Simon and Garfunkel
The Best of Simon and Garfunkel


5.0
classic

Review

by Will Forest USER (23 Reviews)
December 17th, 2011 | 8 replies | 2,427 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sound of amazing!

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Greatest hit albums are rather a funny thing. They're supposed to contain the best of the best of the artist they represent. But more often than not, they get less publicity than the actual studio albums. Why is this? Because one of the biggest issues with "greatest hit" albums is that they don’t contain the right tracks. They also tend to put some of the right tracks in the wrong order. So when you pick up a greatest hit album, you're going to see one of two things. Either A: 10-13 tracks of songs that you may not even like from the artist, and it doesn’t have your favorites. Or B: a 20-30 track album that has the best songs and a ton of irrelevant content, and it’s all in the wrong order. But with Simon and Garfunkel’s' greatest hits, these problems are not present at all. This album is 100% correct.

Surely you'd expect the artists to get it right; you'd think it's as if they know exactly what you prefer for an album like this. It's as if the two men reached right into every fan's soul, and found out exactly what they'd expect from a piece like this. Sure, this album may contain a ton of tracks, but with the perfection achieved in this record, it hardly even matters, and what’s even more magnificent than that, is that they all seem to be in proper order of favor. When the album starts with "Sound of Silence", it automatically became apparent to me that this album was going headstrong into success. Occasionally, more obscure tracks tend to waltz in and take an amazing path with their sound, and lyrical genius. But otherwise, some of the most popular tracks ever to exist, including mainstream magnets like "Mrs. Robinson" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" flow right into place in this album.

The compiling of this album is of high significance. The sounds That Simon and Garfunkel created way back in their day have only been enhanced in this masterpiece. Every instrument, every harmony, every lyric is crisp and clean. Simon's acoustic guitar has never sounded better than in songs like "Homeward Bound" and "I Am a Rock", and Garfunkel’s harmonies are put to perfection in "The 59th Street Bridge Song". Not to mention the lyrical duet's that are done in songs like "Scarborough Fair" and "Cecilia", which only solidify my point in how great these recordings sound. Even the live track "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her" is presented phenomenally. On top of the acoustic guitar and excellent melodies that automatically make this duo a complete classic, come the bass and drums, and occasional piano, and other various instruments. These instruments don’t really "make" the tracks in this album, but they do offer wide varieties of enjoyment for the songs they do show up in. "The Dangling Conversation", which is arguably the best song in this album, has a lot of good examples of how these various instruments work together to craft a masterpiece, as does "Scarborough Fair".

Simon And Garfunkel, masters of folk, masters of music in general, masters of lyrics, no, poetry, have in their vault of excellence, one of the best "The Best of" albums in history. The tracks in here have been recorded beautifully; the TRUE best songs by a classic group have been put here to bring back the best memories while they were on tour. A truly beautiful experience that any fan of Simon and Garfunkel will enjoy, any folk fan in general will love this. Just to put simply, a must have.



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Acanthus
December 18th 2011



9537 Comments


you'd think it's as if they know exactly what you prefer for an album like this.

The recording of this album is a lot to be said for.

Missing the underlined, and there are many strange structure's through the review, such as the second example.



Digging: The Cure - The Head on the Door

linkjerk
December 18th 2011



311 Comments


ok, cleaned it up...a little bit anyway

omnipanzer
December 18th 2011



21418 Comments


Sorry if this comes off as shitty and I'm willing to say that I may not be exactly correct but I think your second paragraph is riddled with inaccuracies even if it was meant to add a poetic segue into the rest of your review. They were not having fun because they barely got along, Simon did ALL the writing on all original tracks and if either of them had a hand in the organization of this compilation it only would have been Simon. I would edit it or remove it all together.

Digging: Grant Lee Buffalo - Fuzzy

linkjerk
December 18th 2011



311 Comments


Sorry if this comes off as shitty and I'm willing to say that I may not be exactly correct but I think your second paragraph is riddled with inaccuracies even if it was meant to add a poetic segue into the rest of your review. They were not having fun because they barely got along, Simon did ALL the writing on all original tracks and if either of them had a hand in the organization of this compilation it only would have been Simon. I would edit it or remove it all together.

no no no no no, im still open to any suggestions on reviewing. anyways, is this good?

omnipanzer
December 18th 2011



21418 Comments


Something small:

"And occasionally, more obscure tracks tend to waltz in and take an amazing path with their sound, and lyrical genius. But otherwise, some of the most popular tracks ever to exist, including mainstream magnets like "Mrs. Robinson" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" flow right into place into this album. "




Occasionally, more obscure tracks tend to waltz in and take an amazing path with their sound, and lyrical genius. But otherwise, some of the most popular tracks ever to exist, including mainstream magnets like "Mrs. Robinson" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" flow right into place in this album.


Instead of saying "recording of this album" maybe compiling of this album or best of or perhaps arranging or remastering of this compilation.


*The tracks in here have been presented beautifully.

Not trying to manhandle your review but these are just some thoughts. Otherwise it feels like a very heartfelt review.

linkjerk
December 18th 2011



311 Comments


ok, i think i got those points fixed.

Restrikted
December 18th 2011



1889 Comments


lol

linkjerk
December 18th 2011



311 Comments


ryan, what the fuck?



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