19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Collection for newcomers and collectors,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Paul Simon Collection: On My Way, Don't Know Where I'm Goin' (Audio CD)
Given the contraint of 19 tracks on CD 1 (78 minutes), the track selection is nearly perfect, and gives a very good overview of Simon's solo years. This is a good offer for newcomers to PS's music. The main problem with the selection is that 19 tracks is too little to include all essential songs. CD 1 is not for the fan, though: I own most official CDs (S + S&G), and CD 1 contains no news.
CD 2 contains 5 live tracks. The sound is very good. Personally, I have a preference for the American Tune version on Greatest hits, etc. (with the cello) - one of the few omissions in my collection (the beautiful melody of AT (except the bridge) is found 3-4 times in the Matthew Passion (?) of Bach, as well as in several of Bach's cantatas; it is common to credit Hans Leo Hassler as the originator of this melody, in ca. 1600). I always loved the lyrics of Duncan, and this is a fine live recording. The Coast also differs somewhat from other recordings, in particularly in the guitar playing. Mrs. Robinson is almost country, and is interesting. And Bridge with Aaron Neville is beautiful/different.
Since my own collection is nearly complete, I naturally miss the live track of American Tune from Greatest Hits, etc. Also missing is Thelma (from one of the collections), and Simon's contribution on a Philip Glass CD. (As well as the Paul Simon Songbook). Thus, CD 2 could preferably contain more tracks than the 5 tracks/25 minutes included.
Apart from this, the information about a new Paul Simon record during the spring of 2003 is welcome (p. 15 of the CD booklet). The purpose of the collection is probably also to work as advertising for the new album.
In sum: my rating is for a newcomer. A medium fan probably owns most tracks of CD 1, and perhaps doesn't care about live tracks and variations. A die-hard fan will enjoy the live tracks.