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Stranger To Stranger [Deluxe Edition]

Review 'The idea is not to just make another album,' Simon explains. 'The idea is to make something that s really worth a listen.'

For anyone who s been listening to great music during the past half-century, Paul Simon is certainly no stranger. So one of the most remarkable things about his extraordinary new masterpiece, Stranger to Stranger Paul Simon s 13th solo record is that it conjures a vivid and vital new context to his well-established genius as a singer and songwriter. Full of thrilling textures that feel fresh and modern, while still offering subtle and artful allusions to our shared musical past, Stranger to Stranger presents the perfect opportunity to get to know Paul Simon in a new way.

A significant sonic breakthrough on Stranger to Stranger came when Simon wrote the song 'Insomniac s Lullaby,' and found himself reminded of the musical possibilities first suggested by Harry Partch the 20th Century American composer and theorist who created custom-made instruments in microtonal tunings. Besides recording sounds from various Partch instruments, one of the key realizations Simon gathered from Partch was the observation that singing in music is akin to human speech, and Simon started to shape vocal lines on the album that way.

Stranger to Stranger allows the listener to experience Simon s singular voice with the shock of the new. Here, his strong voice and conversational lyrics usher us into a brave new musical world where expectations are defied and exceeded, as they were thirty years ago with another masterpiece, Graceland.

On Stranger to Stranger, Simon worked with old friend and collaborator Roy Halee a name familiar from countless recordings now rightly considered classic. 'It s about getting you to actually hear something in a new way. It s about making music that sounds old and new at the same time; music with a sense of mystery,' says Simon.

Paul Simon s collage of sounds for Stranger to Stranger also includes the Italian electronic dance music artist Clap! Clap!, whose sound he ended up putting on three of the tracks ('The Werewolf,' 'Wristband' and 'Street Angel').

'Sound is the theme of this album as much as it s about the subjects of the individual songs. If people get that, I ll be pleased,' explains Simon.... 'The right song at the right time can live for generations. A beautiful sound, well that's forever.'
So Beautiful Or So What

Review After Simon & Garfunkel broke up, Paul continued to do right by Columbia and his fans, releasing album after astonishingly successful album. Here are 36 essentials from those: his hits Mother and Child Reunion; Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard; Duncan; Kodachrome; Loves Me Like a Rock; 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover; Still Crazy After All These Years; Slip Slidin' Away; Late in the Evening; You Can Call Me Al; Graceland; The Boy in the Bubble , and more!
The Rhythm Of The Saints

Review Paul Simon's 1986 masterpiece, Graceland, took home that year's Album of the Year Grammy on the strength of a collection that included "The Boy In The Bubble," "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes," "You Can Call Me Al," and a title song that won the Record of the Year Grammy. The CD's bonuses include a demo version of "Homeless," an alternate version of "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes," and an early version of "All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints." Graceland has sold more than 14 million copies worldwide.
Graceland (2011 Remaster)

Review 'The Concert in Hyde Park' chronicles the legendary artist's historic concert at the 2012 Hard Rock Calling Festival in London with an epic career-spanning set including Simon s most enduring hits ("Kodachrome," "Graceland," "Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard," "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"), fan favorites, and two Simon & Garfunkel classics. The concert features a reunion with the original Graceland musicians on the Grammy-winning album's 25th anniversary, including Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, as well as a surprise appearance from reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, performing his original songs "The Harder They Come" and "Many Rivers to Cross", and a duet with Cliff and Simon on "Vietnam" and "Mother and Child Reunion."
Still Crazy After All These Years

Review Vinyl LP repressing of this 1972 album from the Pop/Folk singer/songwriter. Features the hits 'Mother And Child Reunion' and 'Me And Julio Down By the Schoolyard'.
The Concert in Hyde Park (2CD/1DVD)

Review Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1990 album from the veteran singer/songwriter including four bonus tracks: 'Born At The Right Time' (Original Acoustic Demo), 'Thelma', 'The Coast' (Work In Progress) and 'Spirit Voices' (Work In Progress).
The Essential Paul Simon

Review The Dixie Hummingbirds and Muscle Shoals house band brought gospel and R&B flavors to this #3 smash ('73). This masterpiece is bookended by the #2 hits Kodachrome and Loves Me Like a Rock and features the stately American Tune , another Top 40 hit. Includes demos of those last two tunes and Take Me to the Mardi Gras plus the work in progress Let Me Live in Your City !
57TH & 9TH [Deluxe Edition]

Review 'The idea is not to just make another album,' Simon explains. 'The idea is to make something that s really worth a listen.'

For anyone who s been listening to great music during the past half-century, Paul Simon is certainly no stranger. So one of the most remarkable things about his extraordinary new masterpiece, Stranger to Stranger Paul Simon s 13th solo record is that it conjures a vivid and vital new context to his well-established genius as a singer and songwriter. Full of thrilling textures that feel fresh and modern, while still offering subtle and artful allusions to our shared musical past, Stranger to Stranger presents the perfect opportunity to get to know Paul Simon in a new way.

A significant sonic breakthrough on Stranger to Stranger came when Simon wrote the song 'Insomniac s Lullaby,' and found himself reminded of the musical possibilities first suggested by Harry Partch the 20th Century American composer and theorist who created custom-made instruments in microtonal tunings. Besides recording sounds from various Partch instruments, one of the key realizations Simon gathered from Partch was the observation that singing in music is akin to human speech, and Simon started to shape vocal lines on the album that way.

Stranger to Stranger allows the listener to experience Simon s singular voice with the shock of the new. Here, his strong voice and conversational lyrics usher us into a brave new musical world where expectations are defied and exceeded, as they were thirty years ago with another masterpiece, Graceland.

On Stranger to Stranger, Simon worked with old friend and collaborator Roy Halee a name familiar from countless recordings now rightly considered classic. 'It s about getting you to actually hear something in a new way. It s about making music that sounds old and new at the same time; music with a sense of mystery,' says Simon.

Paul Simon s collage of sounds for Stranger to Stranger also includes the Italian electronic dance music artist Clap! Clap!, whose sound he ended up putting on three of the tracks ('The Werewolf,' 'Wristband' and 'Street Angel').

'Sound is the theme of this album as much as it s about the subjects of the individual songs. If people get that, I ll be pleased,' explains Simon.... 'The right song at the right time can live for generations. A beautiful sound, well that's forever.'
Paul Simon

Review After Simon & Garfunkel broke up, Paul continued to do right by Columbia and his fans, releasing album after astonishingly successful album. Here are 36 essentials from those: his hits Mother and Child Reunion; Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard; Duncan; Kodachrome; Loves Me Like a Rock; 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover; Still Crazy After All These Years; Slip Slidin' Away; Late in the Evening; You Can Call Me Al; Graceland; The Boy in the Bubble , and more!
Day Breaks [2 CD][Deluxe Edition]

Review Paul Simon's 1986 masterpiece, Graceland, took home that year's Album of the Year Grammy on the strength of a collection that included "The Boy In The Bubble," "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes," "You Can Call Me Al," and a title song that won the Record of the Year Grammy. The CD's bonuses include a demo version of "Homeless," an alternate version of "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes," and an early version of "All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints." Graceland has sold more than 14 million copies worldwide.
Keep Me Singing

Review 'The Concert in Hyde Park' chronicles the legendary artist's historic concert at the 2012 Hard Rock Calling Festival in London with an epic career-spanning set including Simon s most enduring hits ("Kodachrome," "Graceland," "Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard," "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"), fan favorites, and two Simon & Garfunkel classics. The concert features a reunion with the original Graceland musicians on the Grammy-winning album's 25th anniversary, including Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, as well as a surprise appearance from reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, performing his original songs "The Harder They Come" and "Many Rivers to Cross", and a duet with Cliff and Simon on "Vietnam" and "Mother and Child Reunion."
The Essential Paul Simon

Review Vinyl LP repressing of this 1972 album from the Pop/Folk singer/songwriter. Features the hits 'Mother And Child Reunion' and 'Me And Julio Down By the Schoolyard'.
The Best of Simon & Garfunkel

Review Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1990 album from the veteran singer/songwriter including four bonus tracks: 'Born At The Right Time' (Original Acoustic Demo), 'Thelma', 'The Coast' (Work In Progress) and 'Spirit Voices' (Work In Progress).
The Essential Simon & Garfunkel

Review The Dixie Hummingbirds and Muscle Shoals house band brought gospel and R&B flavors to this #3 smash ('73). This masterpiece is bookended by the #2 hits Kodachrome and Loves Me Like a Rock and features the stately American Tune , another Top 40 hit. Includes demos of those last two tunes and Take Me to the Mardi Gras plus the work in progress Let Me Live in Your City !

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