Complete Albums Collection

The Complete Albums Collection

by Simon & Garfunkel
     
 
Simon & Garfunkel's complete recorded works have been boxed before -- many times, in fact. It all started with Collected Works, a nondescript vinyl set from 1981 that was ported over to CDs in the digital age, but the big overhaul came 20 years later with The Columbia Studio Recordings, 1964-1970, a five-disc set containing new remasters and selected

Overview

Simon & Garfunkel's complete recorded works have been boxed before -- many times, in fact. It all started with Collected Works, a nondescript vinyl set from 1981 that was ported over to CDs in the digital age, but the big overhaul came 20 years later with The Columbia Studio Recordings, 1964-1970, a five-disc set containing new remasters and selected bonus tracks; this was later repurposed in the U.K. as a box called The Collection, which added a DVD of 1981's Concert in Central Park for good measure. Arriving in 2014 in the middle of a rush of affordable complete album box sets, The Complete Albums Collection both expands and contracts the scope of the 2001 box set, cutting away the bonus tracks from 2001 -- a regrettable but not tragic loss, as only Bookends had a major addition in the form of "You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies" -- while adding a whopping six albums not on any previous Simon & Garfunkel box set. One of these is the soundtrack to The Graduate, a pivotal record in the duo's success but one not often included in their regular discographies due to its recycling of album material (plus half of it is devoted to Dave Grusin incidental music), another is 1972's Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits, which is by some margin the group's most popular record but feels redundant in this setting. This leaves four live albums, two of which are archival titles released after 2001 -- Live from New York City, 1967 and Live 1969 -- and two documenting reunion shows: 1981's celebrated one-off The Concert in Central Park and 2004's Old Friends: Live on Stage, a double-disc set of highlights from a new millennial reunion tour. Taken together, these live recordings amount to an ongoing emotional history of Simon & Garfunkel and their audience, tracing the duo from their earnest folkie beginnings (Live from New York City), through their majestic peak (Live 1969), to a temporary tentative détente where Simon had a clear upper hand (Central Park), culminating in the warmer nostalgia of Old Friends. Throughout the records, the canon sounds subtly different in new settings and there are unexpected through lines, like the constant presence of "Leaves That Are Green" and Everly Brothers covers in every concert. Yes, the five studio albums remain the core of Simon & Garfunkel's legacy but these live albums aren't just nice extras, they show how that body of work lived, breathed, and changed over the decades, which is why this box has a slight edge over its predecessors in terms of value.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/2014
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0888750090621
catalogNumber:
500906
Rank:
891

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. You Can Tell the World
  2. Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
  3. Bleecker Street
  4. Sparrow
  5. Benedictus
  6. The Sound of Silence
  7. He Was My Brother
  8. Peggy-O
  9. Go Tell It on the Mountain
  10. The Sun Is Burning
  11. The Times They Are A-Changin'
  12. Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.

Disc 2

  1. The Sound 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

Disc 3

  1. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
  2. Patterns
  3. Cloudy
  4. Homeward Bound
  5. The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine
  6. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
  7. The Dangling Conversation
  8. Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall
  9. A Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert McNamara'd into Submiss
  10. For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
  11. A Poem on the Underground Wall
  12. 7 O'Clock News/Silent Night

Disc 4

  1. The Sound of Silence
  2. The Singleman Party Foxtrot
  3. Mrs. Robinson
  4. Sunporch Cha Cha Cha
  5. Scarborough Fair/Canticle (Interlude)
  6. On the Strip
  7. April Come She Will
  8. The Folks
  9. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
  10. A Great Effect
  11. The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine
  12. Whew
  13. Mrs. Robinson
  14. The Sound of Silence (Reprise)

Disc 5

  1. Bookends Theme
  2. Save the Life of My Child
  3. America
  4. Overs
  5. Voices of Old People
  6. Old Friends
  7. Bookends Theme
  8. Fakin' It
  9. Punky's Dilemma
  10. Mrs. Robinson
  11. A Hazy Shade of Winter
  12. At the Zoo

Disc 6

  1. Bridge over Troubled Water
  2. El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
  3. Cecilia
  4. Keep the Customer Satisfied
  5. So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright
  6. The Boxer
  7. Baby Driver
  8. The Only Living Boy in New York
  9. Why Don't You Write Me
  10. Bye Bye Love
  11. Song for the Asking

Disc 7

  1. Mrs. Robinson
  2. For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
  3. The Boxer
  4. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
  5. The Sounds of Silence
  6. I Am a Rock
  7. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
  8. Homeward Bound
  9. Bridge over Troubled Water
  10. America
  11. Kathy's Song
  12. El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
  13. Bookends
  14. Cecilia

Disc 8

  1. Mrs. Robinson
  2. Homeward Bound
  3. America
  4. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
  5. Scarborough Fair
  6. April Come She Will
  7. Wake up Little Susie
  8. Still Crazy After All These Years
  9. American Tune
  10. Late in the Evening
  11. Slip Slidin' Away
  12. A Heart In New York
  13. Kodachrome/Maybellene
  14. Bridge over Troubled Water
  15. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
  16. The Boxer
  17. Old Friends
  18. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
  19. The Sounds of Silence

Disc 9

  1. Old Friends/Bookends
  2. A Hazy Shade of Winter
  3. I Am a Rock
  4. America
  5. At the Zoo
  6. Baby Driver
  7. Kathy's Song
  8. Tom and Jerry Story
  9. Hey, Schoolgirl
  10. The Everly Brothers Intro
  11. Bye Bye Love
  12. Scarborough Fair
  13. Homeward Bound
  14. The Sound of Silence

Disc 10

  1. Mrs. Robinson
  2. Slip Slidin' Away
  3. El Condor Pasa
  4. The Only Living Boy in New York
  5. American Tune
  6. My Little Town
  7. Bridge over Troubled Water
  8. Cecilia
  9. The Boxer
  10. Leaves That Are Green
  11. Citizen of the Planet

Disc 11

  1. He Was My Brother
  2. Leaves That Are Green
  3. Sparrow
  4. Homeward Bound
  5. You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies
  6. A Most Peculiar Man
  7. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
  8. The Dangling Conversation
  9. Richard Cory
  10. A Hazy Shade of Winter
  11. Benedictus
  12. Blessed
  13. A Poem on the Underground Wall
  14. Anji
  15. I Am a Rock
  16. The Sound of Silence
  17. For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
  18. A Church Is Burning
  19. Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.

Disc 12

  1. Homeward Bound
  2. At the Zoo
  3. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
  4. Song for the Asking
  5. For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
  6. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
  7. Mrs. Robinson
  8. The Boxer
  9. Why Don't You Write Me
  10. So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright
  11. That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine
  12. Bridge over Troubled Water
  13. The Sound of Silence
  14. I Am a Rock
  15. Old Friends/Bookends Theme
  16. Leaves That Are Green
  17. Kathy's Song

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Simon & Garfunkel   Primary Artist
Art Garfunkel   Vocals
Paul Simon   Guitar,Vocals
Warren Bernhardt   Piano
Jim Keltner   Drums
Hal Blaine   Drums
Ernie Freeman   Strings
Jamey Haddad   Percussion
Larry Knechtel   Keyboards
Pino Palladino   Bass
Larry Saltzman   Guitar
Rob Schwimmer   Keyboards,Theremin
Fred Carter   Guitar
Joe Osborn   Bass
Jimmy Haskell   Strings
Mark Stewart   Guitar,Cello

Technical Credits

Ian Campbell   Composer
Gene Autry   Composer
Bob Gibson   Composer
Ed McCurdy   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Alan Freed   Composer
Art Garfunkel   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Paul Simon   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Davy Graham   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Dave Grusin   Composer
Benny Gallagher   Composer
Roy Halee   Producer,Engineer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Graham Lyle   Composer
Teo Macero   Producer
Kooster McAllister   Engineer
Jorge Milchberg   Arranger,Composer
Tom Wilson   Producer
John Alagia   Engineer
Paul Special   Engineer
Bob Irwin   Producer
Bob Camp   Composer
Edward O'Dowd   Art Direction
Greg Thompson   Engineer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Jimmy Long   Composer
Daniel Alomía Robles   Composer
Marshall Fawcett   Engineer
John Scher   Executive Producer
Eddie Simon   Executive Producer
Steve Berkowitz   Reissue Producer
Walter "Biff" Dawes   Engineer
Jimmy Haskell   Arranger
Jeff Kramer   Executive Producer
Russ Fratto   Composer
Richard Allison   Engineer

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