Paul Simon
Negotiations And Love Songs 1971-1986
Label ©  Warner Bros
Release Year  1988
Length  1:03:07
Genre  Singer / Songwriter
Personal Star Rating [1-5]  
  Ref#  P-0162
Bitrate  ~205 Kbps
    Track Listing:
      Mother And Child Reunion  
      Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard  
      Something So Right  
      St. Judy's Comet  
      Loves Me Like A Rock  
      Have A Good Time  
      50 Ways To Leave Your Lover  
      Still Crazy After All These Years  
      Late In The Evening  
      Slip Slidin' Away  
      Hearts And Bones  
      Train In The Distance  
      Rene And Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War  
      Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes  
      You Can Call Me Al  
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      This two-record set on one CD collects 16 Paul Simon hits from his solo career after Simon & Garfunkel without much rhyme or reason. The selections are not in chronological order and several of the cuts are oddly chosen. Those minor points aside, there are some landmark works presented on these discs. "Hearts and Bones" is a brilliant depiction of a crumbling love affair, while "Slip Slidin' Away" uncovers the hurt of divorce and middle age with a groove that's pure mid-'70s decadent. Simon's infatuation with rhythm is all over the place, from the reggae of "Mother and Child Reunion" to the South African bounce of "You Can Call Me Al." --Rob O'Connor

      Review by William Ruhlmann

      Paul Simon replaced his earlier compilation, Greatest Hits, Etc. (1977), with this one, allowing Hits to go out of print. Fans may well wish that he had simply put together a Greatest Hits, Etc., Vol. 2 instead, however, since this is a case of a 16-track album covering 15 years replacing a 14-track album covering five years while containing nine of the same songs. All the major hits have been retained (though "Mother and Child Reunion" and "Loves Me Like a Rock" each have been shortened by 15 seconds), along with some of Simon's odd album track choices, such as "Have a Good Time." From the post-1977 period, you have the 1980 Top Ten hit "Late in the Evening," three selections from the underrated Hearts and Bones, and two from Graceland. (The original double-LP version of Negotiations and Love Songs contained a third, the Grammy Record of the Year-winning title song, but the in-print CD and cassette versions do not.) The result is more sampler than compilation. An artist of Simon's caliber is difficult to condense, and most of the tracks here are worthy, but as a single-album career retrospective, this could have been better.
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