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Paul Simon to release career-spanning Songwriter collection

on September 27, 2011, 12:54pm

songwriter Paul Simon to release career spanning Songwriter collection

In a business where so many “best of” albums seem more like generic cash grabs or straight up label fulfillments, legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon is opting out of that cookie-cutter route and will instead take his new collection to a much more sincere and personal level. Songwriter, set for an October 24th release, will feature 32 remastered selections individually hand-picked by the man himself.

As for the title and how the songs were selected, the always classy Simon recently told NME, “I think of myself as a songwriter first, the recording artist and performer in me follow in the writer’s footsteps.” The two-disc set will not only include his more mainstream work, such as a live and more recent version of “The Sound of Silence” recorded earlier this year at Webster Hall, but lesser known tunes from throughout his storied career. Aretha Franklin’s cover of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – a favorite of Simon’s – will also be included. Peep the tracklist below for full details.

Songwriter will be available on October 24th via Sony/Legacy. Four of his classic studio albums will also be re-released in special remastered editions on the same day: One Trick Pony, Hearts and Bones, Graceland, and The Rhythm of the Saints.

Songwriter Tracklist:
Disc 1
01. The Sound Of Silence – Live at Webster Hall
02. The Boxer – Live at Central Park
03. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Aretha Franklin
04. Mother And Child Reunion
05. Tenderness
06. Peace Like A River
07. American Tune
08. Kodachrome
09. Something So Right
10. Late In The Evening
11. Train In The Distance
12. Hearts And Bones
13. Rene And Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War
14. Still Crazy After All These Years
15. Diamonds On The Sole Of Her Shoes
16. The Boy In The Bubble
17. Graceland

Disc 2
01. Obvious Child
02. Further To Fly
03. The Cool, Cool River
04. Spirit Voices
05. Born In Puerto Rico
06. Quality
07. Darling Lorraine
08. Look At That
09. Senorita With A Necklace Of Tears
10. That’s Me
11. Another Galaxy
12. Father And Daughter
13. Rewrite
14. Love And Hard Times
15. So Beautiful Or So What

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