Old Friends

Old Friends

by Simon & Garfunkel

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Old Friends

On the back cover of the three-CD box set Old Friends: Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel are identified as "arguably the greatest pop duo of our time." Certainly, the string of hit singles that this pair of school buddies released between 1965 and 1970, all of which are featured here, support that assertion. Simon is a master of literate, intensely melodic songs, and the pairing of his evocative acoustic-guitar stylings and unaffected vocals with Garfunkel's silver-bell tenor is a match made in folk-pop heaven. From the plaintive grace of "The Boxer" to the surging "America" to the delicate, heartbreaking "Scarborough Fair/Canticle," these rank with the most moving and sonically gorgeous songs of their era. Also scattered among these 59 tracks are nine previously unreleased cuts, including a tender reading of the Christmas carol "Comfort and Joy" and a sparkling live performance of "Red Rubber Ball," a Simon-penned tune that was a hit for the Cyrkle in 1966. All told, this is an indispensable collection for fans of the duo -- and of truly timeless pop music.

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Release Date: 11/04/1997
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646478028
catalogNumber: 64780
Rank: 92833

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Old Friends 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Although this may not be the definitive Simon and Garfunkel (missing songs from their earlier albums), it is a wonderful collection, showcasing their talents and the variety of sounds that they could command. It was wonderful to be able to put in the three disks and just remember all the events in my life that were spent with this music as a background. I was particularly taken by the rendition of "A Most Pecular Man" as I had never heard it performed that way and the performance added to the haunting quality of the words. There are some great new pieces that I had only heard a couple of times before along with live recordings and all my favorites. This is a great set to get as an introduction to the music of Simon and Garfunkel and a good reminder for those who already know it.