There Goes Rhymin' Simon [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Retaining the buoyant musical feel of Paul Simon, but employing a more produced sound, There Goes Rhymin' Simon found Paul Simon writing and performing with assurance and venturing into soulful and R&B-oriented music. Simon returned to the kind of vocal pyrotechnics heard on the Simon & Garfunkel records by using gospel singers. On "Love Me Like a Rock" and "Tenderness" which sounded as though it could have been written to Art Garfunkel, the Dixie Hummingbirds sang prominent backup vocals, and on "Take Me to the Mardi Gras," Reverend Claude Jeter contributed a falsetto part that Garfunkel could have handled, though not as warmly. For several tracks, Simon ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Retaining the buoyant musical feel of Paul Simon, but employing a more produced sound, There Goes Rhymin' Simon found Paul Simon writing and performing with assurance and venturing into soulful and R&B-oriented music. Simon returned to the kind of vocal pyrotechnics heard on the Simon & Garfunkel records by using gospel singers. On "Love Me Like a Rock" and "Tenderness" which sounded as though it could have been written to Art Garfunkel, the Dixie Hummingbirds sang prominent backup vocals, and on "Take Me to the Mardi Gras," Reverend Claude Jeter contributed a falsetto part that Garfunkel could have handled, though not as warmly. For several tracks, Simon traveled to the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios to play with its house band, getting a variety of styles, from the gospel of "Love Me Like a Rock" to the Dixieland of "Mardi Gras." Simon was so confident that he even included a major ballad statement of the kind he used to give Garfunkel to sing: "American Tune" was his musical State of the Union, circa 1973, but this time Simon was up to making his big statements in his own voice. Though that song spoke of "the age's most uncertain hour," otherwise Rhymin' Simon was a collection of largely positive, optimistic songs of faith, romance, and commitment, concluding, appropriately, with a lullaby "St. Judy's Comet" and a declaration of maternal love "Loves Me Like a Rock" -- in other words, another mother-and-child reunion that made Paul Simon and There Goes Rhymin' Simon bookend masterpieces Simon would not improve upon despite some valiant attempts until Graceland in 1986. [In 2004, Warner Strategic Marketing reissued Simon's studio albums as remastered editions with bonus tracks, packaged in a cardboard digipack. The remastering on There Goes Rhymin' Simon is as excellent as it is on Paul Simon -- it's crystal clear, yet warm, easily the best-sounding version of this album yet pressed. Rhymin' Simon contains four previously unreleased bonus tracks. The first is "Let Me Live in Your City" -- billed as a "work-in-progress," it's an early version of "Something So Right" with a different chorus. The remainder of the bonus tracks are rather revelatory solo acoustic demos of "Take Me to the Mardi Gras," "American Tune" which is unfinished, and "Loves Me Like a Rock" which contains a slightly different final verse.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/2006
  • Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
  • UPC: 081227890056
  • Catalog Number: 278900

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Simon Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
The Dixie Hummingbirds Background Vocals
Richard Davis Bass Guitar, Acoustic Bass
Bob James Keyboards
Grady Tate Drums
Pete Carr Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bob Cranshaw Bass, Electric Bass, Bass Guitar
Airto Moreira Percussion
Barry Beckett Piano, Keyboards, Vibes
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Don Elliott Vibes
Gordon Edwards Bass, Bass Guitar
Alexander Gafa Guitar
Paul Griffin Piano
Roger Hawkins Percussion, Drums
David Hood Bass, Bass Guitar
Rev. Claude Jeter Vocals, Background Vocals, Falsetto
Jimmy Johnson Electric Guitar
Rick Marotta Drums
Onward Brass Band Horn
Jerry Puckett Guitar
Vernie Robbins Bass, Bass Guitar
Bobby Scott Piano
David Spinozza Guitar
Carson Whitsett Organ
Terre Roche Vocals, Background Vocals
James Straud Drums
Carson Witsett Organ
Maggie Roche Vocals, Background Vocals
Bobby James Keyboards
Jimmy Johnson Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
The Dixie Hummingbirds Vocal Group
Paul Simon Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Quincy Jones String Arrangements
Muscle Shoals Horns Audio Production
Milton Glaser Cover Design
Roy Halee Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Remastering
Jerry Masters Engineer
Del Newman String Arrangements
Roger Quested Engineer
Phil Ramone Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Paul Samwell-Smith Producer, Audio Production
Allen Toussaint Horn Arrangements
Gerald Stephenson Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Just plain great to listen to

    While Simon's albums that precede and follow this one ('Paul Simon' and 'Still Crazy...') are two of his masterpieces, I prefer this one based on pure listenability. The five songs cut with the Muscle Shoals Rythym Section are absolute perfection--but my favorite cut just may be "Was A Sunny Day" a silly sing-a-long with the Roches.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Fun, Politics, and a little Gospel Music

    There is one great song after another here. It seems impossible that one man could write this many classic tunes for a single album but that's what we have here. If he had lived a few hundred years ago, people would argue that more than one person wrote them (the way they argue about the works of Shakespeare) but there is no mistaking the artistry of this man. It's a pleasure and a privilege to experience the songs of Paul Simon.

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