The sudden, if belated, success of the folk-rock version of "The Sounds of Silence" as a single called for an immediate accompanying album, so Simon and Garfunkel, who had more or less disbanded after the commercial failure of Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., quickly reformed and recut many of the songs Simon had recorded in England for his Paul Simon Songbook solo album (issued only in the U.K. at the time). The album did not contain the follow-up hit to "The Sounds of Silence," "Homeward Bound," but it did contain the follow-up to that, "I Am a Rock," as well as Simon's musical rewrite of Edward Arlington Robinson's poem "Richard Cory" and other songs that aspired to poetry with an earnestness that made up for their preciousness... [The 2001 CD reissue on Columbia/Legacy adds four bonus tracks:a cover of Jackson C. Frank's "The Blues Run the Game," which appeared before on the Old Friends box set, and previously unreleased demos of the traditional songs "Barbriallen," "Rose of Aberdeen," and "The Roving Gambler."]
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More than 1 year ago
This sophmore effort from paul and art is a great album. Even though their relationship was a bit ambiuous at the time, they still seemed to manage to make a a very nice album. 'I AM A ROCK' is still a great song, and the title track is timeless.