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1964/1993 Box set, Import


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During his distinguished career Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards including 12 Grammy Awards, three of which ("Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Still Crazy After All These Years" and "Graceland") were albums of the year. In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. He is an ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Simon Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Sep 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Wea
  • ASIN: B000002MMI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,878 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Leaves That Are Green
2. The Sound Of Silence
3. Kathy's Song (Live)
4. America
5. Cecilia
6. El Condor Pasa
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Loves Me Like A Rock
2. Tenderness
3. Kodachrome
4. Gone At Last
5. Take Me To The Mardi Gras
6. St. Judy's Comet
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The Boy In A Bubble
2. Graceland
3. Under African Skies
4. That Was Your Mother
5. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
6. You Can Call Me Al
See all 16 tracks on this disc

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In contrast to the single-CD Negotiations and Love Songs, which skates swiftly across his solo canon, this three-disc box follows Paul Simon's evolution from the folk-rock of Simon & Garfunkel toward a highly personalized synthesis of pop, vintage rock, folk, and world music. Laid out in chronological order, 1964-1993 reminds us that the Queens, New York, troubadour was dabbling in hymn-lined melodies, Third World accents, and doo-wop melisma long before Graceland or Songs from the Capeman. While Simon's painstaking craft produced little in the way of shelf material (consisting here of a long unreleased track, "Thelma," a solo demo for "Bridge over Troubled Water," and live versions of six other classics), the set does make room for sturdy gems, including "Slip Slidin' Away" and a satisfying array of his enduring album tracks. --Sam Sutherland

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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By matthewsemple@hotmail.com on 11 Dec 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a great collection with three CDs and a booklet with essays about the songs by Paul Simon and some of his friends. Some people have complained that there are important songs missing or that there isn't enough Simon and Garfunkel but there will always be songs missing from any collection and the Simon and Garfunkel work only represents 5 years whereas Paul Simon has been recording solo work since 1971. However the Paul Simon Anthology that includes most of this material including the out-take "Thelma" is probably better value
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
1964/1993 or is it 1958/1991? 18 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When boxed sets first appeared they set the standard. Clapton Crossroads, Allman Bros. Dreams to name a few.
Then artists felt they had to make an artistic statement with an anthology and go beyond what it was supposed to do-anthologize.
Case in point - Paul Simon's box contains a wealth of his best music, but it just misses in a few areas.
First, the dates. Nothing on this box is from 1964. Oh, Sound of Silence can be argued (they took the Wednesday Morning 3AM track from 1964 and overdubbed it) but the version on this is from 1965. Still, you have Hey Schoolgirl from 1958.
Next 1993. Thelma is an outake from Rhythym Of The Saints from 1991. I'm sorry, an outtake from two years earlier is not a NEW track.
Then Paul feels he still has to edit songs. Loves Me Like A Rock again loses seconds (this time 15) and 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover loses over half a minute.
Where is A Church Is Burning from The Paul Simon Songbook? Where are the S&G tracks: Homeward Bound, and I Am A Rock? Where are the S&G outtakes from Hearts & Bones? Where is Stranded In A Limousine?
Then the packaging: no CD sleeves?
Artists should stay out of the compiling of boxed sets. That way boxed sets can do a better job of what they are designed to do - anthologize
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
This Is Prime Simon 31 Jan 2000
By Steve Vrana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For starters, I'll admit this is not for the fanatic Paul Simon fan. They will already own nearly all of this. And even for the casual fan, this box set duplicates all of 1988's Negotiations and Love Songs (except "Train in the Distance" from Hearts and Bones, and "Still Crazy after All These Years" is replaced with a previously unreleased 1991 live version). The box also duplicates most of 1978's Greatest Hits, Etc. (The glaring exception is the inexplicable omission of the otherwise unavailable "Stranded in a Limousine.")
What you are left with is 3 CDs worth of prime Paul Simon. Granted, you only get a dozen Simon and Garfunkel songs. (If you want more, buy the excellent Old Friends box set.) All the solo hits are here. Plenty of album tracks from his entire career. Of special interest is the hilarious spoken word "The Breakup" with Art Garfunkel. The last disc perhaps focuses to heavily on Graceland and Rhythm of the Saints, but all told the music stands as a testament to one of pop music's best songwriters ever--period.
We could argue indefinitely as to what should or shouldn't have made the final cut. More rarities. More live cuts. More alternate takes. This box isn't perfect, but the music on it is. RECOMMENDED
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Essential-But Not Comprehensive- Paul Simon 16 Feb 2003
By mirasreviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are like me in that you are a bigger fan of Paul Simon than you are of Simon & Garfunkel, yet you like Paul's work with Simon & Garfunkel too, then this is the boxed set for you. It includes most of Paul Simon's best and most popular work, from the days of Simon & Garfunkel through his solo career until 1993. The songs are taken from 21 different albums, from Simon & Garfunkel's 1964 album "Wednesday Morning, 3 AM" through Simon's solo album "Paul Simon's Concert in the Park" from 1991. 1964/1993 is the most comprehensive collection of Paul Simon's work that you will find in one place. It is less than perfect, however. My one serious complaint about this set is that there is too much of Paul Simon's later work and not enough of his work with Simon & Garfunkel. Cd #3 is entirely songs from 1986-1991, which encompassed only 2 studio albums. There is definitely some good stuff there, worthy of representation. But those 2 albums are over-represented, while hits like "Homeward Bound" and "I Am A Rock" by Simon & Garfunkel are conspicuously absent. It seems like someone has sacrificed the quality of what could have been an excellent and thorough anthology in order to promote his later work. A simple solution would have been to add one more cd. Then Paul Simon could over-represent his later work to his heart's content, and we could enjoy his earlier work to ours.
The packaging is so-so. The three cd's are in jewel cases inside of a book-like box. CD number 3 can be a little difficult to fish out. A booklet that comes with the set sits inconveniently right on top of the cd's. It contains some essays on Paul Simon and his music, including the stories behind some of the songs. Unfortunately, it does not contain lyrics. This boxed set is tall but will fit nicely on a bookshelf.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I can't get enough 20 Feb 2000
By Altso Nonaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As most of the other customer comments indicate, this collection does have a lot of repeated tracks found on other Paul Simon or S&G complilations; however, as the die-hard Simon fan that I am, I find that this 3-disk set trumps the other collections I own (and, lemme tell you, I have A LOT!). Why? Well, my favorite part of this collection is the packaging. The "box" looks like a hardcover book. It is absolutely beautiful with a lovely black&white photo of Paul on the front. Inside, along with the 3 disks, you'll find a booklet. This booklet has given me insight into the musician's mind. Paul comments on each song and what was going on in his life when he composed it. He also explains the circumstances behind the various musicians with whom he's worked. Paul has such a broad musical talent and has played with such an ecclectic variety of styles (folk, do-wop, cajun, African), so this insert (almost a book itself) really makes me feel like I know Paul when I hear the songs. Sure, this collection repeats songs found in other collections mentioned by the other customer reviews, but for the true Paul Simon fan there is no meaning to the word "enough."
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful songs but the set falls a little short. 1 Dec 2000
By Gilly Bean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Every song on this set is a wonderful song. I love them all. So it is certainly not the songs that cause me to give this set only 4 stars. The songs alone deserve 5 stars. The reason I give it just 4 stars is for the fact that unlike most boxed sets, there are not enough previously unreleased songs, just 2 really, and one of those is a poor demo of 'Bridge over Troubled Water'. This set would have been much better with more previously unreleased songs and alternate versions, and maybe by not focusing so much on 'Graceland' songs, 7 altogether. As wonderful as these songs are...'Graceland' happens to be one of my all-time favourite albums...I am sure that any real Paul Simon fan would have that album already, so there was really no need to duplicate nearly the whole album on this box set. But despite these short-comings, it is still a nice set to have for anyone who enjoys wonderful music and lyrics. And this set certainly does have that.
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