Paul Simon met Art Garfunkel in the halls of Queens, New York’s P.S. 164 in the sixth grade, with both young men cast in a school production of Alice in Wonderland. They soon bonded over a mutual love of music, and by 1956, Simon and Garfunkel were performing locally as “Tom and Jerry,” modeling themselves on the Everly Brothers, with whom they would later collaborate. Though he and Simon briefly split in the early 1960s, they reunited for 1964’s Wednesday Morning 3 AM, a low-key collection of folk songs, including a number of originals penned by the precociously talented Simon. It was lost in the shuffle of the British Invasion, however, and Simon retreated to England while Garfunkel resumed his studies. When Columbia Records decided to reissue Wednesday Morning’s “The Sound of Silence” with electric overdubs in September 1965, Simon and Garfunkel were presented with ample reason to reform: the song was climbing its way to No. 1, hitting that coveted spot on New Year’s Day, 1966. Their second album, Sounds of Silence, was recorded in December 1965 during that heady time when “Silence” was making waves in the music industry. The rest is history. Though 1970’s Bridge Over Troubled Water remains the final Simon & Garfunkel studio album to date, the subsequent decades have been marked by numerous reunions. As long as both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel are performing, chances are another reunion will eventually take place. For now and always, though, their legacy exists in the small but vital catalogue they’ve left behind.
On November 24, Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings will issue Simon & Garfunkel’s The Complete Albums Collection, a 12-CD Box set containing:
- All five of Simon & Garfunkel’s stereo studio albums released between 1964 and 1970, newly remastered from first-generation analog sources;
- First-time remasters of The Graduate soundtrack and 1981’s The Concert in Central Park;
- 1972’s Greatest Hits album (which contained some unique performances unavailable elsewhere); and
- Live concert albums from 1967, 1969 and 2004, as first released in 2002, 2008 and 2004, respectively.
Hit the jump for more details on this new collection including pre-order links!
Each of the discs in Simon & Garfunkel’s Complete Albums Collection comes in its own mini-LP facsimile sleeve, replicating the original artwork. The box also includes a book of new liner notes penned by historian Bud Scoppa. Each album is presented in its original configuration only; hence, the bonus material included on Legacy’s 2001 box set The Columbia Studio Recordings 1964-1970 (and available on the individual album reissues) is absent here.
The Complete Albums Collection, with some of the richest music ever introduced into the tapestry of American popular song, arrives on November 24 from Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings. This one-stop shopping introduction to the Simon & Garfunkel catalogue can be pre-ordered below!
Disc 1: Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. (Columbia CS 9049, 1964)
Disc 2: Sounds of Silence (Columbia CS 9269, 1965)
Disc 3: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (Columbia CS 9363, 1966)
Disc 4: The Graduate: Original Sound Track Recording (Columbia Masterworks OS 3180, 1967)
Disc 5: Bookends (Columbia KCS 9529, 1968)
Disc 6: Bridge Over Troubled Water (Columbia KCS 9914, 1970)
Disc 7: Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits (Columbia KC 31350, 1972)
Disc 8: The Concert in Central Park (Warner Bros. 2BSK-3654, 1982)
Disc 9: Live from New York City 1967 (Columbia/Legacy CK 61513, 2002)
Discs 10-11: Old Friends Live on Stage (Warner Bros. 48967, 2004)
Disc 12: Live 1969 (Columbia/Legacy 88697 41306-2, 2008)