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Bookends

Simon & Garfunkel

1968

Bookends

Album Summary

Bookends is the fourth studio album by American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel. Produced by Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel and Roy Halee, the album was released on April 3, 1968, in the United States by Columbia Records. The duo had risen to fame two years prior with the albums Sounds of Silence and Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme and the soundtrack album for the 1967 film The Graduate. Bookends is a concept album that explores a life journey from childhood to old age. Side one of the album marks successive stages in life, the theme serving as bookends to the life cycle. Side two largely consists of previously-released singles and of unused material for The Graduate soundtrack. Simon's lyrics concern youth, disillusionment, relationships, old age, and mortality. Much of the material was crafted alongside producer John Simon (no relation), who joined the recording when Paul Simon suffered from writer's block. The album was recorded gradually over the period of a year, with production speeding up around the later months of 1967. Initial sales for Bookends were substantial in the US, and the album produced the number-one single "Mrs. Robinson". The album sold well in the US and in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number one. Bookends was considered a breakthrough for the duo, placing them on the same level as artists such as Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones at the forefront of the cultural movement in the 1960s. The album has continued to receive critical acclaim and is debated by critics as to whether it or Bridge Over Troubled Water is Simon & Garfunkel's best album.

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Rating

3.61

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5461

Genres

  • Rock
  • Folk
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Mon Jul 26 2021
5

Frances McDormand used the album cover as a visual aid for young William Miller to suggest all rock stars were on dope, something obvious by simply looking at their eyes. Frankly, I don't see it. Paul is trying a little too hard for a look that a young David Schwimmer would perfect some 30 years later, and Artie was likely just caught in a moment scratching the back of his head, or maybe he was trying harder to hear out of his left ear. Second Simon and Garfunkel album I've had from the list so far. There are four solid classics on this album that alone could warrant a 5. The final rating comes down to your desire to be transformed into a Kellogg's Corn Flake, or your feelings on poor Artie being tasked with going out and recording voices of old folks just to get a song writing credit. The loud Moog/Clockwork Orange sound at the start of "Save The Life Of My Child" suggests maybe Frances McDormand was on to something. There are some folks who suggest the Bangles cover of "A Hazy Shade of Winter" is better than the original. Others offer a similar opinion about the Lemonheads cover of "Mrs. Robinson". Both camps are wrong, but the popularity of those covers helps underscore how Paul Simon is one of our greatest songwriters. This is the album when Paul really took perfectionistic control of things, as if to leave no doubt as to who was Tom and who was Jerry. Somehow the closing song "At The Zoo" works for me. The only thing I ever want to see at the zoo is the exit sign. What I'm saying is I don't like the zoo, but I really like this album.

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Thu May 20 2021
5

“Bookends” by Simon & Garfunkel (1968) Exhibit A in the art of album making, “Bookends” is a prototype of the ‘concept album’. Here we’re treated to a truly poetic treatment of life’s polarities, with images straining to burst through the bonds of beautifully unyielding metric structure. Paul Simon is a storytelling poetic genius (even if he’s a bit of a showoff). It’s too easy to love this album for the striking beauty of “Mrs. Robinson”, “Old Friends”, and “America” (which still makes me weep). But listen to the album from start to finish, and you’ll appreciate it as so much more than a collection of ‘tracks’. Simon’s performance on acoustic guitar is genre-defining, and Art Garfunkel’s tenor harmonies are angelic. Prepare yourself for shocks as you walk through this garden of delights, ending “At the Zoo”. This isn’t just a folk duo anymore. On this album, the excellence of S & G’s transition beyond their initial folk success surpasses Dylan’s. Those of you who know my love for Bob Dylan are welcome to pick yourselves up off the floor. And as an aside, the backing musicians, arrangements, engineering, and production on this album provide evidence for my reluctant acknowledgment that New York is indeed the greatest city in the world. Ever. Kleenex. 5/5

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

Prob would be a desert island album, what a unique brand these two had. Before all the fluff and fireworks of pop

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Sun Jun 06 2021
5

A great surprise of an album. If "A Day In The Life" was an entire album, it would be Bookends. The instrumentation, lyrics, and songwriting on this album are phenomenal. All the songs here are highlights and I would highly recommend this album to anyone who hasn't heard it. I love the experimental nature that is incorporated into this album as well. What a pleasant surprise! Highlights: 2, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

A collection of some of the most notable songs within the Simon & Garfunkel collection. Bookends, Old Friends, Overs, Fakin' It, At The Zoo, Hazy Shade of Winter, and Mrs. Robinson.

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Sun Jul 04 2021
5

Perhaps their best album. Like both sides of it. The side A song suite and the side B collection of looser and poppier material. Some incredibly iconic songs here. Grew up on this stuff.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
5

Really enjoyed it. S&G are very relaxing to listen to and at the same time I really enjoy the poetic and artsy quality of their music. I liked the first thematic half of the album (bookends), but liked the unthematic second half a bit better. For songs, Mrs. Robinson and Hazy Shade Of Winter are my clear favorites from this album. Great!

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

Easiest 5 star so far. Continues to be a formative album for every generation. The longevity alone is incredible, all together the album is one of the greatest pieces of American culture ever. Perhaps most impressive of all is that this isn't even their best album!

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Thu Aug 12 2021
5

Look at them! They are high on pot! Great album!

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

Really solid sound from these two assholes again. I hate myself more.

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Mon May 23 2022
3

Alvin, Simon, GARFUNKEL! Do, do, do, do, do, do

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Fri Aug 13 2021
2

i lost all melinin after listening to this

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Mon Sep 27 2021
2

First off, I've no idea why I started this idiotic project when I've already got more things on the go than I have time for, but it was an impulsive click on a link from Popbitch that brought me here and before I knew what I was doing I'd signed up, so here we are. Right, first of 1,001 albums, hope it's something attention grabbing. Oh. A quick bit of background reading on Wikipedia confirms my worst fears: a Simon & Garfunkel concept album. Brilliant. Three hours of acoustic noodling about herbs and bridges. Better fire up Spotify and get on with it. Let's start with the positives: it's only half an hour long and the "concept" only stretches across side one, so it's a concept album in the same way that "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is a concept album, ie only because people keep saying it is. The supposed concept is the human lifespan, so presumably the 30 seconds of "Bookends Theme" are supposed to represent conception or birth. All it conjures up in my mind is a "Schools programmes follow shortly" countdown clock. 30 seconds in and already we're tackling the subject of suicide. "Save the Life of My Child" is the most arresting track on the album, all honking Moogs, sinister choirs and snatches of "The Sound of Silence". Still unclear how suicide fits in with the life cycle concept, but still. Unfortunately it's all downhill from there. Acoustic strum-along follows acoustic strum-along, punctuated by "Voices of Old People" which is literally just that, some old people talking for two minutes, completely derailing the listening experience. Then more acoustic strumming augmented by easy listening orchestra, another bit of the "Bookends Theme" and that's your concept over and done with. Side two deals with an entirely different concept: that of how to pad out an album by the hottest act on your label when they've only delivered quarter of an hour of music. It's a mish-mash of non-album singles and unused tracks from the previous year's soundtrack album for "The Graduate", including, bafflingly, "Mrs Robinson" which wasn't on the soundtrack album - at least, bits of it were but not its familiar single version. So we're on slightly more familiar ground here with "A Hazy Shade of Winter" and "Fakin' It" raising the album above mediocrity. So, not a great start. Like "Sgt Pepper", you probably had to be there at the time. At least "Sgt Pepper" had came with cut-out medals.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
1

random documentary in the middle?????

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Wed Sep 16 2020
5

Genuinely amazing calming vibes

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Tue Apr 13 2021
5

Amazing

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Tue Apr 13 2021
5

Går inte att ge det här albumet något annat.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Surprisingly unorthodox for S&G but still a great album with beautiful songwriting

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

I've never heard this entire album

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Only knew a couple of songs going in, but I loved a lot of them! Bookends and Mrs. Robinson are classics of course. Fakin' It and A Hazy Shade of Winter are new faves.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Nice and chill

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

Absolutely beautiful, dynamic and nice overall.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Perhaps all the songs I like of S&G are in this album.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
5

clássico

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Sun Jan 31 2021
5

Maravilhoso, apesar de não ser o melhor deles.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Classic. Loves in the zoo

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Sat Jun 12 2021
5

I mean, I knew I would like this one because I like Simon & Garfunkel. I have to say I was thrown by the electric sound at the beginning, but I liked it better after that.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

Sunday morning folk

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

Fantastic album, can't fault

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Wed May 19 2021
5

Tres bon album. J’ador S&G. Paul Simin est pour moi un des plus grand auteur-compositeur-interprete du 20e siecle. 5*

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Fri May 07 2021
5

I love them so much.

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Sat Feb 06 2021
5

A hippie record, with such great songs and concept. A true classic.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

Timeless classic! Brings me back to early childhood and my parents listening to this! So good

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

Excellent and incidentally my husband’s favourite album of all time.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

Surprisingly trippy for 1968 thought it would be pure folk but it was real interesting!

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

POP en mayúsculas. Fantástico.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

*i love them and this album *a few short interludes of talking/everyday noises *love folklike sound

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Sat Apr 03 2021
5

The melodies are amazing, love this combination between rock and folk. I can feel really identified with some lyrics, which makes me love this album even more

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Tue May 04 2021
5

An absolutely gorgeous album. Sensitive, beautiful, unique, it's everything!

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Sat May 08 2021
5

❤️❤️Simon and Garfunkel

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Mon May 17 2021
5

iconic

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Fri Jul 09 2021
5

What a classic! So pretty, such good music, harmonies, lyrics, everything.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

Wonderful album 5/5

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Tue Jul 27 2021
5

2nd best S&G album

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

Was instantly impressed with this, despite only really knowing the hits previously. Track 2 comes in with heavy synths, and some really incredible production that sounds much more modern than I expected. Fantastic use of reverbs to create a very dynamic feel of size and space. Choice of instruments, arrangements, and musicianship are top notch. And it goes without saying that Paul Simon is an amazing songwriter. I wouldn't usually consider giving an album that I am only hearing for the first time 5 stars, but I'm so blown away by this that I have to.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
5

dit is genieten, ge hoort ook echt dat het een ouder album is love it.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

Perfect example of songwriting and singing.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

As good as you'd expect. Nice selection of tracks too. The hits are great and the album tracks often go to interesting and unexpected places. Rock solid start to finish.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
5

They could have called this Goosebumps. As wonderful from beginning to end as any album ever. Beautiful, a little weird, evocative, poignant. I have loved it most of my life, to the point that I don't put it on much any more for fear of getting tired of it. But I think I listened to it for the first time on a very good system, and it's even better than I remember. The drums in America. The french horns in Old Friends. The rattle in the voice of the guy who doesn't think it's an ordinary cold in Voices of Old People. The entirety of Hazy Shade of Winter. So beautiful it literally brought me to tears.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

I enjoyed it.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

The Sounds of Silence will forever be my favourite, but this is also stunning; wonderful songwriting and gorgeous harmonies throughout.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

An outstanding album, fully deserves 5 stars

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Such a classic! 5/5

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Sat Dec 04 2021
5

Strikingly simple and playful lyrics covering some dark themes. Enjoyed the pleasant guitar and smooth voices of the duo. Would give 4.5 if I could. Would listen again, and I suspect it will grow on me each time I do. Maybe when I'm a bit older I'll give this a 5 after listening to "old friends" with an old friend :)

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

Is it trite to call this seminal? Because it definitely feels that way

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

Second album I'm hearing from these guys. First heard Bridge Over Troubled Water and was incredibly impressed. Needless to say, this one too delivered in the same way. Lot's of great variety, fantastic and catchy melodies. I know I'll be coming back to listen to this album again and again.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

I’ve always loved this duo but had never listened to this album in full. Beautiful harmonies and exquisite songwriting.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

Classic, a little weird and art house-ish, but I love the folk.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

THis LP is interwoven into the tapestry of my sou. It was a hand me down. It was always there. This LP introduced me to o much. I mean 'Fakin It', did that sound collage pre date Strawberry Fields, or the drum solo fade out? An ESSENTIAL LP that should demonstrate quality n songwriting, production, modrnism and protest. A artefact of 1966 but one that resonantes, classically.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

❤️

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

Classic emo shit.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

Love S&G, such a peaceful and beautiful album

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Amazing!

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

næsten ik set bedre

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Sat Mar 19 2022
5

They did it again. 5

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

This album steps away from the folk revival aesthetic while sounding unmistakably like Simon & Garfunkel. Bookends centers thematically around a cycle of life exploring themes such as youth, old age, and insecurity. The album is grounded thematically by the Bookend Theme which quite literally bookends side one. The sound montages further set this album apart as a conceptual work, but it is still undergirded by Paul Simon's distinctive lyrics and the lush vocal harmonies for which Simon & Garfunkel became famous.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

I love how this album is split into two parts. There's the first side which gives a loose chronicle of life from childhood/adolescence, 20s love, middle-aged divorce, and the autumn years all bookended ;) by the title track. Then there's the second side which is a loose selection of quality singles and deep cuts dating back a year or two. I also like the emotional music balance of melancholy/despair (Old Friends/Bookends, Fakin It) and genuine feel good/happy too (Mrs Robinson, At The Zoo) throughout the album. Guess it helps having a talented songwriter like Paul Simon and having the angelic vocal talents of Art Garfunkel.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

Another classic 5 star album from Simon & Garfunkel except for "America", but that song is easily compensated by the other tracks.

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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

Paul Simon is one of the all time greats and he really shines on this album. Beautiful poetic lyrics, wonderful acoustic guitar licks and picks with a nice mixture of experimentation - moog/horns/strings. It feels as accomplished as the best Beatles’ albums but pretty much all written by one genius.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

Je suis jaloux des talents de compositeur de Paul Simon.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

Such a good album! Obviously a precursor to Bridge but Bookends holds its own.

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Wed May 04 2022
5

Really good. 9/10

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Mon May 23 2022
5

Garfunkel used to fuck my wife behind my back. She paid him $400 an hour for his huge pipe. That daily hot beef injection from young Art cost me a lot of money in the divorce. She had such a massive bucket cunt by then though. It was like throwing a hotdog down an alleyway, but with more genital warts.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
5

Folk’in good.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
5

I had no clue that ‘Hazy Shade of Winter’ was written and originally performed by S&G. Mind blown.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
5

epic

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Sat Jul 02 2022
5

Fantastic record! Simon and Garfunkel at their finest.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
5

My day 1 was simon and Garfunkel… The album opens with the bookends theme It’s not great but brilliant for a short opener. After there is save the life of my child, an amazing song really ahead of it’s time ( sounds at lest late 70’s) also the throwback to the sound of silence works perfectly! America is more of what I imagined from this album it’s an amazingly written acoustic song yeah this could’ve went perfectly on bridge over troubled water with no problem which is what I love! Overs is alright, I don’t think that Simon and Garfunkel can write a bad song but this isn’t as good as the others. Voices of old people= self explanatory I like old friends it’s an innocent enough slow yet sad sounding folk tune; is it worth having the last track to introduce it ( no) but is it good ( yes). A longer reprise of bookends theme ends side one, literally what I said last time round but the lyrics are nice. Side two starts with faking it it’s one of the more typical s and g songs so far but it’s still great I love the exploding chorus also when the orchestral sounding bits come in it just fits perfectly. Punky’s dilemma is nice, breezy and childish, the lyrics are hilariously stupid but I like it still. If I were to take all of this group’s big hits ( Cecilia, the boxer, the sound of silence etc…) mrs Robinson would probably be my least favourite I mean I don’t hate it but I just don’t think it’s of that epic quality that even some random album tracks can beat. The album’s penultimate track a hazy shade of winter is short and more epic sounding, this is honestly the song I will take from this first listen! The album closes with the song at the zoo, ,I much prefer it to the something of nothing song for the asking, it’s slow but long and has this gravitas that can lack in this duo’s weaker songs, still great here! This makes me really wanna change my bridge over troubled water score to a 5, as this is definitely a 5 and I view them as very similar quality!!!

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

I was excited to see this album pop up. I love Simon and Garfunkel.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Wonderful album, listened in full several times over the weekend. Favorite song: America

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Sun Aug 14 2022
5

14/08/2022 Simon and Garfunkel – Bookends 5/5 I’m starting to become a fan of Simon and Garfunkel. I already listened to Sounds of Silence, with a more classical and even “old” music, this is a total step up in the quality of their sound and song writing. I love indie and pop folk, so there were no doubts I was going to love this album. Masterful acoustic guitar skills, and lovely vocal harmonies, accompanied by genius lyrics. However, I’m a bit more of a fan of the A side of the album (slower, more emotional) than the B side (upbeat, more pop). Bookends Theme / Save the Life of My Child --> 4/5 Great “experimental” song, very original for being from the 60’s-70’s. Love the bit with the “The Sound of Silence” sample. America --> 5/5 I firstly discovered this song thanks to the First Aid Kid cover, and I love it. I really like it both musically and its lyrics and rhyme, they create a very nostalgic and sentimental song. And it’s a great example of how Paul and Art voices complement each other and create wonderful melodies. Overs --> 5/5 Very simple slow and acoustic song, but its brilliance comes from that in my opinion. I’m a very simple man that loves simple guitar folky mawkish ballads. Voices of Old People --> ?/5 Voices of old people, just that. Old Friend/Bookends Theme (Reprise) --> 5/5 How can I not love this album with these songs? Very emotional, connecting with the theme of Voices of Old People. Great string arrangement that gives even more chills at the end. Fakin’ It --> 4/5 Here the B side of the album starts, with a more “upbeat” sound. Good song, with a more 60’s pop sound, maybe more commercial too. It lacks something, I don’t know what, for me to like it completely. Punky’s Dilemma --> 5/5 A very cheerful song, with some funny lyrics. Very catchy, and again, very simple, but no more is needed. Mrs. Robinson --> 5/5 Probably the most famous Simon and Garfunkel song (with permission of The Sound of Silence and the memes). Very catchy, and good. A Hazy Shade of Winter --> 4.5/5 Here comes the most rock-tinged song of the album. A surprise, but very well executed. At the Zoo --> 4/5 Again, a cheerful and original song, perfectly composed for the children's book they would later publish.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

Classic

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Sun Aug 21 2022
5

If anyone gets close to peak McCartney, is it Paul Simon in this period. Such a strange but wonderful album with some of the best songs they ever produced, and some very unusual other elements

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Another classic!

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Hard not to love this album

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

5, very nice experience

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Interesting album for sure! Nice conceptual theme on side one, and packed with great songs throughout. Mrs. Robinson is one of my favorite Simon & Garfunkel songs, and I love Hazy Share of Winter. Not to mention America. Save the Life of My Child is a great album opener too! Excellent!

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Well, this album contains one of my favorite songs (America) with some of my favorite lyrics ("Kathy, I'm lost," I said, though I knew she was sleeping. "I'm empty and aching and I don't know why."). So already that's a 5. But then there's also Mrs. Robinson, Save the Life of My Child, Old Friends, Hazy Shade, and At the Zoo. And more. So good. So very good.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Another case of being familiar with compilation/best of albums, but not much more. Happy to be expanding my horizons . I really enjoyed this one!

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

As much as I have always enjoyed Simon & Garfunkel, I have never listened to their albums. This one is great! So glad to listen to it several times today.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

5 star

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

First off, let me just say wow! I saw this one come up and felt so triumphant because FINALLY I'm being served a real heavy-hitter worthy of a critical listen that actually meets the key MUST HEAR criteria that is the reason for this list's existence. This is magnum opus stuff right here. This is the album that pushed Simon over the top creatively into musical genius and icon territory. I know he struggled with writer's block a lot throughout the recording, but he persevered and the end result is something truly spectacular. Voices of Old People is a track that can go suck an egg, and we're stuck with it to support the whole album concept, but otherwise, this is a flawless record from one of the greatest singer-songwriters to ever do the damn thing.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

Album essenziale. Bookends contiene alcuni tra i pezzi più belli di Simon and Garfunkel: America, Fakin’ It, A Hazy Shade of Winter e, ovviamente, Mrs. Robinson.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

Unfortunately this is the only of Simon & Garfunkel's studio albums I don't own on vinyl and it's the first of the three on this list that I have gotten. The second I see it in a record store I will certainly be buying it. This is not my favorite of their album, but it is still a 5 star album. "Bookends Theme" - A intro that is short and simple and sounds like a S&G instrumental track. (Reprise) - The way the note from the last song fades in. This is the instrumental at the start with the lyrics you'd expect to be there. Great way to do a reprise. "Save the Life of My Child" - This sounds like somebody covering a S&G song. By that I mean it feels like a S&G song in the lyrics and rhythm, but after that it sounds like a psych band got their hands on it. I like it but it throws me off every time how little it feels like it belongs. "America" - One of my favorite all time S&G tracks. Truly an all time classic and a example of perfect lyrical storytelling. I could write an essay on this song alone, but I will leave it simple and call it one of the most beautiful songs that has ever been written. "Overs" - Definitely a deep cut in the S&G discography, a good chill out song. The guitar drives the track in the most beautifully subtle way. "Voices of Old People" - Yeah....could have done without this one if I'm being honest. Just disconcerting. I could see this one being the reason it drops a star for some people. "Old Friends" - Wow! I don't know that I have listened to this song with as much focus before. The strings tell a story within a story. They start more elegant and in tune with the story and lyrics and as the song goes on they become more chaotic. I also love how that last high note fades into the Theme Reprise. "Fakin' It" - Another somewhat disconcerting start of a song. A bridge into the psychedelic folk world. It's a genre I as a folk head should like more than I do. I like psych music too which is why that confuses me even more. That aside it is still a good song. "Punky's Dilemma" - I too wish I was Kellogg's Cornflake Paul. Not sure about the English Muffin though. I love the bass on this track. A different type of deepcut still a good one. "Mrs. Robinson" - This song speaks for itself and is one of the greatest songs of all time. The guitar on this song is fantastic and I love trying to dissect it. Lyrically fantastic as well of course, no surprise there. "A Hazy Shade of Winter" - The one S&G song that I think you can argue the cover version is better. The Bangles made this song their own. This is still a great version of it and yes the original, but it belongs to The Bangles. "At the Zoo" - The walking bass line does a great job of driving the song from the background. There is so much going on that grabs your attention. The bass pokes through that haze but doesn't overpower any of it. An immaculate album indeed. Not their best, but contains some of their best songs. An all time classic and certainly a must hear.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

Very good album, with a subtle and striking sound. Some absolute classic songs.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

Loved it!

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

4/5

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

time it was, and what a time it was...

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

A perfect folk record in every way. Charming, subtle and full of life while contemplating the value of it. A record sure to continue standing the test of time and one modern acts surely use as influence.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

Otrolig avslutning på albumet med Mrs Robinson -> A Hazy Shade Of Winter -> At The Zoo

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Tue Sep 22 2020
4

Better than Bridge Over Troubled Water.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

Good album but not their most famous man. I like „sounds of silence“ better. But this music always puts me in a good mood.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

It was good thank you Simon and also Garfield

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Nice

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

Chill classic

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

Solid album. Some so so songs but some great ones as well

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Mon May 24 2021
4

This album was great, and then Mrs. Robinson one of the best songs ever, just shows up near the end. And then Hazy Shade of Winter? What a double-punch of great tracks. I also really loved America as well.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

Legendary folk album. Why does it appear twice on my list?

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

For at the zoo.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Just a great album. And you can hear them trying to find their next stage.

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Mon May 03 2021
4

When Paul Simon lost his mind, in the most glorious possible way. Conceptually rich, but not trite or pompous in the way that some concept albums can be. I'm not sure anyone has a command of melody quite like Paul Simon.

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Sun Jul 04 2021
4

I remember Bookends (the theme), but the intro into a synth thing at 2nd track was quite a surprise. I know a lot of these tracks, and I find them some of the better Simon & Garfunkel tracks, there is a tender-sadness to them that I can appreciate. Things flow well into each other as well, it is definitely an "album".

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Zulke bunker goed muziek, vooral het nummer "mrs. robinson"

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

obviously mrs robinson is a highlight but a few other good tracks in there

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Very spacious.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Just really well done. Full of stories

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Concept portion was kinda neat as a concept but I don’t need to hear it again. America is good the others totally forgettable. Side B has fun. I had no idea Hazy Shade of Winter was theirs, I only know the Bangles version.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

great album, absolute classic

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

4

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

I liked it! Some stuff was a lil too spoken word for me but overall not bad.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Große Songs

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

This is the first album by Simon & Garfunkel that I've ever listened to and it is also the shortest album rated so far on this list at just 29min. The sentimental counterculture movement of the late 60s can be felt within the semi-surreal lyrics that float on the confident melodies of these tracks. The duets and harmonies between Simon and Garfunkel pair well with the chord progressions and accoustic guitar riffs in each song as well as the occasional chorus or string arrangement. Add to this the fact that "Mrs. Robinson" is an undeniable classic in American psychadelic rock and the album sits comfortably within the 4-star category. Perfect for a cloudy afternoon trip or a quiet car ride. I look forward to listening to more of this group's work after hearing this album.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

No ha sido muy moñas para ser de Simon & Garfunkel...

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Done JAN 15 2021

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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

Sounds like Simon & Garfunkel. Short album.

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

4.4 - The epitome of short and sweet. A well-conceived New York timepiece, with tender attention to detail. Some luscious tracks, notably "America", "Old Friends", "At the Zoo." There's also the eponymous "Mrs. Robinson." Terrific as a concept album and just a wonderfully positive listen.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

nice, liked most of the stuff

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Nyt muistolles Urho Kekkonen / vielä yhden humpan vedämme / je-je-je / näin muistelee kerho ukkojen / juoden ampuen ja humpaten ja tanssaten! Tällä levyllä oli yllättävä englanninkielinen cover Eläkeläisten "Muistolles Urho Kekkosesta"! Muutenkin oli yllättävän hyvä levy, olin aina kuvitellut Simon & Garfunkelin mummojen ja pappojen lällärikamaksi, mutta eihän tää ollutkaan sellaista. Vai onko musta tullut lälläri-pappa? Puolen tunnin levyllä se parin minuutin puheraita oli vähän yllättävä veto.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Simon ja Garfunkel ja harmoniat, toimii! Näiden biisejä päässyt kuorovetoina vetämään, toimii myös siellä. Mukavaa settiä niin erikseen kuunneltavaksi kuin taustalle.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Sound of silence ja mrs Robinson tiesin heiltä entuudestaan. Levy oli yllättävän hyvä. Huolella tehtyä musiikkia ja vaikka ei voi välttyä hippifiiliksiltä, niin ei tämä haittaa. Levyä tuli kuunneltua useamman kerran.

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Klassieker! Ik vind dit echt heel tof, met als hoogtepunt mijn all time favorite 'America'!

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Rennon miellyttävää kuunneltavaa, vaikka minulle kappaleet oli Mrs. Robinsonia lukuunottamatta tuntemattomia. Sen verran lyhyt levy, että taisi neljäkin kertaa pyörähtää läpi. Toisaalta nelonen on paljon levylle, miltä ei tarttunut itselle mukaan kuin hitti Mrs. Robinson, minkä olisi voinut jo kuuntelematta lisätä.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

This one reminds me of what my older sisters were listening to when I was a kid

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

Classic folk rock. Paul Simon steps up as a song writer. Best Tracks: America, Mrs. Robinson, A Hazy Shade of Winter

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Niet zo gevarieerd album, maar wel aangenaam om naar te luisteren

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Toffe nummers met fakin' it als uitschieter.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

4/5, really good album that has great song writing, creative music and deep lyrics. My favorite songs were Fakin It and A Hazy Shade of Winter. Most known song was definitely the Graduates "Mrs. Robinson", which I really need to see sometime

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

A classic, but they have better albums

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Experimental, pesimistic tone combined with uplifting lyrics. Interesting album.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

While obviously very familiar w/ some of the songs here, I’ve never actually listened to this whole album. I plan explore it in greater depth as time goes on. There are definitely some surprises here for me based upon my previous knwoldfe of Simon & Garfunkel. This is an easy 4, probably hewing closer to 4.3 or so

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

Not what I was expecting, a really nice range of songs with some lovely instruments

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

I love me a good concept album, and the A side delivered handily. The B-side was a little more hit-or-miss, but all of it likeable. Ultimately a quite good album, but not the greatest I have heard from either of the duo.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

Great album!

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

Great. Not my favourite Simon & Garfunkel album though.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Has a couple of classics and some dross.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Best song: Save The Life Of My Child Worst “song”: voices of old people

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Nevjerojatno kako je album kliknuo nakon drugog slušanja. Jednostavno album za tmurnije, kišne dane kao što je 13.04.21' bio, jesenski album, gdje je hladnije vrijeme i strijepiš kad ćeš doć svom toplom domu. Sve pjesme su dobre, drugi dio album je bolji za nijansu, ali da moram bar jednu pjesmu izbaciti to bi definitivno bila "Voices of Old People". Možda ima tu neku smisao, al jednostavno mi je nepotrebna tbh. 4.22/5, zaista fin album. Ne bih se čudio da album nabavim na vinylu u skorašnje vrijeme.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
4

Some are good, some meh

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Obviously has some all time great songs on it; the interludes on an album that's barely half an hour seem kind of strange to me.

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Sun Jul 11 2021
4

This album was good. Solid album from start to finish, although most of it didn't really stand out for me. 3.5-4/5 stars.

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Sat May 08 2021
4

Think I've drunk the kool-aid on this one

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

I’m not sure I initially liked this album as much as Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme, but the more I’ve thought about it the more it strikes me that this album is just so well crafted and has such good songs on it and is just so *interesting* that I’m going to rate it just as high even if I wouldn’t just pick it up and listen to it whenever.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

I can't get enough of Simon and Garfunkel. Great stuff. Not a single bad track.

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Sun May 09 2021
4

love these dudes. album felt short, but I guess that means it didnt overstay its welcome.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Fun album, I realized I actually enjoy Simon & Garfunkel's music. Can't miss an opportunity to hear a song from The Graduate soundtrack also. "Voices of Old People" threw me off a little bit.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
4

Not my favorite S & G album but it has Mrs. Robinson and Hazy Shade if Winter. Enuf said. 4 🌟

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

Es un disco lleno de buenas canciones (individualmente) pero que de alguna manera no siento tan cohesivas como Paul Simon las trata de vender. O sea, se me hace difícil que un tipo de 25 años logre escribir un disco conceptual acerca de qué es la vida, ser viejo, amistades largas, etc. Eso no quita que sean melodías muy muy buenas, letras que con todo y todo tienen algo de sentido y arreglos musicales que van más allá del folk que inicialmente trataba de vender. Casi cualquiera de las rolas, con excepción de las que son frases grabadas, podría gustarme para tener en mi librería musical, por eso: 4 estrellas.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

Nunca he sido gran fan de Simon & Garfunkel, pero sí conocía (y me gusta mucho) Mrs. Robinson. Dado que todo el álbum tiene la misma energía que esa canción, me agradó bastante. El estilo es sesentero hippie, pero sin exagerar, y con un ligero toque de folk o country. Me atrevería a decir que incluso tiene un toque de Beatlesco en algunas canciones, como precisamente Mrs. Robinson.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

Fun album, although not all the songs are winners for me. Favourite songs: Mrs. Robinson; Fakin' it; A Hazy Shade of Winter; At The Zoo.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

First track really nice. Second not so great. Then some good tracks. They're all pleasant to listen to, though maybe some somewhat repetitive.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

Ja, ich mag Simon & Garfunkel!

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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

These guys invented chill.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

It’s a quirky album with some of Simon & Garfunkel's best songs. It starts w a short bookends teaser that segues into a very loud song, by Simon & Garfunkel standards. Old Friends is a beautiful song but I prefer the live versions without the orchestration. I find the orchestration added to that song is like putting a racing stripe on a Ferrari.  I’m a little surprised that Paul Simon didn't write much over the years that had a political message or social undertone. America has a little of that with the theme that the old America is gone but the message is very subtle and diluted.  Voices of Old People  is a little bizarre. It’s like he felt he needed to make it painfully obvious to the listeners that there was a theme to Side 1 so put this "song" before Old Friends to be sure everyone would realize there was a connection between the songs. In a way it's similar to when the play Glengarry Glen Ross was made into a movie and the director invented an additional character (played by Alec Baldwin) to make sure the average movie going knucklehead would get what the plot was.  Side 2 has one major gem in Mrs. Robinson. I've liked this song for a long time but never realized  it contained the words "put it in your pantry with your cupcakes." Trust me, I'm gonna start sliding that line into casual conversation. Side 2 is strong albeit most songs  aren't well known. Songs like Old Friends, Bookends, America and Mrs. Robinson are so well known they simply sound like Simon & Garfunkel songs more than sounding like songs from a particular time. Songs like A Hazy Shade of Winter and other Side 2 Songs besides Mrs. R sound like 60s songs - good 60s songs.  The combo of hits and fun less known 60s songs makes this album a winner.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

Classics \"America\" and \"Mrs. Robinson\". Hallmark of the hippy era.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Very good!

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

Mooi rustig album

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

Okayish. Probably worthy of a second listen with more attention to lyrics.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

While this is still definitively a S&G album, the wealth of influences it incorporates within their iconic sound pushes it well beyond their past output. The brash synths, upbeat orchestrations, and more sinister compositions here all build into an album that changes face with every track but maintains a coherent throughline.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

4/5

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

Save The Life Of A Child is a cool way to start off. The production quality gives the album this sheen. Great dynamics on Old Friends. Punkys Dilemma gets overshadowed by the meteoric hit that is Mrs Robinson. a Hazy Shade of Winter has the sounds of a single that never took off.

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Sun Sep 12 2021
4

Good but also generic.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Great album, haven't listened start to finish in so long, great album

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

Done 4 out of 5

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

Interesting to learn about the history

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

Really enjoyed this. Mrs Robinson still sounds fresh. Was not expecting synths!

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

Everybody always talks about "America" and "Mrs. Robinson" from this one, but this time listening the best song was "Hazy Shade of Winter" -- the lyrics, the changing rhythms, the exciting music. Also "At The Zoo" made me think of certain days in high school that I haven't thought about in years, and that was god.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

Too happy.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

A long time since I last heard this album all the way through. The song writing is strong and there is a degree of experimentation in the music. Overall an impressive piece of work.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

Bit of a revelation this - shows what I know - not a whole lot!!

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

A lot less sleepy than I was expecting. Great tunes!

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

the zoo song rules. overall pretty good, but weirder and fewer jams that i expected

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Not quite a concept album, but there's a common emotion woven throughout. Wonderfully melancholic. 4.5/5

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Known this album for years. Oft overlooked is Paul Simon's textural guitar playing.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

One of their best. Has a bit of filler though.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
4

A great, weird, brief little album that includes a couple of their greatest songs, one of which is one of the great rock and roll songs of the 20th century, as well as the underappreciated gem that is Save the Life of My Child.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

Bookends comes in near the end of Simon & Garfunkel's career. Throughout the 60's, they would put out classics such as "Homeward Bound", "Scarborough Fair", and "The Sounds of Silence" (the last of which you can hear in "Save the Life of My Child"). Truly, Simon & Garfunkel had left their fingerprint in the folk world of music and beyond by this point. Being a concept album that explores a life from beginning to end, you would think that "Bookends" would also bookend their career as a duo, but as we would find out two years later, it's not quite so. Regardless, they would once again knock it out of the park with this record. Putting the odd "Voices of Old People" aside, this is a wonderful folk listen. Simon & Garfunkel harmonize so beautifully, so naturally, you'd think they were born to do it. Here, they are accompanied by occasional strings and brass, subtle in their ways that it enhances the song, instead of detracts. This album is deceptively short though, not even a full 30 minutes of songs on here. That can be forgiven though, given how nice the songs are. And how could I forget the bouncy Mrs. Robinson? Great song. I liked the album enough, but never get too excited or invested in it apart from Mrs. Robinson. Not bad at all, just not my cup of tea.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Great album... Holds up well from 1968

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

Feel like a monochromatic hippie with my acoustic guitar selling incense nearby a retirement house

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

I liked most the accoustict.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

So nice

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

Pire journée de ma vie mais l'album était bien Prefs: America, Old Friends, Bookends Theme - Reprise, Fakin' It, Mrs. Robinson, A Hazy Shade of Winter, At The Zoo Moins Pref: Overs

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

An ashtray of cigarette butts. The splatter of slushy, dirty snow from a passing bus. A decrepit scrapbook. There’s a very unique sound on certain songs from the mid to late sixties, like 'California Dreamin,' by the Mamas and the Papas, or 'Get Together,' by the Youngbloods. And I heard it the minute the opening and title track of Bookends began to play. It’s the silent sound behind the music- a whisper of a hiss?, but not really- and it takes me right back to the latter half of the 1960s. I was 9 years old when this recording was released, still innocent, many confidences. Not looking back yet, as I would many years later, on my memories, preserved, ‘all that’s left of you.’ This is hardly an LP for a 9 year old kid. Nor is it completely for a 19 year old. Paul Simon himself was only in his mid-20s when it was released, somehow possessing a wisdom far beyond his years. I can understand how a 20 something in 1968 can write a song like 'America': ‘Kathy, I’m lost,’ I said. Though I knew she was asleep. ‘I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why.’ But how does the same age write and sing songs like 'Overs' and 'Old Friends'? By the way, this is only a review of the first side of Bookends. The second side contains unrelated and mostly unused material intended for the film, The Graduate. It’s fine. Paul Simon’s lessers are still better than a lot of song writer’s best. But the first side, conceptual in intent, is the real deal. Paul’s guitar playing often is overshadowed by his lyrics, but listen to 'Overs,' in particular. I wish I could play like that! And the arrangements throughout are splendid, including several surprising, dramatic changes in melody and tempo, not to mention the complete absence of any music at all on' Voices Of Old People' (the only ‘composition’ attributed to Art Garfunkel). But where that other concept LP from the same period, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, is described as ‘sonically colorful,’ Bookends is ‘starkly contrasted by moody black and white and gray sounds.’ I’ve always been a sucker for the minor keys. Night is falling here in Denver, CO, following a large snow storm. We are most definitely in a hazy shade in winter around here. And I’m now 62, more than familiar with disillusionment, loss, failure, bewilderment, despair, sorrow. The right age to receive what Paul has to share. I’m giving the first side 5 stars, the second side a 3, which still leaves an impressive 4. But I would’ve been just as satisfied to stop at the end of side one after a mere 15 minutes. A time it was…

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

Very short, but full of good songs. Pretty much what I expected from them, although "At the zoo" was a lot more whimsical than I thought. That song, hazy shade of winter, America, and Save the life of My Child were my favourites, along with Mrs Robinson

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

Klockren, ren njutning. Konstig ljudmix inledningsvis men annars ap-mysig platta som osar behag

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

Jaaaaag bli så ledsen men det är bra

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

Comforting. Complete. Thoughtful themes. Could be a Sunday roast background for all ages?

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Pretty cool soft sound. Enjoyed it a lot but the beginning was a bit out-there for me.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

This was a blast from the past. Definitely had some good sounds and songs. A couple songs had some really strange sound quality but I imagine that's because of the decade it was released.

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