There Goes Rhymin Simon
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, June 7, 2011
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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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The title certainly comes from Simon's formative high school years in New York, some street corner jerks making fun of the fact that he was a songwriter. Read morePublished 8 days ago by rash67
Have had the lp for eons. What a joy to have a good listen after all these years in a CD format. Paul Simon genius at it's best.Published 3 months ago by JB Dennis
Awesome CD! Very satisfied with my purchase. Would definitely recommend seller to others. Great customer service.Published 5 months ago by tengelking
What can I say? A Simon Keeper. Such well written songs. It pleases!Published 5 months ago by 2_pelo