Growing up in NY in the 60s, Paul Simon was a huge part of the sound track of my life. We played it at home a lot, but I never really embraced him until the world music he started doing at the same time Peter Gabriel was producing tons of world music at his Real World studio
. I never felt David Byrne blended well with the Brazillian and other "world" stuff he did, but PS just melting into it and the result was such a natural blending of his story telling and all their musics.
That version of Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes with just bass and vocals...frickin' brilliant!
In his narrative he said "there were times when I asked Black Mombasa to sing a minor chord, they couldn't singing it. They just couldn't hear it."