Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme [Bonus Tracks]by Simon & Garfunkel
A far more considered album than the rushed Sounds Of Silence, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme features "Homeward Bound" and Simon & Garfunkel 's fourth hit single, "The Dangling Conversation" (their first not to be a big hit), plus a slew of memorable album tracks: "Scarborough Fair/Canticle," which became a single in the wake of its appearance in the film The Graduate; "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)," which became a hit for Harpers Bizarre; and "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her," a showcase for Garfunkel's heavenly voice, among other songs. [The 2001 CD reissue on Columbia/Legacy adds previously unreleased demos of "Patterns" and "A Poem on the Underground Wall" as bonus tracks.]
- Release Date:
- Scarborough Fair/Canticle
- Homeward Bound
- The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine
- The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
- The Dangling Conversation
- Flowers Never Bend With the Rainfall
- A Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert McNamara'd into ...)
- For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
- A Poem on the Underground Wall
- 7 O'Clock News/Silent Night
- A Poem on the Underground Wall
Performance CreditsSimon & Garfunkel Primary Artist
Technical CreditsBob Johnston Producer
Ralph J. Gleason Original Liner Notes
Bob Irwin Reissue Producer
Angela Skouras Art Direction
Bud Scoppa Liner Notes
Lily Lew Packaging Manager
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Social change, The sexual revolition, Vietnam, Civil Rights. Just a few of the hundred or so things that went on in the Sixties. Every event in the minds of those who lived it is somehow reflected in the music of Simon and Garfunkel. A theme song of our lives, so to speak. ''Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme'' Stands out as another one of the shining jewels of S&G. If you ever liked anything from this duo, you will indeed like this album also. Some of the tracks on this album are from other compilations, but fit well, nontheless. The LP is in my time worn library. This CD is about to be also. The only nostalgic lacking of the CD will be the predictible clicks and pops of an LP. Better get this one!
The music of Simon and Garfunkel is not only timeless; it is a time capsule in itself. I was transported back to early 1968 stationed in California doing my part for the war, a young recruit barely twentysomething and finding solace and understanding of life thru the poetry of this awesome duo. The title song of this album is just that, a canticle. A mystifying tapestry of music and words. It seems odd, but fitting, that this same tune found it's way into the film "The Graduate". To you newcomers, romantics, and poets, You have a treat in store, for every song in this exquisite album tells it's own story, although if you did not come of age in the sixties, you probably won't understand track # 9 ( A Simple Desultory Philippic) but non-the-less, the song was quite fitting to it's time. You probably don't want to know who Robert McNamara was anyway. I wish I could forget! The same goes for track # 12 (7 O'Clock News/Silent Night) That is an actual newscast you are hearing in the background. Beautiful-but graphic. For the rest of us who purchased- and played til we wore it out-The vinyl version of this album, this is a treat. A state of the art remastering of this wonderful album with two bonus performances to boot! The traditional Columbia "360 Sound" is still there, pure and ambient, just like you remember on the LP. Many times, LP remasters to CD are either too strident, or flat and lifeless. Not so this one; The Columbia/Legacy folks really did their homework here; the sound quality is impeccable. If you are, or used to be, a Simon and Garfunkel fan, you need to retire your old LP, and set this one in it's place on the shelf. I might also add here that the artwork and CD labeling is an almost exact re-creation of the original vinyl LP and jacket. You're going to need your bifocals to read it, though. In Sixties lingo: "This CD is a groove, man--a real trip!" You ought to buy it.
I got this album for Christmas last year and boy did I enjoyed it. These two boys' vocal performance was really tender and soothing. I fell in love with their music ever since I watched the Graduate where some songs they had sang were in the soundtrack of this film. "Scarborough Fair" was one of the songs that appeared in the film that was also in the album. My favorites include "Patterns" "Feelin' Groovy" "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her" "A Poem on the Underground Tunnel" and "7 o'clock News/Silent Night" which is a dramatic finale with the two singing Silent Night, a beautiful Christmas carol with a reading of the Seven O'Clock News announcing subjects such as Vietnam, Lenny Bruce's death, and Nixon. I am proud that they were here to provide some wonderful music on various subjects that make people emotional on a variety of levels.
I don't really have anything original to say about a 30 year old album. This is a replacement for a tape that died which replaced a 33&1/3 album that died, and if anything happens to the CD, i'll replace it again. I need Paul and Artie in the house.