Paul Simon - Rhymin' In NYC (2CD)


The late 1990s were a difficult time for Paul Simon. His stage-play 'The Capeman' - written with poet and playwright Derek Walcott - which Simon had been working on for most of the decade, opened on broadway in 1998, was panned by critics and it ran for less than 70 performances before closing. The accompanying album, Songs From The Capeman, received very mixed reviews and was commercially unsuccessful, failing to reach the Billboard Top 40. It remains Paul Simon's poorest selling record to date. However, entering the new millennium, Simon regained a respectable reputation, offering critically acclaimed new material and receiving commercial attention. In 1999, Simon embarked on a North American tour with Bob Dylan, where each alternated as headline act with a middle section where they performed together, starting on the first of June and ending September 18. The collaboration was generally well-received. In an attempt to return successfully to the music market, Simon wrote and recorded a new album very quickly, with You're the One arriving in October 2000. The album consisted mostly of folk-pop compositions combined with foreign musical sounds, particularly grooves from North Africa. While not reaching the commercial heights of previous releases, it managed to enter both the British and American Top 20. It received favourable reviews and received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. He toured extensively in support of the album, and his performance at New York's Beacon Theatre on December 8th 2000 was recorded for live FM Broadcast along the US east coast.

Track Listing

Disc 1:

That's Where I Belong
One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor
You're The One
50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
That Was Your Mother
Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard
The Teacher
Spirit Voices
Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
You Can Call Me Al
Old Friends/Bookends
Homeward Bound
I Am A Rock
Darling Lorraine
Disc 2:

The Boy In The Bubble
American Tune
The Coast
Late In The Evening
The Late Great Johnny Ace
Hurricane Eye
Still Crazy After All These Years
Pigs, Sheep and Wolves
Mrs. Robinson
The Boxer

Release date 10.11.2019