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Paul Simon / The Complete Album Collection: 15CD solo career box set

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Sony Legacy will this October issue a career spanning 15-disc box set collecting together all of Paul Simon‘s solo albums.

The Complete Albums Collection includes all 12 of Simon’s studio albums and apart from his recent offerings (2006’s Suprise and 2011’s So Beautiful or So What) they all come with the bonus tracks appended to the previous reissues (including the three new tracks on last year’s Graceland reissue). In total this adds up to 37 bonus tracks.

The box set also includes The Paul Simon Songbook – the 1965 acoustic album recorded in London – and the live recordings Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin’ (1974) and Paul Simon’s Concert in the Park (1991).

The CDs are packaged in a library book style box with magnetic enclosure and included is a 56-page book with photos and new liner notes by Ashley Kahn.

The Complete Album Collection is released on 13 October 2013 (full track listing below).

Paul Simon – The Complete Albums Collection – full track listing:

The Paul Simon Song Book (1965)

  • 1. I Am A Rock
  • 2. Leaves That Are Green
  • 3. A Church Is Burning
  • 4. April Come She Will
  • 5. The Sound Of Silence
  • 6. A Most Peculiar Man
  • 7. He Was My Brother
  • 8. Kathy’s Song
  • 9. The Side Of A Hill
  • 10. A Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert McNamara’d Into Submission)
  • 11. Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall
  • 12. Patterns
  • 13. I Am A Rock (alternate version) *
  • 14. A Church Is Burning (alternate version) *

Paul Simon (1972)

  • 1. Mother And Child Reunion
  • 2. Duncan
  • 3. Everything Put Together Falls Apart
  • 4. Run That Body Down
  • 5. Armistice Day
  • 6. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard
  • 7. Peace Like A River
  • 8. Papa Hobo
  • 9. Hobo’s Blues
  • 10. Paranoia Blues
  • 11. Congratulations
  • 12. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard (Demo – San Francisco 2/71) *
  • 13. Duncan (Demo – San Francisco 2/71) *
  • 14. Paranoia Blues (Unreleased Version) *

 There Goes Rhymin’ Simon (1973)

  •  1. Kodachrome
  • 2. Tenderness
  • 3. Take Me To The Mardi Gras
  • 4. Something So Right
  • 5. One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor
  • 6. American Tune
  • 7. Was A Sunny Day
  • 8. Learn How To Fall
  • 9. St. Judy’s Comet
  • 10. Loves Me Like a Rock
  • 11. Let Me Live In Your City (Work In Progress) *
  • 12. Take Me To The Mardi Gras (Acoustic Demo) *
  • 13. American Tune (Unfinished Demo) *
  • 14. Loves Me Like A Rock (Acoustic Demo) *

Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin’ (1974)

  • 1. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard
  • 2. Homeward Bound
  • 3. American Tune
  • 4. El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
  • 5. Duncan
  • 6. The Boxer
  • 7. Mother And Child Reunion
  • 8. The Sound Of Silence
  • 9. Jesus Is The Answer
  • 10. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • 11. Loves Me Like A Rock
  • 12. America
  • 13. Kodachrome (Alternate Version) *
  • 14. Something So Right (Alternate Version) *

Still Crazy After All These Years (1975)

  • 1. Still Crazy After All These Years
  • 2. My Little Town
  • 3. I’d Do It For Your Love
  • 4. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
  • 5. Night Game
  • 6. Gone At Last
  • 7. Some Folks’ Lives Roll Easy
  • 8. Have A Good Time
  • 9. You’re Kind
  • 10. Silent Eyes
  • 11. Slip Slidin’ Away (Demo) *
  • 12. Gone At Last (Original Demo w/The Jessy Dixon Singers) *

 One-Trick Pony (1980)

  • 1. Late In The Evening
  • 2. That’s Why God Made The Movies
  • 3. One-Trick Pony
  • 4. How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns
  • 5. Oh, Marion
  • 6. Ace In The Hole
  • 7. Nobody
  • 8. Jonah
  • 9. God Bless The Absentee
  • 10. Long, Long Day
  • 11. Soft Parachutes (Unreleased Soundtrack Recording) *
  • 12. All Because Of You (Outtake) *
  • 13. Spiral Highway (Unreleased Soundtrack Recording) *
  • 14. Stranded In A Limousine *

 Hearts and Bones (1983)

  • 1. Allergies
  • 2. Hearts And Bones
  • 3. When Numbers Get Serious
  • 4. Think Too Much (b)
  • 5. Song About The Moon
  • 6. Think Too Much (a)
  • 7. Train In The Distance
  • 8. Rene And George Magritte with Their Dog After The War
  • 9. Cars Are Cars
  • 10. The Late Great Johnny Ace
  • 11. Shelter Of Your Arms (Unreleased Work-In-Progress) (Bonus Track) *
  • 12. Train In The Distance (Original Acoustic Demo) (Bonus Track) *
  • 13. Rene And George Magritte with Their Dog After The War (Original Acoustic Demo) (Bonus Track) *
  • 14. The Late Great Johnny Ace (Original Acoustic Demo) (Bonus Track) *

Graceland (1986)

  • 1. The Boy In The Bubble
  • 2. Graceland
  • 3. I Know What I Know
  • 4. Gumboots
  • 5. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
  • 6. You Can Call Me Al
  • 7. Under African Skies
  • 8. Homeless
  • 9. Crazy Love, Vol. II
  • 10. That Was Your Mother
  • 11. All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints
  • 12. Homeless (Demo) (Bonus Track) *
  • 13. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes (Unreleased Version) (Bonus Track) *
  • 14. All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints (Early Version) (Bonus Track) *
  • 15. You Can Call Me Al (Demo) *
  • 16. Crazy Love (Demo) *
  • 17. The Story of “Graceland” (As told by Paul Simon, Recorded January 2012) *

The Rhythm of the Saints (1990)

  • 1. The Obvious Child
  • 2. Can’t Run But
  • 3. The Coast
  • 4. Proof
  • 5. Further To Fly
  • 6. She Moves On
  • 7. Born At The Right Time
  • 8. The Cool, Cool River
  • 9. Spirit Voices
  • 10. The Rhythm Of The Saints
  • 11. Born At The Right Time (Original Acoustic Demo) (Bonus Track) *
  • 12. Thelma (Bonus Track) *
  • 13. The Coast (Work-In-Progress) (Bonus Track) *
  • 14. Spirit Voices (Work-In-Progress) (Bonus Track) *

Paul Simon’s Concert in the Park (1991)

Disc 1

  • 1. The Obvious Child
  • 2. The Boy in the Bubble
  • 3. She Moves On
  • 4. Kodachrome
  • 5. Born at the Right Time
  • 6. Train in the Distance
  • 7. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
  • 8. I Know What I Know
  • 9. The Cool, Cool River
  • 10. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • 11. Proof

Disc 2

  • 1. The Coast
  • 2. Graceland
  • 3. You Can Call Me Al
  • 4. Still Crazy After All These Years
  • 5. Loves Me Like a Rock
  • 6. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
  • 7. Hearts and Bones
  • 8. Late in the Evening
  • 9. America
  • 10. The Boxer
  • 11. Cecilia
  • 12. The Sound of Silence

 Songs From the Capeman (1997)

  • 1. Adios Hermanos
  • 2. Born in Puerto Rico
  • 3. Satin Summer Nights
  • 4. Bernadette
  • 5. The Vampires
  • 6. Quality
  • 7. Can I Forgive Him
  • 8. Sunday Afternoon
  • 9. Killer Wants to Go to College
  • 10. Time Is an Ocean
  • 11. Virgil
  • 12. Killer Wants to Go to College II
  • 13. Trailways Bus
  • 14. Shoplifting Clothes *
  • 15. Born in Puerto Rico (Demo with José Feliciano) *
  • 16. Can I Forgive Him (Original Demo Recorded March 1993) *

You’re The One (2000)

  • 1. That’s Where I Belong
  • 2. Darling Lorraine
  • 3. Old
  • 4. You’re the One
  • 5. The Teacher
  • 6. Look at That
  • 7. Señorita with a Necklace of Tears
  • 8. Love
  • 9. Pigs, Sheep and Wolves
  • 10. Hurricane Eye
  • 11. Quiet
  • 12. That’s Where I Belong (Live) *
  • 13. Old (Live) *
  • 14. Hurricane Eye (Live) *

Surprise (2006)

  • 1. How Can You Live in the Northeast?
  • 2. Everything About It Is a Love Song
  • 3. Outrageous
  • 4. Sure Don’t Feel like Love
  • 5. Wartime Prayers
  • 6. Beautiful
  • 7. I Don’t Believe
  • 8. Another Galaxy
  • 9. Once Upon a Time There Was an Ocean
  • 10. That’s Me
  • 11. Father and Daughter

So Beautiful or So What (2011)

  • 1. Getting Ready for Christmas Day
  • 2. The Afterlife
  • 3. Dazzling Blue
  • 4. Rewrite
  • 5. Love and Hard Times
  • 6. Love Is Eternal Sacred Light
  • 7. Amulet
  • 8. Questions for the Angels
  • 9. Love and Blessings
  • 10. So Beautiful or So What

* Expanded CD reissues contain 37 bonus tracks (previously released)

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7 responses to Paul Simon / The Complete Album Collection: 15CD solo career box set

  1. Booyah says:

    Why are so many of the bonus tracks labeled “Unreleased Version” when they’ve been on every version of the album since 2004? I bought them on an official release 9 years ago – how are they “unreleased”?

    And the studio version of Slip Slidin’ Away is left off the album reissues again. Very strange considering Stranded In A Limousine (from the same Greatest Hits) and even Thelma are on here…

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I think the last thing anyone wants is for them to start renaming bonus tracks so they are not consistent with previous reissues. What are they supposed to do? Called “Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes” the ‘released version’?

  2. Jos says:

    So? What’s the big news??
    When you’ve bought the boxset “The Studio Recordings” you’ve already got 95% of this ‘new’ release. The Paul Simon Songbook is re-released again with the same tracklist. The live-album isn’t even new. Both “Surprise” and “SBOSW” don’t contain any bonustracks.
    So? What’s the big news??
    It’s a shame they don’t offer the 1991 concert ON DVD!!!! It has been released on videotape years ago, but still not on DVD, why not???
    The boxset would have been interesting if each CD would have an accompanying DVD with concert footage or clips or TV-specials.
    So….nothing new here…..a missed opportunity.

  3. Hedley says:

    Absolutely nothing new here…bought and bought the Paul Simon product, but no reason to visit this box set.

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  5. Broshoe says:

    Is the studio/single version of ‘Slip Slidin’ Away’ included in this set? I do not see it. That seems to be a major oversight to me. The b-side to this single was released a bonus track.

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