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  • Paul Simon Still Crazy After All These Years

    See in the new Music Direct catalog is available for preorder.
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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  • #2
    When I got the catalog, I called MD to make sure I had preordered all of the One-Step's. So far, this is the list:
    Stevie Ray Vaughan - Couldn’t Stand The Weather
    Paul Simon - Still Crazy After All These Years
    Electric Light Orchestra - Eldorado
    Blood, Sweat and Tears - Blood, Sweat and Tears
    Elvis Presley - From Elvis In Memphis
    Paul Simon - There Goes Rhymin’ Simon
    Eric Clapton - Unplugged
    Crosby, Stills and Nash - Crosby, Stills and Nash
    Muddy Waters - Folk Singer
    Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else
    Last edited by Joe Pittman; 11-20-2020, 01:43 PM.
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    • JCOConnell
      JCOConnell commented
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      with the sheer number of one step titles being released, have any of them been sonic duds?

    • Joe Pittman
      Joe Pittman commented
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      No sonic duds IMO. But as usual, a collector needs to decide if they need "another" pressing of any title... For me, at $125 a crack, it's important that I love the music first.

  • #3
    Originally posted by Joe Pittman View Post
    When I got the catalog, I called MD to make sure I had preordered all of the One-Step's. So far, this is the list:
    Stevie Ray Vaughan - Couldn’t Stand The Weather
    Paul Simon - Still Crazy After All These Years
    Electric Light Orchestra - Eldorado
    Blood, Sweat and Tears - Blood, Sweat and Tears
    Elvis Presley - From Elvis In Memphis
    Paul Simon - There Goes Rhymin’ Simon
    Eric Clapton - Unplugged
    Crosby, Stills and Nash - Crosby, Stills and Nash
    Muddy Waters - Folk Singer
    I think you're missing "Something Else" Joe.
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    • Joe Pittman
      Joe Pittman commented
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      I called MD and you are correct, so I added it to my preorders. Thanks for the heads up. I have edited my list above.

    • timztunz
      timztunz commented
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      No problem Joe!

  • #4


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    Grammy-Winning 1975 Album Reflects on Midlife Circumstance, Relationships, Transitions, and Disillusionment: Features Crafty Jazz-Pop Arrangements and Four Top 40 Hits

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    Exorcising personal demons and reflecting on midlife circumstance, Paul Simon frames Still Crazy After All These Years as a post-divorce statement yet retains cutting humor and lighthearted cynicism that make every song universally appealing. A succession of brooding vocals, jazz-laden arrangements, contagious hooks, and an appearance by the famed Muscle Shoals rhythm section further conspire to make the record a lasting template for mature pop music that offers meaningful contemplation of relationships, transitions, disillusionment, and responsibility. A chart-topping statement that coincided with Simon's ascent as a superstar solo artist, it now sounds more immediate, cunning, and refined than ever courtesy of painstaking restoration.

    Strictly limited to 8,000 numbered copies, pressed on MoFi SuperVinyl at RTI, and mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's ultra-hi-fi UltraDisc One-Step 180g 45RPM 2LP collector's edition enhances the music for generations to come. Surpassing the sonics of any prior version, it provides a clear, transparent, ultra-dynamic view of a record that won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The expanse and depth of the soundstage, fullness of detail, reach of the omnipresent electric piano, and natural bloom and decay of individual notes all reach demonstration-grade levels.

    Visually, the lavish packaging and gorgeous presentation of the UD1S Still Crazy After All These Years pressing befit its select status. Housed in a deluxe box, it features special foil-stamped jackets and faithful-to-the-original graphics that illuminate the splendor of the recording. No expense has been spared. Aurally and visually, this UD1S reissue exists as a curatorial artifact meant to be preserved, touched, and examined. It is made for discerning listeners that prize sound quality and production, and who desire to fully immerse themselves in the art – and everything involved with the album, from the images to the finishes.

    The newfound immediacy, presence, texture, and dark-black backgrounds provided by Mobile Fidelity's UD1S set showcase the scope and craft of Simon's alluring melodies – as well as the intentional conflict between the tense lyrical content and the deceivingly pleasant aura. Still Crazy After All These Years resonates with a decided nasty streak and delves into adult romance with rapier wit. Indeed, in its original review of the album, Rolling Stone pertinently observes, "There is something ominous about the disparity between Simon and Phil Ramone's typically elaborate, creamy production and the downbeat theme of the album."

    Nowhere is the distinction more pronounced than on the seductive, irony-rich smash "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover." Interviewed decades ago about its creation and appeal, Simon explained what makes the track structurally distinct. "I was studying harmony with [bassist Chuck Israels]. Instead of using a minor chord, I use a major chord and go up a step. It is hard to get an interesting key change. I also like to write a bridge and just jump a whole tone up." Needless to say, the approach worked. The song remains Simon's most successful solo hit, and joins three other tunes from the record to have climbed into the Top 40.

    The other charting numbers – the loose-limbed title track (complete with a Michael Brecker saxophone solo), "Gone at Last" (a duet with Phoebe Snow), and "My Little Town" (which reunited Simon with his former partner Art Garfunkel for the first time in nearly five years) – prove equally sharp. In certain ways, Still Crazy After All These Years plays as the musical complement to Woody Allen's signature film Annie Hall, which, coincidentally, Simon would appear as a sleazy record producer. Relatedly, "Have a Good Time" witnesses Simon laughing his way through thinly disguised depression while the kiss-off "You're Kind" distills a splintered romance down to the preference of keeping a window open or closed.

    "And you're good, you're so good/You introduced me to your neighborhood" Simon sings, slicing through pain with stinging zingers and a coy grin that announce the turning over of a new leaf, which culminated with his performing on "Saturday Night Live" in a turkey costume. But that's a story for another day.

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    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
    ________________________________________

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    • Rob
      Rob commented
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      Its a great record but I wish they'd do Hearts and Bones.

  • #5
    If I didn't have the original, I'd get this .....but

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