Songwriter

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The title makes plain the intention of Paul Simon on this 2011 double-disc set: the focus is not on the hits but the songs, to the extent that his most famous song is not performed either by him solo or with Art Garfunkel, it is sung by Aretha Franklin, a selection that suggests this compilation will be more idiosyncratic than it is. Many of the songs that are Simon's solo staples -- "Mother and Child Reunion," "Kodachrome," "American Tune," "Late in the Evening," "Still Crazy After All These Years," "Graceland," "The Boy in the Bubble" -- are here, enough to almost camouflage the big songs that are missing in action, including "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The title makes plain the intention of Paul Simon on this 2011 double-disc set: the focus is not on the hits but the songs, to the extent that his most famous song is not performed either by him solo or with Art Garfunkel, it is sung by Aretha Franklin, a selection that suggests this compilation will be more idiosyncratic than it is. Many of the songs that are Simon's solo staples -- "Mother and Child Reunion," "Kodachrome," "American Tune," "Late in the Evening," "Still Crazy After All These Years," "Graceland," "The Boy in the Bubble" -- are here, enough to almost camouflage the big songs that are missing in action, including "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," "Duncan," "Slip Slidin' Away," and "You Can Call Me Al." All these are casualties of a concept that allows for Simon to spend the entirety of the second disc on albums released since 1990, a move that fits the aesthetic -- there's no dip in quality -- but is sure to disgruntle listeners who only want the songs they know by heart. But there are plenty of compilations for those kind of fans; for listeners who want to get a strong overview of Simon the writer, containing many but not all of his best songs, Songwriter is a solid choice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2011
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886979651623
  • Catalog Number: 796417
  • Sales rank: 1,157

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Simon Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Bells, Hi String, Guitar (Nylon String)
The Dixie Hummingbirds Vocals
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Vocals
Milton Nascimento Vocals
Naná Vasconcelos Conga, Triangle, Berimbau, gourd
The Everly Brothers Vocals
Aretha Franklin Piano, Vocals
Billy Preston Organ
Ringo Starr Guitar
Michael Brecker Saxophone, EWI, Soloist
King Curtis Tenor Saxophone
Richard Davis Acoustic Bass
Bob James Keyboards, Woodwind
Quincy Jones Conductor
Hubert Laws Flute, Soloist
Rob Mounsey Synthesizer
Chuck Rainey Electric Bass
Grady Tate Drums
Giovanni Hidalgo Conga
Alex Foster Alto Saxophone
The Harptones Background Vocals
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Jackie Jackson Bass
Steve Gorn Bansuri, Bamboo Flute
Danny Rivera Coro
Kim Wilson Harmonica
Bob Cranshaw Bass, Electric Bass
Airto Moreira Percussion
Clifton Anderson Trombone
Francisco Aguabella Conga
Bobby Allende Bongos, Cymbals
Robby Ameen Drums
Mingo Araujo Percussion, Conga, Triangle
Cyro Baptista Percussion
Dave Bargeron Euphonium
John Beal Bass
Barry Beckett Keyboards, Electric Piano
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Bobby Bright Background Vocals
Tony Cedras Accordion, Keyboards
Don Chacal Percussion, Bata, gourd
Cissy Houston Background Vocals
Richard Crooks Drums
Ray de la Paz Background Vocals
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Charles Doherty Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jay Elfenbein Vihuela
Brian Eno electronics
Steve Gadd Drums
Alexander Gafa Guitar
Eric Gale Guitar
Earl Gardner Trumpet
Winston Grennan Drums
Paul Griffin Piano
Jamey Haddad Percussion
Harry Lookofsky Concert Master
Roger Hawkins Drums
Oscar Hernandez Synthesizer, Piano
Neville Hinds Organ
David Hood Bass
Errol Ince Trumpet
Anthony Jackson Contrabass Guitar
Jimmy Johnson Electric Guitar
Larry Knechtel Piano
Skip La Plante Harp
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Jeanne LeBlanc Celli
Armand Sabal-Lecco Bass
Jay Leonhart Bass
Tony Levin Bass
Jesse Levy Cello
Richard Locker Celli
Ray Lucas Drums
Mike Mainieri Marimbas
Alain Mallet Pump Organ
Rick Marotta Drums
Lois Martin Viola
Hugh McCracken Acoustic Guitar
Marcus Miller Bass
Edgardo Miranda cuatro
Clyde Mitchell Trumpet
Victor Montanez Drums
Youssou N'Dour Percussion
Vincent Nguini Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Claves
Pino Palladino Bass
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Dean Parks Electric Guitar, Hi String
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer
Ray Phiri Guitar
Marc Quiñones Conga
Mark Rivera Alto Saxophone
David Rodriguez Trumpet, Soloist
Stewart Rose French Horn
Jimmy Sabater cowbell
Nestor Sanchez Background Vocals
Bobby Scott Piano
John Selolwane Guitar
Steve Shehan Bass, Percussion, Saz, Djembe, talking drum, Angklung, Crotale, Brushes, Resonator, Glass Harp
Von Eva Sims Background Vocals
Pamela Sklar Flute
David Spinozza Guitar
Richard Tee Synthesizer, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Assane Thaim Percussion
The Waters Vocals
Vusi Khumalo Drums
Nelson Gonzalez Tres, Plenaro
Diane Lesser English Horn
Makhaya Mahlangu Percussion
Renelie Stafford Background Vocals
The Sweethearts of Soul Background Vocals
Sara Cutler Flute
Babacar Faye Percussion
Leonard Pickett Tenor Saxophone
Frankie Negron Falsetto
Wallace Richardson Guitar
Deidre Tuck Background Vocals
Elizabeth Mann Flute
Clifford Carter Celeste
Ray Vega Trumpet, Soloist
Charles Pillow Clarinet
Robin Dimaggio Drums
Chris Eminizer Tenor Saxophone
Bakithi Kumalo Bass
Chikapa "Ray" Phiri Guitar
Oriente Lopez Flute
Peter Gordon French Horn
Marcia Butler Oboe
Sean Pulley Background Vocals
Teana Rodriguez Background Vocals
Dionte Sutton Background Vocals
Trent Sutton Background Vocals
Isaac Mitshali Drums
Joe Osborn Bass
Wallace Wilson Rhythm Guitar
Sidinho Moreira Percussion
Yo Yo De La Nelson Chakeire
Yacouba Sissoko Kora
Desiree Elsevier Viola
Huks Brown Guitar
David Fink Bass
Rafael Rabello Classical Guitar
Mick Rossi Piano
Vincent Lionti Viola
Mark Stewart Dobro, Cello, Electric Guitar, Sitar
Demola Adepoju Pedal Steel Guitar
Adrian Simon Vocals
Hugh Maskela Flugelhorn
Juliet Hafner Viola
Grupo Cultural Olodum Drums
Sidinho Bongos, Conga, Tambourine
Peter Carr Guitar
Denzil Lang Percussion
Rob Sabino Piano
Anthony Carillo Bongos
Jim Oblon Drums
Wells Christie Synclavier
Myrna Gomila Background Vocals
Mary Abt Clarinet
Bathiki Kumalo Bass
Abe Laborial Bass
Forere Mothoeloa Accordion
Technical Credits
Milton Nascimento Composer
Paul Simon Composer, Producer, Whistle
Gil Goldstein Arranger
Bob James Wind Arrangements
Quincy Jones String Arrangements
The Harptones Vocal Arrangements
Georges Delerue Orchestration
Jim Boyer Engineer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Dave Grusin Horn Arrangements
Tom Dowd Producer
Roy Halee Producer, Engineer, Musical Supervision
George Horn Mastering
Ted Jensen Mastering
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Arif Mardin Producer
Jerry Masters Engineer
Mazzola rhythm arrangement
Del Newman String Arrangements
Vincent Nguini Guitar Arrangements
Gene Paul Mastering
Roger Quested Engineer
Phil Ramone Producer, Engineer
Paul Samwell-Smith Producer
Joseph Shabalala Composer
Russ Titelman Producer
Allen Toussaint Horn Arrangements
Jerry Wexler Producer
Andy Smith Engineer
Jay Vicari Engineer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Derek Walcott Composer
Mary Ellen Matthews Cover Photo
Teana Rodriguez Duet
Chuck Close Liner Notes
The Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section Producer
Rich Travali Engineer
Myrna Gomila Duet
Tom Moon Liner Notes
Forere Mothoeloa Composer
Stacey Forster Engineer
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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    It contains 'Darling Lorraine.' That make the deal as far as it being the Paul Simon songwriter CD.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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