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Simon & Garfunkel ~ Bookends

Track for track, this is Simon & Garfunkel's best album. By 1968, Simon had shed his more precious tendencies as a songsmith. Meanwhile, the duo and coproducer/engineer Roy Halee had become adept studio technicians. "America" and "Mrs. Robinson" displayed the kind of sonic breadth that would flower even more fully two years later with "The Boxer" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Bits of whimsy ("Punky's Dilemma," "At the Zoo") and melancholy ("Old Friends," "A Hazy Shade of Winter") complete this autumnal album. --Steve Stolder
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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000024TQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,579 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Just Bill on September 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I've always thought Simon and Garfunkel were one of the most beautifully arranged groups ever to record. Their voices are angelic. Their songs are often so emotional that I can barely stand to listen to them.
This album, Bookends, stands at the top of my list of favorite S&G recordings.
As the liner notes indicate, this is their fourth, "and arguably best, album"..."a meditation on the passage of life and the psychological impact of life's irreversible, ever-accumulating losses." That's probably what sets it apart from their other recordings to me. It's ambitious, and chock-full of import and meaning. If a progressive rock band would have attempted a concept like this in the 1970s, they would have been labeled "pretentious" or "bombastic." Yet, S&G got away with it.
Granted, there are tracks I don't like as well as others ("Save The Life Of My Child" for one), but tracks such as "America," "Voices of Old People," "Old Friends," "Bookends Theme" and "Mrs. Robinson" more than make up for the odd track or two that doesn't strike a chord within me. "Bookends Theme," alone, tugs at my heartstrings like very few songs do. And if any song seems to resonate with the spirit of the Sixties it's "Mrs. Robinson."
There really isn't anything else I can say about this album that you probably don't already know, or haven't already read in previous reviews.
Except for this: The remastering is outstanding. The voices ring out clearly, the acoustic guitars are crisp and bright and there are things going on in each track that you might not have noticed in previous editions of this album.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 21, 2011
Format: Audio CD
BOOKENDS (released in 1968) is the greatest of all Simon & Garfunkel albums, and one of the best records made in the 1960s.

When this review was first published on the night of 12/25/06, I'd been pondering Christmas of 1968. I was 14 back then. It was an awful year to live through for anyone, especially a kid. The Vietnam War, the assassination of public figures, and seeing part of my city burn the previous summer during riots; it was a lot to handle.

The song "Save The Life Of My Child" from BOOKENDS was in my head during most of 1968. I identified with that frightened boy standing on the ledge, while a crowd below urged him to jump. His final thought as "he flew away" was "...I got no hiding place." That was exactly how I felt in those dark days.

What a powerful and unforgettable way to begin an album. The moods of BOOKENDS reflect so well the troubled times of the late '60s, with its anti-war sentiments (Punky's Dilemma), and its tales of love and love lost (America, Overs). The original first side of the record ends with the sad longing and fears of Old Friends, who sit on a park bench and reminisce together. But this bittersweet song has a deeper message. These old men were survivors-- if they were supposed to be elderly in 1968, then they made it through the Depression, and two world wars, and if they were the youth of 1968 projected into the future, well they too made it through trials by fire.

And so have I made it through! I'm in my late 50s now and headed for that park bench one day. The fears and sadness of 1968 are long past, but a final memory remains:

As I lay in bed early that Christmas Eve, the colored glow of tree lights seeped into my room.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By John P. Morgan VINE VOICE on August 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
My wife just bought me a new record player...yeah, you read that right. I don't need some crazy ipod that holds 3,000 of my favorite songs...just give me something simple...something uncomplicated...something that puts me in touch with my soul and I'm quite the happy guy.

This album is free from all pretenses. It's sad and yet it's beautiful. It's alive and yet it feels like death is its closest companion. I'm not being maudlin, here, that's the way it is. We go through so many mini-deaths during one lifetime. We make friends. We lose friends. We're riding high one moment and the next we're flat on our backs. But it's all part of the whole. Black and white with a million shades of gray in-between.

I put on this album that I've had since the fourth grade. The record cracks and creaks, it moans and's a lot like me...but just like this record, I'm always ready to start from the beginning and be me. Who else could I possibly be?

I'm tempted to buy a brand new version of this classic on CD, but I wait until the feelings pass and cling to something I've owned for the last thirty years. I don't have much left from those days gone by. But again, that's life.

This is probably the best album that Simon & Garfunkle put out. It caught them at a time when they, too, were going through changes and transistions, endings and new beginnings.

Life's a trip...pack accordingly.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on August 18, 2000
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...I do agree that this album showcases both Paul Simon's extraordinary talents as well as those of the amazing Art Garfunkel (remember him? He was half the incredible folk duo). From the haunting "Bookends Theme" to the funky and socially conscious "Save The Life Of My Child" to the evocative refrains of "America", all of us who lived through this CD while in undergraduate school in the late 1960s hold this effort by Simon and Garfunkel close to our hearts. With this song cycle, Simon had us all considering what it meant to grow old and feeble, and consider what the arc of our lives would mean. This was heavy stuff for 22 year olds.
Fifteen years ago a close friend gave me a finely lithographed set of the "Old Friends" lyrics after I shared his troubles when his mother died, telling me I was the guy he wanted to share the other end of the bench with at seventy. He's gone now, too, certainly gone too soon. A lot of the rest of the CD is interesting and spunky, but represents another side of the duo than from the thoughtful excursion into aging and what time means to us all that the original "A" side of the album represented. "Faking It" was an inside joke, using the name of British poet, singer, and songwriter Donovan Leitch (Mellow Yellow) as the tailor at the end. Simon was really expressing his amazement regarding the turn in his own life circumstances; Simon is serious, though, when he says "I have a tailor's face and hands" (his grandfather had been a Jewish tailor in Germany). Punky"s Dilemma" is a satiric look at the times, a la "A Simple Desultory Philippic" on the Parsley Sage album.
The rest of the songs included, "Mrs.
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