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There Goes Rhymin Simon

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Editorial Reviews

In the early '70s, Paul Simon sounded old before his time: while his harder-rocking peers were hanging on to themes of youthful rebellion and romantic obsession, Simon, already a pop veteran who'd notched records since his teens, focused on the smaller details and defining quirks of real life. His second solo album finds him regarding the passage of time and the fragility of relationships with his usual mix of smart-aleck observations and gentler, more deeply felt melancholy. "Kodachrome" was a breezy delight upon its release that now sounds prescient in its backwards glance at myths of youth, "An American Tune" sustains its mood of graceful maturity against a Bach-inspired guitar arrangement that's still gorgeous, and "Something So Right" remains Simon's most luminous declaration of love. Actually produced in varied studios with shifting session bands (including the chameleons in the Muscle Shoals Sound section), the set also introduced the Roches and notched Simon's first plunge into gospel on "Loves Me Like A Rock." --Sam Sutherland

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Kodachrome
  2. Tenderness
  3. Take Me To The Mardi Gras
  4. Something So Right
  5. One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor
  6. American Tune
  7. Was A Sunny Day
  8. Learn How To Fall
  9. St. Judy's Comet
  10. Loves Me Like A Rock

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002LBW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,462 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on August 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album represented Paul Simon's realization of his full abilities hinted to so well in the previous albums both with Simon and Garfunkel and then as a solo artist. This album provocatively showcases Simon's unique talents and creative interests with an eclectic, wide-ranging, and gorgeously produced solo effort. From the haunting rhythms and wry lyrics of "Kodachrome" to the tender and sensitive emotions expressed so well in "Something So Right", we sense more than a little autobiographical influence in all the songs. Simon's lyrical genius is displayed in spades here, from "American Tune" to "Learn How to Fall" to the joyous "Loves Me Like A Rock", and we can tell that this is an artist in full bloom and enjoying his singular ability to deliver a wide range of songs with a panorama of emotions and telling personal observations so artfully expressed that it is a wonder to listen to them. This is an album one must listen to appreciate, and the new directions Simon began with this album have now stretched out in a dozen or so albums and compilations. This is a terrific album for a man who had the courage and nerve to deliberately walk away from a phenomenally successful situation as half of Simon and Garfunkel to follow his own artistic heart. I highly recommend it. Enjoy!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Neil Cotiaux on March 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What a wonderful CD. We bought the album when it first came out in the early '70s and we've never tired of the tracks. The bonuses on this release give you a nice window into Simon's creative process, as they offer some alternate lyrics, pacing, and instrumentation of several cuts earlier in the disk.

Keep in mind that Paul was quite a young man when he came up with this musical poetry. His lyrics demonstrate a depth of understanding regarding human nature far beyond his years.

This CD is a joy to listen to and, in the case of my wife, sing along with!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Bob Martinez on March 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Paul Simon has always been a thinking man's pop star. His ecletic tastes run the gamut from folk to jazz to rock. This is my favorite album of his, including everything he did with Garfunkel. His intelligence, sense of humor, production values and musicianship are of the highest order. This album features beautifully crafted songs like Something So Right, American Song, Take Me To The Mardi Gras, but really every song is great. The addition of the four-part gospel harmonies of The Dixie Hummingbirds add a poignant and almost sacred touch. Simon's acoustic guitar work is not that easy to figure out (he uses a lot of jazz-like chordings). A work of art in 1973, is still a work of art today!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Pawl VINE VOICE on June 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I couldn't help but notice that someone from Amazon had added a tag suggestion for THERE GOES RHYMIN' SIMON, calling it one of the definitive 200 albums. That sounds right to me and I'll tell you why. RHYMIN' SIMON was only Paul Simon's second solo album after breaking up with Garfunkel, and he shows such depth as a musician, as well as a songwriter. This isn't just Paul Simon banging away on the guitar in defiance, spurting sharp words about his cynicism for life. He has a full band backing him up while he is spurting sharp words about his cyncism for life (oh, and love, too). Yet, this doesn't grow derivative to my ears. Simon's at his witty, intelligent and unaffected best, here. The album kicks off on a high note with "Kodachrome." Who couldn't take notice of a song that begins with the lines, "If I thought back on all the crap I learned in high school, it's a wonder I can think at all." That hooked me back when I was in high school, and I couldn't agree more. Plus, it has a wonderful, up-tempo piano riff, menacing in the background, just in case the lyrics aren't enough to sustain your attention . RHYMIN' SIMON succeeds in presenting very diverse sounds, with a real soul (and even gospel) influence. The songs that stick out for me the most are "One Man's Ceiling is Another Man's Floor," and "Loves Me Like a Rock." The allbum presented a great group called The Roaches, and I remember distinctly the soul sound of his back-up singers carrying this album out into the southern flavored sounds from the bayous and up into new territory. It sounded beautiful, just really unexpected.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Anderson on August 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Rhino remastering job is excellent.

You've already heard three or four of these songs on the radio, probably. For me, it is harder to describe what makes an album great than it is for me to describe the faults in an album that doesn't measure up. And I can find little to fault here. A couple of the songs on side 2 (thinking back to the vinyl LP days) are a bit less accomplished, but still highly listenable. The bonus demo tracks at the end are interesting, but not essential.

Rhymin' Paul Simon did a much more intricate production on this album than on his first solo (eponymously titled) record following the split with Garfunkel. Here he expands from that earlier folk base to add elements of gospel, jazz, lush orchestral arrangements, a bit of dixieland on the Mardi Gras tune, and all but the kitchen sink. Paul Simon's singing is unleashed on this record too, compared with the straightlaced stuff he did with Simon and Garmfunkel. It sounds very spontaneous, and yet perfectly executed at the same time. I find the variety of instrumentation, the different beats, the continuous innovation, the changing parts and rhythms within a song -- all of it is very entrancing. There's hardly a dull moment. Even St. Judy's Comet, a kind of lullaby for his son, is sincere and on target, instantly loveable.

The songs are short, so they don't wear out their welcome. The original album was less than 40 minutes. Hey, do you want quality or just quantity? I think movies and pop songs are both too self-indulgently long nowadays.

Simon was in the zone when he wrote and recorded Rhymin'. Most artists would be satisfied for one timeless classic like American Tune on a record. But Loves Me Like A Rock is just as timeless, and so is Something So Right, for my money. The other tunes are not embarrassed in the company of such greatness, either. That's saying a lot.
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