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Paul Simon Classics Set For Vinyl Reissue

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To coincide with Paul Simon’s current “farewell tour,” four classics from his back catalogue are being reissued on vinyl. Coming on Friday (June 8th), are new LP remasters of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1967 soundtrack to The Graduate, along with the solo Simon collections The Paul Simon Songbook from 1965, 1980’s One Trick Pony, 1983’s Hearts And Bones, and 1990’s The Rhythm Of The Saints.

The highlight of the reissues is the new pressing of The Paul Simon Songbook, which was initially released in England shortly after Simon & Garfunkel’s 1964 debut, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. and features a handful of future classics that Simon & Garfunkel would re-record for their next two albums. 1966’s Sounds Of Silence album included “I Am A Rock,” “Leaves That Are Green,” “April Come She Will,” and “Kathy’s Song” — with Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, & Thyme including “A Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert McNamara’d Into Submission),” “Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall,” and “Patterns.”

Paul Simon recalled how in 1965, legendary producer Tom Wilson dubbed electric guitars, bass, organ and drums on to the existing acoustic-based track of “The Sound Of Silence,” resurrecting the song from certain obscurity on Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.: “First of all, I didn’t even hear about until it was already out and sort of making a little bit of noise. ‘The Sound Of Silence’ was out, had come out for a year on an album called, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. — and that album came out and disappeared. So when they decided to overdub whatever they wanted; first of all, no one asked me, second of all, it was already a dead issue, so I didn’t really mind.”

June 4 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
June 6 – Chicago, IL – United Center
June 8 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
June 10 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Center
June 12 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
June 13 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
June 15 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
June 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
June 19 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
June 20 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
June 30 – Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe
July 1 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum
July 3 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
July 5 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
July 7, 8 – Amsterdam, Holland – Ziggo Dome
July 10 – Manchester, England – Manchester Arena
July 11 – Glasgow, Scotland – SSE Hydro
July 13 – Dublin, Ireland – RDS Arena
July 15 – London, England – Hyde Park, BST Festival
September 5 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
September 7 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
September 8 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
September 11 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
September 12 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre
September 14 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
September 15 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
September 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
September 20, 21 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
September 22 – New York, NY – Venue TBA

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