Best of PAUL SIMON (and Art Garfunkel)

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The list author says: "Oh, why not? For a long time, I've felt no purpose in listing Simon's good music. Just as for the Beatles and Elvis Presley, I've assumed that everyone is pretty familiar with it. However there may be younger folk looking to become so. So I'm caving. I'll highlight the best of Paul Simon, Simon and Garfunkel, and Art Garfunkel (after their split).
In 1984, when several music stars gathered to record WE ARE THE WORLD to raise money for Ethiopian famine relief, Simon uttered a funny line: "If this place blew up, John Denver would be back on top
again." Not so funny now with John's untimely death in a plane crash, but amusing at the time. The irony is that since 1984 when Simon came out with his exciting album GRACELAND, he hasn't done much of interest in the 3 decades since.
But he remains a giant in pop music history, mostly for the first stellar 20 years of his career. So here's a list of my favorite Simon recordings. I'll try to rank them somewhat acc to my own preference. Also see my INDIVIDUAL SONGWRITERS FOR THE TIME CAPSULE. I've also listed some of Art Garfunkel's best at the bottom.
If you're not picky, you can get the newly released collection of ALL their albums (at the bottom of my list). But for what it's worth, I'll list below the numbers that I've included in my own home-made collection."
The Paul Simon Anthology
1.  The Paul Simon Anthology by Paul Simon
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  "Seems to be the most comprehensive collection of Simon's best work, both solo and in his earlier work as half of Simon and Garfunkel. No clips though, so I'll provide others."
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The Paul Simon Collection: On My Way, Don't Know Where I'm Goin'
2.  The Paul Simon Collection: On My Way, Don't Know Where I'm Goin' by Paul Simon
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  "Smaller collection than above but there are clips, including my 6 favorites of Paul's solo hits: GRACELAND,
CALL ME AL, LATE IN THE EVENING, STILL CRAZY, KODACHROME and SLIP-SLIDING AWAY. Don't care much for tracks 10 and the last 5 (all from his more recent work).Should have included instead the songs immediately below."
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There Goes Rhymin Simon
3.  There Goes Rhymin Simon by Paul Simon
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  "Some good numbers here which aren't on the above collections: TAKE ME TO THE MARDI GRAS, IT WAS A SUNNY DAY, SOMETHING SO RIGHT (also well done by Barbra Streisand),ONE MAN'S
CEILING and TENDERNESS."
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Graceland
4.  Graceland by Paul Simon
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  "Exciting innovative 1984 album incorporating African sounds and rhythms. Exciting at the time but in retro only GRACELAND, CALL ME AL, DIAMONDS and BOY IN THE BUBBLE made a lasting impression. Now on to SIMON AND GARFUNKEL."
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The Essential Simon & Garfunkel
5.  The Essential Simon & Garfunkel by Simon & Garfunkel
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  "Seems the biggest collection of the Best. My faves: BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER, I AM A ROCK, AMERICA, HOMEWARD BOUND,LAZY SHADE OF WINTER. But again, all are good. Impressive body of work. Dunno why it includes 'live' performances of previous goodies. Why not keep the known quality originals?(on CDs below) Other good material follows."
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Bookends
6.  Bookends by Simon & Garfunkel
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  "Listing albums backwards now, ending with the oldest.
3 good songs not on the above collection: FAKIN' IT,
OLD FRIENDS and an interesting contemporary sociological production, SAVE THE LIFE OF MY CHILD."
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Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme
7.  Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme by Simon & Garfunkel
The list author says:
  "CLOUDY and PATTERNS here are not included in the ESSENTIAL collection above. 7 O'CLOCK NEWS/SILENT NIGHT was a bit controversial but interesting. Christmas carol overlaid with newscast.Some thought it sacreligious statement or a statement about hypocrisy, but others(like me) thought it a lament for peace and maybe a wish for a return to faith. Could have an edge of all four perhaps."
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Sounds of Silence
8.  Sounds of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
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  "The only significant song here that is not on the ESSENTIAL CD above is APRIL COME SHE WILL. But it has the original recordings of some of the replacement 'live'
renditions on the ESSENTIAL CD."
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Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.
9.  Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. by Simon & Garfunkel
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  "First album. Other than the original non-electric Sound Of Silence, just Bleeker Street."
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Old Friends
10.  Old Friends by Simon & Garfunkel
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  "This box set has most of the A material listed above."
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The Singer (2 CD Set)
11.  The Singer (2 CD Set) by Art Garfunkel
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  "Now the Garfunkel solo work. Brand new collection, August 2012. BRIGHT EYES and 99 MILES FROM L.A. are my two favorites of Art's solo career."
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Playlist: The Very Best Of Art Garfunkel
12.  Playlist: The Very Best Of Art Garfunkel by Art Garfunkel
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  "Garfunkel arguably had the superior voice to Simon, but after their split, Simon had the songwriting, arranging, production gifts and more contemporary style to elevate his status. Art was more of a classic crooner/balladeer. Most of Art's best are here."
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Why Worry (Album Version) [Clean]
13.  Why Worry (Album Version) [Clean] by Art Garfunkel
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  "Nice treatment of the Mark Knopfler composition. Starting with this one, most of the best songs done by Garfunkel are either familiar standards or hit songs done previously by others. But Art's versions are enjoyable."
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Waters Of March (Album Version)
14.  Waters Of March (Album Version) by Art Garfunkel
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  "Really good song. Spirit is not as joyful as the superior version by Sergio Mendes/Brasil '88 with lead vocals by Lani Hall (wife of Herb Alpert of the Tijuana Brass)."
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Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado) (2007 Remastered LP Version)
15.  Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado) (2007 Remastered LP Version) by Art Garfunkel
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  "Another composition of Antonio Carlos Jobim(from the brief bossa nova heydey during the 60's). From Art's 2007 CD of classic standards of yesteryear."
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The French Waltz (Album Version)
16.  The French Waltz (Album Version) by Art Garfunkel
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  "This melodious song is well suited for Art."
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I Remember You (2007 Remastered LP Version)
17.  I Remember You (2007 Remastered LP Version) by Art Garfunkel
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  "Recent good recording of the old minor hit for Australian
crooner/yodeller Frank Ifield."
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I Will (Album Version)
18.  I Will (Album Version) by Art Garfunkel
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  "A treatment of one of Paul McCartney's best melodies, but the style isn't as appealing for adults on this album aimed at kidlets."
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Complete Albums Collection
19.  Complete Albums Collection by Simon & Garfunkel
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  "Self-explanatory."
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Last updated: 10/12/14
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