There Goes Rhymin' Simon

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There Goes Rhymin' Simon
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Studio album by Paul Simon
Released May 5, 1973
Recorded September 1972 – January 1973
Studio Columbia Studios, New York City,
Malaco Recording Studios, Jackson, Mississippi,
Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Sheffield, Alabama
Morgan Studios, London
Genre Pop rock
Length 35:19
Label Columbia, Warner Bros.
Producer Paul Simon, Phil Ramone, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Paul Samwell-Smith, Roy Halee
Paul Simon chronology
Paul Simon
(1972)Paul Simon1972
There Goes Rhymin' Simon
(1973)
Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin'
(1974)Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin'1974
Singles from There Goes Rhymin' Simon
  1. "Kodachrome"
    Released: 1973
  2. "Loves Me Like a Rock"
    Released: July 19, 1973
  3. "American Tune"
    Released: 1973
  4. "Take Me to the Mardi Gras"
    Released: 1973
  5. "Something So Right"
    Released: 1973
  6. "St. Judy's Comet"
    Released: 1973

There Goes Rhymin' Simon is the third solo studio album by American musician Paul Simon rush-released on May 5, 1973. It contains songs covering several styles and genres, such as gospel ("Loves Me Like a Rock") and Dixieland ("Take Me to the Mardi Gras"). It received two nominations at the Grammy Awards of 1974, including Best Male Pop Vocal performance and Album of the Year.

As foreshadowed by the feel-good lead single "Kodachrome" (which reached #2 on the Billboard charts, blocked by Billy Preston's "Will It Go Round in Circles"), There Goes Rhymin' Simon proved to be a bigger hit than its predecessor, reaching #2 on the Billboard 200 chart (kept off the top spot by George Harrison's Living in the Material World), and #1 on Cashbox Magazine for one week on June 30, 1973.[1] In the United Kingdom, the album peaked at #4. Subsequent singles were also the #2 single "Loves Me Like a Rock" (knocked off by Cher's "Half-Breed", but reaching #1 on Cashbox on September 29, 1973), and the Top 40 hit "American Tune". Also "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" was released in the UK reaching the Top 20.

The song "Kodachrome" is named after the Kodak film of the same name. Kodak required the album to note that Kodachrome is a trademark of Kodak. The song was not released as a single in Britain, where it could not be played on BBC radio due to its trademarked name. The song "Was a Sunny Day" has an interesting reference to early rock and roll in the line "She called him Speedo but his Christian name was Mr. Earl" which echoes the chorus from the 1955 song "Speedo" by The Cadillacs: "They often call me Speedo but my real name is Mr. Earl," referring to lead singer, Earl "Speedo" Carroll.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[2]
Blender 4/5 stars[3]
Chicago Tribune 4/4 stars[4]
Christgau's Record Guide B+[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly A−[7]
Record Collector 5/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[9]

Critical praise was practically universal for this album. The Denver Post's Jared Johnson called it "a brilliantly executed masterpiece, and surely the finest album in three years," citing such 1970 releases as Bridge Over Troubled Water and After the Gold Rush.[10] Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times said, "Combining a variety of musical textures (from a touch of gospel to an infectious trace of Jamaican rhythm to a hint of the old Simon and Garfunkel grandeur), Simon's new album firmly establishes him as one of our most valuable and accessible artists."[11] Stephen Holden of Rolling Stone praised the album as "a rich and moving song cycle, one in which each cut reflects on every other to create an ever-widening series of refractions."[12]

However, Stereo Review's Noel Coppage, while giving the album an "excellent" rating, nonetheless felt that it was "deficient in spontaneity, excitement, strain", calling its arrangements "clean and sensible" but "oddly predictable".[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Paul Simon. The melody of "American Tune" was almost note-for-note written by Johann Sebastian Bach (St Matthew Passion), who was not credited on the album. In turn, Bach had imitated the melody of Mein G'mueth ist mir verwirret by Hans Leo Hassler.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Kodachrome" – 3:32
  2. "Tenderness" – 2:53
  3. "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" – 3:27
  4. "Something So Right" – 4:33
  5. "One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor" – 3:44

Side two[edit]

  1. "American Tune" – 3:43
  2. "Was a Sunny Day" – 3:41
  3. "Learn How to Fall" – 2:44
  4. "St. Judy's Comet" – 3:19
  5. "Loves Me Like a Rock" – 3:31

Additional tracks[edit]

In July 2004, the album was digitally remastered and reissued on CD with four bonus tracks:

  1. "Let Me Live in Your City" (work-in-progress) – 4:21
  2. "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" (acoustic demo) – 2:31
  3. "American Tune" (unfinished demo) – 4:03
  4. "Loves Me Like a Rock" (acoustic demo) – 3:24

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Kot, Greg (October 14, 1990). "The Evolution Of Simon's Diverse Solo Career". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 22, 2018. 
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  9. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Paul Simon". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. London: Fireside Books. pp. 736–37. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  10. ^ DENVER POST, "Roundup" section, May 27, 1973, p. 17.
  11. ^ DENVER POST, "Roundup" section, July 29, 1973, p. 20.
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  13. ^ STEREO REVIEW, October 1973, Vol.31, #4, p. 112.
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