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Surprise (2006)

Artist: Paul Simon
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Format: CD
Sku: 202469908
UPC: 093624998228
UPC 14: 00093624998228
Release Date: 5/9/2006
Sales Rank: 1289
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. How Can You Live in the Northeast? ~ Paul Simon
2. Everything About It Is A Love Song ~ Paul Simon
3. Outrageous ~ Paul Simon
4. Sure Don't Feel Like Love ~ Paul Simon
5. Wartime Prayers ~ Paul Simon
6. Beautiful ~ Paul Simon
7. I Don't Believe ~ Paul Simon
8. Another Galaxy ~ Paul Simon
9. Once Upon A Time There Was An Ocean ~ Paul Simon
10. That's Me ~ Paul Simon
11. Father And Daughter ~ Paul Simon

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Paul Simon (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Paul Simon (vocals); Adrian Simon, Adriana Simon, Jessy Dixon Singers (vocals); Alex Al (bass instrument); Abraham Laboriel, Sr. , Pino Palladino (bass guitar); Andy Smith (programming); Vincent Nguini (acoustic guitar); Bill Frisell (electric guitar); Herbie Hancock (piano); Gil Goldstein (harmonium, keyboards); Leo Abrahams (fretless bass); Robin Dimaggio, Steve Gadd (drums); Jamey Haddad (percussion); Brian Eno (electronics).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Tchad Blake.
Muze PNote Recording information: Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA; Clinton Studios, NY; Lansdowne Studios, London, England; Mayfair Studios, London, England; Ocean Way, Nashville, TN; Right Track Studios, NY; sony Studios, NY; the Hit Factory, NY.
Muze PNote Photographers: Paul Simon; Loreto Caceres; Charles Duke; Peter Zander; Foster Witt; Laurent Millet; Paul Treacy; Jason Todd; Erika Larsen; Geoff Spear; Michael Vitti.
Muze PNote As a master craftsman of song, Paul Simon takes his time between albums. SURPRISE arrived six years after its 2000 predecessor YOU'RE THE ONE, but proved to be well worth the wait. In the realization of a process that was already beginning on that earlier album, SURPRISE fully assimilates the international influences of GRACELAND and RHYTHM OF THE SAINTS into a style that's equally polyrhythmic yet indebted to no lone cultural tradition. It doesn't hurt that this is a historic collaboration with producer Brian Eno, who's been delving into pan-ethnic waters since 1981's MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOSTS.
Muze PNote For his part, Eno adds more electronics to the mix than Simon has ever employed before, but like the former's trademark, they're of a warm, organic nature. Ultimately, they add as much propulsion to the tunes as Simon's world-music percussionists of yore did, and they're fully integrated with Simon's own graceful acoustic guitar patterns. A continually evolving artist, Simon leaves structural convention ever further behind; the vocal syncopations and poetic imagery are unmistakable, but they consistently flout expectation. Lyrically, SURPRISE makes its post-9/11 and post-Katrina allusions clearly but subtly, joining with the electro-acoustic musical approach in making this an album of, but not bound to, its time.

Producer: Paul Simon; Paul Simon

Engineer: Chris Testa; Claudius Mittendorfer; Dan Gross; Moffat, Derek; Ryan Simms; Zach McNees; Bryan Smith; Dan Bucchi; Laurence Brazil; Scrap Marshall; Jimmy Briggs; Mike Peters; Andy Smith; Bryan Russell; Charlie Paakkari

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Live & Kickin
Muze Music Compilations Across The Borderline
Muze Music Compilations Maid In Manhattan (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Family Time
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniv Rock Roll Hall Of Fame C
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniv Rock Roll Hall Of Fame C
Muze Music Compilations Singers Songwriters
Muze Music Compilations Traveler
Muze Music Compilations Muppets (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Royal Tenenbaums (Collector's Edition) (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Wish I Was Here (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Muscle Shoals (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Singer
Muze Music Compilations Hidden Gems

Associated Artists and Works

Cunliffe, Bill
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
New York Voices
Original Soundtrack

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/09/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 9362499822
Music Label Name Label : Warner Bros.
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00093624998228

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.229)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Eno outfits some of Simons' most elegant songs with spacey accouterments..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.75)
- "[W]ith moments of stellar songwriting....Eno finds a smart way to accent Simon's worry lines." -- Grade: A-

Q (p.114)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Eno's washes of sound are present and correct. He also appears to have given Simon's still bittersweet voice a deeper, warmer timbre."

Q (p.123)
- Ranked #32 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "A timely reminder of the power of thinking; positive or otherwise."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Though couched in arrangements that sometimes camouflage their immediacy, the tunes are dependably strong."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Simon,Paul
Product attributeLabel:   Warner/reprise/maverick
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