The United Kingdom in 1965 saw what would be the first years of the Folk-Revival Movement, with Musicians like John Renbourn, Bert Jansch... playing in the most important Clubs in the Country's circuits. When Simon & Garfunkel did not work out, Paul Simon moved to England, hoping to jump onboard with this new Movement. He did not achieve however, a memorable spot on the ranks of the new-folkers (at least not yet), playing mostly small gigs on tiny Clubs and Theaters. Simon had a contract with Columbia Records still running, so why not use it (CBS Records was the British Section of Columbia). Sessions for the Album went on in different dates of June 1965, with only one Microphone to record both his Voice and his Guitar. The Paul Simon Songbook was released only in the U.K. and for some limited amount of time in the U.S. for some months. Simon removed it from the Catalog in 1979, but it was re-issued on CD in 2004. With the return of S&G many of this Songs were re-utilized on their Albums.
Best Tracks - "I Am A Rock", "Leaves That Are Green", "A Church Is Burning", "April Come She Will", "The Sound Of Silence", "He Was My Brother", "A Simple Desultory Philippic", "Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall" and "Patterns". It is very interesting to listen to this First drafts of Songs that would later be heard by many millions of people all over the world. They are very, very good Songs, even when only played with one Voice and one Guitar, without any arrangements. A great unknown Album.
Paul Simon (The Paul Simon Songbook Personnel):
- Paul Simon - Vocals, Guitar.
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