There Goes Rhymin' Simon

Label
Legacy Recordings
Release date
1973
Running length
38 tracks
Running time
130:24

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Kodachrome 3:33 149,145
2 Tenderness 2:50 18,740
3 Take Me to the Mardi Gras 3:30 38,319
4 Something So Right 4:30 54,160
5 One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor 3:47 12,222
6 American Tune 3:44 47,521
7 Was a Sunny Day 3:44 12,791
8 Learn How to Fall 2:47 12,571
9 St. Judy's Comet 3:21 31,211
10 Loves Me Like a Rock 3:32 76,901
11 Let Me Live in Your City (work-in-progress) 0:00 263
11 Let Me Live In Your City (Work In Progress) (Previously Unissued) 4:20 858
12 Take Me to the Mardi Gras (Acoustic Demo) (Previously Unissued) 2:29 74
12 Take Me to the Mardi Gras (acoustic demo) 2:28 2,357
13 American Tune (unfinished demo) 4:01 4,896
13 American Tune (Unfinished Demo) (Previously Unissued) 4:01 78
14 Loves Me Like a Rock (Acoustic Demo) (Previously Unissued) 3:24 75
14 Loves Me Like a Rock (acoustic demo) 3:23 2,695
One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor (Album Version) 3:48 11
American Tune (LP Version) 3:47 20
Was A Sunny Day (Album Version) 3:44 10
Learn How To Fall (Album Version) 2:48 10
St. Judy's Comet (LP Version) 3:17 18
Loves Me Like A Rock (Album Version) 3:32 56
Kodachrome* (Remastered Album Version) 3:34 746
Tenderness (Remastered Album Version) 2:54 629
Take Me To The Mardi Gras (Remastered Album Version) 3:30 705
Something So Right (Remastered Album Version) 4:35 713
American Tune (Remastered Album Version) 3:44 771
Was A Sunny Day (Remastered Album Version) 3:43 687
Learn How To Fall (Remastered Album Version) 2:47 754
Loves Me Like A Rock (Remastered Album Version) 3:32 661
One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor (Remastered Album Version) 3:46 719
St. Judy's Comet (Remastered Album Version) 3:20 727
Kodachrome* (Album Version) 3:35 13
Take Me To The Mardi Gras (Album Version) 3:31 141
Tenderness (Album Version) 2:56 8
Something So Right (Album Version) 4:37 107

About this album

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. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

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