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Greatest Hits : Shining Like A National Guitar

Paul Simon Audio CD
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During his distinguished career Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards including 12 Grammy Awards, three of which ("Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Still Crazy After All These Years" and "Graceland") were albums of the year. In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. He is an ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Simon Store

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  • Audio CD (15 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner.Esp
  • ASIN: B00004T0VL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Mini-Disc
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,715 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Graceland
2. You Can Call Me Al
3. Mother and Child Reunion
4. The Cool, Cool River
5. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
6. The Obvious Child
7. The Boy in the Bubble
8. Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War
9. Late in the Evening
10. Bernadette
11. Slip Slidin' Away
12. Take Me to the Mardi Gras
13. Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes
14. Still Crazy After All These Years
15. Kodachrome
16. Loves Me Like a Rock
17. Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard
18. Hearts and Bones
19. Trailways Bus

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Nothing he has released since has matched the sales heights of Bridge Over Troubled Water, but the quality of Paul Simon's solo work is undeniable--indeed it could be argued that the songwriter's work post-Simon & Garfunkel has been even more rewarding aesthetically. Shining Like A National Guitar--the fourth compilation to be drawn from Simon's eight solo albums--offers another welcome opportunity to appreciate this extraordinary career arc: tracing Simon's fascinating musical odyssey from Jamaica's "Mother & Child Reunion" and South Africa's "Boy In The Bubble", to Latin America's "The Obvious Child". Along the way, marvel at the articulate precision of Simon's music--"Graceland", "Hearts & Bones", "Still Crazy After All These Years", right up to the recent undervalued album of Capeman. He may not have been particularly prolific, but it's possible to be dazzled afresh by the sheer brilliance of Paul Simon's music. --Patrick Humphries

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Docendo Discimus TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The various Paul Simon-compilations that have been released over the years have been an unsatisfying bunch, leaving out some of his best and most succesful songs in favor of his own personal favorites, so none of those collections can be recommended unreservedly.
But "Greatest Hits: Shining Like A National Guitar" remedies that, and it is by far the best such collection ever released, selecting 19 songs from Paul Simon's studio recordings between 1972 and 1997, including all of his ten British chart singles.
Not quite as comprehensive as the double-disc "Paul Simon Anthology", "Shining Like A National Guitar" nevertheless gathers almost all of Simon's very best songs, including "Still Crazy After All These Years", "Graceland", "The Obvious Child", "Mother And Child Reunion", "Slip Slidin' Away", "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover", "Take Me To The Mardi Gras", "Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard", and of course "You Can Call Me Al".
If you're looking for a place to start, this is it. And if you're looking for just one Paul Simon-collection, this might very well be it as well, especially if you already have the key Simon & Garfunkel-songs (which can be found on "The Paul Simon Anthology").
4 stars - highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Compilation. Again! 8 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent compilation of Paul Simon's solo career spanning both his years with Columbia Records and Warner Brothers who now have the rights to all his back catalogue.From the early days we have Me And Julio... up to the more recent Bernadette.Most fans will have these tracks on several albums already so it is difficult to see who this album is aimed at.Paul Simon solo and with Simon & Garfunkel has so many compilation albums available that they vastly outnmber his albums of original material. Few could fault this collection though the inclusion of Rene And Georgette Magritte And Their Dog is strange.I know few people who like this track which finds Paul at his most pretentious and dull.However, the rest of the album is great and a fine inroduction to the music of Paul Simon.Magic moment- Steve Gadd's drumming on Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This long overdue compilation of Paul Simon's solo career, containing over 77 minutes of his very best music, has much to commend it. An interesting feature is the imaginative rather than chronological ordering of tracks which provides a sense of unity seldom apparent in 'best of' albums and sadly lacking in the earlier 'Antholgy'. Good sleeve notes and the complete lyrics compliment an impressive package. The fact that no room has been found for the magnificent 'Something So Right' is a pity but no easy omissions could have been made from what is an outstanding collection. If you are already a fan this is still worth buying, especially if there are gaps in your Paul Simon CD collection. If you are new to Paul Simon's work this is a real must. A quality compilation of the work of an outstanding talent.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By scoon2 VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is a very acceptable compilation of Paul Simon's solo career spanning both his years with Columbia Records and Warner Brothers who now have the rights to all his back catalogue.From the early days we have Me And Julio... up to the more recent Bernadette.Most fans will have these tracks on several albums already so it is difficult to see who this album is aimed at.Paul Simon solo and with Simon & Garfunkel has so many compilation albums available that they vastly outnmber his albums of original material.With the addition of digital remastering, few could fault this collection though the inclusion of Rene And Georgette Magritte And Their Dog is strange.I know few people who like this track which finds Paul at his most pretentious and dull.However, the rest of the album is great and a fine inroduction to the music of Paul Simon.Magic moment- Steve Gadd's drumming on Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent quick fix for Paul Simon devotees 7 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
we have heard all the songs before but somehow this collection sounds fresh and new - the introduction to track one lifts the spirits for what is to come on the disc and sounds especially good on the car cd player. But is the addition of synthesised rhythm necessary on "Cool cool river" -the quiet bit in the middle where normally Paul sings almost unaccompanied is not improved by this addition - and what has happened to "American Tune" - it gets a mention in the excellent sleeve notes but is not on the disc. All in all a great disc for fans and newcomers and we await volume 2!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A PERFECT INTRO TO AN ARRAY OF TALENT 29 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
An excellent beginning for those buyers "just wondering" about adding Paul Simon to their c.d. collections. The age of the purchaser will determine as to whether they actually remember any of the "hits" on this collection, but this c.d.can serve as a perfect introduction, not only to the work of Mr. Simon but also to the fantastic musicians he has worked with over the years. Take note of the superb contributions by the African and Brazilian musicians involved, but do not overlook the brilliant contributions from Simon's homeland. Ralph MacDonald, Anthony Jackson, Tony Levin, Mchael Brecker, Dean Parks,the late and much missed Richard Tee and Eric Gale, and, of course the legendary drum work of Steve Gadd.Best Tracks: Late In The Evening, Hearts and Bones, Graceland, Trailways Bus.BUY THIS ALBUM, BUY MORE PAUL SIMON,PICK A MUSICAN AT RANDOM...BUY THEIR SOLO C'D's
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What's to review? - the man's a genius, five star songs, five star performances. If you don't like it then you're possibly not from this planet ;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'A TERRIFIC EXAMPLE OF 'PAUL SIMON'S' SOLO CAREER'
'Paul Simon' is one of 'Music's' song-writer ''Greats''
He wrote pretty much all the material during the years alongside 'Art Garfunkel'
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genius at work. that's the truth. Nothing needs to be said. Listen and feel joy. Pure Simon and pure originality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well worth buying
One of the best collections of Paul Simon songs produced. He is at his best. The sound quality is excellent.
Published 7 months ago by Hugh Wylie
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I was delighted with the CD, it was in first class condition,just like a shop buoght one, Iv played it many trimes. Thank you
Published 15 months ago by jax
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor condition
The disc was in v poor condition with non removebale scratches resulting 5 of tracks skipping or unable to play
Published 15 months ago by Martyn Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great.
I had a copy of 'Graceland' which got lost. I bought this album as a replacement I and love it.
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