There Goes Rhymin' Simon [Remastered & Expanded]

There Goes Rhymin' Simon [Remastered & Expanded]

by Paul Simon

CD(Bonus Tracks / Reissue)

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Retaining the buoyant musical feel of Paul Simon, but employing a more produced sound, There Goes Rhymin' Simon found Paul Simon writing and performing with assurance and venturing into soulful and R&B-oriented music. Simon returned to the kind of vocal pyrotechnics heard on the Simon & Garfunkel records by using gospel singers. On "Love Me Like a Rock" and "Tenderness" (which sounded as though it could have been written to Art Garfunkel), the Dixie Hummingbirds sang prominent backup vocals, and on "Take Me to the Mardi Gras," Reverend Claude Jeter contributed a falsetto part that Garfunkel could have handled, though not as warmly. For several tracks, Simon traveled to the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios to play with its house band, getting a variety of styles, from the gospel of "Love Me Like a Rock" to the Dixieland of "Mardi Gras." Simon was so confident that he even included a major ballad statement of the kind he used to give Garfunkel to sing: "American Tune" was his musical State of the Union, circa 1973, but this time Simon was up to making his big statements in his own voice. Though that song spoke of "the age's most uncertain hour," otherwise Rhymin' Simon was a collection of largely positive, optimistic songs of faith, romance, and commitment, concluding, appropriately, with a lullaby ("St. Judy's Comet") and a declaration of maternal love ("Loves Me Like a Rock") -- in other words, another mother-and-child reunion that made Paul Simon and There Goes Rhymin' Simon bookend masterpieces Simon would not improve upon (despite some valiant attempts) until Graceland in 1986. [A remastered, expanded edition was released in 2011.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2011
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886978202222
catalogNumber: 782022
Rank: 36347

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Simon   Primary Artist,Guitar
Dixie Hummingbirds   Vocals
Richard Davis   Acoustic Bass
Bob James   Keyboards
Grady Tate   Drums
Pete Carr   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bob Cranshaw   Bass,Electric Bass
Airto Moreira   Percussion
Barry Beckett   Piano,Keyboards,Vibes
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
Don Elliott   Vibes
Gordon Edwards   Bass
Alexander Gafa   Guitar
Paul Griffin   Piano
Roger Hawkins   Percussion,Drums
David Hood   Bass
Rev. Claude Jeter   Falsetto
Jimmy Johnson   Electric Guitar
Rick Marotta   Drums
Onward Brass Band   Horn
Jerry Puckett   Guitar
Vernie Robbins   Bass
Bobby Scott   Piano
David Spinozza   Guitar
Terre Roche   Vocals
James Straud   Drums
Carson Witsett   Organ
Maggie Roche   Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Simon   Composer,Producer
Quincy Jones   String Arrangements
Milton Glaser   Cover Design
Roy Halee   Producer,Engineer
Jerry Masters   Engineer
Del Newman   String Arrangements
Roger Quested   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer,Engineer
Paul Samwell-Smith   Producer
Allen Toussaint   Horn Arrangements
Eddie Simon   Management
Gerald Stephenson   Engineer
Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section   Producer
Jeff Kramer   Management

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