I’m Afraid That I Will Disappear
Even though One Trick Pony depicts a singer-songwriter who feels less than relevant at the end of the 1970s, Paul Simon could look back with pride at his solo career during that decade. Each album is pretty stellar, much of it even better than his work with that Garfunkel guy. This live show, a soundboard recording from Caesarea, Israel in 1978, is just great song after great song. As you might expect, it’s a little bit on the slick side — Paul isn’t known for his wild jams, after all. So we get tight, impassioned versions of favorites like “Slip Sliding Away,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Mother & Child Reunion.” The opening solo acoustic set is particularly nice. The encore loosens up a bit with versions of “Baby What You Want Me To Do” and “Bye Bye Love.” As an overview of Simon’s career up to that point, this bootleg is perfect.