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The Collection [CD+DVD]

Simon & Garfunkel Audio CD
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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 (24 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: SonyBMG/Columbia
  • ASIN: B000UMXCTY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,976 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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SIMON & GARFUNKEL The Collection (2007 UK 6-disc [5CD/1DVD] set comprising their 5 studio albums: Wednesday Morning 3 A.M. Sound Of Silence Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme Bookends & Bridge Over Troubled Water; including the classic hit singles Mrs Robinson Bridge Over Trouble Water Homeward Bound America The Boxer The Sound Of Silence Cecilia Scarborough Fair and more plus Bonus DVD featuring live performance footage captured in CentralPark; each CD includes Bonus Material and is housed in a mini LP-style card sleeve presented in a beautiful sealed picture box)

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93 of 94 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm not going to review the five Simon and Garfunkel albums that comprise the core of this set. They all good-to-great, and if you're looking at this set, you probably already know that. The versions that come in this box are the most recent remasters, each with a couple of bonus tracks. They sound fine. The sixth disc, a PAL format, region 0 (plays in any country) DVD of their 1980 Concert for Central Park, is a nice addition, although I have always considered the versions performed during this concert to be too laid back and informed by Paul's interest in jazzier sounds at that time.

In any event, this would be a good deal even without the Concert for Central Park. Consider the concert a free bonus.

As for the packaging: You get a nice custom slip case and all six discs in mini-sleeves (with generic inner sleeves to protect the discs). Be aware that these are low quality mini LP reproductions that appear to have been created from scans of the larger artwork, not from original elements. In other words, these are NOT up to the quality of the Japanese "mini LP" jackets that some of you may be familiar with. They ARE pretty much identical in quality to the mini LP sleeves that appear in the Sony/Columbia/Epic/BMG series of "Original Album Classics" 5 album boxes.

In addition to the mini LP sleeves, you get a cursory book with a few pictures and credits. If there is one real Achilles heal here, it's that. They really should have, at minimum, reproduced the liner notes for the individual albums.

Overall, though, in terms of music and value, this box is a full five stars. The packaging (cheap quality of the repro sleeves and lack of liner notes) dock it one star.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection 1 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
I got this today and it's like Christmas came early. This collection perfectly illustrates the art of the singer-songwriter; The music is innovative yet accessible while the lyrics are often simultaneously pertinent, poignant, and witty. Paul Simon has the craft and the intelligence to make you laugh and cry at the same time. Each song is illuminated by Simon's instrumental virtuosity and the sublime, and complimentary, singing of Art Garfunkel. Go on, treat yourself - you'll never regret it.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Major Bargain 26 Nov 2007
By Mr. J. C. Kent VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
All five studio albums on CD (complete with recreated original LP artwork) and the legendary Central Park show on DVD. For 15?? Do yourself a favour and buy this today!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music + cheap 11 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
What a great catalogue these guys had. It's great to see how they developed as they went along through their five studio albums, the last two of which are probably the best, though all are good. The DVD is their reunion concert from New York 1980, and it's also excellent.Quibbles? What about some liner notes?, and there are some S&G non-album tracks like "A Church is Burning" that would have made good bonus tracks, especially with the albums being so short, and my "box-set" came in a crappy cardboard sleeve, instead of the box shown. But that won't stop me giving this five stars, because the music is sublime, and it's surprisingly cheap. A must for anyone with an appreciation for good pop music.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Collection, Fantastic Value 8 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
Though, in my opinion not that well presented, this is the greatest value CD set I have ever purchased. All of the studio albums and the Central Park concert, including bonus tracks and alternative recordings on each album.

The CDs are each in shrunk down sleeves of the original LPs, which is nice. However, inside are paper and plastic sticky envelopes containing the CDs. Each CD has the same image on it, which is the same as the picture on the front of the box. These combined features cheapen the look and feel of the set.

Presentation aside, this collection is mind-blowingly fantastic. The poor presentation is reduced to insignificance when one remembers the overall immaterial quality of the product!

Buy this!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you wish for and more... 11 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
This boxset does not only include the five studio albums and a DVD of a concert. All the albums also contain bonus materials such as demo versions and extra songs.

The songs are great, the sound fantastic and the box I got looked exactly as on the photo (thick black cardboard with thinner cardboard sleeves for the albums).

I was close to getting the "old friends" compilation instead, mainly due to the cheap second hand offers but am not disappointed that I went for the more expensive choice!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars S&G The Collection is Brilliant 16 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
As a 15 year old boy born long after Simon and Garfunkel had stopped producing albums, i had heard some of their more popular and well known songs such as mrs robinson and hazy shade of winter and call me al and really enjoyed them. This collection filled in all the gaps and to be hounest, im a big fan now. This item is a must have for anyone who is already a fan or likes what they have heard already.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars S&G's Collection 6 Oct 2011
By alowe49
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
The Collection is an unusual mix of demo's and final mixes from Simon & Garfunkel that has quickly earned a top spot on my favourites list. It has replaced my earlier Simon & Garfunlel Collection on CDCBS 24005 - 17 songs and all had poor sound quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 6 days ago by nigel barker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant collection some tracks never heard before
Published 12 days ago by ke
5.0 out of 5 stars does not need any recommendation
What to say about music that has stood its ground now for 40 years and more. Just listen and enjoy the warm harmonies and intricate compositions. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rudie
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon and Garfunkel are brilliant.
I love Simon and Garfunkel music. Great collection of songs, with all my personal favourite's on. If you're a fan, you'll love this CD.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs M Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back
If you're a Simon and Garfunkel fan this will bring back loads of memories and, if you're as old as I am, this will take you back to your teens. Loved the music. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
If you want the best of Simon & Garfunkel, then go for one of the many 'Best of' compilations. As it happens, the best of S & G do actually appear on those collections, unlike many... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Abstract
5.0 out of 5 stars Best collection ever.
Love this so much. Great music. Comes in nice box set. Good fora Father's Day or Christmas gift. I bought one for my partner (we both love Simon and Garfunkel) and later one for my... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Katherine Lake
5.0 out of 5 stars A different time
Was music, music back then, I do not really know, I do know their music was great, this brings back their sound clearly, if like me you have passed your summer, get this, enjoy... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Andrew Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed
Well it keeps my wife happy while she is the kitchen cooking,
All their studio albums in one neat package, you can't knock that.
Published 12 months ago by David Bowden
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic collection
We all know and love the music of Simon and Garfunkel.
Box contains 5 studio albums with bonus tracks, and the Live at Central Park album. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dennis
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