Paul Simon – Paul Simon (1972/2010) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Paul Simon – Paul Simon (1972/2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 43:12 minutes | 822 MB | Genre: Folk Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Legacy Recordings

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, writes “From the opening cut, ‘Mother and Child Reunion’ (a Top 10 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.”

01. Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion (03:09)
02. Paul Simon – Duncan (04:43)
03. Paul Simon – Everything Put Together Falls Apart (02:01)
04. Paul Simon – Run That Body Down (03:54)
05. Paul Simon – Armistice Day (03:57)
06. Paul Simon – Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard (02:44)
07. Paul Simon – Peace Like a River (03:23)
08. Paul Simon – Papa Hobo (02:35)
09. Paul Simon – Hobo’s Blues (01:20)
10. Paul Simon – Paranoia Blues (02:58)
11. Paul Simon – Congratulations (03:51)
12. Paul Simon – Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard (Demo – San Francisco 2/71) (02:29)
13. Paul Simon – Duncan (Demo – San Francisco 2/71) (02:48)
14. Paul Simon – Paranoia Blues (Unreleased Version) (03:14)

Paul Simon: acoustic guitar, vocals, percussion (10), producer, arranger (all tracks)
Hal Blaine: drums (4, 10, 11)
Huks Brown: lead guitar (1)
Ron Carter: bass (4)
Russel George: bass (6)
Stéphane Grappelli: violin (9)
Winston Grennan: drums (1)
Stefan Grossman: bottleneck guitar (10)
Jerry Hahn: electric guitar (4, 5)
Neville Hinds: organ (1)
Jackie Jackson: bass (1)
Larry Knechtel: piano (1), electric piano (3, 11), harmonium (3, 8), organ (11)
Denzil Laing: percussion (1)
Fred Lipsius: horns (5)
Los Incas: flute, charango, percussion (2)
Mike Mainieri: vibes (4)
Charlie McCoy: bass harmonica (8)
Victor Montanez: drums (7)
Airto Moreira: percussion (5, 6)
Joe Osborn: bass (7, 11)
John Schroer: horns (5, 10)
David Spinozza: acoustic guitar (4, 6)
Steven Turre: horns (10)
Wallace Wilson: rhythm guitar (1)
Cissy Houston, Von Eva Sims, Renelle Stafford and Deirdre Tuck: backing vocals (1)


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