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  • WINGS: LONDON TOWN: 1978: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This was the first Paul new release -after I had been bitten by The Beatles bug- and as a result is probably hold my personal record as the most played mediocre album in my collection. I played it to death in the spring- summer of 1978. At the time I thought it was a great album- now- I don’t. Some good songs but overall nothing to get excited about. With A Little Luck was a #1 hit. The album peaked at #2.

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  • JONI MITCHELL: TRAVELOGUE: 2002: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A double album of orchestra re-recordings of songs from her earlier career- which is basically what the previous album Both Sides Now was. It won a Grammy but no one was buying it.  One disc would have been more than enough.


  • PAUL SIMON: SONGS FROM THE CAPEMAN: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: It had been seven years since The Rhythm Of The Saints- and a correction yesterday I stated that it won the Grammy for Best Album and Best Producer- it was only nominated it didn’t win.  What was Simon doing in those seven years- his most ambitions project- a Broadway musical called The Capeman. The Capeman would end up losing 11 million dollars and the album didn’t sell well either. Actually while I am not wild about the album it’s not that bad. It tells the story of Salvador Agron- The Capeman with doo wop and Puerto Rican rhythms. Not your typical Paul Simon album. The Capeman flopping was a big blow to Simon’s confidence.

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  • PAUL SIMON: YOU’RE THE ONE: 2000: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Simon’s first regular solo album in ten years. This album was nominated for the Grammy for Best Album which made it 5 decades in a row where Simon had an album up for Best Album- the Paul’s -Simon and McCartney’s share that record. This album was also a rather low key affair-no use of World Music- just a singer-songwriter type album. A strong album that has been pretty much ignored.