While I don't share the breathless and hyperbolized estimation of Paul Simon as the "greatest lyricist of the last fifty years" that other reviewers sometime express, it is hard to deny either his singular talents and the incredible stream of hits that Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel produced during their more than a decade of collaboration. What is most wonderful about this triple CD collection of their best is that it really does succeed in presenting the most comprehensive set of their work under one roof, so to speak. And it is really all here. From their initial success with songs like "For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her" (here in a live version), "Homeward Bound", and of course, two versions (acoustic and electric) of their smash hit "Sounds Of Silence', which launched them into public awareness, proving jsut how uniquely talented a pair they were.
Propelled by Simon's provocative way with words and melodies, they sung their way into America's heart, and soon had a number of successes with songs like "I Am A Rock", "The Dangling Conversation", and "Scarborough Fair", all basic examinations of life as seen by an alienated and frustrated baby boomer. All of the follow-up success is here, as well, from "Mrs. Robinson" to "The Boxer" to "America" to "Bookends". Of course, their final smash hit is here, and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was their biggest and most enduring hit, staying on the charts for months, and the album literally for years. This is a terrific collection of the best of the single most successful and creative forces in folk-rock and popular music in the sixties and seventies. It is one I keep permanently installed in my new 110+ CD player for instant playing. Guess I'm still "crazy after all thes