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Old Friends Limited Edition, Best of, Box set


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  • Audio CD (July 31 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Limited Edition, Best of, Box set
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B000002ABF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,354 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Product Description

Product Description

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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gontroppo on Nov. 18 2001
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15 2001
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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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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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, too... let's not kid ourselves here). Yep, I've gained a palate for the works of The Mamas & The Papas, The Platters, and...Simon & Garfunkel?!
Somehow, those usually soft-spoken folksters touched a chord within my psyche with their mellow tunes reflecting those Sixties sentiments of kindness, love, and protest. Ironically, it all began after I gave my mom the 'Old Friends' box set as a Christmas present a few years back. She decided to take a listen right then and there, and managed to get the first disc in and playing without too much difficulty. For someone who only recently discovered that a CD has only one playing side, Mom had caught on to that new-fangled digital recorded music technology pretty quick...
Anyway, after the first few tracks, I found myself hooked on this legendary duo's mellow and deeply touching songs. I eventually decided to get a copy of the 'Old Friends' set for myself. Now I too enjoy relaxing to the tracks that harken back to those days before my time, of peace rallies and political & social upheaval. I just tune in, turn on... and mellow out. It's like, so WOW, man!
'Late...
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By A Customer on April 17 2000
Format: Audio CD
The first single I bought was "Homeward bound", and played it to death on a terrible plastic player. Though S & G were part of the curriculum in growing up, each album marking time and phase in a similar way to Beatles and Dylan, I lost touch with them through the years and remembered them as rather lightweight, with some brilliant songs and great harmonies. Working with the dying made me aware of the universal appeal of many of S & G`s songs, and when I saw hidden gems like Davey Graham`s "Anji" and Jackson C. Frank`s "Blues run the game" in with the old classics, I couldn`t resist - a bit of nostalgia is less harmful than driving, tobacco and alcohol.
But I was not prepared for the sheer quality of this collection. On my stereo, "Mrs. Robinson" was rather heavy-handed - now all these subtle details leave it almost a different song, not to speak of "Scarborough fair" - suddenly a harpsicord emerges, and the sound quality makes one realize that they were not only good, but awesomely good. This collection outlines the importance of Paul Simon`s guitar in the whole picture, often overlooked in the face of those aching harmonies. Does anyone dare to rate this less than five stars?
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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...you cannot please everyone, and I don't expect them to call me first. However, this is more than compensated by some of the new stuff, which is just tremendous; the live Poem on the Underground Wall is great. It really takes you right back to one of their concerts from that era. None of the reviews below, I think, mention the best revelation to this long time fan (my FIRST album was Parsley, Sage) and that is "Blues Run the Game". This song is from another songwriter (read the notes to get the heartbreaking story) and it is as good as anything S & G released in their heyday (OK, excepting The Boxer, but that WAS the best song anyone made in the 20th Century). It is a sad, beautiful tune, and I only wish we had had it available thirty years ago. If the rest of the box was garbage, it would almost be worth it for this one tune.
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