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HeadlinePaul Simon album "In the blue light "on audio now

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Gerard
Aug-30-2018, 21:57 GMT
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I happened to find the pre-release of Paul Simon`s new album "In the Blue Light".

This album is to be listened to by audio on:

https://http://www.npr.org/2018/08/30/641385734/first-list
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Han
Sep-03-2018, 09:02 GMT
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Thanks Gerard! This album is great way to put some less known diamonds into the spotlight.

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Bodo
Sep-03-2018, 17:01 GMT
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Thanks Gerard

Versions you like more, versions you like less?

Allowed to discuss? :-)

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Gerard
Sep-04-2018, 01:16 GMT
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You`re welcome Bodo!

Of course it is allowed to discuss whether what other Paul Simon fans will like more or not regarding these ten songs.

Today a Dutch quality paper ranked this new album of Paul Simon with 5 stars!

I will try to translate this article coming from this paper - for the Dutch members I will give the link - here:

Paul Simon werpt nieuw licht op zijn rijke oeuvre https://http://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2018/09/03/paul-simon-wer
pt-nieuw-licht-op-zijn-rijke-oeuvre-a1615088
via @nrc

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Gerard
Sep-04-2018, 01:27 GMT
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Translation of this article:

Paul Simon sheds new light on his rich oeuvre
It is his perhaps last solo album. At In The Blue Light Paul Simon reinterprets a dozen songs from his productive songwriter history.

Two months after his Dutch farewell to the concert stage, Paul Simon arrives Friday with his fourteenth and possibly final solo album. At In The Blue Light he reinterprets a dozen songs from his prolific songwriter history, reunited with Bridge Over Troubled Water producer Roy Halee and with guest contributions from Wynton Marsalis, Steve Gadd and the classical ensemble yMusic.


Simon (76) did not choose the obvious hits, but jewels like the understated 'Darling Lorraine' and the surprisingly humorous 'Pigs, Sheep and Wolves'. His interpretation of 'RenÚ and Georgette Magritte with their Dog after the War', in which he brings together the Magritte and the forbidden music of the 'fifties' in cultural circles in the early fifties.

As a singer, Paul Simon overtook his Old duet partner Art Garfunkel on the right. Listen in this connection to his longing 'Love', in which he holds a fragile tone for six seconds without autotune or production tricks. In The Blue Light a new, and certainly not always blue, light casts on a dizzyingly rich oeuvre.

The above mention song is:

Paul Simon - RenÚ and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After the War (Audio)

https://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVLLhXjN7ak

IMO this is one of Paul Simon most wonderful transformed songs with co÷peration by #Ymusic!

If you give this song a good listening you are able to hear the voice of the late Vincent N`guini: may God bless his soul!

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Bodo
Sep-04-2018, 09:21 GMT
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I hear what you mean (Vincent?).. how do you know it is Vincent saying those words?
Interesting he is not mentioned in the credits.

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Bodo
Sep-04-2018, 09:59 GMT
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I think those songs need a few more listenings to see how they grow on you.

Till now I like those versions more than the original:

One mans ceiling
* Brilliant new version, Pauls voice is much better than on the original recording. The timing and rhythm is also better.

Love
* just beautiful. Close to the original, but in any way better.

Pig, Sheep and wolves
* The new arrangement is much better. By any way. Tells a brilliant story. I only dislike the word "iphones" on it. It is not timeless (while a camera will always be a camera, in abouth 500 years someone might ask: whats an iphone??)

The Teacher
* Brilliant. I love the guitars. Good sax solo. Much better rhythm. The original is just boring compared to this one. I love the 2002 Paris version. This arrangement is even better.


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Not sure about those:

Questions for the angels:
* Nothing much has changed to my ears. I would say the new version is better, sounds clearer. Anyway I have never been a big fan of that song.


Rene and Georgette...
* I like the singin on the original version more. It feels more like a waltz. Softer voice. Especially the part "side by side they fell asleep.." is the one I am always waiting for on the H&B version. The new one is deconstructed, simplified. I understand the original arrangement sounds a little bit cheesy, like a movie-soundtrack, but a very good one. On the new version y-music is brilliant. Pauls voice is still very good, strong, clear.


Darling Lorraine
- I need to listen more. Whats going on with his singin at around 4:28 ?? It is like a error, but for sure it is an effect he wants to have. Sounds like he walked away from the microphone. Is there someone singin background vocals with him (Edie?)



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Those I like less

Can't run but
* (makes me nervous, that kind of music is not my cup of tea... the original had an interesting mix of beeing laid-back and upbeat at the same moment, but this is gone here, the new version is just too much


How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns
I admit I am not a big fan of this jazz-sax-piano arrangements. Especially I do not like those high notes on the piano. Interestingly this version reminds me of another song, but I can not say which one. I thought it is "I Do It For Your Love" from 2004...but it is not.
Again, I really love the mood of the original version, it is a smooth ambient song. The new one sounds more like a solo-jazz album from instrumentalists.

Some folks live...
* Sounds like an extended-bar-jazz version. I can not hear a lot of new inventions on that one. It sounds too much like a Piano-Bar band just sits together and jams around, and someone sings a different song around the jamming. Sorry. I just can not hear any "Paul Simon" on that recording.



Overall: Paul seems to love that more nervous piano playing nowadays, all on the highest notes (Geklimper!). Something I really do not enjoy that much. It would be enough to have that on 1 song.

I gave longer explanations to the new arrangement I do not like, cause I wanted to explain what it is exactly.

I would say it is half/half. Especially the YTO songs I like more.

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Bodo
Sep-04-2018, 10:08 GMT
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So, someone can come up now and say: For me it is the exact opposite, I like the other songs more, and the YTO songs less ;-)

It is just taste, nothing more.
I am originally a Paul Simon fan because of Graceland and ROTS. Then the latin songs from The Capeman.
Later I started listening to his more relaxing blues songs from the 70s (the classics like Something So Right...)

I never became a big S&G folk-music fan, beside their hits. I like Pauls live arrangements always more than the originals from the 60s

And I am also not into jazz or 12-tone music or anything that could become un-pleasing if it just played as background-music.

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Gerard
Sep-04-2018, 20:27 GMT
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Bodo: you asked where the late Vincent is to be found.

Vincent was present in the studio by recording the album of Paul Simon "In The Blue Light":

Paul Simon - The Story of In The Blue Light

https://http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v
=Wu2f5LHnVKk

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Gerard
Sep-04-2018, 20:27 GMT
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Bodo: you asked where the late Vincent is to be found.

Vincent was present in the studio by recording the album of Paul Simon "In The Blue Light":

Paul Simon - The Story of In The Blue Light

https://http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v
=Wu2f5LHnVKk

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Bodo
Sep-04-2018, 23:10 GMT
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You mean he was there all time? How do you know? I only see him in 1 song.

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Gerard
Sep-05-2018, 23:01 GMT
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This is the only thing I know Bodo. Maybe other members on this forum will know more?

By the way: this nite Paul Simon will restart his last leg of 11 concerts in #USA.

I am not posting anymore for a couple of days for the following reasons. Each day I find a lot of Paul Simon news to share. I decided not to do it here for personal reasons.

There are a lot of other members on this site too
I do not want to see to be mentioned so very often.
Very curious how Paul will sound coming night!

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Erwin
Sep-06-2018, 12:36 GMT
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He stops writing new music.
http://ultimateclassicrock.com/paul-simon-finished
-writing-music/


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Erwin
Sep-06-2018, 12:44 GMT
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Listen to the interview...
https://http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2018/09/05/64
4544793/paul-simon-says-im-finished-writing-music?
utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&u
tm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_conte
nt=20180905

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Bodo
Sep-06-2018, 17:03 GMT
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no he did not say he will stop writing music.

pure interpretation.
there was just no urge to write a new song in the last 2 years.
anyway, he recorded a full album in a short time, and toured in 2017 and 2018.

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