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Simon Ready To ‘Surprise’ With Eno
After several years of work, Paul Simon is finally ready to share his long-awaited collaboration with producer Brian Eno (U2, Talking Heads) with the listening public. The 11-track project, dubbed “Surprise,” will be released May 9 in North America via Warner Bros. and a day earlier internationally.
Among the songs set to appear on “Surprise” are “Sons and Daughters,” “How Can You Live in the Northeast,” “Outrageous” and “Father and Daughter,” Simon’s contribution to 2002’s “The Wild Thornberrys Movie” which was nominated for the best original song Academy Award.
Guest appearances include guitarist Bill Frisell, drummer Steve Gadd and pianist Herbie Hancock, whose 2005 album, “Possibilities,” featured a new recording with Simon of the latter’s “I Do It for Your Love.”
“Surprise” is Simon’s first studio album since 2000’s “You’re the One,” which debuted at No. 19 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 505,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The lone live date on Simon’s schedule at present is a May 7 appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. A small-venue show in London is in the works to coincide with the new album’s release date but details have yet to be announced.
According to a spokesperson, tours are in the works for both summer and fall. Simon will also perform on the May 13 episode of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
Here is the track list for “Surprise”:
“How Can You Live in the Northeast”
“Everything About It Is a Love Song”
“Sure Don’t Feel Like Love”
“Wartime Prayers”
“I Don’t Believe”
“Another Galaxy”
“Once Upon a Time There Was an Ocean”
“That’s Me”
“Father and Daughter”