Old Friends – Sounds of Silence.
I am going to break my own rules here – this is a triple CD collection, but I am going to feature a track from each CD – the music is too good to pick only one track from all three CDs! The collection was a Christmas present and is a great collection of Simon and Garfunkel’s music – well worth owning.
The first CD has several favourite tracks, but I love this track so much because it goes way back to my mid-late teens and was the first song I heard by Paul Simon. It is a wonderful example of the harmony for which these two singers are so famous, but it is the lyrics that are what I like so much and there are so many phrases that make me reflect on myself – great stuff from the 60s!
Greatest Hits – Bridge over Troubled Water.
Continuing with the “greatest hits” theme this album is an excellent collection of the music of these two brilliant artists. There is not much that hasn’t already been said about their music, their musical style and their writing ability, so I will limit my review to comments about my memory of this track.
This version is live, and a little drowned out by the applause at the beginning, but is still a wonderful performance. The piano and gentle rendering of the opening tune make this an all-time classic ballad. When I first heard it I was a student and the occasion was something of a romantic moment with a young girl from Liverpool. It was a wonderful background song for the moment until a bookshelf fell on top of us! That killed the moment, but the song remained in my memory and I always associate it with that earlier moment.
I should add that the way the beat changes and the song builds to a crescendo is so inspiring.
Breakaway – I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever).
Back to my older material now! This album is actually the first CD I ever bought (I was slow to turn from vinyl to CD because I was unsure of the lifespan of the media). It is difficult to make negative comments about Art Garfunkel, after all, his work with Paul Simon is legendary!
This album is what I would call easy listening and very much in the style of traditional Simon and Garfunkel and shows his voice well. I chose this track for both the melody (very easy to listen to) and the words – so often said by so many people, but then so easily forgotten! This is a true ballad and really worth a listen.