Paul Simon Handpicks His Favorite Songs For Songwriter

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Ever wonder which songs Paul Simon considers his best? A new collection dubbed Songwriter lays the mystery to rest.

The Simon-curated double-disc set, out October 24 via Legacy Recordings, contains a live version of “Sound Of Silence” from his performance earlier this year at Webster Hall in New York City. There’s also a nod to Aretha Franklin, whose less famous cover of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” is included here. Disc two focuses on Paul Simon’s post-Graceland material. We’ve got a soft spot for “Darling Lorraine.”

Songwriter‘s liner notes were penned by veteran music journalist Tom Moon, who writes:

“Inevitably, with an artist who has contributed as much as Simon has, some of the ‘smaller’ pieces get overlooked…. What you learn, listening to this ‘director’s cut’ sampler from a long career, is that there have always been conversations bubbling inside of Simon’s tunes, and those conversations take many forms….”

Check out the track list below, and delve into our current cover story on Simon here.

Disc 1

1. The Sound Of Silence (Live at Webster Hall 2011) – new unreleased
2. The Boxer – Paul Simon – Live Central Park
3. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Aretha Franklin – studio version
4. Mother And Child Reunion
5. Tenderness
6. Peace Like A River
7. American Tune
8. Kodachrome
9. 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 Soles Of Her Shoes
16. The Boy In The Bubble
17. Graceland

Disc 2

1. Obvious Child
2. Further To Fly
3. The Cool, Cool River
4. Spirit Voices
5. Born In Puerto Rico
6. Quality
7. Darling Lorraine
8. Look At That
9. 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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