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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Ten Of The Best: Paul Simon (3)



After his split with Art Garfunkel in the early 1970s, Paul Simon has gone on to produce some fine records and some not quite so good — but big kudos to him for experimenting and trying out different kinds of songs and rhythms. When Graceland came out in 1986 I remember listening in stunned admiration and mounting excitement to You Can Call Me Al and The Boy in the Bubble, which were released as singles and played a lot on the radio at the time. Every song on this album is a gem. I also really like So Beautiful or So What from 2011, in which he returns to proper, traditional songwriting, and the recent Stranger to Stranger. Here's Wristband from this album. Such a cool vibe! I love it.

4 comments:

George said...

The constant innovation and experimentation — that's what I've always admired about Paul Simon and his music.

sackerson said...

Liked it when the sax player stuck his tongue out. I thought did he really do that and watched again. Yes he did.

Are you into Weather Report? What you said about rhythm made me think of it.

https://youtu.be/xzpDAH_ISCk


The Solitary Walker said...

Weather Report were amazing. Was so lucky to see them at the legendary Birmingham Odeon around the late 1970s/early 80s, when Jaco Pastorius was still with them. Am very nostalgic about that whole jazz fusion era: Miles Davis, Chick Corea etc.

sackerson said...

I'm envious. (I saw Zappa once, which makes some people envious! Thing is, I never "got" him. I went along to keep a mate company).Never saw Weather Report. Myself,I prefer the pre Jacob Pastorius albums with Miroslav Vitous. I ought to listen to more MV. Just looking at https://youtu.be/QNGVoeDXA6M