Paul Simon

Collected Works

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Like the identically titled Simon & Garfunkel boxed set released at the same time, Paul Simon's Collected Works was what it claimed to be: A five-LP set reissue containing The Paul Simon Song Book (in its first and only U.S. release), Paul Simon, There Goes Rhymin' Simon, Paul Simon in Concert: Live Rhymin', and Still Crazy After All These Years. The Song Book, containing solo Simon versions of songs that turned up on the first three Simon & Garfunkel albums, remained an interesting curiosity and Live Rhymin' remained an entertaining tour souvenir, but the heart of the matter was Simon's three 1970s studio albums, which constituted some of the most accomplished pop music of the period. By the time this set was released, Simon had decamped Columbia for Warner Bros.