Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Art Garfunkel--All I Know (1973)

     It had been three years since Simon and Garfunkel had split. Paul Simon immediately came out of the gate in January 1972 with his first album, "Paul Simon" and two hits which was a logical extension of some of the work he had done on the "Bridge Over Troubled Water" album. May of 1973 brought another album, "There Goes Rhymin' Simon" which solidified him as a top solo artist.
     During this time Art Garfunkel kept a low profile, at least musically.  He was tapped by director Mike Nichols to play in  two movies during this time "Catch-22" (1970), and "Carnal Knowledge" (1971--where he was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor). He also spent a year teaching math at a Litchfield Private School in Connecticut during the 1971-72 school year.
     After a one-off reunion with Simon in behalf of George McGovern's presidential bid, he felt it was time to get back into the studio. With Simon being the primary writer when he was with the duo, Art now had the opportunity to seek out some of this favorite writers and songs. The resulting album, "Angel Claire" contained songs by Van Morrison, Randy Newman, and one from Jimmy Webb, "All I Know".
     This song began a long collaboration with Webb, who had become one of pop music's master songwriters. Just like "Mother and Child Reunion" and "Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard" was a direct link for Simon to the 60's work with Garfunkel, "All I Know" did the same for the singer and was a great jumping off point. The song was his highest charting single of his career.  


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