Saturday, 25 August 2018

Paul Simon

Paul Simon is a truly wonderful songwriter, as his time with Simon & Garfunkel showed, and it continued throughout his solo career which has now been over four times as long as the partnership with Garfunkel. He has a fetching mellifluous voice and a mastery of subtle and sensitive lyricism that go together so well.

I first heard his solo work in the early seventies with the reggae-influenced "Me And Julio Down At The Schoolyard" and "Mother And Child Reunion" but it was the New Orleans jazz of "Take Me To The Mardi Gras" that really confirmed me as a fan. I can still remember listening to it on a tiny transistor radio in the kitchen in my childhood home, and thinking "wow, what a great record...". I loved the atmosphere on it, and the way Simon's gentle voice just sort of you invited you in.

The world music adventures of the mid-eighties were a superb renaissance after a quiet period and his career his continued giving us quality ever since. He is genuinely one of music's finest singer-songwriters. I challenge anyone to listen to any Paul Simon album and not get something out of it, at some point.


Click on the title for a more detailed review.

Paul Simon (1972)
There Goes Rhymin' Simon (1973)
Still Crazy After All These Years (1975)
One-Trick Pony (1980)
Hearts And Bones (1983)
Graceland (1986)
The Rhythm Of The Saints (1990)
Songs From The Capeman (1997)
You're The One (2000)
Surprise (2006)
So Beautiful Or So What (2011)
Stranger To Stranger (2016)
In The Blue Light (2018)

All Paul Simon Live Recordings

Paul Simon: The Complete Albums Collection

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