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There Goes Rhymin' Simon

Paul Simon Audio CD
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1. Kodachrome
2. Tenderness
3. Take Me To The Mardi Gras
4. Something So Right
5. One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor
6. American Tune
7. Was A Sunny Day
8. Learn How To Fall
9. St. Judy's Comet
10. Loves Me Like a Rock
11. Let Me Live In Your City (Work In Progress)
12. Take Me To The Mardi Gras (Acoustic Demo)
13. American Tune (Unfinished Demo)
14. Loves Me Like A Rock (Acoustic Demo)

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In the early 1970s, Paul Simon sounded old before his time: while his harder-rocking peers were hanging on to themes of youthful rebellion and romantic obsession, Simon, already a pop veteran who'd notched records since his teens, focused on the smaller details and defining quirks of real life. His second solo album finds him regarding the passage of time and the fragility of relationships with his usual mix of smart-aleck observations and gentler, more deeply felt melancholy. "Kodachrome" was a breezy delight upon its release that now sounds prescient in its backwards glance at myths of youth, "An American Tune" sustains its mood of graceful maturity against a Bach-inspired guitar arrangement that's still gorgeous, and "Something So Right" remains Simon's most luminous declaration of love. Actually produced in varied studios with shifting session bands (including the chameleons in the Muscle Shoals Sound section), the set also introduced the Roches and notched Simon's first plunge into gospel on "Loves Me Like A Rock". --Sam Sutherland

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The Dixie Hummingbirds and Muscle Shoals house band brought gospel and R&B flavors to this #3 smash ('73). This masterpiece is bookended by the #2 hits Kodachrome and Loves Me Like a Rock and features the stately American Tune , another Top 40 hit. Includes demos of those last two tunes and Take Me to the Mardi Gras plus the work in progress Let Me Live in Your City !

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Album By Paul SImon Gone Solo! Aug. 30 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album represented Paul Simon's realization of his full abilities hinted to so well in the previous albums both with Simon and Garfunkel and then as a solo artist. This album provocatively showcases Simon's unique talents and creative interests with an eclectic, wide-ranging, and gorgeously produced solo effort. From the haunting rhythms and wry lyrics of "Kodachrome" to the tender and sensitive emotions expressed so well in "Something So Right", we sense more than a little autobiographical influence in all the songs. Simon's lyrical genius is displayed in spades here, from "American Tune" to "Learn How to Fall" to the joyous "Loves Me Like A Rock", and we can tell that this is an artist in full bloom and enjoying his singular ability to deliver a wide range of songs with a panorama of emotions and telling personal observations so artfully expressed that it is a wonder to listen to them. This is an album one must listen to appreciate, and the new directions Simon began with this album have now stretched out in a dozen or so albums and compilations. This is a terrific album for a man who had the courage and nerve to deliberately walk away from a phenomenally successful situation as half of Simon and Garfunkel to follow his own artistic heart. I highly recommend it. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp Songwriting And Timeless Music June 16 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When this album first debuted in 1973, it was regarded as Simon's masterpiece. He had freed himself from Simon and Garfunkel and stepped out on his own with excursions into other genres of music. His first solo album had reggae. This one has gospel, a little dixieland, and a lot of great music. Kodachrome is as sharp and witty as it was 25 years ago. Loves Me Like A Rock is a lot of fun. American Tune is Bach meets Bridge Over Troubled Water, the most important song on this album. Simon would attempt other genres of music and have even more successful albums later on in his career. This remains one of the most successful and most enjoyable albums in his catalog.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Paul Simon ... with bonus material! April 19 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was a favourite album during my college years. It brings back many happy memories, and reminds me of just how consistently entertaining Paul Simon has been through the years!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Quirky, Serious...Rhymin' Simon April 5 2003
By Emily
Format:Audio CD
The first thing that occurs to me about this album is that Paul Simon is written all over it. Well, not literally, but I really enjoy this album because it almost seems like the prototypical Simon album. Well no, each of his solo albums have been so unique. But anyway, "Rhymin' Simon" has just about everything you could ask for, this time around with a really great gospel-ish slant. So, let's see what we have here:
-Kodachrome: the commercial hit of the album, and it's a great song; fun, upbeat, and truly unique. It's a classic; there's no other saong like it...and I love the lyrics--this man could write a song about AnYthinG.
-Tenderness: Here's some of the gospel element (thanks to the Dixie Hummingbirds--they rule), a slower, more pensive song dealing with a reality of human relationships--now you've got to love the way he writes songs not about "LOVE" but you know, tenderness/brutal honesty/truth...
-...Mardi Gras: Here's a little Cajun flair, a song that I almost wish would move more, but it's fun and an interesting departure for Simon.
-Something So Right: Pretty...honest reflection on personality/relationships...but too lush and produced for my tast.
-One Man's Ceiling...: I love this song. My favorite on side one (ok, I admit I'm sticking to the LP) Simon sounds sOUlful on this, man...gospel-y, fun, but not ToO fun :) The title sums up the song, which is a quirky little insight but works amazingly well for the topic of a song!
-American Tune: I think this is a very beautiful song, a really simple melody, weary, almost timeless I think. The words are simple but powerful (though some say pretentious). But this is not pretentious--it's indescribably 'what it is.' Oh well, the bridge is my favorite part, it's earnest but never cloying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get used to something this right... Oct. 14 2002
Format:Audio CD
A more commercial release than his first post S&G album, this finds Simon having more fun than he's ever had making music. Unsurprisingly it took him a mere (by his standards) 18 months between "Paul Simon" and this release, although the lack of a tour behind the earlier album may have contributed to this lack of delay as well.
"Something So Right", "Learn How To Fall" and "St. Judy's Comet" are all highly overlooked Simon classics, but they're every bit as good as the more familiar hits, such as "Kodachrome", "Loves Me Like A Rock" and "American Tune", which contains possibly his strongest set of lyrics ever, even if he did pinch the melody.
All in all this fits in Simon's top 5, along with the rare but essential "Song Book", "Bookends", "Hearts and Bones" and "The Rhythm Of The Saints".
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4.0 out of 5 stars One man's classic is another man's bore July 12 2002
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
"There Goes Rhymin' Simon" may well be the Paul Simon album that best guarantees that you will find a song you love and a song you cannot stand among the four big hits: "Kodachrome," "One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor," "American Tune," and "Loves Me Like A Rock." (As Groucho Marx once pointed out to an audience during the film "Animal Crackers," "They can't all be good. You have to expect that every once in a while"). From my side of the street I love "American Tune" and was happy it was performed at the Simon & Garfunkle Central Park concert because I always thought it was the Paul Simon song that was most like a Simon & Garfunkle song. Then "One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor" is the one that gives me the willies every time I hear the beginning piano scales. Maybe it is a subconscious reminder of piano lessons, who knows. The cuteness pendulum swings back and forth between "Kodachrome" and "Loves Me Like A Rock" but they are clearly intended to be fun songs. In retrospect, "There Goes Rhymin' Simon" was another step in Simon's evolution as he went to great pains to redefine himself as a solo artist. Ironically, given that Simon often proved himself a master poet (e.g., "Sounds of Silence," "I Am a Rock," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," etc.), the album with a title focusing on the poetic side of the equation really does not offer up a first-rate example of the man's lyricism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now the years are rolling by me
For me this is Paul Simon at his best, with excellent performances of American Tune, Duncan or The Boxer. Read more
Published on Dec 4 2003 by Gonzalo
2.0 out of 5 stars ouch
my least favorite simon album. the writing is forced and inconsistent. not very good.
Published on Dec 3 2003 by Taylor M. Nash
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds Kinda Childish after all these years,still good...
...though there's only one cut here I still really enjoy,even if it's name is a little pretentious... Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2002 by S. Henkels
4.0 out of 5 stars Simon's Tunes
There Goes Rhymin' Simon is another lyrically rich album from master tunesmith Paul Simon. Mr. Simon has the ability to articulate his lyrics in a story like landscape that few... Read more
Published on May 31 2001 by Thomas Magnum
2.0 out of 5 stars a low, but still better than most pop records
This is probably Paul Simon's second worst record (after the dismal "Songs from the Capeman", and not counting the first three Simon and Garfunkel records). Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Singer/Songwriter Excellence! One of the all-time best!
Paul Simon has always been a thinking man's pop star. His ecletic tastes run the gamut from folk to jazz to rock. Read more
Published on March 22 2000 by Bob Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Every song on the album hits home
There are few albums where every song stays with you for years. This is one of those rarities. Since I first heard this album on my Dad's old record player as a kid until now, the... Read more
Published on Oct. 6 1999
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