Paul Simon

This is not just about Paul Simon and his incomprehensible lyrics, it’s about the great sound he gets, esp. the dynamic, pro-active bass in the hands of someone who knows how to use it, e.g. Bakithi Kumalo on the Graceland album and in this clip here:

And one with Art Garfunkel:

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4 comments for “Paul Simon

  1. fos
    July 20, 2019 at 19:10

    We are into telepathy tonight, it seems.

    I was going to follow up on your piece about ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ by pointing out how much better the commercial version was. I got sick of the original after a minute.

    In fact, I had the same experience with Graceland. Doing their own stuff, the SA backing performers were OK, as were the Cajun Zydeco, but not worth a second listen IMO. I still have a lot of their stuff in my car – but never listen to it. Paul Simon added his genius and it was all raised to another level.

    That’s why I thought all the grumbling after Graceland that Simon had purloined the SA musicians ideas was so annoying – without him they were pretty useless and only followed to this day by the world music hippies.

    One of the things I really like about NO is the eclectic music – stuff I would not normally look at. Thanks for that.

    • July 20, 2019 at 19:11

      And of course, it’s two way – make sure you list your likes as well.

      I agree it was bollox, that controversy – he refined what they had and it swept the world. This was a nice collaboration:

  2. Doonhamer
    July 21, 2019 at 20:17

    Wot’s SA?
    Only askin’.

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