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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released five years after Warner's last Paul Simon comp, the single-disc The Paul Simon Collection: On My Way, Don't Know Where I'm Goin', the double-disc The Essential Paul Simon is a full 17 tracks heftier than its predecessor and contains all but one of its 19 songs MIA is the latter-day "Love," which only hardcore fans will recognize as from You're the One, and they're not quite the market for this set anyway. It's also slimmer than the 1993 box Paul Simon 1964/1993, which spanned three discs but also encompassed his '60s recordings with Art Garfunkel, plus a single the duo recorded as Tom & Jerry, along with selections from his solo debut, The Paul ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released five years after Warner's last Paul Simon comp, the single-disc The Paul Simon Collection: On My Way, Don't Know Where I'm Goin', the double-disc The Essential Paul Simon is a full 17 tracks heftier than its predecessor and contains all but one of its 19 songs MIA is the latter-day "Love," which only hardcore fans will recognize as from You're the One, and they're not quite the market for this set anyway. It's also slimmer than the 1993 box Paul Simon 1964/1993, which spanned three discs but also encompassed his '60s recordings with Art Garfunkel, plus a single the duo recorded as Tom & Jerry, along with selections from his solo debut, The Paul Simon Songbook -- it was ambitious, where this compilation is efficient, picking up after the parting of ways with Garfunkel and running straight through until 2006's Surprise. The sequencing isn't strictly chronological -- some songs are shuffled around for effect, with "Still Crazy After All These Years" closing the first, while "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" is cleverly followed by the zydeco stomp "That Was Your Mother" -- but it roughly divides into having the first disc devoted to the '70s and early '80s, the second devoted to Graceland and beyond. Some might argue that there's too heavy of a Graceland presence here -- a whopping six tracks, over half the album -- but it is his biggest album and functions as a nice transition between his better-known '70s hits and the more esoteric but frequently compelling work that he's done since. And, unlike The Paul Simon Collection, The Essential Paul Simon is designed to introduce fellow travelers to the interesting work he's done since Graceland, as the second disc emphasizes that quite greatly, and it does a good job of it, while also providing a good summary of his best-known and much of his best solo work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2007
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624997009
  • Catalog Number: 159292

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Simon Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, 6-string Electric Bass, Guitar (Nylon String)
John Tropea Electric Guitar
Milton Nascimento Vocals
Naná Vasconcelos Conga, gourd
Patti Austin Background Vocals
Adrian Belew Guitar, Synthesizer Guitar
J.J. Cale Guitar
Linda Ronstadt Vocals
Phoebe Snow Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Brecker Saxophone
Ronnie Cuber Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
Richard Davis Acoustic Bass
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Rob Mounsey Synthesizer
David Sanborn Saxophone
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Grady Tate Drums
Pete Carr Guitar, Electric Guitar
Giovanni Hidalgo Conga
Alex Foster Alto Saxophone
Jackie Jackson Bass
Los Incas Flute, Percussion, Charango
Danny Rivera Coro
Kim Wilson Harmonica
Bob Cranshaw Electric Bass
Airto Moreira Percussion
Ademola Adepoju Pedal Steel Guitar
Francisco Aguabella Conga
Bobby Allende Bongos, Cymbals
Robby Ameen Drums
Mingo Araujo Percussion, Conga, Go Go Bell
John Beal Bass
Barry Beckett Keyboards, Electric Piano
Karen Bernod Background Vocals
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Bobby Bright Background Vocals
Anthony Carrillo Bongos
Elolongue Mbango Catherine Background Vocals
Tony Cedras Keyboards
C.J. Chenier Accordion
Kim Cissel Trombone
Cissy Houston Vocals
Richard Crooks Drums
Ray de la Paz Background Vocals
Don Elliott Vibes
Dan Duggan Hammered Dulcimer
Gordon Edwards Bass
Jay Elfenbein Vihuela
Brian Eno electronics
Steve Gadd Percussion, Drums
Alexander Gafa Guitar
Eric Gale Electric Guitar
Earl Gardner Trumpet
Russell George Bass
Florence Gnimagnon Background Vocals
Morris Goldberg Penny Whistle, Soloist
Myrna Lynn Gomila Background Vocals
Winston Grennan Drums
Paul Griffin Piano
Jamey Haddad Percussion
Juliet Haffner Viola
Roger Hawkins Drums
Oscar Hernandez Synthesizer, Piano
Neville Hinds Organ
David Hood Bass
Anthony Jackson Bass, Contrabass Guitar
Derrick James Background Vocals
Kia Jeffries Background Vocals
Jessy Dixon Singers Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Rev. Claude Jeter Falsetto
Jimmy Johnson Electric Guitar
Larry Knechtel Piano
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Denzel Laing Percussion
Armand Sabal-Lecco Bass
Jay Leonhart Bass
Tony Levin Bass
Jesse Levy Cello
Charlotte M'bango Background Vocals
Michael Mainieri Jr. Marimbas, Vibes
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz Trumpet
Hugh McCracken Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Sid McGinnis Electric Guitar
Marcus Miller Bass
Edgardo Miranda cuatro
Victor Montanez Drums
Isaac Mtshali Drums
Youssou N'Dour Percussion
Vincent Nguini Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Claves
Pino Palladino Bass
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Dean Parks Electric Guitar, Hi String
Greg Phillinganes fender rhodes
Marc Quiñones Conga, Timbales
Mark Rivera Alto Saxophone
Sherman Robertson Guitar
Stewart Rose French Horn
Alan Rubin Trumpet
Alton Rubin Accordion, Drums
Felix Sabal-Lecco Drums
Jimmy Sabater Conga, cowbell
Nestor Sanchez Background Vocals
Bobby Scott Piano
John Selolwane Guitar
Steve Shehan Percussion
Valerie Simpson Background Vocals
David Spinozza Guitar
Richard Tee Piano, fender rhodes
Assane Thaim Percussion
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
The Waters Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Nelson Gonzalez Tres, Plenaro
Makhaya Mahlangu Percussion
Renelie Stafford Vocals
Julia Waters Background Vocals
Ken Asher Organ
Babacar Faye Percussion
Johnny Hoyt Saxophone
Forere Motloheloa Accordion
Leonard Pickett Tenor Saxophone
Rockin' Dopsie & the Cajun Twisters Track Performer
Frankie Negron Falsetto
Wallace Richardson Guitar
Deidre Tuck Vocals
Clifford Carter Celeste, Keyboard Glockenspiel
Ray Vega Trumpet, Soloist
Robin Dimaggio Drums
Chris Eminizer Tenor Saxophone
Chikapa "Ray" Phiri Guitar
Oriente Lopez Organ, Flute
Peter Gordon French Horn
Marcia Butler Oboe
Sean Pulley Background Vocals
Teana Rodriguez Background Vocals
DeWayne Snype Background Vocals
Dionte Sutton Background Vocals
Trent Sutton Background Vocals
Renee Connell-Adams Background Vocals
Ed Vasquez Background Vocals
David "Piro" Rodríguez Trumpet, Soloist
Wallace "Red Rat" Wilson Rhythm Guitar
Joe Osborn Bass
Lourdes Delgado Saxophone
Adriana Simon Vocals
Groupo Cultural OLODUM Drums
Sidinho Moreira Percussion, Conga, Bass Drums, Tambourine, Bottle
Bob James & Creations Keyboards
Ralph McDonald Percussion
David Rubin Washboard
Sal Agron Interviewee
David W. Bageron Trombone
Michael Breacker Saxophone, Soloist
Cyro Captista Percussion
Felicite Fouda Background Vocals
Lewis Michale Soloff Trumpet
Mark Stewart Banjo, Cello, Electric Guitar
Alonzo Johnson Bass
Technical Credits
Paul Simon Composer, Producer
Brian Eno Composer, Sonic Environment
Roy Halee Producer
Dan Hersch Mastering
Bill Inglot Mastering
Marc Quiñones Contributor
Phil Ramone Producer
Paul Samwell-Smith Producer
Joseph Shabalala Composer
Russ Titelman Producer
Lenny Waronker Producer
Vusi Khumalo Producer
Forere Motloheloa Composer
Derek Walcott Composer
The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section Producer
Gabe Pressman Interviewer
Ellen Wakayama Art Direction
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