic elements. Forgetting all that technical music stuff, though, you don't have to be a playwright, musician, or connoseur to enjoy this album. Simply put, the songs are really well-crafted. Simon's voice remains strong, and his songwriting and lyricism is second to none here.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this album a lot, i'm also a huge paul simon fan. The thing is, that its not an almbum, it's selected songs from a musical, and they're not even supposed to be the best song. They are good songs, but you have to listen to it in the context of a musical, not a cd. I like it, it tells a story, and there are many featured performers, though paul sings most of the songs. The original cast recording would be amazing to listen to, but i'm not sure it will ever be released. Anyway, I don't think this is a failure, I like it a lot. Now I have to even things out the best i can.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album a lot because it #1 has quite a bit of doo-wop and a lot of talented people and background vocalists. The first track, "Adios Hermanos," is a wonderful opening song for the album because it pretty much tells about Salvador Agron and Hernadez, the umbrella man. A very touching album and a colletion of unforgetable songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
SONGS FROM THE CAPEMAN is presently the only audio recording existing from Paul Simon's doomed Broadway extravaganza THE CAPEMAN. Surviving only a short run in late 1997 and early '98, this dramatized musical biography chronicled the sad life of Salvador Agron, a 16 year old Puerto Rican gang member who murdered two innocent by-standers in a gang war in New York's Hell's Kitchen on a hot August night in1959. Sentenced to prison for 20 years, he became a model prisoner and upon release was completely "rehabilitated." But the sins of the past haunted Agron for the rest of his life. Simon's concept album of the show, obviously a truncated version featuring 13 stunning songs, is one of his greatest achievements. Whatever the failings of the stage production (It was roundly panned by NY theater critics) the music and lyrics (co-written by Derek Walcott) reveal THE CAPEMAN to be a work of extraordinary beauty and insight. Paul Simon lends his vocals to most of the songs but is ably assisted by Marc Anthony, Rueben Blades and Ednita Nazario among other talented hispanic singers. Perhaps someday the complete score to the show will be released. For the present however, this album is proof positive that THE CAPEMAN boasted one of the greatest song scores of any Broadway musical in the past quarter- century. The doo-wop reverie SATIN SUMMER NIGHTS ; the ode to young love BERNADETTE and the unforgettably haunting TRAILWAYS BUS are masterpieces of songwriting.