SIMON & GARFUNKEL Sounds Of Silence LP

SIMON & GARFUNKEL Sounds Of Silence LP

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In the spring of 1965, the Byrds created a new hybrid that was immediately termed "folk-rock" with their hit cover of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man." At that point, Tom Wilson had an epiphany. Taking the all-acoustic recording of "The Sound of Silence" from Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., the producer brought an electric guitarist and a rhythm section into the studio and proceeded to overdub their parts onto the original track. By late '65, "The Sound of Silence" was the No. 1 single in America, and Simon & Garfunkel were back together, preparing to make an album relevant to, and worthy of, their first hit.

One of the most intriguing aspects of Sounds of Silence is how closely connected it feels to the work recorded during the same period by several other future Hall of Famers: the unabashed romanticism of John Sebastian and his Lovin' Spoonful ("Kathy's Song"), the incisive character studies of Ray Davies and his Kinks ("Richard Cory," "A Most Peculiar Man") and the soaring loveliness of the Byrds ("I Am a Rock"), whose David Crosby was doing the same sort of inspired arrangements for three or four voices that Garfunkel was coming up with for two. Sounds of Silence is absolutely majestic, a transcendent piece of music that soothes, inspires, and occasionally, even rocks.

  1. The Sounds Of Silence
  2. Leaves That Are Green
  3. Blessed
  4. Kathy's Song
  5. Somewhere They Can't Find Me
  6. Anji
  7. Richard Cory
  8. A Most Peculiar Man
  9. April Come She Will
  10. We've Got A Groovy Thing Goin'
  11. I Am A Rock