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Paul Simon Band

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by George, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. George

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    Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actor. Simon's fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote nearly all of the pair’s songs, including three that reached No. 1 on the U.S. singles charts: "The Sound of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson", and "Bridge over Troubled Water". The duo split up in 1970 at the height of their popularity, and Simon began a successful solo career as a guitarist and singer-songwriter, recording three highly acclaimed albums over the next five years. In 1986, he released Graceland, an album inspired by South African township music. Simon also wrote and starred in the film One-Trick Pony (1980) and co-wrote the Broadway musical The Capeman (1998) with the poet Derek Walcott.


    Essential Albums; Graceland and There Goes Rhymin' Simon to start with. Explore around after there. I'm a big fan of The Rhythm of the Saints too.

  2. George

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  3. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    He was always a good lyricist, but for Graceland he hit a whole other level
  4. Meerkat

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    Graceland is absolutely its own league of great. I haven't listened to it in full in a long time. This has definitely inspired me to do that sooner rather than later
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  5. George

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    "The Mississippi Delta was shining like a national guitar. I am following the river down the highway, through the cradle of the civil war."

    The imagery on Graceland is beautiful.
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  6. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I was thinking of this exact passage when I made that post.
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  7. George

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    Great minds! It's an extraordinarily evocative verse.
  8. George

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    He has a new album coming out called Stranger to Stranger on June 3rd.

    Here's a live performance of Wristband on Jools Holland from yesterday;

  9. Aregala

    Blistering Guitar Lead

    bought s/t on vinyl last week and it's hardly left my turntable

    one of my favorite album covers ever too
  10. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    That parka!
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  11. Aregala

    Blistering Guitar Lead

    Just so pleasant and inviting! Fits the music perfectly and just makes you want to play it over and over
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  12. mattfreaksmeout

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    I listened to Graceland for the first time a while back this year and never really revisited it until last week, and now I've been listening to it so much. Such a great album I can't believe I've neglected it (and Paul Simon as a whole) for so long.
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  13. zmtr


    I was right next to the guy recording this.

    Please enjoy this. It reduced me to tears.

  14. Wharf Rat

    I know a little something you won't ever know Prestigious

    Graceland is so incredible man
  15. tomdelonge


    Rhythm Of The Saints ❤️

    can’t run but and the coast are currently my favorite songs ever

    and born at the right time. And spirit voices.
  16. OotyPa

    fall away

    Popping in to say I've recently gotten into Paul Simon. Particularly Graceland and I'm listening to Rhythm of the Saints right now. Absolutely fantastic stuff. What are some of other peoples' favorites?
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  17. zmtr


    listen to Still Crazy After All These Years immediately.

    the title track and “Some Folks’ Lives Roll Easy” are my two favorite Paul Simon tracks
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  18. tomdelonge


    Hearts And Bones for more songs of inner longing

    Surprise has a lot of great musical evolution from the Graceland/Rhythm eclecticism

    And the first album is pretty perfect, some familiar hits and deep cut heavies
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  19. mattfreaksmeout

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    About halfway through Seven Psalms and it's been wonderful so far. I was hoping he had (at least) one more left in him and he delivered