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Studio Recordings 1972-2000
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The Studio Recordings 1972-2000

by Paul Simon
Paul Simon’s brilliant solo albums reflect a restless musical mind hungry for new sounds, as well as a literary imagination eager to express sentiments and ideas in novel ways. Continually reinventing his musical identity, always going his own way, Simon has led an exemplary pop music career. The Studio Recordings 1972-2000 collects the quintessential


Paul Simon’s brilliant solo albums reflect a restless musical mind hungry for new sounds, as well as a literary imagination eager to express sentiments and ideas in novel ways. Continually reinventing his musical identity, always going his own way, Simon has led an exemplary pop music career. The Studio Recordings 1972-2000 collects the quintessential singer-songwriter’s nine defining albums, including Paul Simon, There Goes Rhymin' Simon, Still Crazy After All These Years, One -Trick Pony, Hearts and Bones, Graceland, Rhythm of the Saints, Songs from The Capeman, and You’re the One. (Each is available as a single album with additional tracks included.) Supplementary material is added to every album in the form of demos, outtakes, or live performances. Simon’s albums present a fascinating journey as he formulates an individual musical voice distinct from his groundbreaking work with Simon and Garfunkel. As the increasing sophistication of his earlier singer-songwriter works evolves into the pioneering world music albums Graceland, and Rhythm of the Saints, the breadth and scope of Simon’s ambitions becomes apparent. There are hits on nearly every album -- classics including “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” “Kodachrome,” “Still Crazy After All These Years,” “Late in the Evening,” and “Call Me Al” -- amid slews of superb songs that have cemented Simon’s status as a pop music master. Collected amid his other work, this box set allows us to look afresh upon and reconsider some of the less-celebrated Simon albums, such as Hearts and Bones, Songs from The Capeman, and You’re the One. A great composer, singer, guitarist, and musical conceptualist, Simon is an American artist for the ages, and The Studio Recordings 1972-2000 is his testament.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Look closely at the title to this nine-disc box set -- it's Studio Recordings, not the complete studio recordings, which means there are things missing, and they will be things that you will miss. Naturally, the emphasis on studio recordings means that neither of Paul Simon's two live albums -- 1974's Live Rhymin' or 1991's Concert in the Park -- are here, but this also doesn't contain all of Simon's released studio recordings, somehow bypassing "Slip Slidin' Away," the Top Five single originally released as one of two new songs on his 1977 compilation, Greatest Hits, Etc. Since that single was not on a proper album, it has been overlooked on this box, which serves up remastered and expanded digipack reissues of Simon's nine solo albums from 1972's Paul Simon to 2000's You're the One. Since these reissues not only sound terrific -- the clarity, particularly on the first two albums, is startling -- but are graced with genuinely interesting bonus tracks, the omission of the original version of "Slip Slidin' Away" is a little easier to forgive, particularly since an excellent, loose-limbed alternate version is added to Still Crazy After All These Years and "Stranded in a Limousine," the other new song on Greatest Hits, Etc., finally reappears on CD as a bonus track on One Trick Pony. These are only two bonus tracks of 30 that are spread over these nine albums. With the exception of "Stranded in a Limousine," "Thelma" on Rhythm of the Saints (an outtake originally released as part of 1993 box set 1964-1993), and three live tracks on You're the One, all of these bonus tracks are previously unreleased. While there is a handful of rare songs, the majority of these are either demos or works in progress, and they're fascinating, such as a radically different version of "Duncan" with an entirely different narrative, different final verses on "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" and "Loves Me Like a Rock," and a skeletal working version of "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" containing little more than Simon's vocal and a fretless bass. By and large, these are significant additions to Simon's catalog, and combined with the terrific remastering, they make this essential for any serious Simon fan (although it would have been nice if either the individual albums or the overall box were given new liner notes, particularly since Rhino's similar Jerry Garcia box set, All Good Things, had such a stellar booklet). For the less dedicated, a better bet will be cherry-picking from reissues of the individual albums, which are scheduled to go on sale in the month after the release of this box set.

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Disc 1

  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
  13. Duncan
  14. Paranoia Blues

Disc 2

  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
  12. Take Me To The Mardi Gras
  13. American Tune
  14. Loves Me Like A Rock

Disc 3

  1. Still Crazy After All These Years
  2. My Little Town
  3. I Do It For Your Love
  4. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
  5. Night Game
  6. Gone At Last
  7. Some Folks’
  8. Lives Roll Easy
  9. Have A Good Time
  10. You’re Kind
  11. Silent Eyes
  12. Slip Slidin’ Away
  13. Gone At Last
  14. Silent Eyes

Disc 4

  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
  12. All Because Of You
  13. Spiral Highway
  14. Stranded In A Limousine

Disc 5

  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 Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War
  9. Cars Are Cars
  10. The Late Great Johnny Ace
  11. Shelter Of Your Arms
  12. Train In The Distance
  13. Rene And Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War
  14. The Late Great Johnny Ace

Disc 6

  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
  13. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
  14. All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints

Disc 7

  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
  12. Thelma
  13. The Coast
  14. Spirit Voices

Disc 8

  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
  16. Can I Forgive Him

Disc 9

  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
  13. Old
  14. Hurricane Eye

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Simon   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Sitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Synclavier,6-string bass,Hi String,Guitar (Nylon String)
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Stefan Grossman   Bottleneck Guitar
John Tropea   Electric Guitar
Rubén Blades   Vocals
Ladysmith Black Mambazo   Vocals,Background Vocals
Milton Nascimento   Vocals
Naná Vasconcelos   Percussion,Conga,Triangle,Vocals,Berimbau,gourd
Patti Austin   Background Vocals
Adrian Belew   Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar
J.J. Cale   Guitar,Percussion
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Everly Brothers   Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Vocals
Simon & Garfunkel   Vocals
Phoebe Snow   Background Vocals
Ringo Starr   Guitar
Joe Beck   Electric Guitar
Michael Brecker   Synthesizer,Percussion,Saxophone,Soloist
Hiram Bullock   Electric Guitar
Ron Carter   Bass
Ronnie Cuber   Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Richard Davis   Acoustic Bass
Jon Faddis   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Stéphane Grappelli   Violin
Don Grolnick   Synthesizer
Bob James   Keyboards
Fred Lipsius   Horn
David Mann   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Hugh Masekela   Flugelhorn
Rob Mounsey   Synthesizer,Vocoder
David Sanborn   Saxophone
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet
Jerry Hahn   Electric Guitar
Grady Tate   Drums
Pete Carr   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Giovanni Hidalgo   Conga
Barney Rachabane   Saxophone
Alex Foster   Alto Saxophone
Sivuca   Accordion,Vocals,Soloist
Harptones   Background Vocals
Arlen Roth   Acoustic Guitar,Soloist
Bernard Edwards   Bass
Kevin Harrison   Background Vocals
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Nile Rodgers   Electric Guitar
Steve Gorn   Bamboo Flute
Incas   Flute,Percussion,Charango
Ednita Nazario   Vocals
Uakti   Percussion
Milton Cardona   Bongos,Maracas,Background Vocals,Claves,Guira
Danny Rivera   Coro
Kim Wilson   Harmonica
Bob Cranshaw   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Airto Moreira   Percussion
Marc Anthony   Vocals
Ademola Adepoju   Pedal Steel Guitar
Clifton Anderson   Trombone
Francisco Aguabella   Conga
Bobby Allende   Bongos,Cymbals,Bell-tree
Marin Alsop   Violin
Robby Ameen   Drums
Artur Andres   Group Member
Mingo Araujo   Percussion,Cymbals,Bass Drums,Triangle,Shaker,talking drum,Sordu,African Bells,Go Go Bell,Casinette
Isaac Assante   Drums
Martin Atangana   Electric Guitar
Hal Blaine   Drums
Dave Bargeron   Euphonium
John Beal   Bass,Piano
Barry Beckett   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vibes
Errol Crusher Bennett   Shaker
Steve Berlin   Saxophone
Karen Bernod   Background Vocals
Jude Bethel   Tenor Saxophone
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Jacques Bolognesi   Trombone
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Piccolo Trumpet
Bobby Bright   Background Vocals
Briz   Background Vocals
Hux Brown   Guitar
Pablo Calogero   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Larry Campbell   Pedal Steel Guitar
Anthony Carrillo   Bongos
Elolongue Mbango Catherine   Background Vocals
Don Chacal   Bongos,Conga,Bata,gourd
C.J. Chenier   Accordion
Wells Christy   Synclavier
Kim Cissel   Trombone
Cissy Houston   Vocals
Michelle Cobbs   Background Vocals
Tom Coppola   Synclavier
Richard Crooks   Drums
Eddie Daniels   Saxophone
Wilson DasNeves   Percussion,cowbell
Ray de la Paz   Background Vocals
di Meola   Guitar,Soloist
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
Djana'd   Background Vocals
Charles Doherty   Alto Saxophone
Don Elliott   Vibes
Dan Duggan   Hammered Dulcimer
Gordon Edwards   Bass
Jay Elfenbein   Vielle,Vihuela
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Shannon Ford   Drums
Bob Franceschini   Soprano Saxophone
Jerry Friedman   Electric Guitar
Mitch Frohman   Tenor (Vocal)
Steve Gadd   Percussion,Drums
Alexander Gafa   Guitar
Eric Gale   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Earl Gardner   Trumpet
Diane Garisto   Background Vocals
Tony Garnier   Bass
Russell George   Bass
Florence Gnimagnon   Background Vocals
Morris Goldberg   Soprano Saxophone,Penny Whistle,Soloist
Myrna Lynn Gomila   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gordinho   Sordu
Winston Grennan   Drums
Paul Griffin   Piano
Lani Groves   Background Vocals
Jamey Haddad   Percussion
Juliet Haffner   Viola
Alain Hatot   Saxophone
Roger Hawkins   Drums
Peter Herbert   Upright Bass
Oscar Hernandez   Synthesizer,Piano,Celeste,Glockenspiel,Vibes
David Hidalgo   Guitar,Accordion,Vocals
Neville Hinds   Organ
Bill Holloman   Trumpet,Tenor Saxophone
David Hood   Bass,Bass Guitar
Errol Ince   Trumpet
Anthony Jackson   Bass,Contrabass Guitar
Jill Jaffe   Viola
Derrick James   Background Vocals
Kia Jeffries   Background Vocals
Jessy Dixon Singers   Background Vocals
Jimmy Johnson   Electric Guitar
Larry Knechtel   Organ,Piano,Harmonium,Electric Piano
Skip La Plante   Harp,Bowls,Whirly Tube
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Denzel Laing   Percussion
Armand Sabal-Lecco   Bass
Jay Leonhart   Bass
Tony Levin   Bass
Howard Levy   Harmonica
Jesse Levy   Cello
Conrad Lozano   Bass
Charlotte M'bango   Background Vocals
Mike Mainieri   Marimbas,Vibes
Ratau Mike Makhalemele   Saxophone
Alain Mallet   Piano,Wurlitzer,Reed Organ
Andre Manga   Bass
George Marge   Bass Clarinet
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz   Trumpet
Rick Marotta   Drums
Mazzola   Chicote
Hugh McCracken   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Jimmy McDonald   Accordion
Sid McGinnis   Electric Guitar
Marcus Miller   Bass
Bernie Minoso   Bass Guitar
Edgardo Miranda   cuatro
Jeff Mironov   Electric Guitar
Clyde Mitchell   Trumpet
Victor Montanez   Drums
Isaac Mtshali   Drums
Youssou N'Dour   Percussion
Vincent Nguini   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Claves
Onward Brass Band   Horn
Horace Ott   Piano
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Dean Parks   Electric Guitar,Hi String
Paul Peabody   Violin
Leon Pendarvis   Piano
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,fender rhodes
Ray Phiri   Guitar
Jerry Puckett   Guitar
Raphael Rabello   Classical Guitar
Angel Ramirez   Background Vocals
Decio Ramos   Group Member
Michael Ramos   Accordion
Michael Riesman   Synthesizer,Conductor
Mark Rivera   Alto Saxophone
Vernie Robbins   Bass
Sherman Robertson   Guitar
Cesar Rosas   Guitar,Vocals
Stewart Rose   French Horn
Alan Rubin   Trumpet
Alton Rubin   Accordion,Drums
Felix Sabal-Lecco   Drums
Jimmy Sabater   Conga,cowbell
Robert Sabino   Synthesizer,Piano
Nestor Sanchez   Background Vocals
Paulinho Santos   Group Member
John Schroer   Horn
Bobby Scott   Piano
George Seba   Electric Guitar
Joseph Shabalala   Vocals
Steve Shehan   Percussion
Stanley Silverman   Conductor
Valerie Simpson   Background Vocals
Von Eva Sims   Vocals
Phillipe Slominski   Trumpet
Andy Snitzer   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Pedro Sorongo   Percussion,Scraper
David Spinozza   Guitar
Edgar Stewart   Background Vocals
Justin Tchounou   Synthesizer
Richard Tee   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,fender rhodes
Toots Thielemans   Harmonica
Assane Thaim   Percussion
Steve Turre   Horn
Robby Turner   Pedal Steel Guitar
Robert Vargas   Background Vocals
Carol Wincenc   Flute
Phil Woods   Saxophone,Soloist
Evan Ziporyn   Bass Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Frederick Zlotkin   Cello
Vusi Khumalo   Drums
Terre Roche   Vocals
Krista Bennion Feeney   Violin
Nelson Gonzalez   Tres,Plenaro
Paul Livant   Guitar
Makhaya Mahlangu   Percussion
Charlie McCoy   Bass Harmonica
Dave Rubin   Washboard
Renelie Stafford   Vocals
James Straud   Drums
Carson Witsett   Organ
John Walsh   Trumpet
Ken Asher   Electric Piano
Ronald E. Brecker   Trumpet
Babacar Faye   Percussion
Gasa Sisters   Vocals
Johnny Hoyt   Saxophone
Remy Kabocka   talking drum
Lloyd Lelose   Bass
Petrus Manile   Drums
Lulu Masilela   Tambourine
Jonhjon Mkhalali   Accordion
Forere Motloheloa   Accordion
Teaspoon Ndlela   Saxophone
Leonard Pickett   Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Xilakazi   Guitar,Rhythm
Maggie Roche   Vocals
Frankie Negron   Vocals,Falsetto
Luis Lopez   Trombone
Wallace Richardson   Guitar
Deidre Tuck   Vocals
Louie Pérez   Drums
Pablo Nunez   Bongos,cowbell
Clifford Carter   Celeste,Keyboard Glockenspiel
Marco Antônio Guimarães   Group Member
Ray Vega   Trumpet,Soloist
Laura Bontrager   Cello
Chris Eminizer   Tenor Saxophone
Hans Giraldo   Background Vocals
Bakithi Kumalo   Bass
Chikapa "Ray" Phiri   Guitar
Rubén Rodríguez   Bass
Oriente Lopez   Organ,Flute,fender rhodes
Luna   Percussion
Peter Gordon   French Horn
Beloba   Percussion
Armandinho Macedo   Guitar
Michael Manieri   Vibes
Luis Marrero   Background Vocals
Marcia Butler   Oboe
Angelo Aponte   Background Vocals
Saturnino Laboy   Acoustic Guitar
Diomedes Matos   Acoustic Guitar
Sean Pulley   Background Vocals
Teana Rodriguez   Vocals,Background Vocals
Harper Simon   Guitar,Harmonica
DeWayne Snype   Background Vocals
Dionte Sutton   Background Vocals
Trent Sutton   Background Vocals
Johnny Andrews   Timbales
Renee Connell-Adams   Background Vocals
David Davila   Background Vocals
Hechter Ubarry   Background Vocals
Ed Vasquez   Background Vocals
Sara Ramirez   Vocals
Wallace "Red Rat" Wilson   Rhythm Guitar
Joe Osborn   Bass
Lourdes Delgado   Saxophone
Marçalzinho   Percussion
Canegal   Percussion
Groupo Cultural OLODUM   Drums
Sidinho Moreira   Bongos,Conga,Bass Drums,Tambourine,Bottle,Sordu,Water Bowl
Yo Yo De La Nelson   Chakeire
David Rodriguez   Trumpet,Soloist
João Soares DaSilva   Accordion
Paulo Santos   Chicote
David W. Bargeron   Trombone
Tommy Bilson Ogoe   Guitar
Kofi Electrik   Guitar
Janet Hafner   Viola
Rev. Claude Heter   Falsetto
Johnny Montalvo   Conga
David Nichtem   Synclavier
Marc Quinines   Conga,Timbales
Steve Sheham   Percussion
Mark Stewart   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Cello,Electric Guitar
Alonzo Johnson   Bass
Jackie Jackson   Bass

Technical Credits

Dixie Hummingbirds   Vocal Group
Philip Glass   Orchestration
Milton Nascimento   Composer
Art Garfunkel   Producer
Paul Simon   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,drum programming,Audio Production,Guitar Arrangements
Stéphane Grappelli   Composer
Bob James   String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Quincy Jones   String Arrangements
Harptones   Vocal Arrangements
Nile Rodgers   drum programming
Georges Delerue   Orchestration
Martin Atangana   Guitar Arrangements
Glenn Berger   Engineer
Jim Boyer   Engineer
Jason Corsaro   Engineer
Dave Grusin   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
James Dougherty   Engineer
Lynn Goldsmith   Art Direction
David Greenberg   Engineer
Roy Halee   Producer,Engineer,Remixing,Audio Production
Oscar Hernandez   Horn Arrangements
Lee Herschberg   Engineer
Andy Hoffman   Engineer
Mark Linett   Engineer
Jerry Masters   Engineer
Mazzola   rhythm arrangement
Victoria Miles   Interviewer
Dan Nash   Engineer
Del Newman   String Arrangements
Vincent Nguini   Composer,Horn Arrangements,Guitar Arrangements
Gene Paul   Engineer
Ray Phiri   Guitar Arrangements
Roger Quested   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Remix Arrangement
Terry Rosiello   Engineer
George Seba   Guitar Arrangements
Joseph Shabalala   Composer
Stanley Silverman   Arranger,Orchestration
Burt Szerlip   Engineer
Russ Titelman   Producer,Audio Production
Allen Toussaint   Horn Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Lenny Waronker   Producer
Antonio Luis Alves de Souza   Direction
Rob Murphy   Engineer
Andy Smith   Engineer
John Berg   Cover Design
Lulu Masilela   Composer
Jonhjon Mkhalali   Composer
Forere Motloheloa   Composer
Edie Baskin   Cover Photo
Lizzie Bravo   translation
Marco Antônio Guimarães   Arranger
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff   Art Direction
Greg Pinto   Engineer
Jimmy Corona   Logistics
Bob Crowley   Cover Art
Paula Greif   Art Direction
Chikapa "Ray" Phiri   Arranger
Derek Walcott   Composer
Oriente Lopez   Horn Arrangements
Bob Friedman   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Dave Matthews   Horn Arrangements
Yolanda Cuomo   Art Direction
Clayton Wood   Technical Maintenance
Claudius Mittendorfer   Engineer
Steve Schweidel   Engineer
Paul "Scooby" Smith   Technical Maintenance
Brent Spear   Technical Maintenance
Kim Deane   Engineer
Kofi Electrik   Guitar Arrangements
Stuart Gitlin   Engineer
Eric Korte   Engineer
Anthony Maddiore   Cover Design
Gabe Pressman   Interviewer
Marc Quinines   Contributor
Jim Santa   Engineer
Gerald Stephenson   Engineer

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