Paul Simon The Essential Paul Simon (2-CD)

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Format: CD  (2 Discs)
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: October 25, 2010
  • Label: Sony

Entertainment Reviews:

Q (Magazine) - p.153
4 stars out of 5 -- "Several fine songs from 2006's SURPRISE prove that Simon still remains a master of his craft."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Mother and Child Reunion
  • 2.Loves Me Like a Rock
  • 3.Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
  • 4.Duncan
  • 5.Kodachrome
  • 6.50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
  • 7.Slip Slidin' Away
  • 8.Gone at Last - (featuring Phoebe Snow)
  • 9.Something So Right
  • 10.Late in the Evening
  • 11.Hearts and Bones
  • 12.Take Me to the Mardi Gras
  • 13.That Was Your Mother
  • 14.American Tune
  • 15.Peace Like a River
  • 16.Stranded in a Limosine
  • 17.Train in the Distance
  • 18.The Late Great Johnny Ace
  • 19.Still Crazy After All These Years

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Graceland
  • 2.Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
  • 3.The Boy in the Bubble
  • 4.You Can Call Me Al
  • 5.Under African Skies
  • 6.The Obvious Child
  • 7.Born at the Right Time
  • 8.The Cool, Cool River
  • 9.Spirit Voices
  • 10.Adios Hermanos
  • 11.Born in Puerto Rico
  • 12.Quality
  • 13.Darling Lorraine
  • 14.Hurricane Eye
  • 15.Father and Daughter
  • 16.Outrageous
  • 17.Wartime Prayers

Product Description:

Photographer: Gary Heery.
Are 36 songs enough to truly encompass the "essential" items in the catalog of a master craftsman like Paul Simon? Probably not, but it's a healthy dose, and a damned fine anthology regardless. Roughly chronological in sequence, THE ESSENTIAL PAUL SIMON focuses exclusively on the folk-rock hero's post-Garfunkel days, and follows his maturation as a songwriter and record-maker. In retrospect, it quickly becomes apparent that the cross-genre concoctions of his celebrated 1986 album, GRACELAND, had been part of his modus operandi all along: see the reggae lilt of "Mother and Child Reunion," the salsa flavor of "Late in the Evening," and the gospel glow of "Loves Me Like a Rock." Whatever the musical mode, every song on this satisfying collection is powered by Simon's rocket-science harmonic know-how and vivid poetic imagery, making this a powerful musical snapshot of an artist constantly in motion.

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  • Sales Rank: 30,237
  • UPC: 886977867927
  • Shipping Weight: 0.24/lbs (approx)
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