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iTunes Review

After parting ways with Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon set about crafting a solo album to shuffle him beyond his folk-rock roots. Assists from jazz bassist Ron Carter and Brazilian percussion maestro Airto Moreira turn 1972's Paul Simon into a sophisticated musical melting pot. "Run That Body Down" is a bass-driven foray over to the bluesy side, while the iconic "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" is shot through with an undeniable Latin swing. As ever, Simon's lyrics stay witty and quotable.

Customer Reviews

First times the charm

I would have to say that this is my favorite album of all time. However, it its extremely underrated. For complexity, people pick Graceland as the pinnacle of Paul's work. However, for sheer, simple beauty, this album rules supreme. If you are one who enjoys a masterfully-built, simplistic album with few just a few instruments and Simon's amazing voice, get this album. Jack Johnson pales in comparison. The lyrics sum up this review: (from "Duncan") "I was playing my guitar, lying underneath the stars, just thanking the lord for my fingers...for my fingers."

Touched Me Deeply

I agree with the iTunes reviewer, you felt much less disappointed about the breakup of Simon & Garfunkel after you heard this album. This one and the next one, "There Goes Rhymin' Simon", touched me deeply. I was kind of alienated myself, and here Paul continues a bit of that alienation that he wrote about during S&G. Mixed in with some extremely whimsical songs and subtle rhythms and melodies. And a ton of acoustic guitar. This has got to be one of my top 5 or 10 albums of all time, along with Abbey Road and Sweet Baby James and The White Album and SMiLE and Bridge Over Troubled Water, etc.

Perfect Paul

Paul Simon is my favorite musician of all time and yet I didn't own this album or know some of these songs until I'd been listening to him for 20 years. Oops. Anyway, there are so many wonderful and underplayed songs here... Paranoia Blues, Duncan, Papa Hobo, etc etc. If you love Paul or just excellent songwriting, you need this.

Biography

Born: October 13, 1941 in Newark, NJ

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Paul Simon was one of the most successful and respected songwriters of the second half of the 20th century. Rising to fame in the mid-'60s, Simon's songs were mature and literate, but also melodically engaging, and spoke to the concerns and uncertainties of a generation. As the 1960s gave way to the '70s and '80s, Simon's work tended to focus on the personal rather than the larger world, but he also expanded his musical palette, and helped introduce many rock and pop fans to world music. Paul Frederic...
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