June 28, 2011 – 3:00 am

What’s become of rhymin’ Simon?

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Unplugged [Neiltones, 2CD]

Live at Kaufman Astoria Studios, Queens, New York, March 4, 1992. Plus the Willie Nelson Sessions. Excellent soundboard stereo. Taped for MTV Unplugged. Broadcast date June 3, 1992.

The Paul Simon voice is that unique calming instrument that sings for the inner child in us. He has used it to sing obscure English folk tunes and made them popular. He has brought that talent to South American (El Condor Pasa), Jamaican and African tunes. He has also wrote many popular American tunes.

But as the ’70s waited to turn into a new decade, Simon was “slip, slidin’ away”. It was also the title of his second to last hit single in 1977. Plans to record another Simon & Garfunkel album did not materialise. Aside from reunion tours, the duo never released another album of fresh material.

Simon’s hit making continued in the ’80s when he heard African rhythms and felt compelled to travel to South Africa to record a new album with local musicians. Graceland from 1986 and Rhythm Of The Saints, the followup four years later, brought him back into the spotlight. It was a triumph for Simon, the white man singing African and Brazilian-styled music.

Three songs from Rhythm Of The Saints are here on this MTV Unplugged show, Born At The Right Time, The Coast and She Moves On. This was to be Simon’s last big show. Where once Simon moved the audience, in the MTV era the video channel made the stars.

Since then his solo albums have all sputtered. Teaming up with Brian Eno for 2006’s Surprise did not give Simon any U2-like success. TV appearances, tours with Art Garfunkel and tribute concerts have become workman-like for the man who was once Rhymin’ Simon.

This was also Richard Tee’s last performance with Simon.
- The Little Chicken

Thanks to darling who shared this on the late Sharing The Groove site, 2004.

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Disc 1 [71:46]
Track 101. Born At The Right Time (11.7MB)
Track 102. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard (5.6MB)
Track 103. The Boy In The Bubble (10.8MB)
Track 104. The Coast (breakdown) (5.5MB)
Track 105. The Coast (9.6MB)
106. Mrs. Robinson - Omitted*
107. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Omitted*
Track 108. Graceland (11.4MB)
Track 109. Jonah (7.6MB)
Track 110. She Moves On (10.2MB)
Track 111. Still Crazy After All These Years (8.5MB)
Track 112. Cecilia (4.9MB)
Track 113. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (7.6MB)
Track 114. Something So Right (6.6MB)

* Mrs. Robinson released on MTV Unplugged 1.
Bridge Over Troubled Water officially released on MTV Unplugged 3 (2004).

Disc 2 [77:03]
Track 201. The Boxer (9.6MB)
Track 202. Homeward Bound (7.2MB)
Track 203. Scarborough Fair (8.6MB)
Track 204. Born At The Right Time (9.4MB)
Track 205. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard (7.2MB)
Track 206. The Coast (false start) (272k)
Track 207. The Coast (9.7MB)
Track 208. jamming (7.6MB)
Track 209. Late In The Evening (8.1MB)

Willie Nelson, Paul Simon & Edie Brickell live at Farm Aid, Ames, IA, April 24, 1993.
Track 210. The Boxer (7.6MB)
Track 211. Graceland (Nelson sings lead) (8.7MB)
Track 212. Homeward Bound (4.2MB)

Willie Nelson, Paul Simon live at The Big Six-O, April 30, 1993.
Track 213. Graceland (duet) (8.7MB)
Track 214. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (Edie Brickell?) (4.4MB)
Track 215. American Tune (Nelson sings lead) (7.7MB)

Willie Nelson, Paul Simon Saturday Night Live, NYC, May 13, 1993.
Track 216. Graceland (duet) (7.8MB)
Track 217. Still Is Still Moving To Me [This song was written by Simon for Willie Nelson’s Across The Borderline CD, 1993] (6.1MB)

The Lineup for Unplugged:
Paul Simon - vocals, guitar
Ray Phiri - guitar
Vincent Nguini - guitar
John Selolwane - guitar
Armand Sabal-Lecco - bass
Steve Gadd - drums
Richard Tee - piano
Tony Cedras - accordian
Mingo Araujo - congas
Cyro Baptista - percussion

When Paul Simon was invited to perform for MTV Unplugged, his previous album was 1990’s Rhythm Of The Saints. He would not release another album till 1997. Buy the Saints album here.

  1. 21 Responses to “TIME TIME TIME”

  2. Thanks Big-O. This is sweet, sweet, sweet stuff. You ARE the man!

    By Big Joe on Jun 28, 2011

  3. One great timeless American classic artist. While I can’t fault the reviewer’s facts, McCartney and the Stones have had about the same number of “hits” in the top 40 as Paul in the last 20 years. But all of them sell tickets, Paul just played in Seattle in April. Aside from a little mention made of the phenomenal success of the Graceland project it focused mainly on negativity. I’d like reviewers to be peers instead of wannabes, how many hit albums has this writer had since 1980 or has he written or played one song as well as Paul does? I can’t wait for the rest of this!! Thank you kindly!

    By HytekFred on Jun 28, 2011

  4. I have to agree with HyketFred. Because of reviews like this, I considered passing on a Paul Simon concert here in New England a couple years back. Boy am i glad I didn’t - I don’t think I’ve ever been brought to tears by the beautiful majesty of a concert before. Top 20 hits? Who cares. (And by the way, his latest album is quite nice…..)

    By rick on Jun 28, 2011

  5. How about a big BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO to the little chicken for a terrible write up. I really don’t care for Simon solo or with Garfunkel, but to spend the majority of 4 paragraphs comparing his success to that of artists that aren’t even in the same genre is reprehensible!

    How about keeping reviews to reviews about the particular show instead of financial or critical feats?

    To quote Shirley and Company, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Ratt(DeMartini/Pearcy/Child), Jimmy Reed, Aerosmith, Dr. Dog, From First To Last, PJ Harvey, and many more SHAME SHAME SHAME!

    By undead on Jun 29, 2011

  6. The question that should be asked is “what happened to selling music”. The music industry has been responsible for the demise of intelligent lyrics, instrumental virtuosity, and a lot of melody whilst at the same time digging themselves into the declining sales hole by foisting rap upon us as music instead of promoting many great artists as they used to including Paul Simon. The new album is worth air time for sure but why don’t we hear it? Gourmet meals are supplanted by McDonalds, Simon is replaced by rap “music” and the coffin sealed by dismissive critics who unfortunately recognise nothing better. It’s like comparing a Rembrandt to a paint-by-number effort. C’est la vie. Thank you for the rest of the show. By the way Paul’s solo in Central Park 7 months previous was very well attended!!

    By HytekFred on Jun 29, 2011

  7. “By the way Paul’s solo in Central Park 7 months previous was very well attended!!”

    But this is an infinitely better show.

    By Frank Black on Jun 29, 2011

  8. Mrs Robinson was released on MTV Unplugged Vol. 1

    By CJ on Jun 30, 2011

  9. Thanks CJ for your feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Jun 30, 2011

  10. The dumbest and least-informed review to ever appear on this site. I’m not even a huge Paul Simon fan and I know damn well that these “facts” are complete nonsense.

    For one thing: his latest album hit the Billboard Top 5.

    By brianfair on Jun 30, 2011

  11. Anyone who used the word “reprehensible” then quotes Kanye West is a hypocrite.

    By 714Sluggo on Jun 30, 2011

  12. I was with HytekFred until his second post. Fred’s dislike of rap doesn’t diminish it as music. I like some rap, hip hop, etc sometimes purely for style as if it’s in a foreign language, and sometimes for the great intelligence and craft I hear.

    Not always; some I find incomprehensible, baffling or offensive. But it’s a product of its times and its purveyors’ realities. Its trajectory will likely follow that of jazz: performed by the marginalized in the streets long before gaining “establishment” status at Carnegie Hall.

    I wouldn’t play it first, but I wouldn’t write it off en masse either, just like Paul Simon’s lower-selling work.

    That said, the reunion tours with Garfunkel seem to me mostly perfunctory cash cows any more. I believe selling reheated leftovers crowds out new melodies, intelligent lyrics and virtuosity more than selling something like rap does.

    And Sluggo, nobody mentioned Kanye West, whom I’d put way down the list of people in the world to call reprehensible.

    By Motorvilleboy on Jul 3, 2011

  13. Thanks for the backup Motorbilleboy, I probably don’t like Kanye 2 but I seem to recall him crowding someone out at an award show.

    Sluggo, what was quoted that brought Kanye to mind? And what makes me the hypocrite? I’m just tired of reading comparisons and shreddings, instead of reviews related to the free music that we come here for.

    Chicken little pulled it again tonight 7/3. Instead of finding more adjectives to praise Chicken Shack for his review, he winds up slamming Clapton, who I equally don’t care for.

    By undead on Jul 3, 2011

  14. one doesnt care for clapton???!?!?!?!?
    and another likes rap and hip hop??!?!?!?!?
    once these things are said by anyone.. the rest of what they say as far as im concerned is dismissable as nonsense and ridiculous gibberish. i dont feel everyone should have the same tastes that i have dont get me wrong here. but some things are just givens.
    clapton and rap/hiphop are two subjects that any real or serious fans of music shouldnt even be discussing in-so-far-as quality or value etc. to put it in simpler terms for the people who dont like ec and who do like rap (since they likely dont understand what im saying) if u like that shit (or dont in the case of ec) then nothing else u say really matters. be serious.
    its kinda like someone saying they dont like leonardo da vinci and expecting others to take their opinions of art seriously.
    but then i guess there are people who think they have a clue and run around yelling the godfather film sucked but they are fans of the jackass films. hello?!?
    ok im done venting.

    By darth on Jul 7, 2011

  15. thanks, big-O, for the smilin’ simon!


    By I-) on Jul 7, 2011

  16. Darth, if what we say is gibberish, then why add to the quantity? My post wasn’t meant to be about my own taste, but rather to suggest being open minded, a la Jane Scott (read the blurb about her in the latest BigO email) and not throw around words like “reprehensible” and “hypocrite” loosely.

    Undead, I think Sluggo just misread your mention of Kenny Wayne Shepherd as Kanye West.

    By Motorvilleboy on Jul 8, 2011

  17. Thank’s a lot.

    By Walter on Jul 12, 2011

  18. I think Sly Stone said it best, “different strokes for different folks.” So this guy doesn’t care for Paul Simon…who cares? The rest of us do. And why does it matter that someone doesn’t like rap? Perhaps he is judging based solely on “bad rap.”

    Music is such a personal thing, one person can listen to a song and have a completely different experience from another person. That, to me, is what makes it so great. In the end, music should be unifying, not separating. IMHO, arguing about something as subjective as music leads nowhere. To each their own :)

    By Sam on Jul 12, 2011

  19. Does anyone have any info on the quality of this show?

    By Sam on Jul 12, 2011

  20. It is broadcast quality. Very very good.


    By Admin on Jul 13, 2011

  21. As someone raised on hard rock and then punk and indie rock, I didn’t used to consider myself a fan of Paul Simon. But as I get older and (hopefully) wiser, I appreciate Simon’s genius more and more. So thank you for this!

    By Paul on Jun 1, 2013

  22. Regardless of his lack of recent hits, Paul Simon has been doing some excellent work (with the exception of the awful Capeman). “So Beautiful, or So What” is one of his best albums. As he said in “Boy in the Bubble”, “Every generation throws a hero up the pop charts.”
    Thanks for this.

    By Teamster on Nov 23, 2014

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