20 Songs, 1 Hour 20 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Believe it or not, this is the first single-album Paul Simon retrospective to include highlights from both his days as Simon & Garfunkel and as a solo artist. Naturally, 20 tracks is brief for an artist with a 50-year career, but the songs included here are mostly the obvious ones, with only a few later selections being less universally known. Curiously, four of the six S&G tracks are from the Bridge Over Troubled Water album. Of the solo material, “Slip Slidin’ Away” is the only track that never appeared on a proper studio album. (Its first album appearance was as a new track on the now out-of-print Greatest Hits, Etc.) The songs selected from the post-Graceland period are non-hits. For example, “The Obvious Child” and “Born at the Right Time” from The Rhythm of the Saints, are passed over for the beautiful-but-esoteric “Spirit Voices,” while “Love and Hard Times,” from 2011’s So Beautiful or So What, was chosen over the single “Getting Ready for Christmas Day.” Altogether, this makes the case for Simon’s continued artistic mastery and relevance.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Believe it or not, this is the first single-album Paul Simon retrospective to include highlights from both his days as Simon & Garfunkel and as a solo artist. Naturally, 20 tracks is brief for an artist with a 50-year career, but the songs included here are mostly the obvious ones, with only a few later selections being less universally known. Curiously, four of the six S&G tracks are from the Bridge Over Troubled Water album. Of the solo material, “Slip Slidin’ Away” is the only track that never appeared on a proper studio album. (Its first album appearance was as a new track on the now out-of-print Greatest Hits, Etc.) The songs selected from the post-Graceland period are non-hits. For example, “The Obvious Child” and “Born at the Right Time” from The Rhythm of the Saints, are passed over for the beautiful-but-esoteric “Spirit Voices,” while “Love and Hard Times,” from 2011’s So Beautiful or So What, was chosen over the single “Getting Ready for Christmas Day.” Altogether, this makes the case for Simon’s continued artistic mastery and relevance.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

geofbrit ,

Should have been hits.

Another big hits package. Why not a should have been hits package? There are so many fantastic songs that new listeners should hear.

Dave from Fernley ,

Are you sure, Paul?

Are you sure that the world needs another retrospective LP from you? Isn't this the sixth or seventh time you've slogged down this road? I like your music. But please sir, i beg you. Stop with this. If you want to continue to repackage old stuff, dig through the vaults and repackage stuff that we haven't bought twelve copies of yet.

JVC527 ,

like the songs hate the re repackaging

how about more s & g live performances....preferably before 1971

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