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By Steven Stolder

How does one follow a commercial smash on the scale of Bridge over Troubled Water, one of the blockbuster pop titles of the '60s? For Paul Simon, the strategy was simple--as in "Keep it simple." His 1972 solo debut is the bantam bookend to the expansive Bridge. Where the final Simon & Garfunkel LP was grand, Paul Simon is modest. Where Bridge served up lavish emotions, on his own Simon explored a kind of hooded, pensive melancholy. "Mother & Child Reunion," the first reggae arrangements many Americans ever heard, opens the album and casts a blue hue over the collection. An eclectic crew of players (including jazzmen Stephane Grappelli, Jerry Hahn, and Ron Carter) turn up in tunes that fit together as snugly as a winter wardrobe. By the time Larry Knechtel's electric piano fades away at the end of "Congratulations," Paul Simon, solo artist, has put that Bridge behind him and set off on his solo career.

Tracks
1. Mother and Child Reunion7. Peace Like a River
2. Duncan8. Papa Hobo
3. Everything Put Together Falls Apart9. Hobo's Blues
4. Run That Body Down10. Paranoia Blues
5. Armistice Day11. Congratulations
6. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard

 

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Artist: Paul Simon

Released: January 14, 1972

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Platinum


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