Paul Simon [Bonus Tracks]

Paul Simon [Bonus Tracks]

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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… See more details below

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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. [In 2004, Warner Strategic Marketing reissued Simon's studio albums as remastered editions with bonus tracks, packaged in a cardboard digipack. The remastering on Paul Simon is particularly startling -- it's crystal clear, yet warm, easily the best-sounding version of this album yet pressed. The three previously unreleased bonus tracks on Paul Simon are also revelatory, containing a demo of "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" with a different verse and a radically different version of "Duncan," which contains a different narrative than the final version. The third bonus track is an alternate version of "Paranoia Blues" that is more relaxed and laid-back than the album version.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2004
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227889920
catalogNumber:
78899

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Simon   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Stefan Grossman   Guitar,Bottleneck Guitar
Ron Carter   Bass,Bass Guitar
Stéphane Grappelli   Violin
Fred Lipsius   Horn
Jerry Hahn   Electric Guitar
Incas   Flute,Percussion,Charango
Airto Moreira   Percussion
Hal Blaine   Drums
Hux Brown   Guitar
Cissy Houston   Vocals,Background Vocals
Russell George   Bass,Bass Guitar
Winston Grennan   Drums
Neville Hinds   Organ
Larry Knechtel   Organ,Piano,Harmonium,Electric Piano
Denzel Laing   Percussion
Mike Mainieri   Vibes
Victor Montanez   Drums
John Schroer   Horn
Von Eva Sims   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Spinozza   Guitar
Steve Turre   Horn
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica,Bass Harmonica
Renelie Stafford   Vocals,Background Vocals
Deidre Tuck   Vocals
Michael Manieri   Vibes
Wallace "Red Rat" Wilson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Joe Osborn   Bass,Bass Guitar
Huks Brown   Guitar
Denzil Lang   Percussion
Dierdre Tuck   Background Vocals
Jackie Jackson   Bass,Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Paul Simon   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Stéphane Grappelli   Composer
Roy Halee   Producer,Engineer,Remixing,Audio Production
George Horn   Mastering
Bill Inglot   Remastering
Phil Ramone   Engineer
Daniel Hersch   Remastering

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