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Old Friends [Limited Edition, Best of, Box set]

Simon and Garfunkel Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Bleecker Street
2. The Sound Of Silence
3. The Sun Is Burning
4. Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.
5. He Was My Brother
6. Sparrow
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Patterns
2. Cloudy
3. The Dangling Conversation
4. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
5. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
6. For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Mrs. Robinson
2. Old Friends/Bookends
3. Overs
4. A Most Peculiar Man
5. Bye, Bye Love
6. The Boxer
See all 19 tracks on this disc

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S'imaginant peut-être que leurs Collected Works étaient un peu maigres avec uniquement des chansons tirées de leurs cinq premiers albums studio, Old Friends contient quinze inédits dont des enregistrements en concert, des démos et des chutes de studio, ainsi qu'un certain nombre de succès du duo. Les démos des débuts montrent la qualité du jeu de guitare en picking ainsi que les talents de compositeur de Paul Simon. "The Sounds Of Silence" est présentée ici en version non doublée, et dans sa version finale qui devint un énorme succès. Tous les titres marquants du groupe sont inclus, et la présence de plusieurs faces B rend ce disque intéressant. --Rob O'Connor

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Now here's a set that will really let you hear "The Sounds of Silence": 59 tracks, every single one mastered from the original tapes including their best-loved tunes alongside 15 unreleased tracks! Includes Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.; Richard Cory; I Am a Rock; The Sounds of Silence (single version); Homeward Bound; The Dangling Conversation; Scarborough Fair/Canticle; The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy); America; Mrs. Robinson; Old Friends/Bookends; The Boxer; Cecelia , and more.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
No one else has mentioned the simple scheme for the sequencing of the performances on this wonderful 3 CD set: you simple hear them in the order in which they were recorded.
I was knocked out by the superb sound quality.
As on other Simon and Garfunkel albums, the live performances are very special and as good as, or even better than studio recordings.
I was interested to hear the understated original version of "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her." It's good, but the live version on an old Best Hits album is more heartfelt and engaging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection from the Worlds greatest duo. May 15 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This 3-CD collection covers one of musics greatest duos Simon and Garfunkel. Paul Simons songs and his voice blended with Art Garfunkels makes these songs timeless. All the great songs are here like The Boxer, Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Sound of Silence, I am a Rock, Mrs. Robinson, Old Friends:Bookends, as well as some of the rarities like Red Rubber Ball and soforth. I would recomend this to any Simon and Garfunkel fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Collector's Item April 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
I am not really one for compilations generally unless they are comprehensive like the "Message In a Box" compilation for The Police, but this one is just something else. Not only are pretty much all of the best songs by S&G included in the album (at least all my favourites are here so I am happy) there is a clutch of unreleased and previosuly unheard stuff like "Hey Schoolgirl" form their 'Tom and Jerry' days (although a later live version), the original cut of "Sound of Silence" without the drums and the electric guitars added on (which sounds ethereal).
On top of the superb selection of songs and the lovely packaging, there is the fact that the soudn quality is superlative. The songs have been taken off the original tapes and that gives the sound a clarity and vibrance which is sometimes missing form many S&G recordings floating around.
And oh yes it has "We Got a Groovy Thing Going Baby"!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music on a Somewhat Flawed Compilation Nov. 21 2002
By Emily
Format:Audio CD
I could gush for hours about the merits of Simon and Garfunkel, but if you wanted that you could just read any of my other reviews. The music on here is [OF COURSE] wonderful, and sounds clearer than ever. But there is one big flaw, although it may not bother people who are not as generally as anti-compilation as I am.
As I see it, compilations are great for the casual fan who wants to hear the big hits. However, THIS compilation includes the big hits, some smaller hits, and a good number of UNRELEASED TRACKS. Who's going to buy a set that's primary attraction is is unreleased tracks? The crazy fan who adores them and wants to hear EVERYTHING, probably not the casual listener who kinda remembers S&G fondly from his or her childhood. But here's the issue: the crazy-fans who want all these extras will probably already HAVE all the albums, thus will already have all the previously released tracks which make up the majority of the set. Following this?? Go back and read it again, I THiNk it makes sense so far...
OK, so if you already have all these released songs, it may feel like a waste to buy an expensive set that is mainly comprised of what you already have, simply for the fabulous unreleased tracks. See the problem? Everything would be perfect if they had included ALL of S&G's previously released tracks (like my favorite compilation ever, "Collected Works", which is just all 5 S&G albums on 3 dics), but they left out several important songs from the albums. So you can't buy this as the complete S&G with extras, which would have been perfect I think. Quite a little conundrum.
Hope that made sense. In short, I wish they had gone with all or nothing: ALL S&G previously released songs with extras, OR nothing previously released and all unreleased goodies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Beautiful After All These Years Feb. 15 2001
Format:Audio CD
Owing to the fact that Simon&Garfunkel have contributed to its development, the music is advanced very much today. We see some rock bands today. I'm sure that any band is gonna be swept by another one within two or three years except a few of them R.E.M or U2. Whereas S&G were one of several great 60's musicians whose songs still affect our daily life with Beatles,Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. Old Friends album caused me remembered my good old days shared with my family,my chilhood friends and my lod lovers. What I need is good music. S&G have already gave it to me in this album. I have beautiful ballads that I've never known them such as Red Rubber Ball, Star Carol, Bleeker Street etc beside the familiar songs named The Boxer, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson . Don't forget! "Preserve your memories, they're all that's left you."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mellifluous, melodic and melodramatic Feb. 13 2001
By tcbnyc
Format:Audio CD
Paul Simon is obviously one of the preeminent songwriters in a decade that was full of them. I also contend that he is one of the most underrated rock guitar players, right up there with Robbie Robertson. And Art Garfunkel has a great way with a melody. And while this set is chock full of great tunes, I think it would be better served as a 2 CD set of 100% classics instead of 3 CDs of 75% classics. Some of the stuff included here has aged quite poorly. (You haven't lived until you've heard Silent Night backed with a Vietnam body count story from the Evening News.) This dated material may work as interesting documentary material, but it doesn't necessarily make for a pleasurable listening experience more than 1 or 2 times. Nevertheless, you get Sounds of Silence 2x, The Boxer, Bridge Over Troubled Water, At the Zoo and even the Gerald Ford-era last gasp My Little Town. Also, the live tracks are fantastic, as were the ones from the original S&G greatest hits album. When is Columbia going to get it together and release one of these classic shows in its entirety, not unlike what they did with the Dylan "Royal Albert Hall" show a couple years back?
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5.0 out of 5 stars My mommy made me listen...
Well, it's finally happened. I've come to appreciate and enjoy some of the tunes that my parents loved when they were in the prime of their youths (And I know it's happened to you,... Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2000 by Zagnorch
5.0 out of 5 stars A Definate Must Have for all S&G Fans
a brilliant value for money box set of a great selection of S&G`s from their very 1st recording in 1957 "Hey Schoolgirl/Black Slacks" through to such great classics... Read more
Published on June 24 2000 by cjj@bun.com
4.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT
Simon and Garfunkel are the most amazing singers of our time. They represent America and the odd, unique changes we had and just a world of everything! I love these calm songs. Read more
Published on May 13 2000 by "snlkidsinhall"
5.0 out of 5 stars Whaddya think? It's crummy?
The material, culled from an almost-perfect career, is pretty well beyond debate now. To second-guess songs like The Boxer or A Most Peculiar Man, you have to be like one of those... Read more
Published on April 30 2000 by Bernard Perusse
5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation
The first single I bought was "Homeward bound", and played it to death on a terrible plastic player. Read more
Published on April 17 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Well chosen classics and new revelations
You couldn't go too far wrong picking the best of S & G, and Columbia did a good job on this one; they missed some of my favorites, but... Read more
Published on March 26 2000 by David Hutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to review perfection.
Obviously the sheer amount of music found on this collection, is much more than I could justly review here in this space. Read more
Published on March 23 2000 by Cary S. Whitt
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