Simon & Garfunkel fans should invest in ‘The Complete Albums Collection’

Simon & Garfunkel‘The Complete Albums Collection’
Simon & Garfunkel (Legacy)
5 stars out of 5

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel are responsible for some of the best and most enduring music of the past half-century. Simon & Garfunkel boast a string of hit songs that rival (and probably surpass) the best tunes from any artist you’d care to name and most of them hold up well all these decades later.

Simon & Garfunkel CDFans of the duo — and of first-rate pop music in general — might want to consider ponying up for new Simon & Garfunkel boxed set “The Complete Albums Collection.” The mammoth 12-disc sets includes their five studio albums (“Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.,” “Sounds of Silence,” “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme,” “Bookends,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water”), four live platters (“The Concert in Central Park,” “Old Friends: Live on Stage,” “Live From New York City, 1967,” “Live 1969”), the soundtrack to “The Graduate” and the 14-times platinum “Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits.”

It’s a completist’s dream and features remastered versions of pretty much everything the duo ever recorded. All the essential tracks are here, including “Mrs. Robinson,” “The Sounds of Silence,” “America,” “The Boxer,” “I Am a Rock,” “The Boxer,” “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy),” “Homewad Bound,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “El Condor Pasa (If I Could).” It’s also great to dig in to songs like “Old Friends,” “The Only Living Boy in New York,” “A Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert McNamara’s Into Submission)” and “Richard Cory.” I can’t recommend this set highly enough, folks. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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