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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.
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