Album: The Sounds of Silence
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As the opening track of Paul Simon’s solo debut, the U.K.-only The Paul Simon Songbook, is actually more aggressive than the version that closes The Sounds of Silence, as Simon really lays in to the acoustic guitar as the song moves forward.
Both versions though, start with the same acoustic guitar flare as Simon sets the scene for this introvert’s anthem: “A winter’s day / In a deep dark December,” before the Wrecking Crew kicks in, led by the great Hal Blaine on drums.