The Concert in Central Park was the first Simon & Garfunkel album I ever heard. Released in 1982, this recording of the late-1991 benefit concert was my gateway to the duo’s music and also to a half dozen of Paul Simon’s solo tunes.
In fact, it wasn’t until I started diving into Simon & Garfunkel’s catalog that I realized tracks such as ‘Late in the Evening,’ ‘Slip Slidin’ Away,’ ‘Kodachrome’ and ‘Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard’ were actually solo tracks written and recorded after their breakup. I mean, they sound so good performed by both men.
Back in December, I did a theme week on Simon and Garfunkel, singling out five songs from their brief but storied pairing. But of course the S&G albums are but a small piece of the overall Paul Simon puzzle, so I’m now turning my attention to the man’s solo career. I’ll highlight a song from each of his solo albums over the next two weeks.
Simon and Garfunkel broke up in 1970 and two years later Simon released his first solo album. That self-titled “debut,” I’m ashamed to say, is one of two Paul Simon albums I do not own. Despite my efforts to be a completist when it comes to my favorite artists, I still do have some weird holes in my CD collection.