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TypeReleasedRecordedRYM RatingRanked Genres
ArtistPaul Simon
Compilation
November 1977
1971 - 1977
3.97 / 5.00.5 from 224 ratings
#20 for 1977, #578 overall

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trevor_mehchine Dec 23 2008 5.00 stars
Tracks one to 5 - they steal it. This was my Dad's LP. I remember listening to a tape of these songs in the vehicle, must've been Christmas '78 or '79. We were taking Gran house (his mum) - she used to come for dinner, then we'd run her back in the evening around 9-ish. It's extremely difficult to explain the vibes these tunes developed in my mind, or the images they'd conjur. For me it's all around Americana - heh, settings like the steel tvery own in Deer Hunter, or foundry backdrops in the daft hoccrucial film Slapshot. But transposed using my own silly fantasies to the commercial area wbelow I lived, in the Midlands. I used to imagine that sooner or later I could relocate to the States, and that - actually - it wouldn't be that various from the grimey working class city I flourished up in. Of course, as track 1 is so quick to point out, dreams don't come true - particularly grand, epic ambitions. Or if they carry out, it hasn't occurred yet. That's among the things around Paul Simon's songs, or at least, the ones choose Slip Slidin' Amethod, Still Crazy After All These Years and also perhaps Dundeserve to. He delivers them via such a smiling voice, a summery and light tone. If you're not listening correctly it all sounds more or much less up-beat. But then a line comes out of nowright here, weighed down by the years - with sufficient disguised gravitas to damage your entire week if you're not careful. It's crafty, sly exactly how he does that. The bastard. The other thing he does - and aget this is masterful - is wittle a huge narrative dvery own right into about 10 words. A concise, compacted verse relates a tale of a life time. Like Death of a Salesmale written on a postage stamp, or somepoint. Duncan - track 5 - is most likely among the finest ever tape-recorded by man or beast. This is a live variation, I have actually no principle wbelow from. Nor do I recognize whether it's better than the original version on the eponymous album - somepoint that I intfinish to obtain to the bottom of following year.

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Dyve Mar 07 2012 4.50 stars
To all those who take into consideration that the release of a "best hits" comp is the kiss-of-fatality to an artist's career, I offer you, Mr. Paul Simon.A stellar teamwork via Mr. Garfunkel, producing a good many type of hits, if I remember ideal.A messy break up, followed by a solo career of mammoth propercentage and also the unavoidable "Greatest Hits" - and it's incredibly great. But this is almost 10 years before also Graceland!What a talent. What a career. And also in these previously songs, what diversity?
Lejink Dec 26 2011 3.00 stars
This first arsenal of the solo Paul Simon gathers up the majority of of his finest singles and popular album tracks from the early 70's and provides for a decent if over-indulgent sampler to newcomers.It's betrayed a tiny by that mood-setting, overly-sanctimonious sleeve and that chair from which you hardly think he can gain up, yet there is some fine foot-tapping stuff below, specifically "Kodachrome", "Loves Me Like A Rock","Me And Julio...", "Mvarious other And Child Reunion" and also "50 Ways...." however the sobriety and also piety hinted at by shelp sleeve regrettably manifests itself in the even more salubrious (or if I was being blunt, boring) "Still Crazy...", "I Do It For Your Love", "Have A Good Time", "Duncan", "Something So Right" and also "American Tune".New tracks "Slip Sliding' Away" and also "Stranded In A Limousine" sit somewright here between the 2, neatly showcasing the over-earcolony vs. acceptably commercial strain in Simon's solo occupational, which as the decade wore on was increasingly won by the former.
The first Paul Simon compilation is one excellent listen from start to sheight. Two brand-new songs, 2 live editions, ten singles and 2 b sides include approximately a fine greatest hits album.Long out of print, I still recommfinish Greatest Hits, Etc as a worthy enhancement to your collection. It captures every one of the highpoints of his solo occupational on Columbia Records.Simon left Columbia for Warner Brothers with the release of this album.
I extremely doubt that there is any kind of Paul Simon related album out tbelow all over that I might listen to straight via. There's always simply also a lot...I don't recognize...that non-exciting, depushing filler stuff in between the great stuff. I'll offer him one thing--he is a distinct talent. No one sounds fairly favor Paul. His songwriting is all his own, and he is good at it. I guess that I like the pop hits on this repertoire mainly. I specifically love is song of regret, "Slip Slidin' Away". ...a bad day is when I lie in bed and also think of things that might have actually beenWow...what a downer of a song, yet it's so excellent. So is "Loves Me Like a Rock". Very distinctive, but good.
This is the only Paul Simon solo album I'm acquainted via, however it proves that much of his solo work was equally as excellent as the stuff he did with Garfunkel. At its best, Paul Simon's song-writing is tough to beat and also tbelow are some excellent examples of it on this album - "Slip Slidin' Away", "Still Crazy...", "Me and also Julio...", "Somepoint So Right", "Kodachrome" and also a really moving live version of "American Tune". They're all as good as anypoint he did through Art.

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bigtree Sep 08 2005 4.00 stars
My God! How might I forobtain I have actually this one too!...Sorry, it's bereason I'm not using my Vinyls nowadays. The the majority of interesting point I remember about is that my album is "made in Mexico" and also all the songs carry the title interpreted to Spanish (simply the title - it makes me wonder the reason...) .Only song "new" is "Stranded in A Limousine" .
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