Simon & Garfunkel – Sounds Of Silence (1966/2014) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Simon & Garfunkel – Sounds Of Silence (1966/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 29:62 minutes | 1,07 GB | Genre: Pop, Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover | © Columbia

Following the success of The Sound Of Silence, which was transformed into a folk-rock hit, Simon & Garfunkel returned to the studio in 1965 to record their second album. Sounds Of Silence includes the title track as well as other songs that have stood the test of time, including: “I Am a Rock”, “Richard Cory” and “Anji”. The record peaked at number 13 on the UK albums chart and 21 on the US charts in 1966.

Simon & Garfunkel’s second album, Sounds of Silence, was recorded 18 months after their debut long-player, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM — but even though the two albums shared one song (actually, one-and-a-half songs) in common, the sound here seemed a million miles away from the gentle harmonizing and unassuming acoustic accompaniment on the first record. In between, there had been a minor earthquake in the pop/rock world called “folk-rock,” which resulted in the transformation of their acoustic rendition of “The Sound of Silence” into a classic of the new genre, complete with jangling electric guitars and an amplified beat that helped carry it to the top of the charts. The duo hastily re-formed, Paul Simon returning from an extended stay in England with a large song bag (part of which he had already committed to vinyl, on his U.K. album The Paul Simon Songbook). Simon & Garfunkel rushed into the studio in the fall of 1965 to come up with a folk-rock album in a hurry: fortunately, they’d already recorded two sides, “Somewhere They Can’t Find Me” (actually, Simon’s rewrite of their first album‘s title track) and “We’ve Got a Groovey Thing Goin’,” both featuring a band accompaniment. Davy Graham’s bluesy “Anji,” a rare instrumental outing by Simon, filled another slot, and “Richard Cory” filled another. The latter, Simon’s adaptation of poet Edwin Arlington Robinson‘s work, was a sincere effort at relevance — Richard Cory has every material thing a man could want but still takes his own life, a hint at one aspect of middle-class teenaged angst of the mid-’60s; high school English teachers were still using it to motivate students in the ’70s. Though a rushed effort, this was a far stronger album than their debut, mostly thanks to Simon’s compositions; indeed, in one fell swoop, the world learned not only of the existence of a superb song-poet in Paul Simon, but, in Simon’s harmonizing with Art Garfunkel, the finest singing duo since the Everly Brothers. But it also had flaws, some of which only became fully apparent as their audience matured: the snide, youthful sensibilities of “I Am a Rock” and “Blessed” haven’t aged well. And the musical concessions, on those tracks and “Richard Cory,” to folk-rock amplification have also worn poorly; even in 1966, the electric guitars, piano, organ, and drums, sounded awkward in context with the duo’s singing, like something grafted on, though in fairness, those sounds did sell the album. The parts that work best, “Kathy’s Song” and “April Come She Will,” two of the most personal songs in Simon’s output, were similar to the stripped-down originals Simon had cut solo in England, and among the most affecting (as opposed to affected) folk-style records of their era; similarly, Simon’s rendition of the folk-blues instrumental “Anji” is close to composer Davy Graham’s original, just recorded hotter, while “Leaves That Are Green” is pleasantly if unobtrusively ornamented with electric harpsichord, rhythm guitar, and bass. –Bruce Eder

Tracklist:
1 The Sound of Silence (Overdubbed Version) 03:10
2 Leaves That Are Green 02:25
3 Blessed 03:18
4 Kathy’s Song 03:21
5 Somewhere They Can’t Find Me 02:39
6 Anji 02:17
7 Richard Cory 02:59
8 A Most Peculiar Man 02:35
9 April Come She Will 01:53
10 We’ve Got a Groovy Thing Goin’ 02:01
11 I Am a Rock 02:49

Personnel:
Paul Simon – lead vocals, guitar
Art Garfunkel – lead vocals
Fred Carter, Jr. – guitar
Larry Knechtel – keyboards
Glen Campbell – guitar
Joe South – guitar
Joe Osborn – bass guitar
Hal Blaine – drums

Recorded December 1965 at CBS studios in Nashville, Tennessee and in Los Angeles, California.

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