Simon and Garfunkel were my first favourite musical group, and the first I covered on Aphoristic Album Reviews. Paul Simon wrote the songs, while Art Garfunkel provided gorgeous harmony vocals. They released five albums, before breaking up in 1970; here’s an overview of their career in five songs.
They started their career as Tom and Jerry, but their first recording as Simon and Garfunkel was 1964’s Wednesday Morning 3 A.M.. It sounds like the work of a generic sixties folk act, apart from a couple of strong Paul Simon songs, notably the original acoustic version of ‘The Sound of Silence’:
CBS producer Tom Wilson added electric overdubs to the track, creating a #1 hit, and the duo reformed and quickly produced an accompanying album. Sounds of Silence is patchy, but ‘April Come She Will’ is a pretty album track:
They had more time to work on their third album, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme. While it’s weighed down by some pretentious Paul Simon lyrics, the more detailed arrangements are gorgeous, especially this reworking of a traditional folk tune:
Their fourth album, Bookends, stands up as their most consistent work. ‘Punky’s Dilemma’ is a charming, low-key track:
The group’s last studio album was 1970’s Bridge Over Troubled Water – tensions between the duo arose as Garfunkel was filming Catch-22 in Mexico, while Simon worked on the album. The gorgeous ‘The Only Living Boy In New York’ is a thinly veiled account of Simon’s frustrations:
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What’s your favourite Simon and Garfunkel song?