The reggae of Mother and Child Reunion and the backing of Los Incas on Duncan (both hits) join the classic Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard and the rest of this wonderfully varied gentle gem. Bonuses: 1971 demos of those last two songs plus an unreleased version of Paranoia Blues !
How does one follow a commercial smash on the scale of Bridge over Troubled Water
, one of the blockbuster pop titles of the 1960s? For Paul Simon, the strategy was simple--as in "Keep it simple." His 1972 solo debut is the bantam bookend to the expansive Bridge
. Where the final Simon & Garfunkle LP was grand, Paul Simon
is modest. Where Bridge
served up lavish emotions, on his own Simon explored a kind of hooded, pensive melancholy. "Mother & Child Reunion", the first reggae arrangements many Americans ever heard, opens the album and casts a blue hue over the collection. An eclectic crew of players (including jazzmen Stephane Grappelli, Jerry Hahn, and Ron Carter) turn up in tunes that fit together as snugly as a winter wardrobe. By the time Larry Knechtel's electric piano fades away at the end of "Congratulations", Paul Simon, solo artist, has put that Bridge
behind him and set off on his solo career. --Steven Stolder
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.