Paul Simon [Remastered & Expanded]

Paul Simon [Remastered & Expanded]

by Paul SimonPaul Simon

CD(German Import)

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If any musical justification were needed for the breakup of Simon & Garfunkel, it could be found on this striking collection, Paul Simon's post-split debut. From the opening cut, "Mother and Child Reunion" (a Top Ten hit), Simon, who had snuck several subtle musical explorations into the generally conservative S&G sound, broke free, heralding the rise of reggae with an exuberant track recorded in Jamaica for a song about death. From there, it was off to Paris for a track in South American style and a rambling story of a fisherman's son, "Duncan" (which made the singles chart). But most of the album had a low-key feel, with Simon on acoustic guitar backed by only a few trusted associates (among them Joe Osborn, Larry Knechtel, David Spinozza, Mike Manieri, Ron Carter, and Hal Blaine, along with such guests as Stefan Grossman, Airto Moreira, and Stephane Grappelli), singing a group of informal, intimate, funny, and closely observed songs (among them the lively Top 40 hit "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard"). It was miles removed from the big, stately ballad style of Bridge Over Troubled Water and signaled that Simon was a versatile songwriter as well as an expressive singer with a much broader range of musical interests than he had previously demonstrated. You didn't miss Art Garfunkel on Paul Simon, not only because Simon didn't write Garfunkel-like showcases for himself, but because the songs he did write showed off his own, more varied musical strengths.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2011
Label: Imports
UPC: 0886978202321
catalogNumber: 5003357
Rank: 25687

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Simon   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion
Stefan Grossman   Guitar
Ron Carter   Bass
Stéphane Grappelli   Violin
Fred Lipsius   Horn
Jerry Hahn   Electric Guitar
Incas   Flute,Percussion,Charango
Airto Moreira   Percussion
Hal Blaine   Drums
Cissy Houston   Vocals
Winston Grennan   Drums
Neville Hinds   Organ
Larry Knechtel   Organ,Piano,Harmonium,Electric Piano
Victor Montanez   Drums
John Schroer   Horn
Von Eva Sims   Vocals
David Spinozza   Guitar
Deirdre Tuck Corley   Vocals
Charlie McCoy   Bass Harmonica
Renelie Stafford   Vocals
Joe Osborn   Bass
Wallace Wilson   Rhythm Guitar
Huks Brown   Guitar
Denzil Lang   Percussion
Russel George   Bass
Steven Turre   Horn
Jackie Jackson   Bass

Technical Credits

Paul Simon   Composer,Producer
Stéphane Grappelli   Composer
Bernard Estardy   Engineer
Ray Halee   Engineer
Roy Halee   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Rudy Hill   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Engineer

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