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The Columbia Studio Recordings, 1964-1970 (5CD) [Box set, Limited Edition, Best of]

Simon & Garfunkel Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. You Can Tell The World
2. Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
3. Bleecker Street
4. Sparrow
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Sound Of Silence
2. Leaves That Are Green
3. Blessed
4. Kathy's Song
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Disc: 3
1. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
2. Patterns
3. Cloudy
4. Homeward Bound
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Bookends Theme
2. Save The Life Of My Child
3. America
4. Overs
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Disc: 5
1. Bridge Over Troubled Water
2. El Conder Pasa (If I Could)
3. Cecilia
4. Keep The Customer Satisfied
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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Though the American folk movement of the early '60s would influence bands like the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield and a score of oh-so-sensitive '70s singer-songwriters, its two most looming successes during the decade--Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel--couldn't have seemed more disparate. While Dylan turned hard-left, outraging many a folk purist by zealously embracing rootsy blues-rock and its electrified cacophony, S&G veered toward the center, equally infuriating snooty pundits by embracing a Top 40 pop sense whose ostensible shallowness often belied its rich musical diversity. In retrospect, Simon and Garfunkel's career as a duo was remarkably brief (five albums in six years), if no less commercially potent (a slew of Top 40 singles, two Number One albums, and the requisite handful of Grammy Awards). This box set compiles digitally remastered versions of the original S&G albums, each expanded to include bonus tracks (mostly previously unissued demos with a few scattered outtakes, the quartet on Sounds of Silence the best of the lot) and a booklet featuring new notes for each album and song lyrics. It's a rewarding journey, wending from the almost slavish folk devotion of Wednesday Morning 3 AM through the greeting-card iconoclasm of Sounds of Silence, the madrigal-pop of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme to the increasingly impressionistic lyrical landscape of Bookends. It also covers the rich musical tapestry of Bridge over Troubled Waters, which foreshadowed Simon's own diverse solo career by embracing everything from the Everlys and Jan & Dean to Andean folk and R&B. --Jerry McCulley

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Buy all five Simon & Garfunkel studio albums- Wednesday Morning, 3 AM; Sounds of Silence; Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme; Bookends , and Bridge over Troubled Water -and save $10 off what you'd pay for these upgraded reissues singly! Bonus tracks, new remastering and graphics, the whole deal.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music, but 5 CDs? Feb. 8 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is undeniably wonderful music, among the best of its time -- and that's saying something since S&G's recorded history from 1964-70 exactly overlaps that of the Beatles. I could listen to it over and over and never grow tired of it. (Well, maybe the first CD is a bit tiresome, but that's a minor quibble.) And while I love the idea of reissuing the 5 CDs exactly as they were originally released, with the covers and labels and everything, I can't help feeling just a little cheated.
I noticed each CD has about 30-45 minutes of music, even with the bonus tracks. You could certainly fit it all onto 3 or maybe 4 CDs and save a bit of money. At full price, this isn't a bargain. But if you can find it on sale -- as I did, for half-price -- then it's a good deal. This is beautiful music. Own it, definitely. Just watch out for the price.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Columbia (Sony): always a step behind July 7 2002
Format:Audio CD
Or maybe they're mocking at us? When I bought the first CDs of Columbia (S&G or Dylan's...) they did their best to put out the worst edition (bad photo covers, CD cases that didn't close well, lack of original liner notes and dreadful presentation on the surface of the compact discs -just look at Collected Works, you'll know what I mean). Now they they got better on that issue, but they still do the things wrong. I agree with the reviewers that critic the edition of this collection and Old Friends. Why do we have Old Friends (a good selection with rarities) and THEN the Collected Works with rarities? Why not release the Complete Works and THEN a Box Set with rarities (also they could put on Complete Works more rarities, I feel that any of the 5 CDs ended before I begun to listen to them). And now they're releasing a live 1967 concert. Good, good, keep it giving us their gems with a dropper, we'll get the music, but it's not the best way.
S&G are more than five stars, Columbia is -2.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More Hiss Than On "Collected Works"? Nov. 22 2001
Format:Audio CD
I do have "Collected Works", but could not resist the temptation of buying the recently released expanded versions of the original albums. I had to pay more and buy all five CDs individually, as I could not find the box set in this country. Naturally, I am quite pleased with the liner notes and bonus tracks, but I am rather disturbed by the hiss on these new discs. Digitally remastered from the original master tapes??? I thought that meant less hiss than the previous editions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Simon And Garfunkel Collection! Nov. 13 2001
Format:Audio CD
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
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally - the complete works as nature intended Sept. 14 2001
By GBS
Format:Audio CD
Has this material been released before? Yes. Is it duplicated on other sets? Of course?
So why buy it?
Finally, after more than 30 years, the entire "official" canon of Simon and Garfunkel is released in the original form from the original master tapes (long thought lost, but as noted in the "Old Friends" box, recently unearthed). Comparing the past CD issues of these albums to these new masters is like comparing a MacDonald's hamburger to a filet mignon. The richness of the sonics, the presence of the instruments, this is an absolute feast.
Of course, the earlier albums weren't as remarkable as recordings as the later albums. Once they got to "Bookends" they were creating records that were both great music as well as imaginative recordings. "Bookends" in particular is one of the few post-psychedelic records that still holds up as well today as it did way back then. Frankly, when "Save the Life of My Child" begins, you'll be hoping to save the life of your sub-woofer.
And the good news - beyond the quaint reproductions of the original album sleeves and the fine booklet - is that should you not wish to buy this whole box, each of the CD's is also available individually.
So...yes, it's old music once again, but it's never sounded this good. And it's fair to say that if you have "Old Friends" you have much of this, but if enjoying the albums in pristine sonic quality as the artists intended you to, this is a wonderful box set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touch the Sounds
A few years ago, I reviewed COLLECTED WORKS, which at the time was the only comprehensive collection of Simon and Garfunkel's work (on 3 CDs). This is better. Much better. Read more
Published on May 8 2002 by Astrid Slomova
5.0 out of 5 stars "...And What A Time It Was..."
Simon and Garfunkel's five studio albums spent a total of 470 weeks on the album charts--that's nine years! Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2001 by Steve Vrana
4.0 out of 5 stars Need a set with exclusively new material
While I must admit I am a fan of whatever new tracks by Simon & Garfunkel might be put out by Columbia or Sony or whatever, the fact that the record company keeps rereleasing... Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Where's the single version of "I Am A Rock"?
You would have thought that the single version of "I Am A Rock", featuring a different vocal take, would have surfaced on this set after "Old Friends" had... Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars The Columbia Studio Recordings
I tend to agree with the Cedar Rapdids reviewer. However, I wish to add that the CD running times are very short and the music found on the five CDs could have fit onto three (as... Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but it could be better
The remastering of S&G's work has been long overdue and now that Columbia has finally done it with all the duo's albums, it's most welcome. Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2001 by Rusty Schrader
5.0 out of 5 stars The soundtrack for a lifetime.
This box set is very easily recommended to any fans of sixties music who do not own the Old Friends box set released a few years ago. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2001 by "lennono"
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