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  • Audio CD (June 7 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B004MRX86U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,412 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mother And Child Reunion
2. Duncan
3. Everything Put Together Falls Apart
4. Run That Body Down
5. Armistice Day
6. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard
7. Peace Like A River
8. Papa Hobo
9. Hobo's Blues
10. Paranoia Blues
11. Congratulations
12. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard (Demo - San Francisco 2/71)
13. Duncan (Demo - San Francisco 2/71)
14. Paranoia Blues (Unreleased Version)

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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.

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Format: Audio CD
After the breakup of Simon and Garfunkel, Paul Simon really showed his individual style and talent. This first solo album is amazing, showing the same lyrical intelligence as his earlier S&G work but even more innovation and originality. I love most of his work, but this and "Graceland" are my absolute favorite albums.
It starts off with "Mother and Child Reunion," a great song which shows intriguingly authentic reggae influences. "Duncan" is a beautifully simple song, with a unique use of South American-sounding flutes and an interesting story. The way he sings it really perfects the song; it is understated and indescribably distinctive. "Everything Put Together Falls Apart" is another interesting one, laid back but powerful. It goes nicely with "Run that Body Down," a song in which he blatantly and meaningfully uses the characters of himself and his (then) wife to deliver a similar anti-drug statement (but not in a self-righteous way). (At least that's what I have gotten out of these songs.) However, even without the message these songs both sound great, and show a new individualism outside of S&G. "Armistice Day" is one of my favorite songs on the album, starting off fairly low-key but with very interesting chords. It progresses well, and by the second half other instruments are added and the result is a fascinating fusion of folk, rock, country, and totally original elements. I love the lyrics in the second half, too--they're that distinct blend of social commentary and poetry, but with humor so that it doesn't become pretentious in any way. "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard is my absolute favorite on this album, a classic, I think. It has upbeat, almost thrilling instrumentals and, this time, words that are really mostly for fun.
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Paul Simon began his exciting and daring seventies career with this, his most pared-down effort. Perhaps the transition comes as a surprise after the lushness of Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (though there are some links between this album and that one, including the use of a bass harmonica, Jamaican rhythm, and Incan pipes.) Nevertheless, this album carries with it the thrill of a newly liberated solo artist. It immediately delves into funky territory with the memorable "Mother and Child Reunion," an excellent electric reggae number with fine female backing vocals. It proceeds to "Duncan," a song about lost innocence, and "Everthing Put Together Falls Apart," a mellow and unusual folk number (how many songs begin with the word 'Parafanalia'?). Both songs may possibly be seen as subtle comments on Simon's departure from his former duo, but each works well on its own merits. We then get to some songs that prove once again what an excellent guitar player and singer Simon is. "Run that Body Down" is simple but catchy as all get out, and "Armistice Day" is a superb performance, and a very moving one in its very understatement. "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" is another playfully simple classic with excellent lyrics, and it adds a sense of upbeat fun to the proceedings. "Peace Like a River" is a haunting number that anyone who has ever been up late worrying can relate to. "Papa Hobo" is a distinctly American song of sorry resignation, told from the point of view of a down-and-out fellow who somehow makes do. I love it. "Hobo Blues" is an unexpected guitar/fiddle instrumental, beautiful.Read more ›
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By Bill R. Moore on April 13 2002
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Paul Simon was something of a surprise when it was released, and remains perhaps his best album, as it showed a level of musical diversity that probably few people thought him capable of. Musical diversity was not one of the hallmarks of the Simon & Garfunkel sound, and indeed there are none of the huge, stately, epic ballads here that dominated Bridge Over Troubled Water, or any Garfunkel-like vocal theatrics. Paul knew what kind of songs he needed to write for himself, and he wrote those songs. And they're quite interesting songs, too. It's a very loose, lively, intimate, and occasionally funny album. We see Simon goofing up and letting it loose on funny, rambling pieces like Duncan and Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard, while making quite calculated statements on others, such as Everything Put Together Falls Apart. There are also songs here that namecheck reggae (Mother and Child Reunion), blues (Paranoia Blues), and other forms of music than the folk that Simon was pre-dominatenly known for at the time. Quite an interesting record.
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Paul Simon has never displayed much feel for rock'n'roll. Not that he has to play fast, or heavy; but there is a whole world of textures he's missing -- and worse, his albums sometimes sound slick. But this, his first solo album, avoids slickness by committing to a raw acoustic sound that's understated without being "mellow." The usual crack outfit of sidemen accompanies him here, but I like the way Simon plays a lot of the guitars himself (showing himself to be an engagingly funky finger-picker). Overall, a remarkably loose album for this perfectionist, though I guess I'd feel pretty liberated myself if I'd managed to get rid of Art Garfunkle.
Such a wealth of great songs here, some of which are well known -- e.g., "Mother and Child Reunion" (written about the death of a family pet, but really an elegy to the '60s), the yearning "Peace Like A River," and the poker-faced perversity of "Duncan." But like all truly great albums, even the slightest numbers here gradually reveal themselves to be major works: on first listen, for example, "Papa Hobo" struck me as a throwaway; but now I am knocked out by its sly beauty, by that crazy bass harmonica...and by the shift to falsetto that communicates not cuteness but merely Simon's joy in this gorgeous music. The whole album's like that: as if he didn't even know he was being watched.
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