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« on: January 11, 2009, 06:03:04 AM »

I've always been a Paul Simon fan, there are too many favourite songs of his to mention. I've listened to his version of Anji (Sounds of Silence album) again yesterday  drool ..... - he is such a gifted guitarist, musician, and writer.. I love the way in how Anji follows from "somewhere they can find me". The guitar's tone on that song is commendable, and I would love to have a guitar with similar tone to that one. Also the famous intro to "Homeward Bound".
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2009, 02:26:41 PM »

My only criticism of Mr. Simon is that he doesn't play as much guitar as I'd like him to on his later albums.
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2009, 08:44:38 PM »

His self titled first solo album is unbelievable...  great stylistic variety, and everything is recorded very warm and clean.  One of my favorites.

I learned "Anji" off the Paul Simon recording, it's definitely easier to follow than the Bert Jansch version (though I'm crazy about that one, too!)
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2009, 10:29:03 PM »

Check out the winter 2008 issue of The Fretboard Journal for some insight from Nashville guitarist Fred Carter, Jr. who played guitar on the song"The Boxer" with Paul Simon. I just picked up an issue today along with "Martin Guitars: A History" so I have plenty to read for a while.
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2009, 12:27:23 AM »

My only criticism of Mr. Simon is that he doesn't play as much guitar as I'd like him to on his later albums.
 

I agree, and feel the same way about James Taylor's newer stuff.  Both are high level acoustic players and stand on their own quite well I think.  JT plays a Ryan which you can't even appreciate on his current, Covers, because there's too many others playing along on every cut.  It's over produced for my taste.  I think that Simon's "band" projects are more inspiring, the instuments blend better; Simon seems to evolve all the time, pushing himself in new directions. 

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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2009, 12:52:52 PM »

 

I agree, and feel the same way about James Taylor's newer stuff.  Both are high level acoustic players and stand on their own quite well I think.  JT plays a Ryan which you can't even appreciate on his current, Covers, because there's too many others playing along on every cut.  It's over produced for my taste.  I think that Simon's "band" projects are more inspiring, the instuments blend better; Simon seems to evolve all the time, pushing himself in new directions. 

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 +1 and isn't it sad Dave how artists like JT played their best music with "lesser" guitars? Now that "everybody who's somebody" flood them with their terrific instruments, they over-produce - I couldn't have said it better. Sting is another - most disappointing.... who'll ever forget his acoustic live version of Roxanne?
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2009, 02:36:42 PM »

JT's "Sweet Baby James" is one of my favorite albums.  On many of the songs there's a good handful of other musicians adding their special seasoning to the mix and like a great stew, my ears love the taste.  You can actually hear Taylor's very fine playing even in the thickest mix.  I think he'd be doing himself a real big favour if he gave me the Ryan, told all his musician friends to fend for themselves, grab his old Gibson and get back to basics.  Hey, I'd even pay the shipping.
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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2009, 01:18:07 PM »

My only criticism of Mr. Simon is that he doesn't play as much guitar as I'd like him to on his later albums.
I agree 100%. With that kind of talent, I would hope it would always be a little more prominant in his albums.

I've been messing around with a lot of PS tunes recently. For Hanukkah, my wife gave me a book of his lyrics from 1964 to 2008. It's amazing to find songs he wrote that I didn't know he wrote because someone else made them popular... Red Rubber Ball for example.
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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2009, 06:07:42 PM »

I agree 100%. With that kind of talent, I would hope it would always be a little more prominant in his albums.

... Red Rubber Ball for example.

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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2009, 06:24:42 PM »

The guitar's tone on that song is commendable, and I would love to have a guitar with similar tone to that one. Also the famous intro to "Homeward Bound".

Not sure if he was playing it on that song but Paul played a Guild JF-30 for years.

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« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2009, 09:49:28 PM »

I've always liked Paul but I do prefer his earlier stuff. I've been playing Homeward Bound quite a bit recently. I kinda like the live version with Willie Nelson. It doesn't sound that good when I play it that slow though. 
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« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2009, 05:16:07 AM »

I think Anji was the second song I learned to finger pick after House of the Rising Sun.
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« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2009, 06:06:10 AM »

I think Anji was the second song I learned to finger pick after House of the Rising Sun.
+1 Not Anji, but House of the rising sun - everybody I know started off with that song!!! My first song was "love is all around" by the Troggs.
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« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2009, 06:08:29 AM »

Homeward Bound : I kinda like the live version with Willie Nelson. It doesn't sound that good when I play it that slow though. 
+1 Yeah I loved watching that one too. How's the sound of that OM Martin that Paul Used there? - wow!!!
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« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2009, 07:16:01 AM »

Like ducktrapper says, I'd also like to hear his playing a little more. He studied with the same classical guitar teacher that my brother did (Alexander Bellow). He is a fantastic guitar player whom I've followed since the early days with Art. Besides Bessie Smith's music, I think Paul Simon has probably had the most & best influence on me. Check out "Paraphernalia" on his first solo album. Love it !
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« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2009, 07:37:07 PM »

+1 Not Anji, but House of the rising sun - everybody I know started off with that song!!! My first song was "love is all around" by the Troggs.

Not to hijack a thread, but it would be interesting to know "first song learned"

I started with "Gloria" and moved up to the "House of the Rising Sun" (Animals version)

Wild Thing came first

And just so it's not a total hijack....."Duncan" is one of my all time favorites, followed by 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.
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« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2009, 08:12:28 PM »

I  saw Paul Simon in Detroit at the Fox theater and it was one of the best shows I ever seen that was  two years ago. Would anyone know how  old he is. I love the Graceland album.
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« Reply #17 on: February 03, 2009, 08:21:06 PM »

Paul Simon is 67.

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« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2009, 04:48:52 AM »

I still count one of his concerts among the top 3-5 I have ever been to. I saw him many years ago. The tour after the Rhythm of the Saints came out. Tremendous band, a hybrid of the Africans and the Brazilians, it included Milton Nascimento's long time drummer, Robertinho Silva's sons, on percussion. As was the case with another of the top 3-5 concerts, the amazing Stevie Wonder, Simon also drew, at will, from all points of his 30 + years worth of catalogue. Both did all of the styles they covered extremely proud. Simon with interesting reworks of the classics and Wonder with astonishing recreations (down to the little Stevie voice on Fingertips). 
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