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Best Collection Yet, But Still Not Quite There
on August 29, 2012
I was so excited when I saw this CD advertised last May. I couldn't wait to see what songs had been selected. It was a long wait before they revealed what songs would be on the CD. (That was the first disappointment!) I, along with other Garfunkel fans, have waited FOREVER for the true 45 version of "Second Avenue" to be released on CD! My old and beat up Columbia 45 from the fall of 1974 is 3:58 seconds and has a whole extra chorus than the edited 2:46 version included on the "Best of" album from the days of vinyl and cassettes. (The only CD release of "Second Avenue"!!!)
I purchased the CD anyways because I love Art's voice and music. For the most part, the collection is awesome, but I totally agree with the reviewer that mentioned the glaring omission of "Traveling Boy". That is one of Art's finest songs! Also, others have pointed out the far inferior and shortened version of "All I Know". (Believe me, it doesn't even come CLOSE to the original hit version!!) Another "Blow" is how they faded in "I Only Have Eyes For You", leaving off the first 31 seconds from the original hit. That makes no sense!
A few songs were pretty lame, but that is always going to happen over the course of a collection this large. Since I own all of the five or so Simon and Garfunkel greatest hits packages, the addition of their tunes on this collection was here or there to me, but I get why Art chose them. I would have liked to have had, "Crying in My Sleep", "Mr. Shuck N Jive", "And I Know", plus "So Much in Love" included to replace a few of the Simon and Garfunkel songs.
The quality of the CD is good but not audiophile. I compared "Scissors Cut" to the "Best OF" one, and the main difference was that on the "The Singer", the volume level was louder. On "Disney Girls", I compared it to my IMPORT version of "Breakaway" and I found them to sound IDENTICAL.
Overall, considering the DECENT PRICE and the wealth of super songs, this CD provides the best package available at this time. I'm just being a baby about "Second Avenue" (45 version) being left out once again!