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The Essential Simon & Garfunkel
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2010
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The US Essential S&G (10-14-2003) came with two discs: 16+17. The UK Essential S&G (11-24-2003) also came with two discs 20+20! Now the US 3.0 (8-31-2010) comes with 3 discs at 16+16+8 and gives us 41 tracks, the winner. UK Essential gives all the US tracks plus Bye Bye Love,He Was My Brother,Blessed (live),Punky's Dilemma and A Church Is Burning (live). Of these, US 3.0 gives us Brother and Punky and in addition, April Come She Will, 7 O'Clock News/Silent Night,Why Don't You Write Me [Fun yes, essential?] and Citizen of the Planet. Note 3.0's first two discs are identical to the original US release AND the "booklet" is exactly the same. Disc info for disc 3 is printed on the inside of the 3rd of the 4 section cardboard (no plastic) cd "jacket". While I really preferred the UK Essential I have to admit if you were to buy one, it should be 3.0 because it has BOTH the exceptional "My Little Town" *(songs don't get better than this!) AND the Paul Simon recording with Art added "Citizen of the Planet". I'm still waiting for a future 4.0 which includes "Cuba, Si!, Nixon, No!", the [ probably wise] outtake from BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER .But after all these years, boys, how about releasing it and letting us be the judge?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2010
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If you already have the original 2-disc version of this title and/or their five studio albums then you pretty much have all the Simon and Garfunkel you need. The first two discs give a good overview of the duo mixing their hits with some album cuts and live performances. The third disc consists of one track from each of their studio albums plus a track from their 2004 album "Old Friends: Live On Stage". What's disappointing though is that these tracks only total about fifteen minutes-not even close to half the disc's maximum length so I felt more tracks could have been added. I'll only recommend this title to anyone who doesn't want the trouble of getting the other albums in their catalog. If you're a die-hard it's a little repetitive but still a good collection overall.

TT Disc 1-42:54 Disc 2-55:09 Disc 3-14:59
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2003
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Simon & Garfunkel were one of the best folk rock acts to emerge from the 60's - period. From their first 60's hit "I Am A Rock" you just knew these guys were going somewhere. This 2-cd collection is pure bliss with all their cool hits such as Mrs. Robinson, Homeward Bound, I Am A Rock, Scarborough Fair, The Hazy Shade Of Winter, The Boxer, Bridge Over Troubled Waters (my fav.) , Cecilia, America, etc. Also, it's remastered which is nice cause I had an old hits cd which was sounded horrible. Pick this collection up as it's a must for those who like Bob Dylan, The Byrds, The Lovin' Spoonful, Donovan and all those other cool 60's groups.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2004
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I considered myself a Simon and Garfunkel fan but there are songs on this album I'd never heard of before. If you only are interested in the songs that get radio play, go with The Best of Simon and Garfunkel - although the problem with that collection is that it features some live performances instead of the studio versions. To the casual listener, this two-CD collection features EVERY Simon & Garfunkel song you could possibly want - the familiar and the not-so familiar.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2009
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I'm very disappointed in this album. I was hoping to replace an old cassette tape with a modern CD, but no. "Most" of the songs are not the original version but have been recorded from a live performance "somewhere". They have different vocal styling and sometimes tempo. It appears the album was cobbled together from some obscure recordings that could be gotten cheap and offered as a great buy (37 songs! only $16.99!). Buyer beware. These may be "genuine S&G", but they only make you wish for the ones you remember.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2013
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a period in life very exciting for folks my age.
We lived it when we were young and were fortunate
to have experienced the formative years of this kind
of talent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2013
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SIMON & GARFUNKEL-ESSENTIAL SIMON & GARFUNKEL: From their humble beginnings as a one hit wonder high school act called TOM & JERRY to the most recognized, influential duo in the world, SIMON and GARFUNKEL's five indispensable albums, including PARSELY, SAGE, ROSEMARY & THYME, BOOKENDS and their flawless finale BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER were undisputed pinnacles of folk rock during the late sixties/early seventies. Prolific, reflective tunesmith PAUL SIMON's catalogue included the jubilant gospel crunch of CECELIA, stark anthems THE BOXER and SOUNDS OF SILENCE, and the whimsical AT THE ZOO, refined works put across with sparse instrumentation and the duo's pristine PHIL & DON EVERLY-influenced vocal harmonies. Although liner notes or at least a lyric sheet should have been included, ESSENTIAL takes everything that was so perfect about 1972's fourteen track sampler GREATEST HITS (which every music fan seemed to own back then), more than doubling the amount of splendid, timeless music, mixing vital album tracks in with all those shimmering AM radio classics.

RATING: FIVE BAD HAIRCUTS
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I grew up in the 80s so discovered S&G's music long after the fact, mostly through radio and film. Needless to say, this music is genius and I wish there was music like this around today. About 5 years ago, I heard "The Boxer" on a phone system queue. I called a bank in the midwest and ironically enough, heard the words, "I am just a poor boy, though my story's seldom told, I have squandered my resistance for a pocket full of mumbles, such are promises...." Although I wasn't fully sure who wrote the song, I somehow inherently knew that it was S&G. Anyhow, a couple more years passed before I confirmed this information and finally bought this 'Essential' CD but I'm glad I did. It's not uncommon for me to play it in my car and I usually play "The Boxer" a few times in a row. What an amazing tune. There are also many other songs on the CDs, obviously, and they're all good - not all as great as "The Boxer" or "Mrs. Robinson" or "Scarborough Fair". Anyhow, S&G will always be some of my favorite pop music artists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2008
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This collection contains more than 35 songs which include just about all of the best known ones and quite a few lesser known but good ones, like el Condor Pasa. Most of them are the studio recordings, especially the better known ones like Sounds of Silence, and they sound very good. I think overall it is very good, especially for the price.

A few minor areas of concern: First, there are some live tracks which sound better in their studio versions. I am not sure why they include live cuts when the studio ones are certainly available. Second, the packaging is cheap - I had to break the case to get at CD Number 2. I had this problem with another of the "Essential" sets, so I think they could do a better job here. Finally, I am not sure why they included a few songs; for example, I find "Old Friends" and "A Most Peculiar Man" depressing. Overall, howerer, I think this a very good collection and is certainly worth the money!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2008
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These days, I have way too many CD's on my "to buy" list and not enough money to go around. The best way to deal with this dillema is to either get the group's most definitive album or to get the best "best of" album. That's exactly what you'll find in "The Essential Simon & Garfunkel." Not only does it have all their greatest hits, but the collection spans two discs, so you're sure to get enough of their music to get your fill.
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