A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.
MASTER TAPE SOUND on side one, backed with a great side two! We just finished our first big shootout for this wonderfully fun album, and I gotta tell you — I don’t think any Paul Simon solo album was recorded any better! I can’t imagine that you’ll find a better sounding side than the first side of this copy; it’s doing EVERYTHING right.
AMG gives the album 5 Big Stars, and it’s easy to see why. The songs have a looser feel than the Simon & Garfunkel stuff, with a carefree vibe that really comes through on a Hot Stamper copy. Take, for example, the reggae-tinged Mother And Child Reunion, the Latin-flavored Duncan, and the funky Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard. Each are wonderful songs that just wouldn’t have made much sense on a more serious album like Parsley Sage or Bookends. Not ontly that, but the sidemen on this record are FANTASTIC, including Airto, Stefan Grossman, the great Hal Blaine, Ron Carter, and members of Jimmy Cliff’s backing band providing the authentic Jamaican funk on Mother and Child Reunion. (more…)