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Simon and Garfunkel
Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.


5.0
classic

Review

by Pedro B. USER (364 Reviews)
September 12th, 2005 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1964 | Tracklist


Back until a month ago, my all-time favorite record used to be Metallica’s «Ride The Lightning». Furthermore, I usually listen to such bands as Children of Bodom or AC/DC. But then along came one record that totally changed my perception.

I was at a megastore with my mum when she comes up with this record she used to listen to when she was a teenager. I looked at it - Simon and Garfunkel. I used to like Art Garfunkel when I was a kid, and I had totally flipped out over Nevermore’s cover of Sounds of Silence , so it was definitely worth a listen. When I did hear it, it blew my mind. The music that was coming out of my speakers was so innocently joyous, so openly optimistic that I couldn’t help but be captivated. And that was only track one of fifteen.

Simon and Garfunkel started their career at the age of 15, under the moniker Tom and Jerry. They achieved a couple of hits, but in no way stood out from the horde of Bible-influenced folk singers populating America at the time. So in 1964, they decided to adopt their real names and release their debut album, Wednesday Morning 3 AM . Using little more than a couple of guitars and two perfectly synchronized voices, they succeeded in creating one of the best albums I had the privilege of listening to.

Apart from the opening, joyous blast of You Can Tell The World , this album has plenty of other standouts. More notable are the songs written by Paul Simon: the elaborate Bleecker Street , the delightful fable Sparrow , and of course the amazing lyrics of Sounds of Silence, presented here in its rawest, purest form. Then, there’s the social awareness of He Was My Brother and Times They Are A-Changin’ (a Dylan cover). From the American Songbook selections, the aforementioned You Can Tell The World and the equally joyous Go Tell It On The Mountain deserve special praise. As for Peggy-O, despite the strange choice of rhyming, it's a really infectious little track that also makes the cut into the noteworthy group. However, one could say almost all the tracks are noteworthy: this is an effort that should be considered as a whole, not by its individual songs. They all flow together so efortlessly, that it's actually like listening to a single extended piece. A bit like a mini-opera, if you get my drift.

But perhaps the duo's biggest achievement is pulling off such an album using only two acoustic guitars and sometimes an acoustic bass. A violin also intervenes in Benedictus , but that's a one-off. This is an all-acoustic album and that's how it should stay.


So, when all is said and done, this would appear to be the perfect album. Well, is it? Not quite, but it doesn’t miss the target by much. There are a couple of blander moments, particularly the excessively slow rendition of church piece Benedictus and the slightly boring, nondescript The Sun Is Burning . But the sheer class of the other songs more than makes up for them, turning this into an unmissable record. Whether you like metal, punk, grindcore, rock, teen-pop or techno – listen to it. You won’t regret it a bit.



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TheChaplain
September 12th 2005


98 Comments


It's always nice to know that there's another Simon and Garfunkel fan out there. Check out the other S & G reviews on this site, and definitely consider getting some other albums.
One thing: you might want to edit in a track listing, for easier reference.

ReturnToRock
September 12th 2005


4806 Comments


yeah, i know...i was uninspired and i was on a public computer. erase this review if you want to, and i'll write a better one.

YourDarkAffected
August 8th 2013


1870 Comments


Sound of Silence is awesome. Jumping ahead 8 years in a thread sure is strange.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
September 12th 2013


27993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^yeah best song ever

Supercoolguy64
August 27th 2016


11820 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album cover sputnik has is the definition of jpeg artifact

xfearbefore
April 28th 2017


2046 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bleecker Street is so beautiful, very underrated.

Archelirion
May 6th 2017


6594 Comments


The title track from this is just the most gorgeous piece. Probably my favourite track of theirs.

TheLongShot
July 31st 2019


865 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really underrated album, probably the best of the Peter, Paul and Mary-like sugar-sweet protest folk records from this period

RadioSuicide
January 22nd 2021


2660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the t/t from this really is amazing. shame this album, and other early simon and funk, doesn't get much love here, def where some of their best shit is



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