Monday, March 9, 2020

Simon & Garfunkel - Bookends (1968)

Simon & Garfunkel - Bookends - Released Year 1968

Tracklist front / back album covers

Side one
1. "Bookends Theme"   2:49
3. "America"   3:35
4. "Overs"   2:14
5. "Voices of Old People"   2:07
6. "Old Friends"   2:36
7. "Bookends Theme"   1:16

Side two
1. "Fakin' It"   3:17
2. "Punky's Dilemma"   2:12
3. "Mrs. Robinson"   4:02
4. "A Hazy Shade of Winter"   2:17
5. "At the Zoo"   2:23

Sides one and two were combined as tracks 1–12 on CD reissues.

Bonus tracks (2001 CD reissue)
13. "You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies" (B-side to "Fakin' It")   2:18
14. "Old Friends" (Demo version) (Previously unreleased)   2:10

Simon & Garfunkel Band Members / Musicians

Paul Simon – vocals, guitar

Art Garfunkel – vocals, tapes, percussion

Hal Blaine – drums, percussion

Joe Osborn – bass guitar

Larry Knechtel – piano, keyboards, bass guitar on "Mrs Robinson"

John Simon – synthesizer on "Save The Life Of My Child"

Simon & Garfunkel – producers (tracks: 1, 3, 5–7, 10, 12)

Roy Halee – producer (tracks: 1, 3, 5–7 & 10), recording engineer

John Simon – production assistant on "Save The Life Of My Child", "Overs", "Fakin' It" & "Punky's Dilemma

Bob Johnston – production assistant on "A Hazy Shade of Winter" & "At the Zoo", production

Jimmie Haskell – arranger, arrangement preparation

Richard Avedon – cover photography

Bookends is the 4th studio album by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel. Produced by Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel and Roy Halee, the album was released on April 3, 1968, in the United States by Columbia Records. The duo had risen to fame two years prior with the albums Sounds of Silence and Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme and the soundtrack album for the 1967 film The Graduate.

Bookends is a concept album that explores a life journey from childhood to old age. Side one of the album marks successive stages in life, the theme serving as bookends to the life cycle. Side two largely consists of previously-released singles and of unused material for The Graduate soundtrack. Simon's lyrics concern youth, disillusionment, relationships, old age, and mortality. Much of the material was crafted alongside producer John Simon (no relation), who joined the recording when Paul Simon suffered from writer's block. The album was recorded gradually over the period of a year, with production speeding up around the later months of 1967.

Initial sales for Bookends were substantial in the US, and the album produced the number-one single "Mrs. Robinson". The album sold well in the US and in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number one. Bookends was considered a breakthrough for the duo, placing them on the same level as artists such as Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones at the forefront of the cultural movement in the 1960s. The album has continued to receive critical acclaim and is debated by critics as to whether it or Bridge Over Troubled Water is Simon & Garfunkel's best album.

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