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The Paul Simon Collection: On My Way, Don't Know Where I'm Goin'

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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 (November 5, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00006LI2R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,878 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard
3. Kodachrome
4. Something So Right
5. Loves Me Like A Rock
6. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
7. Still Crazy After All These Years
8. Late In The Evening
9. Slip Slidin' Away
10. Heart And Bones
11. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
12. The Boy In The Bubble
13. Graceland
14. You Can Call Me Al
15. Spirit Voices
16. The Cool, Cool River
17. Adios Hermanos
18. Love
19. Hurricane Eye

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good (But Not Definitive) Overview of Paul Simon April 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is the third (US-issued) compilation of Paul Simon, following 1977's "Greatest Hits, Etc." and 1988's "Love Songs and Negotiations". Did they get it right this time?
"The Paul Simon Collection: On My Way, Don't Know Where I'm Goin'" starts of with CD1 (19 tracks, 79 min.) that gives a pretty good overview of the singles and best known tracks. One place they really missed the mark is with the 2 songs from "The Rythm of the Saints": where is "The Obvious Child", the lead-off single and a genuine hit? There is also one song from the Broadway disaster "Songs from the Capeman", and the last 2 tracks are from the under-appreciated "comeback" album "You're The One". The (limited edition) CD2 (5 tracks, 25 min.) is the hidden gem on this compilation: 5 previously unavailable live tracks: from 1973 comes a crisp-sounding "American Tune" and an absolute outstanding "Duncan"; also included is "The Coast", and in a tip of the ol' hat, the last 2 acknowledge the Simon & Garfunkel legacy, with nice albeit very different sounding versions of "Mrs. Robinson" (somewhat country-like) and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (the latter a duet with Aaron Neville).
In all, not a bad collection at all. The bonus live CD is really what will attract most Paul Simon fans. For an even better collection of his career, check out the 1993 European-issued compilation called "The Paul Simon Anthology", a generous 2 CD collection that rightfully gives 15 tracks to the "Graceland" and "The Rythm of the Saints" albums. Simply outstanding.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something So Right November 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This latest Paul Simon collection provides a very good overview of his career, including songs from his first solo album released in 1972, up to 2000's "You're The One." As evidenced on this collection, Paul Simon's musical offerings include many genres of music. The reggae influenced "Mother And Child Reunion" starts this compilation off on a strong note. It's thirty years later, and the topical "Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard" still sounds as relevant today as when it was first released. "Loves Me Like A Rock," featuring the Dixie Hummingbirds, sounds like a traditional gospel standard, even though it was written by the prolific Paul Simon. The virtuoso drumming of Steve Gadd gives "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" its distinctive sound, while the verse displays Paul Simon at his rhymin' best. The Latin flavored "Late In The Evening" combines semi-autobiographical lyrics with a propulsive beat, making it an irresistible dance number.

1986 saw the release of the classic album "Graceland." It was the perfect blend of Paul's songwriting genius with South African music, including a few Zydeco songs thrown in for good measure. The title cut describes Paul's pilgrimage through the cradle of the Civil War to Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. His traveling companions may be the ghosts of lost loves, but the goosebumps are provided by the sound of the shimmering pedal steel guitar. "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes" features Ladysmith Black Mambazo to best effect, and is the perfect song to help the listener lose the walking blues. "Spirit Voices" and "The Cool, Cool River" display the Brazilian influences showcased in his 1990 album "Rhythm Of The Saints.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed single disc review of Simon's career February 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
From an analytic point of view, this is an adequate review of Simon's long, though hardly prolific, post Simon & Garfunkel career. A smidge of this, a smidge of that, with pretty much the obvious selections along the way. It's decent enough, though one can't help but feel that the earlier purple patch of albums through 1976's "Still Crazy After All These Years" yielded music of more enduring quality.
The truth of the matter is that despite the relatively modest number of albums represented by this collection (considering that it spans a solo career of 30 years), many of those albums were of very high quality and so a double CD would better represent his career. Perhaps conceeding as much, a second "bonus" disc is included with initial copies of this album. And this turns out to be quite problematic. The compilers have chosen to place live versions of Duncan and American Tune on this bonus disc. But these two songs (moreso in their original studio incarnations than in the live versions you get in this package) are surely among the very best of Simon's solo work. They should have been included on the parent disc. When the limited edition bonus disc is no longer included, these songs will not be represented at all in the package. And any Simon best-of that does not include them fails miserably at fulfilling its basic premise.
Flawed packaging of mostly steller material.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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For fans and new listeners alike, Paul Simon's greatest hits collection ON MY WAY, DON'T KNOW WHERE I'M GOING is a great retrospective of a decade-spanning career. This collection includes material from his debut solo album (PAUL SIMON, released in 1972) all the way to 2000's release "You're the One." ON MY WAY... highlights one of Simon's greatest talents: his ability to transcend between genres and styles. This release is a time-capsule of sorts, and it showcases Simon's ability to transition from Reggae, to American folk, to traditional African. For casual fans, this collection is a perfect place to start. Competitively priced, it's hard to beat this deal for these remastered tracks. For hardcore fans, keep reading.

What's different between this version and the original The Paul Simon Collection: On My Way, Don't Know Where I'm Goin'? The original includes a second disc that includes 5 previously unreleased tracks. The MP3 collection (listed here), unfortunately does not include these songs. Additionally, the material version of this collection also includes a nice booklet of liner notes that cover a brief history of Simon. Hardcore fans of Paul Simon, be wary, there may not be any new material here for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice addiion to any collection
Most of his work is either of one generation or the other, This has pieces tha tI think belong to both of them. Shows his diversity.
Published 7 months ago by ny-granny
5.0 out of 5 stars love oldies
I love so many paul simon songs and this one is a great collection. Love Call me Al because I remember the video awhile back with Chevy Chase and Paul Simon.
Published 7 months ago by Linda Bench
5.0 out of 5 stars great price good service
great price good service
Published 8 months ago by rea
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry put to music.
As an African American music lover I lean more to R&B, blues and jazz but as a poet I have to admire Paul Simon. In my opinion he is a treasure in American music. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Donald Miskel
3.0 out of 5 stars A Paul Simon Fan anyway
Nothing tops his early album "One Trick Pony" if you're a fellow musician like me,
but I enjoy every tune he pens.
Published 10 months ago by Sienna
4.0 out of 5 stars An Icon.
Paul is one of my favorite singers, easy to listen to and he brings back good memories of my youth.
Published 11 months ago by Donald Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd!
A cheap reflection on Paul Simon's solo career! Get this cd for sure before any other of them! YEAH YEAH
Published 12 months ago by Ryan Cassidy
3.0 out of 5 stars Review
The Paul Simon I could half gotten about half price of what I paid. Target finally got this in stock. The Fairies and Cinderella was cheap and I expect they will soon be broken. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Barbara Kivett
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite artist
love this favorite to listening to...what more is there to say????? this is stupid, either you like it or you don't who has time to write so many words... Read more
Published 16 months ago by dorothy m fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes worth every listen! Great Collection.
A nice collection of music. Classic songs and some unknowns. A great piece of strong writing and singing. Paul Simon at his best.
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
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