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Hearts and Bones Extra tracks, Original recording remastered


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During his distinguished career Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards including 12 Grammy Awards, three of which ("Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Still Crazy After All These Years" and "Graceland") were albums of the year. In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. He is ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Simon Store

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  • Audio CD (July 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B0002847XG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Allergies
2. Hearts And Bones
3. When Numbers Get Serious
4. Think Too Much (B)
5. Song About The Moon
6. Think Too Much (A)
7. Train In The Distance
8. Rene And Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War
9. Cars Are Cars
10. The Late Great Johnny Ace
11. Shelter Of Your Arms
12. Train In The Distance (Original Acoustic Demo)
13. Rene And Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War (Orignal Acoustic Demo)
14. The Late Great Johnny Ace (Original Acoustic Demo)

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Any which way, you can't go wrong.
Ji
Allergies, Hearts and Bones, Train in the Distance, Rene and Georgette Magritte, and The Late Great Johnny Ace are the ones to treasure.
Eric J. Anderson
"Allergies" was the "hit" here, and it's a good song, but this is not an album propelled by the "hit."
Charles - Music Lover

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Donald R. Labonte Jr. on February 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a great Simon CD, yet it has been largely ignored by the public. Originally intended to be a Simon and Garfunkel project called "Think too Much," the duo performed several of these songs ( Allergies, Think too Much, Song about the Moon), on their 1983 tour. However, because so many of the songs are so personal, and relate to Simon's failing marriage to Carrie Fischer, Simon took Art's vocals off and the project became "Hearts and Bones".

This is not among Simon's more commercial products, but give it a chance, the songs are lyrically rich and will haunt you for days after listening. This is in spite of the melodies, which are not that catchy. I have most of Simon's solo work, and this is the one I come back to most often.

This remastered version sounds very good, and as the original release harkens from the dawn of the CD-era, is a vast improvement. If you have never heard this CD, give it a try. It's ths best Paul Simon CD you've never heard.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles - Music Lover on April 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album represents Paul Simon's work at his artistic peak, and with little attention paid to the commercial considerations. "Allergies" was the "hit" here, and it's a good song, but this is not an album propelled by the "hit." This is the story of a man on his life's journey, a few years before he became "soft in the middle now." The songs, to my ears, add up to a spiritual and emotional reassessment of where he's been: with "Allergies" he's realizing the consequences of his past choices, with "Hearts and Bones" and "Train In the Distance" he's chronicling and re-evaluating major relationships. And then there's the philosophical "Song About the Moon," which I think is the album's greatest track with its loving admonition to stop procrastinating. Simon went out on a limb with "Rene and Georgette Magritte" and "The Late Great Johnny Ace." These songs emerge from previously unchartered territory and are unlike any other songs in Simon's catalog (up to this point). When I listen to them, I think that Simon was trying to use the song form as a painter utilizes a blank canvas. The resulting works draw me in to the world Simon so aptly and skillfully creates. (But maybe I think too much...)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Tabacco on June 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Wherein we get as close to knowing the real Paul Simon as we're ever gonna get. An underrated masterpiece of honesty, wisdom, song craft and art. If you wanna write a song about the moon - think of Mr. Simon before you start.

The re-mastered version is a marked improvement in sound over the original cd release.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Anderson on August 31, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There's no getting around it. Paul Simon is one of the greatest pop music songwriters of the 20th century. I've been listening to his solo albums in chronological order, and the work is fantastic up through the underrated One Trick Pony (which has always been a favorite of mine). I have no complaint until we get to Hearts and Bones. I think I'm more critical of it now than when it was released. The strong material is as good as anything Simon ever wrote. The weak material seems much weaker to me in retrospect.

It is easy to skip the lesser tracks, and consider Hearts and Bones a fantastic EP. Allergies, Hearts and Bones, Train in the Distance, Rene and Georgette Magritte, and The Late Great Johnny Ace are the ones to treasure. Simon displays his talent for melody, complex and interesting chord structures, and sublime lyrics. A tour-de-force of pop songwriting.

The rest is listenable, but well below the high standard Paul usually sets, and most of the time I skip the other tracks. Cars Are Cars is just silly. (Simon contributes vocals to Art Garfunkel's album Scissors Cut on a beautiful song titled In Cars, but I think that one was written by Jimmy Webb.) Maybe I Think Too Much is probably a true reflection of Mr. Simon, but the two versions of this tune aren't that much fun. Song About the Moon lopes along amiably enough, but a song about writing a song is a tricky thing, like a movie about making a movie. I don't find the song that clever.

The album's overall mood is a bit depressed, and I guess Paul must have been in a bit of a funk while writing it, emotionally (the wake of a failed marriage) and apparently physically (the song "allergies") -- though Simon didn't let these obstacles stop him from writing great music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F. Aue on October 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I loved this album since the first day I heard it! Therefore it became one of the very few 5-star rated albums in my collection. Generally, I like Paul a lot, but this album really takes it to the top. Starting with "Allergies" including Al Di Meola's stunning half-acoustic guitar lines, to the haunting "Song About the Moon", then the driving (almost disco-esque) "Think Too Much" (listen to the sarcastic "Hm..." after 38 seconds!) which is clearly marked by Nile Rodger's unique rhythm' guitar, to the soulful "The Late Great Johnny Ace". Did you see Simon & Garfunkel's video of their concert in Central Park? Just as Paul sang this song, a fan jumped up on the stage, but was caught by a security guard before he could get to Paul? Wow. Lennon's murder, this track (actually about Lennon) and then this incident. These are the moments rock'n roll is made of. Many thought (and think) this album is too lame. Sure, it has broad moments which are quiete, but if you are a sensible person who can feel the power of good lyrics you will disagree. I disagree. I feel that this is one of the strongest offerings Paul Simon ever released. The songs have an unequivocal quality, both composition and production wise.

...What is the point of this story,

What information pertains,

the thought that life could be better

is woven indelibly

into our hearts

and our brains.
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I like Cars are Cars!
Wow Katie, I always believe everyone has the right to their own opinion, but as for liking "Cars Are Cars?" Are you serious?? Check out my "Hearts and Bones" review for my commentary on the song. Still, as long as you are a Paul Simon fan (and you must be a BIG one to like... Read More
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