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Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits

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All of their best-known, best-loved hits, plus choice album cuts and three live performances. A Billboard bestseller when it was first released in 1972, this is still the best single-disc Simon and Garfunkel collection available.

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Simon & Garfunkel have two 3-CD box sets collecting their entire career output, one with out-takes and live recordings, but the duo who were among the bestselling acts of the 1960s only recorded five studio albums throughout the entire 1960s! Their studio perfectionism is never better served than here. This greatest hits is simple and to the point, a perfect collection for anyone looking to get the basic idea (and hits) without committing to a more serious relationship. The harmonies, Paul Simon's masterful songwriting, Garfunkel's soaring choirboy voice, are all here. --Rob O'Connor


1. Mrs. Robinson
2. For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
3. The Boxer
4. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
5. The Sound Of Silence
6. I Am A Rock
7. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
8. Homeward Bound
9. Bridge Over Troubled Water
10. America
11. Kathy's Song
12. El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
13. Bookends
14. Cecilia

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: June 14, 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony / Columbia
  • ASIN: B0000024YL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (427 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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110 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
More than once I have panned re-issues of albums on CD that added nothing to the original. My usual reason is that a CD can hold 80 minutes of music and a vinyl album typically had 38 to 48 minutes of music. My criticism increases with a "greatest" or "best of" collection because there are almost always more songs that could or should have been added. My criticism of content should extend to this album as well, but this album embodies Simon and Garfunkel's peak popularity and its value is as much historical and contextual as commercial. Yes, I purchased this album in spite of the numerous collections of varying sizes, including a comprehensive collection of all of Simon and Garfunkel's works. I am unable to explain why this album works for me, but I suspect it is because I grew up in the 60s and 70s.

This collection is just a bit too brief, but what magnificent songs.

"Mrs. Robinson," "The Sound of Silence" and "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" are musical poetry. All three songs are part of the soundtrack to the 1967 movie "The Graduate." "The Sound of Silence" in particularly is one of the greatest songs of the rock era. The latter two songs are great melancholy songs for a rainy day.

There are also live songs on this album. The gorgeous song "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her" is one of those songs. Though the clapping at the end is a bit loud, the song itself is one of the best versions available. Art Garfunkel shows in this song why his pairing with Paul Simon was so incredible. Another live song is "The 59th Street Bridge Song," which most know as "Feelin' Groovy." This song is a marvelous little ditty that shows the playful side of the duo.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
ok a lot of people seem to be paranoid about the live versions of songs on this disc. as far as i can tell, only four of the songs are live ("the 59th street bridge song (feelin' groovy)", "for emily, whenever i may find her", "homeward bound", and "kathy's song"). the confusion is probably due to the fact that the applause at the end of the live versions fades into the next song. but all of the biggest hits ("sounds of silence", "bridge over troubled water", "the boxer", etc.) are in their original versions. and in my opinion the live version of "for emily" is the best recording of that song. so if you are an s&g fan who wants all of the biggest hits on one cd, you can't do any better than this. and don't be scared off by the reviewers that can't tell the original versions when they hear them.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Though I had grown up listening to the music of Simon and Garfunkel, it is in listening to this CD that I realized how prolific they had been and how beautiful were their harmonies. This is a timeless collection, as it contains all of their major hits. It is a wonderful compiliation of their music which can best be described as sort of a mellow folk rock. It runs the gamut from the upbeat: "The 59th Street Bridge Song", "Cecilia", to the poetic: "The Sounds of Silence". "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Scarborough Fair", to the unusual: "El Condor Pass (If I Could)".
Every cut on this CD is a winner. There is, however, one annoying aspect to it. For whatever reason, some of the tracks have clapping at the conclusion of the song. This is a little jarring to the listener because one does not expect it, as this is not a "live" album. This is why I rated the CD with four stars instead of five. Still, this is definitely a CD no music lover should be without.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey G. Stevenson on July 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the soundtracks to my life. This great compilation has been with me since I first heard it coming from my parents speakers 30+ years ago. I wore out my LP copy in my late twenties and snatched up a CD copy shortly thereafter...it remains close to me and my player to this day. Melancholy, somber, jubilant, hopeful, happy...these are just a few words to describe this album and the emotions it evokes while listening to it. Many great reviews have been posted on this wonderful Hits package and its obvious that it has almost "universal" appeal. Most of the reviews here resonate with the same tone---"this album is so much a part of my life". Without going into individual songs, I'll say that I enjoy every song from start to finish. This is really timeless music that will continue to reach new generations of listeners and will remain very special to me for decades to come....enjoy this(your not likely to find the 'Magic' these two gentlemen had in today's artists).
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63 of 78 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The songs on this album truly represent the best of Simon and Garfunkel. Unfortunately, someone decided it would be a good idea to insert "live" versions of some of the songs. Most of these live versions are inferior to the original studio recordings, not to mention that it does not mention anywhere on the album jakcet which cuts are live, or even that ANY of them are live. This alone makes this one of the worst Greatest hits albums ever eleased, which is tragic, considering the enormous talent of S&G. You'd think that with such an influential force in 60's pop music, Columbia would have had no trouble coming up with a QUALITY greatest hits package. It isn't like they had any shortage of good material...
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Kathy's Song
Wrong--Kathy was a girl Simon met in England in 1964--her full name was Kathleen Mary "Kathy" Chitty. There is a photo of Simon and Kathy on the cover of The Paul Simon Song Book. (per Wikipedia under Paul Simon).
Aug 28, 2011 by Eugene A. Kirkland |  See all 3 posts
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