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Wednesday Morning, 3 AM
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|1. You Can Tell the World|
|2. Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream|
|3. Bleecker Street|
|6. Sound of Silence|
|7. He Was My Brother|
|9. Go Tell It on the Mountain|
|10. Sun Is Burning|
|11. Times They Are A-Changin'|
|12. Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.|
|13. Bleecker Street [#][*][Demo Version]|
|14. He Was My Brother [Alternate Take 1][#][*]|
|15. Sun Is Burning [Alt. Take 12]|
Their stunning debut, now garnished with a demo version of Bleecker Street and unreleased alternate takes of He Was My Brother and The Sun Is Burning , all recorded in March 1964!
Simon & Garfunkel would become, in essence, the American folk movement's answer to the Beatles, bridging generations and spanning musical styles--if done with an often-dispassionate air of seeming academic disdain--and a ubiquitous fixture in many a 1960s record collection. Yet, there are precious few hints of what was to come on Simon and Garfunkel's 1964 debut. Though recorded during the first few hectic months of American Beatlemania, the Paul and Art of Wednesday Morning are still firmly rooted in Greenwich Village coffeehouse traditions. Their nasally correct take on Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'," covers of American folk movement standards like "Peggy-O," "He Was My Brother," "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream," and buoyant gospel-tinged fare ("You Can Tell the World," "Go Tell It on the Mountain") just can't help sounding tres ironic, especially coming from the mouths of two nice Jewish boys from Queens. The early Simon originals here are cast in much the same mold, with the notable exception of "The Sounds of Silence" (offered here in its first, all-acoustic incarnation), a song that underscores the songwriter's looming ability to wrap even the most dour observations in poetically and musically accessible terms that would be the envy of many a Hallmark staff writer. This new edition has been digitally remastered to good effect and also contains three bonus tracks: spare, heartfelt demos of Simon's "Bleecker Street" and the covers "He Was My Brother" and "The Sun Is Burning." --Jerry McCulley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If you can manage to put all the existing circumstances out of your mind for a moment, "You Can Tell the World" S&G do a stirring, soulful rendition of this folksy, gospel-y, upbeat tune. Forget the overly harsh criticism you may have heard on this song-it's great music, pure and simple. "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream" is a somewhat more benign rendition of an old 60s-classic. I got a kick out of the atypical instrumentals on this, but it's not really my favorite sounding song on this album. (Though they do a fine job with it.) "Bleeker Street" is, I believe, the most under-appreciated and wonderful song here. It's very "Paul Simon-ish"-you know immediately who wrote this powerful and understated song. It's just beautiful is all, the harmonies sounding especially great on this song. "Sparrow" is another similarly identifiable song, and I especially love the last verse. It's another powerful and wonderfully simple song by the time you get to the end. "Benedictus" is very well sung, though it perhaps feels somewhat out of place although the album is somewhat eclectic.Read more ›
In the midst of this wandered Simon and Garfunkel, who - because they had managed to bridge the gap between pop, rock, and folk - achieved enough popularity to be heard often. 'Wednesday Morning, 3 AM' was almost before my time. Lacking a turntable of my own, I only knew it in fragments. So now, 35 years later, listening to it from end to end, it still sounds fresh to me.
This was a debut album. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel had made a name for themselves as performers, and now this was an opportunity not to be missed. Despite Simon's remarkable skills as a songwriter, the album consists mostly of 'borrowed' songs. Only four were his own efforts. All display the eclectic tastes that was to mark the efforts this team, and then Simon alone as special to many from that era on.
In retrospect, the music of this album - guitar and two voice harmony - is simple and straitforward. Satisfyingly so, since most were chosen for content not just 'feeling good.' They ask questions, some of which have never really been answered - that are just as pertinent today as they were then. Thus it is in the design of the album, not in the individual songs, that the true richness and complexity lays, as we travel a range from reflective to jarringly tragic.
If you are used to the later work of this team, your first reaction to this album may be a bit doubtful.Read more ›
Paul & Art were both college students, after scoring a minor hit as Tom & Jerry in 1957. Paul was ocasionally selling songs for the Brill Building as well as his own, taking legthy sabatacals to England to play and write. They reformed later and were signed to Columbia to cash in on the burgeoning folk movement spearheaded by Dylan.
Although Simon was already writing, this album is mostly cover songs; some standard folk tunes ("Peggy-O", "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream"), some spiritual tunes ("You Can Tell the World", "Go Tell It On the Mountain"...kinda odd from a couple of Jewish guys), the then obligatory Dylan cover, and a madrigal ("Benidictus"...Simon's British influence here). Simon's songs were represented, but certainly not his best work. "He Was My Brother" is a bit heavy handed, and the title track is, well...filler. However, the future was hinted at with the beautiful "Bleeker Street" and the original version of "The Sounds of Silence".
The performances are quite good, with just their voices and their pristine vocals carrying the tracks, although in some cases the performances were a bit too eager and heavy handed. Although the exquisite harmonies are here, Simon's guitar playing is almost too straightforward. Simon would later become a much better (and highly underrated) guitarist.
The album holds its place in time well...much like what you would hear in a Grenwich Village folk club in the early 60's. For that alone, it's worth purchasing to any serious folk music student. However, 40 years on, it has that "you had to be there" feel to it. Not a bad album by any means, but certainly not the first to purchase by them.
Most recent customer reviews
This cd did not deliver for me. I was really looking forward to sampling the first release of the harmonic duo but unfortunately, I did not enjoy this nearly as much as I thought... Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2011 by kkatyred
Great addition to our collection. Real grassroots.Harmonies are awesome. Hope to see them in concert in July!!Published on May 12 2010 by Sherry Smith
(Actually, 4.5 stars)
This is a really sweet acoustic folk album from a bygone era of idealism, folk-singing bards in Greenwich Village coffee shops, and sweeping social... Read more
Simon And Garfunkel were an unrivaled pair. Their divine vocal harmonies and brilliant songwriting have never been surpassed. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004 by Josh H.
This album often gets called good, just not as good as their later stuff. Well, that's mostly true. But, there are a few reasons here why this one is a favorite of mine. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by H3@+h
This collection of music is as good as any Simon & Garfunkel album out there (and perhaps better than most).
First of all everything is acoustic. Read more
It is true that this album does not achieve the novelty of their later albums, but it is perfectly coherent. The album can relax anyone despite its melancholy subjects. Read morePublished on May 22 2002
. . .Simon and Garfunkel would become, to my mind, it still gets 4 stars because of the promise it showed -- promise which did come to fulfillment. Read morePublished on April 5 2002 by David Zampino