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  • Audio CD (17 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B008QDCY70
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Includes the following albums: 'Angel Clare', 'Breakaway', 'Watermark', 'Fate for Breakfast' and 'Scissors Cut'.

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INTRODUCTION:

Art Garfunkel was born on November 5, 1941 in Forest Hills, New York. In the late Fifties, he started recording with Paul Simon under the name of Tom and Jerry, and also did a few solo releases under the name of Art Garr. Later, he got his Master’s degree in Mathematics from Columbia University. In the late 60s, both Paul & Art united and formed the dynamic duo of Simon and Garfunkel, with many singles hits and memorable albums. But they broke up at the height of their career with the release of Bridge Over Troubled Water in 1970. During that three year hiatus, Art starred in two movies: Catch-22 and Carnal Knowledge. He was also teaching Mathematics. In 1973, Art decided to rekindle his solo singing career, resulting in the five albums in this set.

In 1979, disaster struck with the suicide of his long-time girlfriend Laurie Bird. Art went into deep depression, which lasted a full 7 years. During this time, he had major disagreement with Paul Simon, so much so, that Paul erased Art’s voice from an album originally designed to be a group effort. Fortunately, during this time, he also met his future wife Kathryn (Kim) Cermack. He had a few album releases after that.

During recent years, there is a resurgence of popularity of Simon and Garfunkel. As the result in chronic smoking, Art suffered from vocal cord paresis, meaning that hitting those high notes is not longer possible. The already planned tour was cancelled.

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This 5CD set contains the first 5 solo albums by Art Garfunkel. The sound is very well remastered.
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Another brilliant set from the Original Album Classics series gives us AG's first five glorious albums.It's such a shame that when Simon and Garfunkel split Paul seemed to take the "coolness" of S&G with him and I know one or two fans of the duo that continued to buy Paul's albums but considered Art a little too MOR.No matter how hard I tried I just couldn't convince them that they were talking nonsense,they were both making great records!
From "Angel Clare" right through to the wonderful "Scissors Cut" we are treated to original songs mixed with covers that are equally given faultless performances and delivered with a passion that is sometimes perfectly understated and never "hammy".His tuning and intonation are as perfect as they always were with S&G and for me personally he was one of the finest vocalists in the business.My own favourites were "Watermark" and "Scissors Cut", the former especially treating us to superlative songs from Jimmy Webb and for me are both alone worth the price of the complete set.
If you've only heard AG on the radio singing "Bright Eyes" and "I Only have Eyes For You",please invest a few quid in this delightful collection,I honestly think you won't be disappointed in the slightest.
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This box offers, at a budget price, the (mostly) complete Art Garfunkel from the '70s, post Simon & Garfunkel breakup. It misses some strays (the great single-only Second Avenue being the most significant), but you get most of the story.

And it starts as a really good story. Angel Claire, his solo debut, is terrific, featuring the towering Jimmy Webb penned hit All I Know and much more. It's a bit eclectic, in an AOR way, but the songs are mostly terrifically chosen and sung. The followup, Breakaway, was a bigger hit album, in part due to the inclusion of the momentary Simon & Garfunkle reunion track, My Little Town, but also because, like its predecessor, it includes a lot of good songs. It's not as distinctive an album listen as the debut, and the edges are kind of rounded off, but it's still very strong.

Then came what would ultimately stand as Garfunkel's best effort, Watermark, featuring a full album of Jimmy Webb covers (mostly obscure up to that point), plus (except on a rare withdrawn early release in The Netherlands) a label mandated cover of What A Wonderful World (sung with Paul Simon and James Taylor). This isn't just a good set of songs. Here, like the debut and even more so than on that album, Garfunkel is striving, successfully, for art. Watermark is wonderfully sung versions of wonderful songs.

After that, things get dicey, unfortunately. Fate for Breakfast, which followed, was a decidedly lesser effort, with weaker songs, on the whole, than anything that had preceded it. Scissors Cut, Garfunkel's last effort of the '70s, was weaker still--about half very good songs, but about half really dull ones.

After Scissors Cut, Garfunkel would lose his girlfriend, fall into depression, and take an extended leave from active performing.
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By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Oct. 2012
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This box set is a welcome release of the first five studio albums by the fabulous Art Garfunkel.
All of the albums have been available before separately. And this box set does not improve on the sound because they are the same transfer to CD as those previous issues. They are not re masters.
The sound is fine though and there is the advantage of the slim box package.
In this release the CDs are presented in reproductions of the original vinyl outer Cardboard sleeve releases complete with A side and B side track listing. (no sign of the inner sleeve artwork like that on the album scissors cut but no matter) All five albums are housed in a card box with track listings of all albums on the back. Many famous guest musicians are present in these Albums.

Angel Clare is the debut album from 1973. This is an outstanding album.
Second track "Down in the willow garden" was a country song by Charlie Monroe. Paul Simon sings harmony on the final verse and chorus. The song tells the story of murder. Track three is "I Shall Sing" by Van Morrison. "Old Man" is track four and was written by Randy Newman.
"Feuilles-Oh/Do Space Men Pass Dead Souls On Their Way To The Moon?", the fifth track of the album, was a clever combination of the traditional Haitian folk song with a middle section based on the melody of J.S Bach "Oratorio de Navidad Choral N°33" and lyrics by Garfunkel's then fiancée, Linda Grossman. Garfunkel had worked on the idea of recording the folk song back in the 1960s with Paul Simon One of these early attempts to record the song was finally issued as a bonus track on CD re master of the Simon and Garfunkel album Bridge Over Troubled Water.
"All I know the sixth track is by Jimmy Webb.
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