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Hearts And Bones (Remastered And Expanded) [Original recording remastered]

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 (12 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino UK
  • ASIN: B0002847XG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,742 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Allergies
2. Hearts and Bones
3. When Numbers Get Serious
4. Think Too Much
5. Song About the Moon
6. Think Too Much
7. Train in the Distance
8. Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War
9. Cars Are Cars
10. Late Great Johnny Ace
11. Shelter of your Arms
12. Train in the Distance (Acoustic Demo)
13. Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War (Acoustic Demo)
14. The Late Great Johnny Ace (Acoustic Demo)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 22 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Most people of my age have grown up with Paul Simon: since S&G came to an end in 1971, he's only released a handful of albums, but each one has been meticulously crafted: the writing, arrangements and playing have all benefited from his careful attention (he once commented, not entirely jokingly, "For me to record an album in less than eighteen months is lightning"). The lengthy interval between the appearance of each record means that each one is firmly associated with a different time in the lives of his listeners. For me, "Hearts And Bones" is the best.

Although it's underrated by most critics, there are treasures here to be uncovered: the imaginative arrangements (e.g. Al di Meola playing the scorching guitar solo on the first track), the intelligent writing (listen to "Cars Are Cars" to see how he switches back and forth between the flippant and the heartfelt), and the naked emotion in his singing and writing. This latter quality is evident throughout the record (created during the breakup of his second marriage), but my favourite moment is in the middle of "Think Too Much", when he sings "They say the left side of the brain / It dominates the right. / And the right side has to labour through / the long and speechless night". The overall effect of the image, the singing and the arrangement make this so sad and regretful that it's rare that I can listen to it without tearing up. A masterpiece, all-round.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great album sounding better than ever 8 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
I won't bang on about the great songwriting, superb arrangements and top-notch playing on this album (other than to say that Hearts and Bones must be one of THE great songs of popular music)- other reviews have eulogised this underrated album already. What I will say is that this remastering of the original is simply fantastic. The sound is pinsharp, the definition of the instruments perfect. I have been repeatedly spellbound by the sonic quality of this album, enhancing an already great work. I keep having to stop what I'm doing and sit on the floor where the stereo effect of my speakers converges and marvel at the beauty and clarity of the music.
I am a bit sad? No, I'm ecstatically happy with this record!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Paul Simon rarely turns in a dud because of the strength of his songwriting. Here is a key example. Some rather dated 1980s production cannot undermine the strength of the songs.

The title track is a beautiful, thoughtful track and "Train In The Distance" is a fine song, up there with some of his best. "Rene And Georgette Magritte..." is moving and remeniscent of New York doo-wop from the late 1950s. "The Late Great Johnny Ace" is chilling in some ways but also rather compelling.

A worthy example of the fact that very good albums but excellent artists do not always sell.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant 20 April 2012
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Criminally underrated by critics and listeners alike on its 1983 release, 'Hearts and Bones' has since begun to receive some of the recognition this wonderful album deserves. The album is varied and eclectic, from the bittersweet ballad 'Rene And Georgette Magritte with Their Dog after the War', to the danceable rock of 'Cars Are Cars', and the saddened philosophical musings of songs such as 'Think Too Much (b)' and 'Train in the Distance'. Simon handles all of these styles masterfully. The album is also vocally and lyrically one of his best; as well as showing the first signs of the segue into the 'world' styles of 'Graceland' and 'Rhythm of the Saints', with the catchy tribal drums of the album's title track. In contrast to both the preceding album 'Still Crazy After All These Years', and the following release, 'Graceland', this is a very introspective, often downbeat work. The album's sadness is beautifully understated, poignant and relatable. But those expecting the jauntiness of certain other Paul Simon releases, will find it in fairly short supply here.

It is hard to imagine why such an moving and excellently performed album as 'Hearts and Bones' was met with a lukewarm response up its release; but here it has been given the modern treatment it deserves. This remastered edition sounds sharper and clearer, strengthening the album's slower, more melancholy tunes, in particular. Four extra recordings are included, of which the original acoustic demo of 'Rene and Georgette...' is the highlight, but all four additional tracks are of good quality, and will particularly interest those wanting to understand the creative process and changes of some of Simon's best songs. As for criticisms, I don't really have any. The album is fantastic, this remastered edition makes it sound better than ever before, and even the bonus tracks are all worth numerous plays.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this Paul Simon's best album? 12 Sep 2012
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This album was the least commercially successful of Paul Simon's output, but it's my favourite. I have the vinyl copy, and bought the download so that I could listen to it on my MP3 player.

The sound quality, digitally remastered, is superb, and serves to remind one how carefully constructed in sound production terms Paul Simon albums tend to be. Even the original vinyl produces a clear, crisp sound.

The songs themselves, chronicling the breakdown of Simon's second marriage, are even more incisive than his usual ones. They cut to the bone, and expose his inner pain in a way which I don't think he has ever surpassed.

I don't intend to produce a track-by-track review; buy it for yourself. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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