Wednesday Morning 3 AM
After releasing singles in the 1950s as Tom and Jerry, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel re-emerged in the sixties folk movement with 1964’s Wednesday Morning 3AM. Their debut is a very strait-laced traditional folk album, featuring fare such as the Christmas carol ‘Go Tell It On The Mountain’ and the shanty ‘Peggy-O’. The nadir is a lively cover of Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A-Changin”, which misses the nastiness of the original.
Wednesday Morning 3.A.M. is an inauspicious debut, and apart from Garfunkel’s harmony vocals, the only thing to distinguish it is Simon’s original compositions; the original acoustic version of ‘The Sound of Silence’ only needed some rock band overdubs to make it a hit single, while the low key title track is also pleasant.
Apart from Simon’s two original songs, Wednesday Morning 3AM feels like the work of a long forgotten folk duo, and it’s more of a historical curiosity than an essential part of their oeuvre.