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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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  • Vinyl (29 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B00GD7UNBA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Touring Mars VINE VOICE on 24 Jan 2004
Format: Audio CD
Paul Simon's first solo album is hardly a debut, since he had already scaled the heights of musical achievement with his partnership with Art Garfunkel, as the sole songwriter and creative talent of that particular pairing. But despite having already penned some of the most popular and successful songs of a decade already saturated with classic tunes, Paul Simon had yet to explore his full potential, and this album represents the best example of just what the man was capable of. Simple, subtle, and at times truly brilliant, this album demonstrates another side of Paul Simon's huge and unique talent. Comparable to the quality of anything he ever recorded previously, this album is far more personal, and has a back-to-basics approach that would now be considered 'de riguer'.
'Peace Like A River' is simply stunning. Akin to 'The Only Living Boy In New York', the harmonies here are to die for. No coincidience then that the harmony vocals (in both cases) were performed by Simon himself. 'Papa Hobo' is a similarly acoustic number with a great lyric, and is a joy to behold. 'Armistice Day' somehow feels like the title track (or centrepiece) of the album, but I don't really know why. Maybe because it encapsulates everything that this album is about... simplicity, a vague but witty lyric and instrumental virtuosity. 'Run That Body Down' is a personal tale (but one that is easily identifiable with) of a person close to a mid-life crisis, but never gets too heavy or serious, it's a light stroll of a song that breezes by whilst making you stop and think at the same time.
Then of course there are the singles, although prior to having this album, both were unfamiliar to me... "Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard" is a brave song.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bermingham on 19 Nov 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album was Paul Simons first solo effort after the split from Art Garfunkel in 1970.It was also his first effort after the majestic and hugely successful 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' album.Originally released in 1972 it still retains all its unique musical appeal.The album title 'Paul Simon' makes you realise that Simon was making a simple statement that this was purely his solo work and what work!
Its a hugely contrasting album to the 'bridge' album.The 'bridge' album was massive in both musical production terms and harmonic liason between Simon and Garfunkel.This album is greatly pared down musically but for all that its still brilliant.Paul Simon seems to be baring his musical soul in a much more direct and intimate fashion.The result is an album which is still my favourite solo Simon album.
Instantly catchy songs like 'Me and Julio' and 'Mother and Child Reunion' soon make you realise that Simon had lost none of the old magical songwriting ability.
Sandwiched in the middle of the album is the beautiful 'Duncan', where Simon again shows his talent for writing instant classics.Mention must also be made of 'Peace Like a River' with its beautiful harmonies reminiscent of the Simon and Grafunkel era.To me this is the only song which reminds you of that era.The rest are all instantly recognisable as purely Simon efforts.
Yes, if you are a Simon fan at all you have to have this.Down through the years I have bought all his solo work and S&G work(at least three times each!).This album however is the one I return to most often....one to relish.Simply a classic!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Oct 2000
Format: Audio CD
THIS ALBUM IS A FINE BLEND OF CLASSIC BALLADS AND FINE POP TUNES FROM P.SIMON.I HAVE BEEN A FAN OF SIMON AND SIMON AND GARFUNKEL SINCE 1966 AND DESPITE HAVING ALL HIS ALBUMS,SOLO AND WITH GARFUNKEL,I STILL CONSIDER THIS ONE OF HIS BEST. LESSER KNOWN SIMON SONGS LIKE 'PEACE LIKE A RIVER' AND 'EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER' ARE AMPLE TESTIMONY TO THE MAN'S MUSICAL GENIUS.WHEN THESE ARE BLENDED WITH THE MORE POP ORIENTATED 'ME AND JULIO' AND 'MOTHER AND CHILD RE-UNION' THE RESULT IS A MARVELLOUSLY ENTERTAINING SET OF SONGS FROM THE BEST SINGER/SONGERWRITER OF OUR TIME.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Reid TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Feb 2012
Format: Audio CD
I remember sitting in my digs at University listening to this album. My first reaction at that time, was to miss the soaring voice of Art Garfunkel. But more listens showed this to be a masterful solo album and a statement that Simon without Garfunkel was going to be an important part of our musical future. I found myself playing this album frequently.

It seems to me that Paul Simon's interest in rhythm-based songs had already started and he was already carving what were to be his 'solo' sounds. As Garfunkel descended into over-produced sugariness, Simon quickly moved on, to offer masterpieces that were a long way removed from his work with his ex-partner.

The opening track, Mother And Child Reunion, is therefore a statement of intent and one of immense self-confidence. It has stood the test of time and is an always-welcomed offering whenever played. The following tracks offer a rich variety of styles and together make it clear that, of the two of them, it is Paul Simon who is going to have the more important solo career. This album is therefore the start of a journey and as such it is important.

The album has not aged and is still well deserving of playing forty years later. Five stars and a place in history.
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