Monday, April 28, 2008

Simon & Garfunkel's Fourth Studio Album (1968)

From Wikipedia:

Bookends is the name of an album and its title track, both recorded by Simon and Garfunkel, released April 3, 1968. (See: 1968 in music.) It was produced by Paul Simon, Roy Halee and Art Garfunkel.

Bookends was a #1 hit on Billboard's (North America) Pop Albums chart, as well as in the UK. Four singles charted: "A Hazy Shade of Winter", "At the Zoo", "Fakin' It" and "Mrs. Robinson", which peaked at #13, #16 and #23 and #1, respectively

All songs by Paul Simon, except * by Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel

"Bookends Theme" (Instrumental) – 0:32
"Save the Life of My Child" – 2:49
"America" – 3:08
"Overs" – 2:14
"Voices of Old People" * - 2:09
"Old Friends" – 2:36
"Bookends" – 1:16
"Fakin' It" – 3:14
"Punky's Dilemma" – 2:10
"Mrs. Robinson" – 4:02
"Hazy Shade of Winter" – 2:17
"At the Zoo" – 2:11

This album came out while a student at the University of Oregon. I can specifically remember them singing America as I sat in one of the top balcony's of Mc Arthur Court during their live concert there. No Simon & Garfukel fan should be without this album. I remember a discussion with a friend in the Fish Bowl at the University of Oregon about their 'Greatest Hits album. He said he would never buy such an album because each of their studio albums had the songs in an order that caused them to flow together and a greatest hits type of album would destroy the flow.