Billboard Online announced today that Warner Brothers has pegged June 29th as the release date of the rumoured nine-disc Paul Simon box set, The Studio Recordings 1972-2000.
In addition to providing remastered sound (like last year’s On My Way, Don’t Know Where I’m Goin’: The Paul Simon Collection and the non-U.S. greatest hits collection, Shining Like A National Guitar), Studio Recordings will package all nine of Paul’s post-S&G albums, each featuring bonus tracks – and, judging by this first look, the box may well be worth your hard-earned cash.
The bonus cuts:
Paul Simon – demos of “Duncan” and “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” recorded in February 1971 in San Francisco, plus a previously unreleased version of “Paranoia Blues.”
There Goes Rhymin’ Simon – acoustic demos of “Take Me to the Mardi Gras” and “Loves Me Like a Rock,” an unfinished run through “American Tune” and a work-in-progress rendition of “Let Me Live in Your City.”
Still Crazy After All These Years – demos of the No. 5 pop hit “Slip Slidin’ Away” and “Gone at Last” with the Jessy Dixon Singers and the track “Silent Eyes” from the film “Shampoo.”
One-Trick Pony – previously unreleased tracks, “Soft Parachutes,” “All Because of You,” “Stranded in a Limousine” and “Spiral Highway.”
Hearts and Bones – acoustic demos of the John Lennon elegy “The Late Great Johnny Ace,” “Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War” and “Train in the Distance,” plus the previously unreleased work-in-progress track “Shelter of Your Arms.”
Graceland – a demo of “Homeless,” an unreleased version of “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” and an early take on “All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints.”
Rhythm of the Saints – an acoustic demo of “Born at the Right Time” and work-in-progress versions of “The Coast” and “Spirit Voices.”
Songs from the Capeman – a demo of “Born in Puerto Rico” featuring Jose Feliciano, the demo for “Can I Forgive Him” and the unreleased “Shoplifting Clothes.”
You’re The One – live renditions of “Old,” opener “That’s Where I Belong” and “Hurricane Eye.”
I’ll have my thoughts on what looks like a promising collection of some recently unearthed threads in the fabric of Paul’s career.