The Liner/Sleeve Notes:
I like to believe that everyone in the world is cultured enough to know who Simon & Garfunkel are, I know a lot of my friends grew up thinking ‘Mrs. Robinson’ was a Beatles song.
The A-Side opens with “Mrs. Robinson” – and we soon go off into the world of great music, not that enough that is on the Billboard awards nowadays. This track was the title track from the movie ‘The Graduate‘ – and is just an overall great way to open the album. After that comes the song “For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her” which seems to have been recorded live, it’s a bit slower, but the vocals are pretty good. It’s Paul Simon who does all the main vocals right? It’s a decent song, the crowd seemed to have enjoyed it. Then comes “The Boxer” and it seems to be a decent song, these two men are pretty talented guys, the song seems to be picking back up some. Yup, I do like this song quite a bit. “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” comes next, and it’s another one that is recorded live, and pretty upbeat, but still fairly slow, it’s good though. We then go onto one of the saddest, but still one of the most brilliant songs written and performed by these two men, “The Sound of Silence” comes next, and it’s whole opening up to when the drums come in, and the vocals pick up, the song is amazing. “I Am A Rock” comes next, and it’s a bit slower at first, then it really picks up and it gets really good, and I really like it. The guitar playing is amazing. The A-Side closes with the song “Scarborough Fair / Canticle” and it’s a bit slower, but I’m not the slightest bit disappointed with this album, it’s been great so far.
The B-Side opens with the song “Homeward Bound” and it’s decent, not overly bad, it’s a song with a good meaning to it, and it’s pretty great. Then comes my ultimate favorite Simon and Garfunkel song, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” which is another song with just such deep meaning, and the vocals are superb, and the piano playing is absolutely fantastic. It’s just the greatest. It’s then followed by “America” which just so happens to be another great Simon & Garfunkel track that I absolutely love, right from the opening of the song, to every word within it. Just such a deep song. After that comes “Kathy’s Song” and it’s a bit slower, the piano playing is still pretty great, I’m quite enjoying it. “El Condor Pasa (If I Could)” comes next, and it seems to have a different vibe than the other tracks, and seems a bit out of place, but it seems to be accented by the birds outside my window, so it works. “Bookends” comes, almost as an intermission track, it’s not bad, quite and slow, but decent. The album closes on a high note though, “Cecilia” and hey, it’s a song we all know and love, we also all know the lyrics to it, it’s definitely a great way to end the album. Love it.
A1 – Mrs. Robinson
A2 – For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
A3 – The Boxer
A4 – The 59th Street Bridge (Feelin’ Groovy)
A5 – The Sound of Silence
A6 – I Am A Rock
A7 – Scarborough Fair / Canticle
B1 – Homeward Bound
B2 – Bridge Over Troubled Water
B3 – America
B4 – Kathy’s Song
B5 – El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
B6 – Bookends
B7 – Cecilia
Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Producer – Paul Simon, Arthur Garfunkel & Roy Halee
Cover – Bill Silano
Other Albums I Own by Simon & Garfunkel:
“Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme”