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Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme

Simon & Garfunkel

1966

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme

Album Summary

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme is the third studio album by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel. Produced by Bob Johnston, the album was released on October 24, 1966, in the United States by Columbia Records. Following the success of the re-release of their debut single "The Sound of Silence", Simon & Garfunkel regrouped after a time apart while Columbia issued their second album, a rushed collection titled Sounds of Silence. For their third album, the duo spent almost three months in the studio working on instrumentation and production. The album largely consists of acoustic pieces that were mostly written during Paul Simon's period in England the previous year, including some numbers recycled from his debut solo record, The Paul Simon Songbook. The album includes the Garfunkel-led piece "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her", as well as "7 O'Clock News/Silent Night", a combination of news reports of the day (the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, the death of comedian Lenny Bruce), and the Christmas carol "Silent Night". Many critics have considered it a breakthrough in recording for the duo, and one of their best efforts. "Homeward Bound" had already been a top five hit in numerous countries and "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" performed similarly. The album peaked at number four on the Billboard Pop Album Chart and was eventually certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. In 1999, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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Rating

3.64

Votes

5517

Genres

  • Rock
  • Folk
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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

My dad passed away when I was four years old. He liked to play the guitar and was a particular fan of '60s folk, S&G being no exception. He had a red book of chords and lyrics written down to remember. Scarborough Fair/Canticle was one of them. I will always cherish the fact that my father's love for music shaped my childhood, and as a result, my whole life. This entire record moves me.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Day 4 of 1001 albums you must hear before you die.. And boy do I feel the pressure to deliver on this reaction of an album that I never knew existed, but the legendary duo that is Simon & Garfunkel needs no introduction to most people around the world). Even though I was an eighties baby and don’t know much about the culture and lifestyles of that generation, I absolutely love music from the 60’s!! You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon was my introduction to one half of S&G. I was four years old. The song was all over the radio and the still young yet exploding cable channel, MTV, played the music video of this song on a seemingly endless loop. It wasn’t until I was in my mid to late twenties that I actually realized that these two super average looking guys wrote, sang and produced some of the most beloved, comforting and sweet songs of our time. Their junior release saw them having the freedom of being in creative control for the first time. The Sound Of Silence, a song we all know, gave them prestige and They took advantage and convinced their label to allow them to spend precious money on an eight track recorder. What the label probably didn’t understand is that having 8 tracks instead of 2 or 4 even, could enhance the way people hear music. Stereo music is what 8K video is today. You can actually feel immersed in music when you hear all the different tracks of a song coming from different directions from different channels.. Man, It had to feel futuristic at the time. Even listening today with headphones is a trip. The over dubbing of vocals and instruments set these guys apart from the rest, the same way it did for The Beatles and The Beach Boys. The layered vocals were executed so beautifully. Simons writing and Garfunkel’s singing is a match made in another galaxy. The only song I actually recognized from this particular album is The 59th street bridge song (feeling groovy). The more aggressive and Bob Dylan styled song, A Simple Desultory Phillippic, drops many famous names of the time and I liked it a lot, as it showed off their humorous and tongue in cheek side. 7 o’clock News/Silent Night gave me goose pimples with the sounds of news clips juxtaposed with Silent Night. I can totally see a 15 year old in 1966 locking themselves in a dark room and spinning this record over and over. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme isn’t just a record, it’s an experience.. An emotional one at that. Please share your thoughts and memories!!

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Wed Oct 06 2021
2

Don't be fooled by the title, there's only vanilla to be found here. Look, it's very obvious that Paul Simon is a talented songwriter (groan-worthy Silent Night juxtaposition aside), but this is like when someone says the original Super Mario Bros. is the best game of all time: give it to someone born well after its release and they may ask why anyone would want to play it, and you either curse them for not appreciating the thing you grew up with, or begrudgingly accept how it might not blow somebody's hair back when what it's putting down has been picked up and run with for so long by so many others. Maybe it holds up better than many of its contemporaries, and a lot of what's there still has meaning today, but it feels like you just trip over lyrics you could draw modern parallels to with any of these Vietnam era rock albums, many of which present their ideas in a more compelling fashion than this. I'll give them credit for one thing, though: their Bob Dylan parody(?) is legitimately funny. Folk rock. Key Tracks: The Dangling Conversation, A Simple Desultory Philippic (or How I Was Robert McNamara'd into Submission)

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

S&G have been my dudes since I was a kid, and this album always touches a lot of sights, sounds, and storylines. Loving the spin as usual!

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Very anti-war. Also, maybe this is where the trend of mocking Dylan came from? Also, someone REALLY loves Emily.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

Always liked Simon & Garfunkel but was still surprised by how much I enjoyed this, given they have other, better regarded albums. Good melodies, good harmonies, good lyrics. More up-tempo stuff than I expected. Traditional folk but still buzzing with creativity. Feelin' Groovy is a childhood favourite of mine. A very pleasant way to spend 28 minutes.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
3

fint men kjedelig

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Mon May 30 2022
2

I find it hard to muster any enthusiasm for songs that are so incredibly passive and unchallenging. Simon's songwriting on this whole album is just so soft that they left no impression whatsoever. In short, it's a boring album full of boring songs that frankly don't justify the album's inclusion in this list.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Perhaps the first album I ever knew

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

A masterpiece of an album. Paul Simon is one of the greatest American songwriters and this album showcases his lyrical talent brilliantly. Of course, the delivery is sublime. Though their working relationship was fraught, Simon and Garfunkel are two of the most gifted singers and seem to fall in a complex yet natural harmony that still electrifies. Once again, here we have an album that manages to stand out in 1966, a year full of transformative music.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Some of Simon and Garfunkel's best; mellow, catchy, and still bloody good.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

Folk music at its purest. Homeward Bound is an awesome song. Silent Night / 7 o’clock news still packs a distinct punch. Some filler in there that doesn’t pop but mostly a decent record.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

Paul Simon is definitely a top-of-the-list song writer and Art Garfunkel can harmonize with anyone, I knew the songs but only listened to their albums recently (last 5 years). There is a very nice flow to them.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

It's been a few decades since I've heard the title track and in listening to it on headphones it really blew me away in terms of the harmonies and instrumentation, the harpsichord especially. I guess I missed those things on our transistor radio back in the day. The other radio hits bring back memories too, even my mom used to hum Feeling Groovy. The instrumentation and arrangements on the supporting tracks are creative and different enough to shift the mood from song to song. Patterns is a good one.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

Scarborough Fair is one of their best songs. Art's signing capabilities boggle the mind. I wasn't aware of the legal issues mentioned in Wiki. Since we started 1001, we've read about royalty avoidance on a number of songs. Scarborough Fair is a traditional song arranged by S & G. For whatever reason they didn't note it was traditional but since it is, they're no royalties to avoid. Much ado about nothing. Homeward Bound Is one of my favourite  S & G songs. Memorable opening riffs on acoustic songs are rare; this song has one of the best and most recognizable acoustic opening riffs. Of interest is that the acoustic riff that opens Cloudy is very similar. This shows that a clever opening riff augments, rather than replaces the need for, good verses and chorus. Most of the top shelf in the S & G library are  songs that Art sings lead vocals on  but Homeward Bound is a notable exception. The Bright Green Pleasure Machine is also a catchy and fun tune. It's sort of like the Beatles style in their Yellow Sub timeline.  Feelin' Groovy felt dated when they sang it at Central Park almost 40 years ago. One of them even started laughing when they sang the chorus. It's hard not to sound dated when you say the word "groovy". Nonetheless,  it's still a fun song. A Simple Desultory Philippic is immediately recognizable as a Bob Dylan-like song. The song title indicates that Paul is poking fun at Bob and the lyrics confirm this. It's not clear if it's tongue in cheek or if he truly wanted to fire missiles at Bob. One could understand that in those days Paul would feel that he had written some brilliant lyrics but his songs were getting next to no respect while Dylan's borderline nonsensical lyrics resulted in his being treated like royalty.  Silent Night with the background news is special. It's a beautiful and peaceful Christmas song with the background news telling the harsh reality of the day.  Canadians have Leonard Cohen so we are well acquainted with Jewish brothers singing songs about Christ but when Simon and Garfunkel released this, I expect some listeners must have found this confusing (especially those who didn't know who Allen Ginsberg was). S & G sing it brilliantly.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

There are several songs on here that I know and enjoy a bunch. I do find it odd that Simon and Garfunkel took writing credit for Scarborough Fair, a centuries olde English tune. A little bit of respect lost here. Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall is a song I really like that I hadn’t heard before. Same with the offbeat A Simple Desultory Phillipic (Or How I Was Robert McNamara’d Into Submission) where the music is driven by the distorted guitar and (credit to Wikipedia for pointing it out) Paul Simon puts on a Bob Dylan affect. I hadn’t heard the Silent Night / news reel before either. It is a brilliant juxtaposition of a warm, fuzzy Christmas tune and deeply unsettling 1966 current events. There is quite a bit more anti-war sentiment than I ever remember noticing from Simon and Garfunkel before. This album has a lot of good content, but I like many of the later, more mature versions of the songs better. The bones are here. I appreciate them. But it’s not quite tip top.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Love these guys. A few stone cold classics on this album, some beautiful and effortlessly executed acoustic guitar work, those timeless harmonies, and a brilliant parody of Bob Dylan. And a couple of filler tracks. Perfect ending track though.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

This is the album that elevated S & G from just a folk singing duo to something more special. Apart form the timeless classics, Homeward Bound and Scarborough Fair, the songs on rest of the album, though sometimes dated, are interesting and more engaging than I anticipated. Their follow-up albums would become masterpieces, but this is a good place to start.

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Another album that, for me, has suffered thanks to the passage of time. Some of these tracks, like Scarborough Fair and For Emily... still sound great. Others are freighted with the dragging earnestness of S&G's execution. We get a lot of Paul Simon on this app, and I think I've realised how little of his material I actually enjoy. Well, there's a cheery ending to the review...

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Mellow with a few good songs my favourite being Scarborough fair

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Not their best, but any album with Homeward Bound on is a good album.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

Meh. I can appreciate the talent of this album and do like me some of their stuff.. Has a couple of good cuts but just not my jam. At least it was only 28 minutes long.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

I just hate their stupid harmonies etc - actually the last track was quite enjoyable and smart but was still a fucking Christmas carol

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Wed Oct 06 2021
2

the "i'm very intelligent" guy from the meme the album

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Wed Oct 06 2021
2

This isn't Bookends

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Tue Sep 13 2022
2

OH BROTHER THIS SHIT STINKS

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Sun May 02 2021
1

Ihre Namen so groß wie ihre Sanftheit äh sanft. spurlose 1.2

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Tue Oct 06 2020
5

I've never listened to this whole album. Not really my thing. But damned if I didn't love it.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

Sublime

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Mon Jan 11 2021
5

Folk. Awesome melodies.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
5

Lovely way to season a bird. Excellent album from S&G

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

The first album in the list I already knew. The title track and Homeward Bound are already extremely popular and well-known Simon and Garfunkel songs, but "Patterns" is an underrated piece. 7 O'clock news hits as hard as it always does whenever I listen to it. Still as good of an album as it always was.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

Short but oh so sweet. Their voices are so calming.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Catchy and well written songs. Makes me want to listen all day long.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

DRIVING GUITARS TO GET ME WORKED UP IN THE MORNING.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Love this album. Classics!

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

One of my favorite albums.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

Not my normal but very good, will return

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

“Yeah, but it's not my fault if Cousin Lezra ends up eating my nut dust and becoming the goofy Paul Simon to my angelic-voiced Art Garfunkel“- Jonah Ryan

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

Beautiful

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

classic. silent night in particular was amazing

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

"A Simple Desultory Philippic" Sounds very Bob Dylan -- clearly influenced. Also, mentions Phil Spectre--a man who died recently, which makes me realize how recently this album was released. So weird. So many recognizable songs here.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
5

I hate liking this, because I hate Simon and Garfunkel as people. But I get the hype, very different from other music of their time.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

Did you know that it used to be Simon and Garfunkel and Spackman? Yes, I was part of a groundbreaking folkrock trio back in the late 50s/early 60s. What a ride it was. We sold out The Emirates Stadium and The Millennium Dome countless times, before the drugs kicked in for me. It was a very exciting, but ultimately dark time in my life. By night it was a hedonistic rainbow of women, money, LSD and hobnobs. By day it was a cold coffin of shame and self-loathing whilst trying to enjoy folk music. Eventually my wild ways got too much for the others and they had to cut all ties with me. As a duo, Simon and Garfunkel went on to have enormous success, and rightly so. But, I always thought I gave the trio the edge which would have sent us into superstardom. I'm not bitter though, I went on to have a successful career as the famous footballer and nail technician you know me as today.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

Love!

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

BEST SIMON AND GARFUNKEL ALBUM. ONE OF MY FAVORITE ALBUMS OF ALL TIME. PAUL SIMON TOUCHES MY SOUL WITH HIS CLEVER LYRICISM. THE HARMONIES. OMG

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

Tinkly

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

hello, Simon & Garfunkel, my new friends...

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

so fire

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Sun Mar 21 2021
5

I loved the guitar and the lyrics were incredible

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Fri Apr 23 2021
5

the most amazing album ever made

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Simply amazing

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Tue May 11 2021
5

I don’t consider myself a big folk music fan, but this album is absolutely fantastic.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
5

What an album. Very trippy melodies. Great lyrical content. Makes you feel like your back in the 60s. Classic Simon and garfunkel.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

a couple low points in the album but still amazing overall. 5

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Tue Aug 24 2021
5

9/10. This album keeps things short and sweet, which is always refreshing after a metal album.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
5

9 for the folksy and the nostalgia

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Tue Aug 24 2021
5

really good, one thing i love about S&G is that it's versatile music, it's nice to have on in the background but, also super rewarding musically and conceptually when you give it a closer listen. 10

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Mon Sep 06 2021
5

Pack so many ideas and inventions into such short songs.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
5

I forget how short this album is. But it stands as an excellent piece of music. I love this album and the calm vibe it presents. It has a darkness that plays in the corner with evening light. They dance and make a beautiful quiet racket that is this album.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

Yup perfect. Thanks.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

These boys can do no wrong in my ears. Does not contain my all time favorite S&G tracks, but it is still loaded with hits. Hit just right.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

I am more inclined towards basil and cilantro, but still, this was a very good album with beautiful songs. The right kind of gentle, pleasant music. And because I'm feeling groovyyyy I'll give it 5 stars.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

Classic album, had not listened to it for quite a while - one of the few albums I could play any time.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
5

Put it in your pocket full of cupcakes

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Excellent

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

Great album, the harmonies and song writing are sublime

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

Ah, just... pure serenity. I'll get this in a record one day. The whole album was really cute. Listening to the 7 o clock news / silent night was also really touching. My dad dodged the vietnam draft (because he didn't want to cut his hair) and part of me is so grateful as I don't think he would've been the same human today, in fact, I know he wouldn't have been the same human today.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

Soothing melodies throughout. Very pleasant.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

One my all time faves

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Seriously, every song is good. I could listen to this over and over. Calm and folksy.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

Amazing album. Could listen on repeat

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

The goats

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

I really enjoyed this album, it was so relaxing to listen to.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Was für ein großartiger Songwriter ist doch Paul Simon. Bin gebiased - geht bei mir einfach ins Herz.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

A glatte 5. Jedes Lied eingängig durch wunderschöne Melodien. Bestimmt auch spitzen Texte, aber darauf hör ich nicht so drauf ... der Stille Nacht/ News Mash up is arg

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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

Great lyrics, great melodies, great harmonies. Too many liked songs to mention, but special shoutout to For Emily Wherever I May Find Her, Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall, Homeward Bound, and The 59th Street Bridge Song.

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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

Parsley, Sage, and a Fuckin' Swell Time

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

10/10 fun

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

What a surprise. Concise songs that deliver. A send-up of Dylan in A Simple Desultory Philippic which is hilarious. The angst of Patterns against MASS MAN. What fun in 28:48.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

Simon & Garfunkel é talvez uma das duplas mais relevantes da música ocidental. A musicalidade e a poesia que eles conseguem expressas no folk rock é quase uma experiência transcendental. Destaque que esse álbum az um paralelo com a cidade de New York e a idade medieval. Sou apaixonado na canção Cloudy, quando eles trazem o verso "My thoughts are scattered and they're cloudy,They have no borders, no boundaries,They echo and they swell,From Tolstoy to Tinker Bell", demosntram que dominar figuras de linguagem e brincar com trocadilhos não é exclusivo das línguas latinas

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

Wonderful, in turns traditional but modern for the time, acerbic commentary... brilliant.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

5, Beautiful

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

Patterns* - symbolic worldview at it's basic level _________________________ наша музыка, можно слушать

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

It is crazy how consistently good each of these tracks are. Short, sweet, varied, little delicious nuggets of folk songs with beautiful vocals. Incredibly enjoyable.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

I'm so used to their greatest hits, that it was a bit startling to realize that some of their stuff.....sucked. And so it goes. These guys still created some of my favorite music. Soundtrack of my childhood....yada yada yada..

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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

Wonderful album. Great vocals.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
5

What an album! It begins with a merging of two glorious songs, which would be enough for some artists. It finishes with a chilling take on Silent Night. In between, it takes us to joy, sadness, longing, love. It's all killer, no filler. The blending of their voices is perfect, then Artie gets his moment on For Emily. If you think that's perfect, find a live version to listen to. He really is that good. What's really amazing is that this wonderful album isn't their best. Bridge Over Troubled Water wins that accolade. That magnificent achievement is then dwarfed by Graceland, IMHO the greatest album of them all.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

Mi è piaciuto molto, pensavo fossero più noiosi/sbrodolosi, invece no, son ganzi.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

Amazing. Especially fond of "Scarborough Fair / Canticle", "Homeward Bound", "The 59th Street Bridge Song" and "Patterns".

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Wed Apr 27 2022
5

Classic

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Sat Apr 30 2022
5

nice

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Tue May 24 2022
5

Does a "not-great" Simon & Garfunkel album even exist? In less than 30 minutes, those two manage to pack a vast variety of songs, some faster, some slower, some louder, some quieter, all at a high quality and always with their signature acoustic and harmony-laden sound. What's not to love?

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Tue May 24 2022
5

I will always love everything by this group and Paul Simon. 4/5 big songs, great run time, amazing vocal display from both individually and collectively, beautiful arrangement. This folk I adore.

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Fri May 27 2022
5

Scarborough Fair/Canticle is such a pretty song, I've always loved the tune and hearing Simon + Garfunkel sing it is beautiful. Absolutely sublime piece of music, and a fantastic start to an album. I love how it shifts suddenly to such a different vibe with Patterns. The drums are mesmerizing, as are the winding voices. What a gorgeous song. Cloudy is such a sweet-sounding song. I really appreciate how different everything feels on this record. Homeward Bound feels so full of love. Literally no idea why this album is getting me as much as it is! I'm having a wonderful *wonderful* time with it. The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine is fantastic. Is it a little on the nose and unsubtle? Perhaps, but I also watch Star Trek and listen to punk. Unsubtle and on the nose are my cup of tea. When I first heard The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy), I thought it was a cover. I'm deeply surprised to know that this is the original Feelin' Groovy! The instruments are fantastic on The Dangling Conversation, and I know they're not the focal point of this record, but I really loved them on this song. Another cute little song, Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall. It's very upbeat, like the rest of the album, and I love the harmonizing on it. Don't have much to say about this song sadly. Wow, the opening of A Simple Desultory Philippic is *different*. I love it! It reminds me of Subterranean Homesick Blues, another favorite song. For Emily, Whenever I Find Her is very soft and honestly a little too sappy for me as a love song. No idea why I'm not as into this as I am Robert Smith's sappy love songs, but I'm just not as enamored! A Poem on the Underground Wall's got some really wonderful instruments behind the vocals. I'm a huge fan of the imagery in the lyrics. What a beautiful song. 7 O'Clock News / Silent Night is a great closer to the album, tying in parallel with the opener. What a tour-de-force of an album. Absolutely blew me out of the water.

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Mon May 30 2022
5

Straight banger

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Sat Jun 18 2022
5

this album was amazing. i loved every second of it. truly a no skip album. i love simon and garfunkel.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

I’ve listened to this long ago, but didn’t remember a lot of the album so it felt a bit new through a lot of it. Really lovely music. Lots of really great songs beyond the monster hits that come from this. I found “A Simple Desultory Philippic…” just a tad odd at first with the Dylan-style delivery, but I enjoyed it and the interesting cultural references throughout. This doesn’t eclipse my favorite Simon & Garfunkel album, but still easily a 5!

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

Perfect.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

Well, they’re no Rogers and Clarke, but these boys do have a special something.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

When you've always loved Simon & Garfunkel, but never listened to any albums other than greatest hits... This was a joy.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

This feels like peak Simon and Garfunkel, ui grew up to some of these songs (always on compilations) and they make me feel calm and safe. I listened as my plane took off on the way to holiday. Soothed.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

p94. 1966. 5 stars A perfect time capsule of the mid 60s, capturing all the hope and fears of the era in 28 minutes. 50 years on this is still an example of why Paul Simon is one of the greatest songwriters ever, and why Art Garfunkel is one of the greatest vocalists ever. Classic.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
5

It managed to put a smile on my face on a bad day. It's beautiful. I am glad I got to listen to it for the first time :) 5/5

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

I'm so glad that this album dropped on a Friday. It's a masterpiece, every song is a infatuating as the last. From the soft opening Scarbrough Fair/Canticle and For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her to the up-tempo Homeward Bound and A Simple Desultory Philippic providing brilliant highlights. This album has been played constantly since it was generated. 95/100gecs.

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Sat Jul 30 2022
5

A great folk album by a great duo.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

For those who have been Mailered, Taylored, O'Hara'd, McNamara'd, Stoned, Beatled, Ayn Randed, Spectored, Adlered, Sadlered, Jaggered, silver daggered and Garfunkeled all while being nearly branded a left-handed Communist for learning the truth from Lenny Bruce and mixing up Dylan's Bob and Thomas, this album is for you. For close to half an hour, Simon & Garfunkel command your attention with their ever flawless vocal combination and attention to musical detail all the while combing through the increasingly complex and challenging landscape that was America in the mid to approaching late Sixties. To think that they would continue peaking all the way to troubled waters is quite captivating stuff.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
5

This album is so comforting and calm

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Sat Aug 20 2022
5

Oh, the harmony. LOVE it!

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Sun Aug 21 2022
5

My brother is always banging on about Bridge Over Troubled Water, I gave in an listened a few months ago and thought it was good, but, you know, not amazing. So I was a bit surprised to enjoy this as much as I did. Simon not quite decided on his sound, between the absolutely gorgeous folk, and the somewhat sub-Dylan stompers (Simple Desultory...), it's also somehow steeped in the politics of the time. Scarborough fair is just absolutely lush. Obviously Homeward Bound is one of the best songs ever written. But besides this, everything is gorgeous, even Feelin Groovy's slightly twee sound in 2022 doesn't spoil the mood. The juxtaposition of Silent Night and the swirling chaos of the mid 60s news is particularly effective. A flawed masterpiece.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Really enjoyed this, I wouldn’t have played it in a million years, but some absolutely classic S&G!

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Calming, happy, warm, and cozy. Makes you feel good while listening to it.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

MILU tiesi tas ko vajadzeja

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Was starting to get a bit scunnered with the singer-songwriter genre. While these artists often contributed indisputable classics to the canon of popular music, their sonic palette often remains too circumscribed to my ear (not a criticism per se, but a simple reality of the genre). That categorically was NOT the case with this album. 28 minutes of pure pop genius (with the exception of the drudgery of “Scarborough Fair”). Paul Simon is a songwriting juggernaut and this album is a perfect showcase of that. In spite of its brief run time, this record leaves a considerable impression, moving between sombre folk to almost Velvet Underground like chugging rockers - Simon’s versatility is incredible. Loved this record, definitely going to get it on vinyl.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

forever a slut for paul simon

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Feeling groovy :)) Also +1 for Carmel reference

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Absolutely love this song and Simon & Garfunkel. The vibes are perfect and it is everything I want in an album.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Great Album!

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

OK, so I didn't have a premonition that this would be the album of the day, but I was JUST thinking about a scene in Fear Of A Black Hat where this group of women, who are in a group called Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme are dissing Salt 'n Pepa – "they're only two spices... we're four!" So yeah, Nostra Calilhanus strikes again. My guess for today... Peter Gabriel... OK, that aside... 12 songs in 28 minutes. What is this, punk? As familiar as we all are (as humans) with Simon & Garfunkel, it's possible I've never listened to an entire album from the duo. And yes, it's great. Well written, beautifully sung, great arrangements, everything you could ask for. And it's an interesting blend of songs. For whatever reason, I'm trying to talk myself out of awarding my third "5-star" rating in a row, and after the hour-plus effort of Tusk, can a 28-minute album warrant the same? Well, yes, I suppose it can.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

Nice songs!

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

I just really like it.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

I don't know if I like this as much as Bookends or Bridge, but it's good. Really good.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

I am familiar with Simon & Garfunkel's hits, but never delved far into any of their records, so this was a great listening exercise today. I always had a preconceived notion that Simon & Garfunkel were a band that only the highly educated, and hipsters listened to, but man was I wrong. I love the harmonies that Paul and Art can create, and those layers of harmony laid over soft acoustic guitar make for fantastic easy listening folk. There are songs on this album that touch on hard hitting issues (the song "7 O'clock News/Silent Night" has news excerpts about hard hitting issues of 1966 (mainly the Vietnam War) laid over the Christmas carol Silent Night. The news starts low and slowly builds and builds throughout) and they also inject humour (A Simple Desultory Philippic is a comical jab at Bob Dylan and his style of music writing and delivery). All in all, a fantastic album!! Favourite songs: A Simple Desultory Philippic, Homeward Bound, The 59th Street Bridge Song, The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine Least favourite songs: if forced to pick, Cloudy, The Dangling Conversation 5/5

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

So many classic songs! Just as sweet and folk-y , but with more trippy embellishments than I remember.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

timeless classic

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

It's hard to take Paul seriously as a poet laureate when he's greeting a lamppost like it's a long lost friend. And he doesn't even allow the lamppost to respond to what exactly it is that it's knowing because Paul doesn't give a shit, he's just come to watch..."your flowers growing"? No wonder he wore one of Seinfeld's puffy shirts while lurking behind Artie on the cover, insisting that only half of his face appears with the other half hidden. It's good for mystique, you see. It doesn't matter, because as usual, Artie gets the standout vocal performance (For Emily, Whenever I Might Find Her). But we do get one of the duos quintessential songs in "Homeward Bound", some fun shade thrown at Dylan (which must have just seemed insane at the time), and the majestical final mashup of a newscast with a gorgeous version of "Silent Night". This album may not be as overall satisfying as their final two albums, or even "The Graduate" soundtrack (which, to be fair, includes Scarborough Fair). But flowers never bend with the rainfall, or so we're told here, and I'll take this over any of Paul Simon's solo work. Congratulations, Artie and Paul. You ran the table here, meriting a 5 rating for each one of your three albums on the list.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

Hard to get the flight of the Conchords episode out of my head when listening to this. Never has a glockenspiel been played more earnestly. I really like it but it seems to be the epitome of what post irony was challenging. I think post irony feeds into the definition of cool conversation. Let's talk more. Ultimately five stars for being one of my favourite album titles of all time.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

I want Homeward Bound played at my funeral

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

Loved

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

I was surprised to find I liked this album so much! I really am! I even added a few songs off of it to my playlist! I really liked this one!

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

A Simple Desultory Philippic är en 5+ sarkastisk sågning av Bob Dylan.

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Mon Oct 05 2020
4

Great album filled with soothing folk rock songs and amazing vocal harmonies

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Tue Oct 20 2020
4

Classic album

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Mon Dec 07 2020
4

My favourite rendition of Scarborough Fair. The others in the album are decent.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Lovely

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

2 good

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

How could you not love this album? One of the best ever.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Sweet.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Some classics

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

1st song favorite. Sounds like something Taylor’s mom used to jam to for sure, but overall 70s vibe.

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Wed May 05 2021
4

This would be 4.5 if we could do those. Know so many of these songs but didn’t know their titles.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

Pastoral and academic, but not inaccessible.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Mellow

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Iconic album.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

It was nice! Short and sweet. Almost Lord of the Ringsish.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Impactful storytelling mixed with delightful guitar. Wonderful album

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Die zwei härtesten Schwänze im Singer-Songrwriter Fickstall sind nach über 50 Jahren immernoch pulsierend und standhaft im Ohrenkanal! Schöne Melodien spritzen in geöffnete Mäuler und stopfen gierige Löcher. NIMM MICH DU GEILER GITARRENBOCK!!!! Knackiges Album, macht spaß, manchmal auch traurig. Weirder flex beim letztem Lied mit Anti-War/Weihnachtscrossover, I get it. Aber musikalisch keine Schönheit. 4*, war enttäuscht, dass es nur so kurz war (that's what she said)

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Dudeldididai, bissi geweint, aber bin alles in allem zufrieden.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Fand ich stark 4

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Hot take: this is easily the best of the 19 Paul Simon related albums on this list. For real though, with the exception of that pleasure machine song that sounds like The Monkees and the super depressing final track, I was kind of bowled over by how well this continues to hold up, especially for an album named after a spice rack.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

This has a more upbeat sound compared to Bridge Over Troubled Water. Different but good.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

So good. Some of the best road trip music of all time. Chillest of the chill.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Love this album! Heavenly voices

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Between church and peace

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Well recorded and produced collection of songs, short songs at that! First time I’ve listened to this album and enjoyed it very much, just a bit short..! The musicianship and vocal performance in particular is excellent.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Fantastic harmonies and wonderful songs

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

So good. So so good. I had heard almost every song as "singles", but in the context of an album, it makes it so much better!

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Another favorite of my parents. S&G music is so soothing and pretty with the harmonies, almost meditative.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

I love this album. It's such an easy thing to listen to.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Like the Bob Dylan inspired track

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

A stunning album in the most part, some of the tracks are songwriting perfection. Just beautiful. Would have went to 5 if it wasn’t for a bit of a lull and a couple of tracks that I found irritating.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

A classic.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

Absolutely gorgeous, so easy to get lost in. Great lyrics as well.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Simon & Garfunkel's first masterpiece, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme was also the first album on which the duo, in tandem with engineer Roy Halee, exerted total control from beginning to end, right down to the mixing, and it is an achievement akin to the Beatles' Revolver or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, and just as personal and pointed as either of those records at their respective bests.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Great chill singer songwriter vibes. A classic by all accounts. Awesome for a chill morning jam.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

A good album with some really solid tracks

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

a bit too soft rock-ish for me. Better after a couple of listens. A bit eclectic. Homeward Bound is known to me.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Simon is an incredible songwriter. Maybe Garfunkel is, too! I don't have a good way to judge that. But beyond a classic like Homeward Bound, did you hear how he totally sold the dorkiness of 'Feelin' Groovy'??? This isn't my favorite Simon stuff, but it's pretty dang good.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
4

4 for nostalgia

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Classic

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Wed May 19 2021
4

A great folk rock album that says a lot in a very little amount of time.

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Sun May 16 2021
4

This is actually so insanely good. This album has it all. I would give it 4.5/5 if possible.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Doesn't have any of the greatest hits, but it's still a great album.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

Excellent album, Dylan ? Essex bound .

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

pretty great

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Sat Jul 24 2021
4

Good stuff. Hard to go wrong with these guys.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

Didn't expect to be quite so into this, but it's great.

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Sat Aug 07 2021
4

I know a bit of S&G, but was pleasantly surprised by complex harmonies. More than enough to forgive the missing Oxford comma.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

Pop consistente, voz e violão marcantes pela simplicidade, e apresenta hits.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

Good stuff

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

Despite being iconic, it's kinda renfaire for my taste. Songwriting is strong but the vocal harmonies don't always sound good to me. Much like Wu-Tang, I would have to be in a specific mood to really want to listen to this, except it's probably the direct opposite mood. 8

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

When Garfunkel still had the voice of an angel, and Simon's genius was on ready display. This is a fine record, and one I had never listened to (before today) from beginning to end.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Folksy, nostalgic, great album! 4.4/5

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

I enjoyed it, was a foot tapper to me, some great songs i knew some I didn't.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

Great writing, great songs. Really of all of Paul Simon's hits, PSR&T is prolly my least favorite.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

One of the albums I grew up with, so it's difficult to rate 'objectively' - but I still think it holds up really well as a folk album.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Top beetje uptempo album van Simon en Garfunkel, vooral het nummer homeward bound spreekt me aan

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Très bon album, c'est du S&G, on s'attend pas à autre chose

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Great classic songwriting.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

I realized that A) I have this album on tape that a friend in high school made for me but I had no idea the tape he made was a straight album; and B) he must have run out of room on that one side because I have never heard the last 3 tracks before.

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Sun Oct 24 2021
4

Near perfect. 7 o'clock/Silent Night is heartbreakingly pretty.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

Delicate, twee maybe, but some great songwriting, and unique delivery

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

buttery smooth

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

I like "Homeward Bound" the best. 7 o'clock News was a little heart-wrenching.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

Like all albs, this album is of its time. Very enjoyable and gives a nostalgic feeling for my childhood.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

I enjoyed this more than I expected. I knew the more famous songs but the other ones surprised me by their melody and composition. 7 O'clock news is particularly poignant.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Some of these songs sound dated (in good and bad ways). Some seem oddly prescient.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Solid stuff

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

Feeling groovy feeling herbal! I'm fond of Homeward Bound, it always popped in my head when passing Widnes train station, not that I ever stopped off in Widnes, perish the thought! *shudder*

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

Gentle and enjoyable

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