PAUL SIMON ‘SOLO’ – a WCF copy of another pirate pressing (PS1/2): ‘SONGBOOK’ by CBM and ‘THE PAUL SIMON SOLO ALBUM’ (PS 103 A / B, TMOQ 71014)

Likely a copy of this early, ca. 1971, Contraband release (the use of “Microgroove” gives it away) that I had not been aware of so far. HW didn’t mention it (on the other hand, they mention a version called Solo ’65 that I cannot confirm exists):

 A further clue is HW’s quality rating for the WCF album: “Vgs, hissing”. Clearly, this was a couple of generations removed from the original.

In a past eBay auction this CBM album was mis-identified as an advance pressing of the official album due to the stamped title. A rare but funny misunderstanding (for those hip to the world of bootlegs).

For comparison purposes, here is another CBM title released around the same time:

Hendrix Munia yel

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The official release from August 1965:

Apparently, the story goes that Simon spent a lot of time in London in the summer of ’65 and as his album with Garfunkel, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. had not been released in the UK (yet), he decided to record his own solo album, which would get a limited release in the Commonwealth countries (UK, CAN, AUS, NZ) only. By the time rock bootlegs had been invented this made the album attractive for those in the US not minding to get involved in a bit of piracy, despite the flagrant copyright violation.

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Even TMOQ could not resist and released their own re-sequenced version around May of 1971.

A1  Kathy’s Song
A2  He Was My Brother
A3  Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall
A4  The Side of a Hill
A5  A Simple Desultory Philippic
A6  Patterns
B1  A Most Peculiar Man
B2  I Am a Rock
B3  A Church Is Burning
B4  April Come She Will
B5  Leaves That Are Green
B6  The Sound of Silence

Here are early versions from ’71/2:

And later ones:

 

I have never seen an insert for this nor a smoking pig label version. Do they exist?

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