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  • Audio CD (Nov. 16 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0042OZDRK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,127 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After Simon & Garfunkel broke up, Paul continued to do right by Columbia and his fans, releasing album after astonishingly successful album. Here are 36 essentials from those: his hits Mother and Child Reunion; Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard; Duncan; Kodachrome; Loves Me Like a Rock; 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover; Still Crazy After All These Years; Slip Slidin' Away; Late in the Evening; You Can Call Me Al; Graceland; The Boy in the Bubble , and more!

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While the restless artisanship of Paul Simon's music has been previously anthologized more than once, this double-disc-plus-DVD set instantly takes its place as the most comprehensive yet musically insightful overview of his solo career. Six tracks from the singer's Grammy-winning triumph Graceland, the 1986 collection that both reinvented Simon's career and pushed world music into a well-deserved spotlight, serve as the collection's focal point. They bridge the more traditional '70s singer-songwriter fare Simon pursued after his split with partner Art Garfunkel and the often openly experimental avenues that more recently led to his rewarding 2006 collaboration with Brian Eno, Surprise. Simon's innate artistic curiosity is further underscored by the album's creative sequencing, which eschews strict chronology for a tack that weaves the songs into a more musically and thematically cohesive tapestry. The bonus DVD culls together visual materials that range from the expected videos (including a turn with Mickey Mantle in the early "Me and Julio," the signature, Chevy Chase-starring "You Can Call Me Al," "The Boy in the Bubble," and "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" from Graceland) and TV performances that include a plaintive "Mrs. Robinson" from a 1970 Dick Cavett show and three era-spanning appearances on Saturday Night Live, including a warm 1976 duet with George Harrison on "Homeward Bound" that legend says was nearly the catalyst for a full onstage Beatles reunion. --Jerry McCulley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By From the Musician's Pen TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 20 2013
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Paul Simon has so many compilation CD's... and NONE of them have EVERY hit or great song! Even his box set is missing tracks. I like that this CD focusses only on his solo career, as the Simon & Garfunkel era deserves its own CD or collection. I also like that it's a 2-CD set with both CD's quite full of music and very good sound quality.

The first CD contains 19 pre-Graceland songs. The second CD contains 17 songs from Graceland to 2006, his latest releases. Graceland is represented with 5 tracks, and Rhythm of the Saints is represented with 4 tracks.

All the songs from the single CD "Negotiations and Love Songs 1971-1986" are here, except for "St. Judy's Comet", "Have a good Time", and "Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War". Nice to have "Duncan", "Gone at Last", "Stranded in a Limousine" and "American Tune" included.

A worthy condenter for best Paul Simon collection.... until the next one comes out! HA HA!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy E. Middleton on Feb. 6 2009
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The title of this retrospective collection of Paul Simon's solo work is absolutely accurate. The two CDs cover much of Simon career after he left Art Garfunkel. The real strengths are in his earlier work up until Graceland, his masterpiece album. Some of his later work for film and stage are more simplistic. The three tracks from his Broadway musical, The Capeman, explain why the run of the show was curtailed. Simon is obviously a musical genius, but at times his lyrics can be silly, and some of the later songs demonstrate this weakness. However, those final songs are outnumbered by so many great hits like "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", "Me and Julio", "Mother and Child Reunion", "You Can Call Me Al", and many, many more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Lipinski on Dec 16 2013
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very good! I liked the music very much, play it all the time. Some songs I never heard of but that's ok.
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By Doug Keon on Sept. 19 2014
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It's got pretty-much got it all and sounds great digitally remastered.
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By dsokDonna on March 30 2015
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What can I say....great stuff!!
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