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« Reply #25 on: February 10, 2013, 08:03:00 AM »

My favourite song by them is Cecilia esp the opening where people are just tapping random beats on different objects.
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« Reply #26 on: February 10, 2013, 08:17:15 AM »

My favourite song by them is Cecilia esp the opening where people are just tapping random beats on different objects.

Yeah, that song rules.
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« Reply #27 on: February 10, 2013, 09:00:24 AM »

Along with the Beatles and the BB, Simon and Garfunkel are my favorite groups. Personally I think Paul Simon was a better songwriter than even Brian Wilson.

Anji was actually a David Graham piece.

BTW, acoustic guitar players will appreciate this rendition of Scarborough Fair:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYHDQHQDS-4

As for their albums, I like all of them. However, I'm one of the few people I know who actually like their first album the best. It's the most "folk-y." This is one of the most outright, fantastically, indescribably beautiful songs ever written. Almost impossible for me to listen to it without shedding multiple tears:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K0eknfuix8



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« Reply #28 on: February 10, 2013, 03:47:19 PM »

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Yeah when I first discovered that I freaked out.
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« Reply #29 on: February 10, 2013, 04:06:24 PM »

 I like S&G best starting around the time of BOOKENDS. Simon's writing improved immensely when he got over his delusions of grandeur, a quality that marred (slightly) their earlier work.

 Special faves: "The Only Living Boy in New York" and "My Little Town", which has always made me wonder how great a seventies studio LP may have been.
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« Reply #30 on: February 10, 2013, 06:27:08 PM »

So, you're saying Paul had delusions of grandeur, but his later work was grand. How do you reckon that?
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« Reply #31 on: February 10, 2013, 06:32:06 PM »

So, you're saying Paul had delusions of grandeur, but his later work was grand. How do you reckon that?


 Paul figured out that sometimes less is more. He also escaped Dylan's shadow.
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« Reply #32 on: February 10, 2013, 06:53:42 PM »

So, you're saying Paul had delusions of grandeur, but his later work was grand. How do you reckon that?




 Paul figured out that sometimes less is more. He also escaped Dylan's shadow.  By BOOKENDS the English-major preciousness of "The Dangling Conversation" was gone.  
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« Reply #33 on: February 10, 2013, 07:02:21 PM »

In that case, he merely traded English-major preciousness ("The Dangling Conversation") for production grandiosity (the entire Bookends album and "Bridge Over Troubled Water"). Not sure that either one is any more "grand" than the other.
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« Reply #34 on: February 10, 2013, 07:02:47 PM »

Yeah, Dangling Conversation is terrible, and there are a few other weak tracks early on. I don't think he ever wrote a better tune than Homeward Bound, tho. My favorite thing he ever did is his first solo LP, one of the most underrated albums I know of.
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« Reply #35 on: February 10, 2013, 07:08:49 PM »

My favorite thing he ever did is his first solo LP, one of the most underrated albums I know of.
Very true.
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« Reply #36 on: February 11, 2013, 07:19:30 AM »

For the last few days or so I've been listening to Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall on repeat. I love this song.
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« Reply #37 on: February 11, 2013, 09:08:03 AM »

Another one of my favourites - because of their limited number of albums, they have an incredibly high consistency rate. I love almost all of their stuff. I don't quite understand "Somewhere They Can't Find Me" -- probably a good song but it sounds too much to me like the soundtrack to The Maltese Falcon or something and that throws me off. But they're great - and, personally, I love Dangling Conversation despite the high-end references.
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« Reply #38 on: February 11, 2013, 12:40:42 PM »

Somewhere They Can't Find Me was a "rock and roll-ized" version of this song. I like the original version much better.
This is one of the most outright, fantastically, indescribably beautiful songs ever written. Almost impossible for me to listen to it without shedding multiple tears:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K0eknfuix8

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« Reply #39 on: February 11, 2013, 04:26:01 PM »

For the last few days or so I've been listening to Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall on repeat. I love this song.

That's a beautiful song.
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« Reply #40 on: February 21, 2013, 11:44:37 AM »

I'm a fan. 'Bookends' is my favorite album for sure. Rattling the teacups.

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« Reply #41 on: February 22, 2013, 07:25:39 AM »

They kick utter ass.
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« Reply #42 on: February 22, 2013, 07:39:59 AM »

Love them - though much prefer most of Simon's solo work.
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« Reply #43 on: February 22, 2013, 07:47:45 AM »

Fantastic duo. They've had a couple semi-misfires (not terribly fond of Cecilia or I Am A Rock), but the good stuff makes up for it ten times over. Their calmer, soothing songs are the best - Only Living Boy In New York, Frank Lloyd Wright, 59th Street Bridge Song, and April Come She Will are all wonderful. And like everyone else I love Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Boxer, and Sound of Silence.
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« Reply #44 on: February 22, 2013, 07:26:55 PM »

Smoking hash to Bookends is a good memory...as it were....
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« Reply #45 on: February 22, 2013, 08:51:06 PM »

Paul Simon has become one of my absolute favorites. 
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« Reply #46 on: March 03, 2013, 03:07:55 AM »

I love "Graceland". In the category of unlikely music releases: a Graceland Sessions box set would be freakin' sweet. Paul's "Pet Sounds" for sure.

Besides the songs themselves I love how "Graceland" is relevant to the time it was made in (in a good way. haha) and yet it somehow clicks together nicely as a Paul Simon album. I'm sure there are others who would disagree but when I listen to it I don't think "Wow. This isn't Paul Simon. He shouldn't be doing stuff like this."

I'm not saying they should have worked with South African session musicians but, I think its a damn shame The Beach Boys weren't able to something as relevant and good as "Graceland" (Oh the BBs had the 'relevant' part down somewhat. There's no denying Beach Boys '85 is a product of the 80's but it's relevant to the 80's in the 'yuck' sense)
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« Reply #47 on: March 03, 2013, 03:36:27 AM »

Simon & Garfunkel are up there with The Beach Boys, Leonard Cohen and ABBA as one of the very best music acts ever. Unlike The Beach Boys Paul Simon actually knows how to write reflective, descriptive, thought evoking, poetic and meaningful lyrics.

I know all the S&G songs and all the Paul Simon solo songs, started listening to them when I was about 7-8.

Even got these three albums on my wall:



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« Reply #48 on: March 03, 2013, 03:46:16 AM »

I've been playing the crap out of this one lately:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Vv6dh2W2gk
The first 4-5 seconds of Song for the Asking is the best in all of recorded history.
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« Reply #49 on: March 03, 2013, 03:52:19 AM »

And Paul Simon is quite funny too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4-TmrWz2I4

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