Monday, April 28, 2008

Simon & Garfunkel's Third Studio Album (1966)

From Wikipedia:
Studio album by Simon and Garfunkel

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme is an album by Simon and Garfunkel, released in the United States on October 10, 1966. Its name comes from the second line of the album's first track, "Scarborough Fair/Canticle," an English folk song from the 16th century, paired with a countermelody and text about a soldier. It peaked on the U.S. charts at #4.

The album can be seen as having a protest element in it: the closing song, "7 O'Clock News/Silent Night", contained clips of a news broadcast about the Vietnam War. Based on the fact that the broadcast carries the news of the death of comedian Lenny Bruce that day, it can be dated from 3 August 1966.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 201 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The voice of the newscaster on 7 O'Clock News/Silent Night was that of Charlie O'Donnell, then a New York disc jockey.
All songs by Paul Simon except track 1 (traditional, arranged by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel), track 3 (Paul Simon and Bruce Woodley), and track 12 (Josef Mohr and Franz Gruber).

Songs on the Album

1."Scarborough Fair/Canticle" – 3:10
2."Patterns" – 2:42
3."Cloudy" – 2:10
4."Homeward Bound" – 2:30
5."The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine" – 2:44
6."The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" – 1:43
7."The Dangling Conversation" – 2:37
8."Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall" – 2:10
9."A Simple Desultory Philippic (or How I Was Robert McNamara'd Into Submission)" – 2:12
10."For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her" – 2:04
11."A Poem on the Underground Wall" – 1:52
12."7 O'Clock News/Silent Night" – 2:0

As I wrote several post below this is my favorite of the studio album's.