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Editors’ Notes

Literate folk-pop tinged with angst and leavened with whimsy was Simon and Garfunkel’s specialty during the late ‘60s, and Bookends (1968) may be their most consistent album, applying the duo’s pristine vocal harmonies to an excellent batch of Simon-penned originals. A suite of interrelated songs — beginning with “Save The Life Of My Child” and ending with “Bookends Theme” — offers exquisitely-framed glimpses of life through the eyes of youth and age. The standout track here is “America,” a bus-trip narrative that turns into an anthem for an alienated nation (in less than four minutes!). The rest of Bookends is an assortment of thought-provoking tunes, including “Fakin’ It” (a bit of self-analysis set to a bouncy arrangement), “Hazy Shade Of Winter” (a rocking slice of anxiety) and the ever-popular “Mrs. Robinson” (written for The Graduate but transcending the film in its irreverent appeal). The choirboy-like sweetness of the duo’s voices brings out both the melancholy and playfulness in these songs. (When Paul and Artie get downright silly — as in ”Punky’s Dilemma” — you can’t help but smile.) Bookends pleased fans on both sides of the Generation Gap thanks to its lyric intelligence and musical grace; its virtues haven’t dimmed with time.

Customer Reviews

Unbelievable

Cool! I love folk music! I am not even 9 years old and yet I have listened to these guys since I was 2 years old. My friends listen to Simon & Garfunkel too! I'm burning a CD for my entire class. Mrs. Robinson is the best song. This is my first review. If you like folk, pop, or rock buy a song from this album or buy the album. You'll love it!

Nothing shot of magic

It would be hard for any group to continue along the path of musical success with such masterpieces as "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" and "Sounds Of Silence" preceding it, but The Dynamic Duo of folk music drove a powerhouse disk of tunes home with "Bookends." From the elegant poetry of "America" to the darkness of "Save the Life of My Child," Simon and Garfunkel made a record of both the sound that made them famous, and the experimental sounds of the day. With the mismash of tales in "Voices Of Old People" and the distorted synth in "Save the Life of My Child," S&G made a dramatic step forward. This disk marks the official release of "Mrs. Robinson," made famous in The Graduate. You would be hard pressed to find an album with such a moving track list.

America

Took off to look for America...man what a great time.....

Biography

Formed: 1964 in New York, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The most successful folk-rock duo of the 1960s, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel crafted a series of memorable hit albums and singles featuring their choirboy harmonies, ringing acoustic and electric guitars, and Simon's acute, finely wrought songwriting. The pair always inhabited the more polished end of the folk-rock spectrum and was sometimes criticized for a certain collegiate sterility. Many also feel that Simon, as both a singer and songwriter, didn't truly blossom until he began his own hugely...
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