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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."