Offered for sale is a UK pressing of The Paul Simon Song Book, the debut LP by Paul Simon.
About this copy: This copy of The Paul Simon Song Book is a 1969 pressing on the CBS label of an album that was originally released in 1965.
The cover is VG+ with slight general wear and a small split (2 cm) at the center of the top edge.
The disc is VG++ on side one with a couple of sleeve scuffs. Side two is VG+ with a couple of inaudible hairlines; one of them cross most of the side. There are many spindle marks on the labels. It’s a fairly clean disc that plays well.
A nice copy of a rare (and pretty good) Paul Simon LP.
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.
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:||UK|
|Year of Release:||1969|