Paul Simon has scored his first UK chart-topper since 1990’s Rhythm Of The Saints. Vintage Vinyl News reported that the new career-spanning compilation, The Ultimate Collection: Paul Simon, has brought the singer-songwriter back to the Number One spot. Among the Simon & Garfunkel tracks included are “The Sound Of Silence,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “America,” “Cecilia,” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” with such solo hits as “You Can Call Me Al,” “Late In The Evening,” “Slip Slidin’ Away,” “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover,” “Me & Julio Down By The School Yard,” and “Graceland,” among others.
Over the course of his entire career, Simon has topped the UK charts six times; twice as part of Simon & Garfunkel — Bookends (1968) and Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970); and apart from the new hit compilation, three other times on his own — Paul Simon (1972); Graceland (1986), and Rhythm Of The Saints (1990).
Paul Simon’s latest studio album, 2011’s So Beautiful Or So What, was co-produced by the late-Phil Ramone and debuted on the Billboard 200 at Number Four. Throughout the decades, Simon has never taken for granted being able to move through his life and work with relative autonomy: “I can do whatever I want artistically in my work. My work is accepted to lesser or greater degrees. Some things, sometimes are very popular. Sometimes its less popular — but essentially, I mean, people are willing to listen, or watch, or read what it is that I make up.”
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