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Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« on: 06 Nov 2012, 11:10 »

...and doesn't care for it.

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So for my birthday I got an Amazon voucher, and because I have a hardon for CD box sets (I have the Springsteen one, and the one with all of Pink Floyd's studio albums in it, I even have a fucking Randy Newman one) I decided to get all of Simon and Garfunkel's albums in one convenient box.

I am... not impressed.

First of all, and this is a genuine question, how could they released so little? Back in those days it wasn't unheard of to crank out two records a year, and they did a total of five albums between 1964 and 1970 - and mostly pretty short ones at that.

I know it's about quality rather than quantity generally speaking, I'm genuinely surprised that they released such little music. They're like an example of what I would say about The Beatles that if they released records at the modern rate, their career would consist of Please Please Me, Help!, Sergeant Pepper and Abbey Road. A hell of a catalogue, but missing the interesting, searching middle albums where they bridged the gaps between styles and experimented.

Secondly, after admittedly only one listen... I'm not hugely impressed. Their work seems very samey (until Bridge) generally speaking and there doesn't seem to be much to it.

Also, 'Voices Of Old People' is actually fucking recordings of old people talking? You serious?  :psyduck:

My favourite song so far - and I hate myself because this is like saying I like REM and my favourite song is 'Everybody Hurts' - is 'Bridge Over Troubled Water,' partly because it's the exact song I needed right now given my personal circumstances.

But at the same time, it's so insanely unlike anything in the rest of their discography that it makes no sense whatsoever 1. after Bookends 2. in the context of their career 3. even in the context of the album it's damn well named after.

...So, yeah. I'm obviously not writing them off yet, at all. But so far I'm not hugely impressed.

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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #1 on: 06 Nov 2012, 16:20 »

Shut up, Gaz.
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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #2 on: 06 Nov 2012, 16:37 »

I see your point but would like some elaboration  :mrgreen:

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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #3 on: 07 Nov 2012, 01:40 »

I'm legitimately unsure how you can dislike Mrs. Robinson. That is such an honestly fun song.

Still, Paul Simon's quality shot way, way, way up once he ditched Garfunkel.
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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #4 on: 07 Nov 2012, 01:44 »

Listen to "Cecilia" and love it forever or I have no faith in your ability to appreciate the greatest song ever written by human hands
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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #5 on: 18 Nov 2012, 09:15 »

I don't think I've ever been mad about them either. I think I probably also need to listen to some more of it though.
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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #6 on: 03 Dec 2012, 17:19 »

My drummer Paul loves "Hazy Shade Of Winter" and although it has never been my favorite it is growing on me
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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #7 on: 04 Dec 2012, 03:09 »

Liked the Bangles version loads better.
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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #8 on: 04 Dec 2012, 09:08 »

I definitely prefer Paul Simon's solo stuff to S&G. But I'm biased, because I personally think You Can Call Me Al is the best song ever written.
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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #9 on: 04 Dec 2012, 10:11 »

I LOVE 'You Can Call Me Al,' so hard.

S&G are growing on me, gradually. I am finding some really beautiful songs in their catalogue in places. And honestly, having 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' to listen to as my divorce kicks off was worth the entry price by itself, without doubt.

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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #10 on: 05 Dec 2012, 04:48 »

My singer adores that song, he's been trying to transpose it to guitar and I cannot wait until he does.
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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #11 on: 05 Dec 2012, 13:08 »

I was given the same S&G compilation as a gift in college and had a remarkably similar response.  I had their "greatest hits" on tape (because I'm old), which I loved.  I complained about the world switching to cds rendering my tape obsolete (see previous comment) and was provided with this "gem."  My take- some of the songs like "Richard Cory","A Simple Desultory Philipic" and "Overs" are amazing and should have been widely released as singles.  There are other things that were too weird to be widely released but are really good.  But, there's a lot of bad stuff.  Like, really bad. 

Here's the thing- I think with Simon & Garfunkel, you have ot give each song a few listens.  Some of them really grew on me after bit.  Some, not so much.  I think it's just a little shocking to hear stuff that isn't immediately accessible, and radio-ready since we're talking about Paul Simon.
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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #12 on: 07 Dec 2012, 08:40 »

I LOVE 'You Can Call Me Al,' so hard.

I was just going to say that 'You Can Call Me Al' is possibly my favorite of theirs.  The lyrics are so depressing, the music is so upbeat.  I love it.  I'm going to dance through my anguish, goddammit!

(But I also love Everybody Hurts, especially if I'm watching the video).

I'm by no means a S&G afficionado - I pretty much only know the singles.  But I've also been fond of 'The Only Living Boy in New York' (my being from NY, originally, may influence that) and 'The Boxer.'  Basically, I love their sad songs.

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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #13 on: 07 Dec 2012, 12:59 »

"Only Living Boy In New York" is an amazing song. 
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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #14 on: 07 Dec 2012, 14:57 »

It most certainly is. I am finding more and more songs that I love.

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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #15 on: 08 Dec 2012, 11:42 »

"Only Living Boy In New York" is an amazing song.

One of my all-time favorites. Perfectly captures the feeling of estrangement from a close friend. I wish I could write songs this perfect.
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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #16 on: 15 Dec 2012, 17:37 »

One of my favorite Saturday Night Live episodes was when Paul hosted and Art showed up for an off-the-cuff reunion where they did an awesome version of 'The Boxer'
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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #17 on: 04 Feb 2013, 12:19 »

Yeah, I'll always love Simon and Garfunkel. Can't handle all these feels:

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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #18 on: 04 Feb 2013, 12:22 »

"Only Living Boy In New York" is an amazing song.

One of my all-time favorites. Perfectly captures the feeling of estrangement from a close friend. I wish I could write songs this perfect.

I've recently absolutely loved this song, the distant harmonies are just beautiful.

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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #19 on: 04 Feb 2013, 12:22 »

I read somewhere that that The Sound of Silence was (partly) inspired by Simon's habit of sitting in the bathroom, with the lights off and the taps running, strumming a guitar. He said the sound of the running water was soothing and that the tiles on the wall made a nice echo chamber effect.

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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #20 on: 04 Feb 2013, 13:47 »

http://madcap156.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/paul-and-art/ - by the way I wrote a blog about Sugar and Giggletits

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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #21 on: 04 Feb 2013, 14:35 »

Is it deliberate that the title overlaps the navigation bar?
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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #22 on: 04 Feb 2013, 15:22 »

I don't understand the question.

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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #23 on: 19 Feb 2013, 18:56 »

Here's the thing- I think with Simon & Garfunkel, you have to give each song a few listens.  Some of them really grew on me after bit.  Some, not so much.

^This. Because honestly, if it's not "You Can Call Me Al", it does take a bit of marinating yourself in it to enjoy it.

Yes, we marinate ourselves in music. If someone can come up with a better metaphor, be my guest. :P
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Re: Gareth listens to Simon and Garfunkel...
« Reply #24 on: 24 Feb 2013, 11:07 »

The Boxer is an amazing song on more levels than I have the ability to count.

I'm listening to it right now in fact.








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