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Paul Simon

2 Aug. 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 12 July 2010
  • Release Date: 2 Aug. 2010
  • Label: Legacy Recordings
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  • Total Length: 42:46
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  • ASIN: B003UT1R2S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,238 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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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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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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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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This is the thoroughly brave follow up to the commercial smash that was 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'. Paul Simon strikes out on his own and produces such an incredible masterpiece. The production is somewhat less lavish but the songs are every bit as good. And an incredible quarter of a century later, they stand up incredibly well.
Paul Simon's songwriting is about as consistent as any other artist and none more so than on this debut solo album from 1972. The opener, a reggae tinged song about...well about a Mother And Child Reunion is simply great. Already on this opening track he has moved into previously unchartered territories (although 'Why Don't You Write Me' from 'Bridge' had hinted at this musical style). Then 'Duncan' is such a perfect ballad with an incredibly moving lyric...'crept to her tent with a flashlight' to name but one great line. 'Everything Put Together Falls Apart' is a sensitive ballad of the highest order. It is put simply quite perfect. 'Run That Body Down' finds Simon in humorous mood and it is a great relief to hear such humour on what must be said is quite a depressing collection. Not that the music isn't utterly brilliant of course. 'Armistice Day' is quite hard to listen to. But it has meaning. And that should never be underestimated.
Side 2 (vinly record) opens with the joyous 'Me And Julio' which so easily could have become a Simon And Garfunkel classic had the duo stayed together a couple more years. No Matter. It is a classic Paul Simon solo track. Then there are other great tracks such as 'Peace like A River' and 'Papa Hobo' which are too personal to warrant any input from Garfunkel.
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