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Paul Simon


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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 (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,744 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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By Taylor M. Nash on Dec 3 2003
Format: Audio CD
great cd. any paul simon fan should have this one. creative and well written and consistent. run that body down and papa hobo are my favorites.
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This is a great album, my father bought this record when it first came out in the 70's, he loved it and now so do I. Everybody who I played this album for like it also, I played the song Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard for a friend, she loved it bought the album, and now listens to it all the time :o)
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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
Format: Audio CD
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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By A Customer on April 6 2002
Format: Audio CD
It's probably my age showing more than anything else, but after all of the time that Paul Simon's been a singer and songwriter in his own light, it's this gem of an album that I still find to be my favorite of everything he's done on his own. The production is simple, the songs are direct and engaging and there aren't any over-arching themes here....just a troubador singing his songs and telling his tales. Personal favorite: "Paranoia Blues," funny and unsettling at the same time. Whatever DID happen to the man's Chow Fong???
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