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Scissors Cut


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listen  1. A Heart In New York (Album Version) 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Scissor Cut (Album Version) 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Up In The World (Album Version) 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Hang On In (Album Version) 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. So Easy To Begin (Album Version) 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Bright Eyes (Album Version) 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Can't Turn My Heart Away (Album Version) 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The French Waltz (Album Version) 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. That's All I've Got To Say (Theme From "The Last Unicorn") (Album Version) 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 29, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000025NI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Scissors Cut Art Garfunkel

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I think this stands as one of his finest achievments.
Matthew J. Gallagher
In all, this is not Art's best solo effort, but the theme and general sound can often take you far away from reality ~ And sometimes that is needed!
Mr. K. O'brien
He is an artist in this album in the sense that he knows himself and what he wants to say to the listener.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. Machado on May 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a lush, beautiful record. Art's voice is in top form throughout, especially in "So Easy to Begin" and my favorite, "The French Waltz," a song that always makes me sigh. Paul Simon contributes three lines to the sweet "In Cars." All in all, a laid-back, well produced, very romantic and enjoyable album. Get this one and "Watermark" to complete your list of Art Garfunkel's essentials. (Believe me, these two are perfect for a candlelit night.)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By a on January 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album is by far one of my favorites. Some might dismiss it as lyrically and perhaps musically inferior to the Garfunkel sound. This is really quite tragic, as I see the songs on the album a perfect reflection of who and what Garfunkel stand for. I am 24 years old and was not even alive when the album was released so I cannot compare it to pop music of the time--although I never really classified Art Garfunkel as pop---more as Art Music. What I can say is that his voice, the way he chooses to use it, the songs he chooses to utilize it in, and the lyrics he expresses have touched me. He is an artist in this album in the sense that he knows himself and what he wants to say to the listener. If you are looking for the sensitive Garfunkel displaying his usual sensitive tenor voice, then this album is for you. It might even be classified as a concept album as it takes you through the journey of love.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. O'brien on February 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Art Garfunkel's 1981 offering is one of his most overlooked pieces of music. It is filled with fairly low-key production, and is certainly far away from what 1981 is famous for. That is, somehow, make it feel all that more special.

Coming closely after the death of his girlfriend, it is natural several songs are related to her ('In Cars', especially, in which Paul Simon adds vocals), and the aspect of lost love, or doubt about love does tend to dominate the album, in fact it is dedicated to his loss.

Having said that, there are some superb tunes here, including the album opener A Heart In New York (of which superb live versions exist on Concert In Central Park and the brilliant Across America) and the ever so sweet Can't Turn My Heart Away.

In Cars is a Jimmy Webb effort, and includes lyrics from Scarborough Fair from years gone by ~ Remember me to one who lives there, She once was a true love of mine ~ As stated earlier, directed at his lost partner, but Jimmy's best effort here is Scissors Cut, a wonderful ballad of two lost lovers.

Some songs on here can sometimes feel a little unnecessary, though The Romance (which rarely appears on this album in the UK or US) is brilliant, featuring soaring vocals from Art, it is unmissable, so if it is not on your album, make sure you find it!

In all, this is not Art's best solo effort, but the theme and general sound can often take you far away from reality ~ And sometimes that is needed! Any Art fan should have this album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Gallagher on March 7, 2008
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"Scissors Cut" reminds me so much of NYC as it was the one album I seemed to play over and over - and "A Heart in New York" is nothing less than a great valentine to that city. This is beautifully crafted masterpiece of a record with one outstanding song after another, "Scissors Cut," with the legendary background vocals of Leah Kunkel (a name more music lovers need to know - she backs up James Taylor on his classic "JT" album), "Up in the World," the stunning, classic "Bright Eyes," "Can't Turn My Eyes Away," as subtle and fine a love song as has ever been written, leading to a trio of songs that ends with "That's All I've Got to Say," a short, tender coda to a remarkable collection. There was some thought and care put into the song collection to create an overall feeling - and except for the rock tinged, "Hang on In," every song seems to flow into the other with real grace. Garfunkel's vocals, as the years go on, only seem more magificent and timeless. I think this stands as one of his finest achievments. A real classic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Borrow on January 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
There is much to like about this album, although it falls a little short of the very high standard set in Art Garfunkel's four earlier solo albums: Angel Clare (1974), Breakaway (1975), Watermark (1977) and Fate for Breakfast (1979). You know what to expect from the cover photo, which features Art in a dinner jacket and bow tie. The tracks are beautifully arranged and orchestrated, and the support cast includes some of the best session musicians in the business. The tracks are gentle and elegant, and feature Art's signature tune, A Heart in New York, and the popular Bright Eyes from the animated movie Watership Down. I bought a now well worn LP version on original release way back in 1981, and to my ear this transfer is not as sonorous as the original rendering. I have always found the ethereal quality of Art's vocals particularly suited to the nostalgic, romantic repertoire. He requires great songs and arrangements to showcase his prodigious talent. We get that here, with the possible exception of Hang On, which is a piece of late 1970s fizz and sounds very dated. The other tracks are well worth the discounted price.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Greg B on February 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album seemed to get lost in the hype of the Simon and Garfunkel reunion of September 1981; SC was released in August 1981. SC is an under appreciated work of art. It has ten songs you probably won't find anywhere else, interpreted masterfully with regards to phrasing, emotion, tone quality, pitch, etc. On top of Garfunkel's usual brilliance on the ballads, this album contains a hard-driving rock number - Hang On In (my favorite).
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