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The Best Of Simon & Garfunkel

November 16, 1999 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 1, 1999
  • Release Date: August 1, 1999
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 1:03:18
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  • ASIN: B00136JPXI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (398 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

The quality/remastering sounds excellent and warm for a cd.
Deep Thought
I think this music holds the test of time and brought some wonderful memories back to me as I listened.
Nancy Doughty
They are great talents each on their own, but together they transcend the greatness.
Richard T. Stocker Sr.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

114 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Michael Topper on August 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Now that this Best Of has been released, one has pretty much all the Simon And Garfunkel one truly needs. This is not to say that the rest of the songs they recorded were bad--for the most part, they weren't--but nearly every vital cut is here. The collection ignores their interesting but formative debut folk album (not a big miss, except perhaps for the bittersweet title track "Wednesday Morning 3 AM"), and skimps a little on the sophomore effort "Sounds Of Silence" (I would definitely have included "April Come She Will" and "Kathy's Song") but every other major classic on the next three groundbreaking releases is here, including a bonus live version of the incandescent "For Emily" and the lost mid-70s reunion "My Little Town". Listening to all these songs in one shot--with superb remastered sound quality--reminds one of just how important these two guys were to the face of American pop music, no matter how many times you've heard the songs on classic-rock radio. Even supposedly dated cuts like "59th Street Bridge Song" and "At The Zoo" come off as joyous and essential. Of course, if you're a Simon And Garfunkel buff you'll probably want to get all of the albums plus the 3-disc box set, which would not be a bad idea. But with the exception of the two or three missing early songs listed above, this is one of the finest "Best Of" collections one can purchase, and supercedes 1972's Greatest Hits by some way (ah, the bonuses of 77-minute CD running times!).
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
At first glance the S&G completists will note--Where is "Kathy's Song"?
First, let me explain. This collection features the S&G songs that were released as charted singles. The evidence in that is that the songs are listed in the order they debuted on the singles charts. Therefore, "The Sound of Silence" kicks it off (released 11/65) and "My Little Town" closes it (released 10/75).
Kathy's Song never charted. One may also note that the applause from "For Emily..." crossfades into the intro to "America." The reason for this is to hide the crossfade ending of Save The Life Of My Child which is underneath the fade-up of "America." The songs are not out of order ("America" was one side of the "For Emily" single).
Lastly, "Fakin' It" is the mono single mix. There is nothing wrong with its inclusion here. This single version has as yet to be released. How does it compare with the stereo remaster on the Old Friends boxed set? Different! The intro doesn't fade up, and the ending is faded out a little early. Also Paul's last verse and chorus (used before the fade-out) comes up a few seconds early after the door chime and the little girl sound effects) Thus the mono single is shorter than the stereo album mix by about eight seconds. The stereo mix is good on the drums near the end and on those sound effects (crossing from one speaker to the next) to give it a spacy, airy feel. However, the mono mix also has more punch, the drums are louder, the vocals without echo seem clearer. I guess, it's a toss up between the two. Both are good in their own way.
The remastering is excellent! This is far more superior than its predecessor.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
While this is a great album, nodoubt about that, spend a few dollars more and get ALL their best songs (40 on two CD's) on the import "Tales from New York". It has the same cover art, but twice as many songs.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Baptist on March 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I know that relative to the other Greatest Hits album, the sound quality here is better but it's still very poor compared to what other remastered albums out there sound like. To be fair to the record company, nowhere on the cd does it say "remastered". It just says mastered by Vic Anesini. Let's hope they truly remaster this album soon by unearthing a much better master tape from the vaults. Volume levels are very low and although cleaner than the old versions, the overall sound is quite ordinary. Other than that, the track selections are very good and truly represent the best work that this dynamic duo have done. Simply great harmonies and great examples of brilliant songwriting on every track.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2000
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Simon and Garfunkel have that unique sound that just makes you want to listen to more. I was pleased with the amount of music and the quality of this recording over the other Greatest Hits. I did not grow up in the 60's; I'm just 15. But their music carries a flavor of that era that nothing else I have seen does. I knew some of the great hits before I bought it, "Bridge over troubled water," "Mrs. Robinson," and "Sounds of Silence," but was pleasently surprised to find I soon loved all the other "new" songs. This is, to use an overly-used expression, a must-have-CD for all lovers of the 60's music and culture.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com VINE VOICE on August 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Which one of these songs don't you know? And, better yet, which one of these songs didn't strike a poignant poetic part of you?

I learned to write, in some ways, by hearing the meter and phrasing of these songs. Pop music? Sure, but it is great pop music.

From the lonesome "Homeward Bound," to the desparate, "Boxer," to the cogent "My Little Town," to fun, "Feelin' Groovy" to the rocking "Hazy Shade of Winter", S & G are all the way in the song. The music is perfect for the song, yet doesn't overcome the lyrics.

Their cover of the old Celtic folk song, "Scarborough Fair" has become to most people the definitive version.

There really is no better collection of Simon and Garfunkel's tunes. This is the one. I fully recommend "The Best of Simon & Garfunkel" by Simon and Garfunkel.

Anthony Trendl
editor, HungarianBookstore.com
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