PC 31350 Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits
Produced by Paul Simon, Arthur Garfunkel and Roy Halee
Released on June 14, 1972
US CHART POSITION #5 . . . 14x PLATINUM RECORD . . . UK CHART POSITION #2
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K ronomyth 6.0: SIMON & GARFUNKEL’S GAYEST HATS. Although the duo only recorded a handful of albums, they left behind a rich legacy of music, much of it captured on Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits. Released two years after their breakup and photographed only moments before Paul Simon and his magic egg container of sperm were inserted into an elephant’s vagina, Greatest Hits collects many of their hats (okay, just the one hideously awful, penis-shaped hat) and combines them with previously unreleased live versions of “The 59th Street Bridge Song,” “Homeward Bound” and two others. The inclusion of live tracks is unexpected and unusual, the abrupt sequencing between live and studio tracks unwelcome, but the brilliance of the music featured here is undeniable. “The Boxer,” “America” and “Mrs. Robinson” are some of the greatest pop songs ever written, combining the lyrical acuity of Dylan with the songcraft of McCartney. Their harmonies are also outstanding, somewhere between Phil & Don and CS&N, as evidenced on “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” and “The Sound of Silence.” I’ve never seen Simon & Garfunkel mentioned as a progressive band, and yet the pair’s understanding and appreciation for the potentialities of music influenced many progressive artists (including Yes, who later recorded a fantastic version of “America”). Although the two have reunited for one-off performances (including a George McGovern benefit that coincided with this album’s release), their studio collaborations have been very few and far between. Unlike the CSN&Y sightings and Byrds reunion of McGuinn, Clark & Hillman, Simon & Garfunkel truly burned the bridge behind them, even as Simon’s solo work has provided a link to that past and a future to look forward to. And for those who doubt the veracity of my elephant theory, I ask you: Surely you’ve heard of artificial insimonation?

TRACK LISTING

  1. MRS. ROBINSON    4:02
  2. FOR EMILY, WHENEVER I MAY FIND HER (LIVE)    2:04
  3. THE BOXER    5:07
  4. THE 59TH STREET BRIDGE SONG (FEELIN' GROOVY) (LIVE)    1:43
  5. THE SOUND OF SILENCE    3:02
  6. I AM A ROCK    2:50
  7. SCARBOROUGH FAIR/CANTICLE    (Paul Simon/Art Garfunkel)    3:08
  8. HOMEWARD BOUND (LIVE)    2:30
  9. BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER    4:52
  10. AMERICA    3:34
  11. KATHY'S SONG (LIVE)    3:16
  12. EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD)    (Paul Simon/Jorge Milchberg/Daniel Alomia Robles)    3:06
  13. BOOKENDS    1:16
  14. CECILIA    2:55

CREDITS

ART GARFUNKEL --
PAUL SIMON --
Bill Silano -- cover photo

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US June 14, 1972 Columbia LP KC-41350  
UK/GRC/ISR 1972 CBS LP S-69003  
JPN 1972 CBS LP 25AP-1367  
US   Columbia LP PC-31350  
JPN   CBS/Sony LP 30AP-2259 digital remaster
UK   CBS LP 69003 orange label
COL   CBS LP 14507 blue vinyl
US   Columbia CD 31350  
US   Columbia CDm CM-31350 avail. as minidisc
AUS   CBS CD CDCBS-69003  
US &nbs; Sony CD 31350  
US 2003 Sony CD SMM-0690036 gold CD
JPN 2007 Sony CD SICP-1539  

 

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