Paul Simon – Simon Before Garfunkel Japan mono LP with obi


An original Japanese mono pressing of Somon Before Garfunkel, also known as The Paul Simon Song Book by Paul Simon, including the original “cap” obi.

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Offered for sale is an original Japanese mono pressing of Simon Before Garfunkel (Recorded in 1964), by Paul Simon, including the original “cap” obi.

This album is the same album The Paul Simon Song Book with a different title and cover and is the original Japanese release.  The title is a bit misleading; the album was actually recorded after the first Simon & Garfunkel album.

About this copy: This copy of Simon Before Garfunkel (Recorded in 1964) is a 1968 pressing on the CBS/Sony label of an album that was originally released in 1965 in the UK, but was not released in Japan until 1968.

Unlike later reissues, this version of the album is in mono and includes a gatefold cover with alternate cover photos.

The cover is M- with a tiny corner dent.  The rare “cap” obi is VG+ , with a few wrinkles.  The insert is M-.

The disc is M- with a faint sleeve scuff on side one, but it otherwise looks unplayed.   Clean disc!

A nice copy of a rare (and pretty good) Paul Simon LP and the only copy we’ve ever seen that included the obi.

Background: Originally released in 1965, but only outside of the United States, The Paul Simon Song Book was the first solo album by Paul Simon, released after the first Simon & Garfunkel album.

The album did not chart anywhere. gave The Paul Simon Song Book a 4 star review:

The first album to use this title is one of the most mysterious in Paul Simon’s output and almost belongs more with Simon & Garfunkel’s discography, given its 1965 recording date. Following the failure of Simon & Garfunkel’s first, all-acoustic folk revival-style album, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM, Simon headed off to England to see about pursuing music over there. While he was in London, he found himself in demand as a visiting American “folksinger” (though Simon’s credentials in this area were rather limited), began building up a following in the coffeehouses, and was eventually pegged for a performing spot on the BBC. Suddenly, there were requests for Paul Simon recordings, of which there were none — as a result of his being signed to Columbia Records in America, however, he was brought into the London studios of British CBS and recorded this album with only his acoustic guitar for backup. The resulting album is spare, almost minimalist, as Simon runs through raw and unaffected versions of songs that he was known for in London, including “The Sounds of Silence,” “The Sun Is Burning,” “I Am a Rock,” “A Simple Desultory Philippic” (in its earliest form, and far nastier than the version later done by Simon & Garfunkel), and “Kathy’s Song.”

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: CBS/Sony
Catalog Number:
25 AP 1368
Year of Release: 1979
Format: Stereo
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Weight 15 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in