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Negotiations And Love Songs 1971-1986


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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 (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002LFN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,415 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mother And Child Reunion
2. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard
3. Something So Right
4. St. Judy's Comet
5. Loves Me Like A Rock
6. Kodachrome
7. Have A Good Time
8. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
9. Still Crazy After All These Years
10. Late In The Evening
11. Slip Slidin' Away
12. Hearts And Bones
13. Train In The Distance
14. Rene & Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War
15. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
16. You Can Call Me Al

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Media Type: CD
Artist: SIMON,PAUL
Title: '71-86 NEGOTIATIONS & LOVE SO
Street Release Date: 10/18/1988
Domestic
Genre: ROCK/POP

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This two-record set on one CD collects 16 Paul Simon hits from his solo career after Simon & Garfunkel without much rhyme or reason. The selections are not in chronological order and several of the cuts are oddly chosen. Those minor points aside, there are some landmark works presented on these discs. "Hearts and Bones" is a brilliant depiction of a crumbling love affair, while "Slip Slidin' Away" uncovers the hurt of divorce and middle age with a groove that's pure mid-'70s decadent. Simon's infatuation with rhythm is all over the place, from the reggae of "Mother and Child Reunion" to the South African bounce of "You Can Call Me Al." --Rob O'Connor

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Worth having even in comprehensive collections.
Lonnie E. Holder
Great music that is not to hard not to soft just enjoyable songs from start to finish.
"mountainmanjohnson"
Simon and Garfunkle were a great team and Paul Simon continues on.
R. Doughty

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "flamemastuh" on July 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Paul Simon is a much revered member of the music community and has been for a long, long time. "Negotiations & Love Songs" is a great example of WHY he deserves the praise that he has showered upon him. The 16 tracks on this CD showcase not only Simon's immense talent, but also his versitility. Be it the soft beauty of "Something So Right" or the upbeat synthesizer from "You Can Call Me Al" Simon shows he knows how to write a catchy pop song. Simon's beautiful lyrics can range from moving ("Slip Slidin' Away") to hilarious and rowdy ("Late In The Evening"). I reccomend this CD to anyone who loves great pop music, and for Simon fans it is a must.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By "bigboote66" on September 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Many people have wondered here at the strange selection of the songs on this album. I've listened to it for years and always thought the theme was obvious: Simon has put together a little biography of his life, from songs written at the time. From his childhood through his years w/Garfunkle, joys of fatherhood and the arc of his relationship/marriage/divorce with Carrie Fischer, it's all here in a tidy little package. The chronicle mostly concentrates on his Fischer years; I'm not sure why he finishes up with Diamonds & Al, other than the fact that they were hits around the time the album was released and served to give it a little momentum in the stores.
Back in those days, Simon was incapable of writing a bad song. You can't go wrong buying this one, but don't treat it as a greatest hits CD -- accept it as a little story of Simon's life, which is what his songs have always been about anyway.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This replaced Paul Simon's Greatest Hits, etc. Sadly that does not make for an improvement. That album covered less ground with more tracks. Hence this replacement suffers not only from omissions, but Paul's odd selections.
Where are An American Tune, Take Me To The Mardi Gras, Duncan, and Gone At Last? Second, why is Have A Good Time on this?
Lastly, the CD is an abridged version of the album, resulting in the dropping of one of Paul's biggest hits, and his favorite recording--Graceland.
When the CD first appeared, the maximum length was less than 70 minutes. Now, CDs can fit over 79 minutes of music. Why hasn't Warner Brothers remastered this and restored the song?
Finally, Paul likes to edit his works. Mother and Child Reunion and Loves Me Like A Rock lose 20 seconds each.
Warner Brothers has yet to remaster any of their artists catalogs. Make Paul Simon your first, and give this best-of a needed facelift!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Roy F. Johnson on April 5, 2011
Format: Audio CD
1. Mother and Child Reunion
2. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
3. Something So Right
4. St. Judy's Comet
5. Loves Me Like a Rock
6. Kodachrome
7. Have a Good Time
8. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
9. Still Crazy After All These Years
10. Late in the Evening
11. Slip Slidin' Away
12. Hearts and Bones
13. Train in the Distance
14. Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After the War
15. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
16. You Can Call Me Al
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on April 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
No one cut quite so high or bright an arc in American pop music during the late sixties and early seventies as did Paul Simon. Whether alone as in his later career or with long-time collaborator Art Garfunkel, he consistently surprised, delighted and edified his audiences with thoughtful, memorable, and amazingly durable songs and melodies that one still finds himself humming late into the night. While Paul has been uncharacteristically quiet as of late, no one will ever deny his lasting appeal or his talent as both a singer and as a songwriter.
What we have hear, then, is a selective compilation of his solo work, ranging from the haunting "Mother and Child Reunion" to the comical but lyrical "Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard", from "Something So Right" to "Kodachrome", and from "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" to "Still Crazy After All These Years". All of these songs, as well as the many others included here, are all intelligent, sophisticated, and fun to listen to. While few have the power or meaning of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" or "The Boxer", they are all still memorable and evocative, proof positive that Paul Simon can stand alongside anyone, including Bob Dylan, in terms of depth of talent and extent of success. This is a wonderful retrospective of Paul Simon's solo work. Enjoy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Heffer on November 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Back in 1977 or 1978 or so, when I was about 8 years old, my dad gave me a Paul Simon greatest hits compilation album entitled, "Paul Simon's Greatest Hits, etc." This album is nowhere to be found on CD, but this "Negotiations and Love Songs" album comes somewhat close. At any rate, the "Greatest Hits, etc." album made me a lifelong Paul Simon fan, so I have all these songs from other sources, even if the songs post 1978 or so didn't appear on "Greatest Hits, etc."
I look at the track listing here and am amazed that even though I might have deleted a couple here or there or added a few in places, almost everything here is absolutely great. From the pretty and poignant reggae-fied "Mother and Child Reunion", to the fun "Me And Julio Down By the Schoolyard", to the slick "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover", to the absolutely beautiful "Something So Right" (My wife and I made this our first dance at our wedding...) and "Still Crazy After All These Years", and of course "Slip, Slidin' Away" with its heartwrenching lyrics, great tune and wonderful harmonies (from the Oak Ridge Boys, I believe....) have been favorites of mine since I've been into music (late '70s...). The other songs here are also great! I've always loved "Late In The Evening", a rollicking song with great brass runs, the bittersweet "Train In The Distance", and even the songs from the "Graceland" album are great.
I don't know if including different songs or deleting others would have made this album any better. There are few songs by Paul Simon that I really don't like and most I really, really like. It is too bad that there doesn't seem to be anywhere on CD that I know of that contains the fun, albeit lightweight "Stranded In A Limousine" which was found on the "Greatest Hits, etc." album....Just about every song is excellent on this compilation! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
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