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Ten tracks from Paul Simon's illustrious career — new collaborations, fresh arrangements!
Coinciding with the final leg of Homeward Bound — The Farewell Tour, famed singer-songwriter Paul Simon is releasing In The Blue Light featuring collaborations and fresh arrangements for 10 of his favorite songs from his body of work.
"This album consists of songs that I thought were almost right, or were odd enough to be overlooked the first time around. Re-doing arrangements, harmonic structures, and lyrics that didn't make their meaning clear, gave me time to clarify in my own head what I wanted to say, or realize what I was thinking and make it more easily understood." — Paul Simon, July 2018
In the Blue Light, Simon's 14th album, is produced by Simon and Roy Halee, who have worked together since the 1960s. The album features a talented cast of musicians who have joined Simon to lend fresh perspectives on 10 of the artist's favorite (though perhaps less-familiar) songs, drawn from his unparalleled body of work.
Revisiting his repertoire, Simon has selected songs originally appearing on There Goes Rhymin' Simon (1973), Still Crazy After All These Years (1975), One-Trick Pony (1980), Hearts and Bones (1983), The Rhythm of The Saints (1990), You're The One (2000) and So Beautiful Or So What (2011).
Among the many musicians joining Simon on In The Blue Light are jazz icons trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, guitarist Bill Frisell, and drummers Jack DeJohnette and Steve Gadd. Two of the compositions recorded with the New York-based chamber ensemble sextet yMusic, "Can't Run But" and "Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After the War," are being brought to the stage each night as show-stopping highlights on Simon's Homeward Bound - The Farewell Tour.
Simon explains in the album's liner notes, "It's an unusual occurrence for an artist to have the opportunity to revisit earlier works and re-think them; to modify, even completely change parts of the originals.
"Happily, this opportunity also gave me the gift of playing with an extraordinary group of musicians, most of whom I hadn't recorded with before. I hope the listener will find these new versions of old songs refreshed, like a new coat of paint on the walls of an old family home."
|One Man’s Calling Is Another Man’s Floor|
|Can’t Run But|
|How the Heart Approaches What It Yearns|
|Pigs, Sheep and Wolves|
|Rene and Georgette Margritte with Their Dog After The War|
|Some Folks’ Lives Roll Easy|
|Question for the Angels|