Paul Simons persönliche Retrospektive seines bisherigen Schaffens. Songs, auf die er besonders stolz ist, Songs, die besonders erfolgreich waren, nicht nur die klassischen Hits, sondern auch Album Perlen. Diese Auswahl aus 5 Jahrzehnten und mehr als 100 Songs aller Facetten, die Paul Simon geschrieben hat, zeigt wahrlich, was einen Songwriter ausmacht.
Fans von damals und Fans von heute werden von diesem Doppel-Album begeistert sein, das sich der Künstler zum 70.Geburtstag im Oktober schenkt. 32 Songs aus den Jahren 1972 bis 2011, darunter auch Songs aus seinem aktuellen Album "So Beautiful Or So What".
Die wichtigsten Songs: The Sound Of Silence (live 2011), The Boxer (live), Bridge Over Troubled Water (A. Franklin live), Mother And Child Reunion, American Tune, Kodachrome, Late In The Evening, Hearts And Bones, Still Crazy After All These Years, Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes, The Boy In The Bubble, Graceland, Obvious Child, Spirit Voices, Born In Puerto Rico, Quality, Darling Lorraine, Look At That, Senorita With A Necklace Of Tears, That's Me, Another Galaxy, Father And Daughter, Rewrite, Love And Hard Times, So Beautiful Or So What und viele mehr.
Songwriter is a selection of songs, chosen by the composer, as the best of his decades-long creative output. Some of these are well-known hits and others more obscure works, but all bear the distinct lyrical, melodic and rhythmic signature of Paul Simon, one of the great composers of popular song in the last 50 years. As Simon has said, "I think of myself as a songwriter first, the recording artist and performer in me follow in the writer's footsteps."
Simon brought his own unique perspective on the nuances of his catalog in the assemblage of Songwriter, a new anthology of his work handpicked and sequenced by the artist. The album includes an emotionally resonant rendition of "The Sound of Silence," from Simon's 2011 concert at New York's Webster Hall and Aretha Franklin's transcendent studio take on "Bridge Over Trouble Water" and other selections from the artist's critically-acclaimed catalog of songs.
Selecting the individual songs for Songwriter, from the hundreds he's written and recorded, presented Paul Simon an opportunity to reflect over the entirety of his career and showcase the individual songs best exemplifying the high points in his conversations with the muses - from his early work with Simon & Garfunkel through to his ruminations on 2011's So Beautiful or So What. Songwriter includes an emotionally resonant rendition of "The Sound of Silence," from Simon's 2011 concert at New York's Webster Hall.
Songwriter includes liner notes by music journalist Tom Moon, who notes that the collection, "....features commercial landmarks alongside ambitious and often criminally under-appreciated compositions. This structure makes the case that hit-single success is just one (often over-emphasized) measure; inevitably, with an artist who has contributed as much as Simon has, some of the 'smaller' pieces get overlooked.... What you learn, listening to this 'director's cut' sampler from a long career, is that there have always been conversations bubbling inside of Simon's tunes, and those conversations take many forms...."
"Dazwischen immer wieder relativ unbekannte Songs, die diese Rückschau für viele zur wunderschönen Entdeckungsreise machen, die zeigt, welch grandioser Songwriter Paul Simon ist." (Good Times, Dezember 2011 / Januar 2012)
Disk 1 von 2
The Sound Of Silence (Live at Webster Hall 2011)
The Boxer (Live at Central Park 1991)
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Mother And Child Reunion
Peace Like A River
Something So Right
Late In The Evening
Train In The Distance
Hearts And Bones
Still Crazy After All These Years
Rene And George Magritte with Their Dog After The War