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|1. Mother And Child Reunion|
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|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|
|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)|
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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Moving away from the S&G sound (Simon says that he couldn't see the point of regurgitating that style (although Duncan does have a little bit of El Condor Pasa feel to it)), he seems lyrical to be taking a breath & taking stock, with most of the tracks having quite simple arrangements.
The first in a trilogy of records Simon released in the 70's ("He comes Rhyming Simon" & "Still Crazy after all these Years" being the other two), with each having a simple low-fi style to them, but with the continue success of his "Graceland" album, they seemed to have been forgotten a little, which is a real shame as they are outstanding original sounding records.
The three extra tracks are all demos, but considering the album does at time sound like a demo, the tracks are pretty close to the originals.
I did buy this album on vinyl back in the day, after exhausting S&G's back-catalogue, but as not impressed at first, so this is your first Simon solo album it may take a little why to get your head around, but stick with it because this was Paul Simon really flexing his creative muscle & taking quite a big commercial risk.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Fine album. Flat. Quiet. Arrived on time. What more to ask for (content is subjective)?Published 23 months ago by B3nny
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.Published on Dec 3 2003 by Taylor M. Nash
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2003
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... Read morePublished on April 6 2002
I bought this record when I was a teenager, shortly after it came out, which would make me four-ur-eh-something. I wore out the record. When I put the CD on it all came back. Read morePublished on March 13 2002 by Michael Carlino
Probably a 5-star if it was anyone else,but I put Paul on the same level as the three (not 4) ex-Beatles,and Brian Wilson solo. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2002 by Hans Castorp
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... Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2001 by jgc