"These guys made some of the most hyper-melodic folk-rock ever recorded, period. Paul Simon's writing during the band's early days was stellar, and curiously, it was both original and 'hat-tipping' to the American folk idiom. That's a long-winded way of saying that I really like listening to and playing this music.
"I recently viewed the Charles Grodin-directed Songs Of America 1969TV special and was struck by the contrast between Simon's speaking voice – just like my old 'Noo Yawk' accent – and his angelic singing voice. It was almost comical. But it drove home the point that sometimes genius comes in unusual packages. You can't judge a book by its cover, etc... "