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Biographyby Richie Unterberger

The most successful folk-rock duo of the 1960s, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel crafted a series of memorable hit albums and singles featuring their choirboy harmonies, ringing acoustic and electric guitars, and Simon's acute, finely wrought songwriting. The pair always inhabited the more polished end of the folk-rock spectrum and was sometimes criticized ... Read more in Amazon's Simon & Garfunkel Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Aug. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B00005ML9E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,329 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bookends Theme
2. Save The Life Of My Child
3. America
4. Overs
5. Voices Of Old People
6. Old Friends
7. Bookends Theme
8. Fakin' It
9. Punky's Dilemma
10. Mrs. Robinson
11. A Hazy Shade Of Winter
12. At The Zoo
13. You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies
14. Old Friends

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Cd > Brazilian Music > Mpb - Brazilian Popular MusicCD > BRAZILIAN MUSIC > MPB - BRAZILIAN POPULAR MUSIC

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sept. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Bookends is simply Simon and Garfunkles Finest Hour. "Sure, Bridge Over Troubled Water" had the hits, but this is the album that marks Paul Simon out as a mature songwriter.
It's the albums first half which captures your heart. This was designed as a mini story, dealing with childhood to adulthood to old age. Everysong here is beautiful, from the haunting Bookends Theme to the old and weary Old Friends. In between we have Save the Life of My Child, Overs and America, possibly their greatest song.
The rest of the album doesn't maintain those high standards, (how could they?) but they are not mere filler. Fakin' it was a hit single and Puckys Dilemma is a nice tune. At the Zoo is a song which will grow on you to become one of your favorites, and i'm sure everybody knows Mrs Robinson.
The remastered version sounds great and the linear notes are insightful. The extra tracks include an alternative version of Save, as well as an old b-side. This is a record you must buy.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
Although S&G released 'Wednesday Morning 3A.M.' as their first album it was never a huge commercial success.The next two album's 'Sounds of Silence' and 'Parslay Sage Rosemary and Thyme' were both classic with the electric version of 'Sounds of Silence' making the breaktru' on the single charts that they so badly needed.This album followed and is one that Paul Simon said he was hugely proud of.A 'Theme' album concentrating on the passage of life from childhood to teenage years and on to old age with the second part of the album containing standard S&G fare.Yes indeed Simon can be justly proud of this as it's simply magic.From the opening chords of 'Bookends' to the wailing cry for help in 'Save the Life of My Child' this is really thought provoking Simon at his best.The album also contains the beautiful 'America' and the smash hit 'Mr's Robinson'.There is not one bad song here but I gave up the habit of comparing S&G albums to each other , years ago.Suffice to say that they can all stand on their own merit and all are hugely original and magical in their own way.This album may be slightly more original because of it's 'theme' content.Buy it, you'll never regret it!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nicjaytee on 18 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Under-rated on its release and rapidly eclipsed by the massive success of "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Bookends" has, with time, proved to be not only Simon & Garfunkle's best album but one of the very best albums of the 60s.

And, 40 years on, the first seven tracks that formed side one of the original LP, with its themes of old age and alienation, remain as fresh and relevant today as they were then... a cohesive and beautifully reflective suite of quite exceptional musical poetry. So good that the quality of "side two", with its five incredibly catchy but more mainstream folk-rock tracks, is often lost in reviews... which is a shame as they're also among Simon & Garfunkle's best and are good enough on their own to justify five stars. But, in the end, it's the timeless brilliance of side one that elevates "Bookends" to "classic" status.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
The first half of this mainly mellow album (originally one side of a vinyl album) is based around life experiences from childhood to old age. Beginning and ending with the bookends theme, the outstanding song in this half is the reflective America. Save the life of my child, Overs and Old friends are all great songs though I'm not too keen on Voices of old people.
The second half of the album has no obvious theme but is stronger overall, containing Mrs Robinson (the biggest hit here), Hazy shade of winter (revived in the eighties to good effect by the Bangles), Faking it (a minor American hit), Punky's dilemma (an excellent philosophical song) and At the zoo (a great song with which to close the original album). Some say that Mrs Robinson (which originally appeared in the soundtrack of The Graduate) doesn't really blend in with the rest of the album. Maybe not, but I'm glad it's here.
If you only want the famous songs, you can find them on any number of hits compilations - some double CD's, some single CD's. However, if you wish to explore further, this album should be a high priority.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Franko on 15 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought the original vinyl copy many years ago. This cd is a masterpiece.
I didn't think you could better vinyl for pure sound, but I've changed my mind big time.
Nothing less than perfect. The harmonies, the lyrics, the music and the balance don't get better than this. This is a new dimension. If you buy nothing else for a month you must get this, just listen quietly and peacefully.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is completely wonderful - songwriting at it's absolute best.
I owned it years ago and somehow lost it. I was reminded of how amazing it is by an old friend of my own and rushed out to buy it - you should do the same.
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I first heard this album at University and it's a 'once heard, never forgotten' experience. There is a body of opinion that says that this is Simon and Garfunkel's best album. I don't know that it's possible, or even helpful, to categorise them so precisely. This album shows the duo progressing from their folk/rock roots of 'Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme' towards something even more significant. They are on the journey that will eventually culminate with 'Bridge over Troubled Water'. It is very good indeed.

This album was issued in April 1968. In the year and a half gap that since Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme, much had happened in the music scene, not least the Beatles' 'Sgt Pepper' which had such a profound impact on all popular music. With this record, Simon and Garfunkel showed that they were able to progress too.

The first side of the album is their 'concept album'. It is hauntingly beautiful and not a little melancholic. Starting with the very short instrumental Bookends Theme, it moves onto the agitated 'Save the Life of my Child' and then onto 'America', which shows the two voices at their best. Then the sad 'Overs' and the voice collage of old people, which is exactly what it says, but even more sad. And, having listened to the voices of the old people, 'Old Friends' is a simple and haunting track with some of the most poignant lyrics ever written. The Bookends theme returns to finish the first side.

The second side is dominated by 'Mrs Robinson', which will be familiar to anyone who has watched 'The Graduate'. 'At the Zoo' is another stand-out favourite.

This is an album of the highest quality. On some albums by lesser artists I find that there are tracks that I feel have not stood the test of time well.
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