The Best Of Simon & Garfunkel
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The Best Of Simon & Garfunkel

November 16, 1999

Song Title
The Sound Of Silence
Homeward Bound
I Am A Rock
The Dangling Conversation
Scarborough Fair / Canticle
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
A Hazy Shade Of Winter
At The Zoo
Fakin' It
Mrs. Robinson
Old Friends
The Boxer
Bridge Over Troubled Water
The Only Living Boy In New York ((El Unico Chico Vivo De Nueva Yo)
Song For The Asking (Cancion Para Pedir)
El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her (Live)
My Little Town

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 (368 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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112 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive S&G: It Doesn't Get Much Better 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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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A best-of that will make you feelin' groovy November 17, 1999
By A Customer
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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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars try the import for more songs September 17, 2000
By A Customer
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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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Track Selection but Not So Great Sound! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon and Garfunkel Fan March 18, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, Poetic, Powerful 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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Simon & Garfunkel
Excellent selection of their music and really brings back their hayday. You won't be dis-appointed with this album and probably should buy a copy before they disappear from the... Read more
Published 8 days ago by C. Harmon
2.0 out of 5 stars Great music, but poor sound quality
The audio quality is poor on this cd....
I would not recommend this disk
S&G rock, but substandard overall poor :-(
Published 21 days ago by Adam M. Czepiel
5.0 out of 5 stars REAL MUSIC
Again like I said earlier. This is real music, not like all the electronic music of today. Ok society get a clue. Ah thank you,thank you very much! GET IT
Published 29 days ago by jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice!
This is a very good CD. The songs are done well and the ones they made famous. I really enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by Alvie
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BUY
Published 1 month ago by Sally Bengel
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
Bought this for my 20 year old daughters who love music. They are really enjoying it and I am reminded of how musically talented these two are. A good sampling of their music.
Published 1 month ago by lori
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This CD comes with a complete downloadable copy of its songs in the MP3 format which, of course, can be used in many different player. Read more
Published 1 month ago by NORMAN GERREN
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite
I thought I lost my copy and bought a new one. Turns out, I had lent it out. That is how much I missed my copy.
Published 2 months ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars Still love these guys
It's been a long time since I first fell in love with their music, but I still love it. I even love most of the sound track for "The Graduate."
Published 2 months ago by Patricia Farrell, Ph.D.
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