Complete your Paul Simon collection. Needless to say, my . pressed vinyl copy of this album is shockingly bad. It has loads of non-fill/stitching which is just typical of Rainbo vinyl.
Much of Simon's lyrics touch on themes of spirituality and mortality, which Simon said was unintentional and resulted naturally in his songwriting process for the album. When So Beautiful or So What was released by Hear Music on April 8, 2011, it received widespread acclaim from critics, many of whom considered it Simon's best work in two decades. It appeared on many year-end critics' lists as one of the year's best records. Recording and production. So Beautiful or So What was co-produced by Phil Ramone (pictured in 2009). For So Beautiful or So What, Simon reunited with record producer and former collaborator Phil Ramone, who previously worked with him on Simon & Garfunkel's 1982 live album The Concert in Central Park. According to Simon, the reunion came casually; he told Ramone when they met each other that he was beginning to work on a new album and, as Ramone lived.
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After successful run at self-producing, yielding hits like Graceland (Warner Bros. 1986) and The Rhythm of the Saints (Warner Bros. 1990), Paul Simon reunites with Phil Ramone for So Beautiful or So What, the singer/songwriter's first album since the largely overlooked Surprise (Warner Bros. including So Beautiful-but he's clearly focused on quality over quantity, with Songs from The Capeman (Warner Bros. 1997) his only truly weak recording. Simon's ability to build incrementally, one album, to the next, has been impressive, sometimes making quantum leaps like Graceland, other times consolidating the past on You're the One (Warner Bros.
I don’t think Paul Simon’s ever made a beautiful album. He’s made plenty of beautiful songs though. That made albums that were at least good. That was until a little over a decade ago when; after The Capeman, one of his most melodic sets; the quality of his music suddenly declined. He’s been stuck in an artistic rut ever since. This new album, only his third in all that time, is no return to form.
There's a lot of wry musing on the nature of God, who, in Love Is Eternal Sacred Light, peeves that "most folks don't get when I'm joking", on mortality and what awaits us in the afterlife: queues, forms and fragments of rock'n'roll. Though there’s a lot of God talk in So Beautiful or So What‘s lyrics (Jesus, Buddha, and the Man Himself all put in appearances), this cagey old pro makes room for stray nonsense phrases like bop-bop-a-whoa as well; spirited spirituality is his goal these days. B+ Download These:Gospel pop Getting Ready for Christmas Day at Last. fmBlissful Love & Blessings at Last.
Band Name Paul Simon. Album Name So Beautiful or So What? Type Album. 版公司 Universal Music Group Hear Music. 8. Questions for the Angels. 9. Love and Blessings. So Beautiful or So What. Other productions from Paul Simon. So Beautiful or So What?
Simon’s first album in five years is full of heavy business: life’s meaning, beauty, brutality and brevity. Simon is pushing 70; it’s appropriate that he’s got mortality on his mind. But the songs rarely feel heavy. Exclusive: Paul Simon’s New Video For ‘The Afterlife’. So Beautiful or So What is old-fashioned in its brevity (10 songs, 38 minutes) and vivid in its storytelling. On Love Is Eternal Sacred Light, a roadhouse-blues jam that rides a ghostly techno pulse, a character who appears to be the Almighty (in one of a few album appearances) bitches while driving a pre-owned ’96 Ford down the highway: Check out the radio/Pop-music station/That don’t sound like my music to me. Yeah, yeah: Everyone’s a critic. But Simon’s reveries come through a lens of the present. Getting Ready for Christmas Day dialogues with history by sampling a 1941 sermon about mortality by preacher Rev.
This is Paul Simon’s first album since Surprise five years ago but it has clearly been time well spent. Indeed, you suspect that Simon has been working his 69-year-old ass off: So Beautiful or So What is the kind of effortless-sounding concoction that probably takes considerable effort to create. The arrangements are deft and tasteful, glinting with familiar elements of folk, blues, country and Afro-pop, while Simon’s voice retains the clearness and suppleness of his Sixties youth, like water flowing over pebbles
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|A1||Getting Ready For Christmas Day
Backing Vocals [Background Harmony] – Edie BrickellDrums – Jim OblonGuitar [Electric And Acoustic Rhythm] – Vincent NguiniVocals [Excerpts From Sermon] – Reverend J.M. Gates With congregation*Vocals, Electric Guitar, Percussion – Paul Simon
Drums, Guitar [Slide Baritone] – Jim OblonElectric Guitar – Vincent NguiniVocals, Guitar [12 String Rhythm], Percussion – Paul Simon
Backing Vocals – Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver*Dobro – Joshua SwiftFiddle – Gabe WitcherPercussion [Clay Pot] – V. Suresh-GhatamPercussion [Indian Ensemble, Vocal Syllables Of Percussion] – Karaikudi R. ManiTabla – V.B. MadhusadananVocals, Guitar [Electric And Acoustic], Percussion, Glockenspiel – Paul Simon
Kora – Yacouba SissokoPercussion [Tuned Bass Djembe, Talking Drum, Anglung, Glass Harp, Brushes], Bass – Steve ShehanVocals, Acoustic Guitar, Whistle, Percussion – Paul Simon
|A5||Love And Hard Times
Arranged By – Gil GoldsteinBass – David FinckCello – Jeanne Le Blanc*, Richard LockerClarinet – Charles Pillow, Mary AbtEnglish Horn – Diane LesserFlute – Elizabeth Mann*, Pamela Sklar, Sara CutlerPiano – Mick Rossi Viola – Desiree Elsevier, Lois Martin, Vincent LiontiVocals, Acoustic Guitar, Bells – Paul Simon
|B1||Love Is Eternal Sacred Light
Backing Vocals – Doyle Lawson & QuicksilverDrums, Percussion, Electric Guitar [Drop D] – Jim OblonOther [Electronic Intro] – Chris BearPercussion [Brushes, Cymbal, Conga, Sticks] – Steve ShehanSoloist, Harmonica – Sonny TerryVocals, Electric Guitar [Lead], Percussion, Glockenspiel – Paul Simon
Guitar – Paul Simon
|B3||Questions For The Angels
Celesta [Celeste] – Etienne StadwijkGong, Wind Chimes, Harp [96 Note] – Skip La PlanteHarp – Sara CutlerMarimba – Nancy ZeltsmanVocals, Guitar, Percussion – Paul Simon
|B3||Love & Blessings
Backing Vocals [Background Harmony] – Lulu SimonBass [Danelectro], Drums – Jim OblonClarinet – Dr. Michael WhiteVocals [Excerpts From 1938 Recording] – The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet*Vocals, Guitar [Acoustic, Nylon And Moog], Percussion – Paul Simon
|B5||So Beautiful Or So What
Acoustic Guitar – Vincent NguiniBansuri – Steve GornBass, Resonator Guitar, Percussion [Angklung, Crotales, Saz] – Steve ShehanDrums – Jim OblonVocals, Electric Guitar, Glockenspiel – Paul Simon
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Paul Simon
- Copyright (c) – Paul Simon
- Licensed To – Starcon, LLC
- Lacquer Cut At – Sterling Sound
- Mastered At – Record Technology Incorporated – 19699
- Pressed By – Rainbo Records – S-75659
- Pressed By – Rainbo Records – S-75660
- Art Direction, Design – Geoff Gans
- Artwork – Sven Geier
- Engineer [Recorded By] – Andy Smith
- Liner Notes – Elvis Costello
- Mastered By – Greg Calbi
- Mastered By [Vinyl] – RJ*
- Mixed By – Phil Ramone
- Photography By [Band] – Kevin Mazur
- Photography By [Portrait] – Mark Seliger
- Producer – Paul Simon, Phil Ramone
- Written-By – Paul Simon
NotesTrack A1, excerpts from "Getting Ready For Christmas Day" sermon, recorded October 1941 by Reverend J.M. Gates with congregation, used by permission of Document Records Ltd.
Track B1, excerpts from "Train Whistle Blues", used by permission of Document Records Ltd. and Modern Music Publishing Co.
Track B4, excerpts from "Golden Gate Gospel Train", recorded by The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet in 1938, used by permission of Document Records Ltd.
℗&© 2011 Paul Simon. Under exclusive license to StarCon, LLC d/b/a Hear Music.
Comes with a download code card for the entire album in 24 bit 96kHz high resolution plus a bonus track of the live rehersal of "So Beautiful or So What".
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 8 88072 32837 2
- Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched): HRM-32837-01A RJ S-75659 19699.1...
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- Matrix / Runout (Both sides runout stamped): STERLING
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