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The Complete Albums Collection

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Simon & Garfunkel 11/24/2014

Review

Simon & Garfunkel's complete recorded works have been boxed before -- many times, in fact. It all started with Collected Works, a nondescript vinyl set from 1981 that was ported over to CDs in the digital age, but the big overhaul came 20 years later with The Columbia Studio Recordings, 1964-1970, a five-disc set containing new remasters and selected bonus tracks; this was later repurposed in the U.K. as a box called The Collection, which added a DVD of 1981's Concert in Central Park for good measure. Arriving in 2014 in the middle of a rush of affordable complete album box sets, The Complete Albums Collection both expands and contracts the scope of the 2001 box set, cutting away the bonus tracks from 2001 -- a regrettable but not tragic loss, as only Bookends had a major addition in the form of "You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies" -- while adding a whopping six albums not on any previous Simon & Garfunkel box set. One of these is the soundtrack to The Graduate, a pivotal record in the duo's success but one not often included in their regular discographies due to its recycling of album material (plus half of it is devoted to Dave Grusin incidental music), another is 1972's Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits, which is by some margin the group's most popular record but feels redundant in this setting. This leaves four live albums, two of which are archival titles released after 2001 -- Live from New York City, 1967 and Live 1969 -- and two documenting reunion shows: 1981's celebrated one-off The Concert in Central Park and 2004's Old Friends: Live on Stage, a double-disc set of highlights from a new millennial reunion tour. Taken together, these live recordings amount to an ongoing emotional history of Simon & Garfunkel and their audience, tracing the duo from their earnest folkie beginnings (Live from New York City), through their majestic peak (Live 1969), to a temporary tentative détente where Simon had a clear upper hand (Central Park), culminating in the warmer nostalgia of Old Friends. Throughout the records, the canon sounds subtly different in new settings and there are unexpected through lines, like the constant presence of "Leaves That Are Green" and Everly Brothers covers in every concert. Yes, the five studio albums remain the core of Simon & Garfunkel's legacy but these live albums aren't just nice extras, they show how that body of work lived, breathed, and changed over the decades, which is why this box has a slight edge over its predecessors in terms of value. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 You Can Tell the World Simon & Garfunkel 2:43
  3. 2 Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream Simon & Garfunkel 2:8
  4. 3 Bleecker Street Simon & Garfunkel 2:42
  5. 4 Sparrow Simon & Garfunkel 2:45
  6. 5 Benedictus Simon & Garfunkel 2:35
  7. 6 The Sound of Silence Simon & Garfunkel 3:3
  8. 7 He Was My Brother Simon & Garfunkel 2:45
  9. 8 Peggy-O Simon & Garfunkel 2:23
  10. 9 Go Tell It on the Mountain Simon & Garfunkel 2:3
  11. 10 The Sun Is Burning Simon & Garfunkel 2:45
  12. 11 The Times They Are A-Changin' Simon & Garfunkel 2:48
  13. 12 Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. Simon & Garfunkel 2:11
  14. 1 The Sound of Silence Simon & Garfunkel 3:2
  15. 2 Leaves That Are Green Simon & Garfunkel 2:19
  16. 3 Blessed Simon & Garfunkel 3:10
  17. 4 Kathy's Song Simon & Garfunkel 3:15
  18. 5 Somewhere They Can't Find Me Simon & Garfunkel 2:32
  19. 6 Anji Simon & Garfunkel 2:12
  20. 7 Richard Cory Simon & Garfunkel 2:54
  21. 8 A Most Peculiar Man Simon & Garfunkel 2:28
  22. 9 April Come She Will Simon & Garfunkel 1:47
  23. 10 We've Got a Groovy Thing Goin' Simon & Garfunkel 1:54
  24. 11 I Am a Rock Simon & Garfunkel 2:48
  25. 1 Scarborough Fair/Canticle Simon & Garfunkel 3:7
  26. 2 Patterns Simon & Garfunkel 2:40
  27. 3 Cloudy Simon & Garfunkel 2:10
  28. 4 Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel 2:26
  29. 5 The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine Simon & Garfunkel 2:41
  30. 6 The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) Simon & Garfunkel 1:41
  31. 7 The Dangling Conversation Simon & Garfunkel 2:36
  32. 8 Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall Simon & Garfunkel 2:9
  33. 9 A Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert McNamara'd into Submission) Simon & Garfunkel 2:11
  34. 10 For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her Simon & Garfunkel 2:2
  35. 11 A Poem on the Underground Wall Simon & Garfunkel 1:52
  36. 12 7 O'Clock News/Silent Night Simon & Garfunkel 1:58
  37. 1 The Sound of Silence Simon & Garfunkel 3:2
  38. 2 The Singleman Party Foxtrot Simon & Garfunkel 2:49
  39. 3 Mrs. Robinson Simon & Garfunkel 1:11
  40. 4 Sunporch Cha Cha Cha Simon & Garfunkel 2:48
  41. 5 Scarborough Fair/Canticle (Interlude) Simon & Garfunkel 1:37
  42. 6 On the Strip Simon & Garfunkel 1:57
  43. 7 April Come She Will Simon & Garfunkel 1:47
  44. 8 The Folks Simon & Garfunkel 2:24
  45. 9 Scarborough Fair/Canticle Simon & Garfunkel 6:18
  46. 10 A Great Effect Simon & Garfunkel 4:1
  47. 11 The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine Simon & Garfunkel 1:41
  48. 12 Whew Simon & Garfunkel 2:8
  49. 13 Mrs. Robinson Simon & Garfunkel 1:8
  50. 14 The Sound of Silence (Reprise) Simon & Garfunkel 3:4
  51. 1 Bookends Theme Simon & Garfunkel 0:32
  52. 2 Save the Life of My Child Simon & Garfunkel 2:49
  53. 3 America Simon & Garfunkel 3:34
  54. 4 Overs Simon & Garfunkel 2:12
  55. 5 Voices of Old People Simon & Garfunkel 2:7
  56. 6 Old Friends Simon & Garfunkel 2:36
  57. 7 Bookends Theme Simon & Garfunkel 1:17
  58. 8 Fakin' It Simon & Garfunkel 3:15
  59. 9 Punky's Dilemma Simon & Garfunkel 2:10
  60. 10 Mrs. Robinson [From The Graduate] Simon & Garfunkel 3:59
  61. 11 A Hazy Shade of Winter Simon & Garfunkel 2:17
  62. 12 At the Zoo Simon & Garfunkel 2:18
  63. 1 Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel 4:50
  64. 2 El Condor Pasa (If I Could) Simon & Garfunkel 3:4
  65. 3 Cecilia Simon & Garfunkel 2:55
  66. 4 Keep the Customer Satisfied Simon & Garfunkel 2:32
  67. 5 So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright Simon & Garfunkel 3:39
  68. 6 The Boxer Simon & Garfunkel 5:6
  69. 7 Baby Driver Simon & Garfunkel 3:12
  70. 8 The Only Living Boy in New York Simon & Garfunkel 3:55
  71. 9 Why Don't You Write Me Simon & Garfunkel 2:44
  72. 10 Bye Bye Love Simon & Garfunkel 2:53
  73. 11 Song for the Asking Simon & Garfunkel 1:48
  74. 1 Mrs. Robinson Simon & Garfunkel 3:51
  75. 2 For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her Simon & Garfunkel 2:24
  76. 3 The Boxer Simon & Garfunkel 5:7
  77. 4 The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) Simon & Garfunkel 1:50
  78. 5 The Sounds of Silence Simon & Garfunkel 3:2
  79. 6 I Am a Rock Simon & Garfunkel 2:48
  80. 7 Scarborough Fair/Canticle Simon & Garfunkel 3:7
  81. 8 Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel 2:42
  82. 9 Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel 4:50
  83. 10 America Simon & Garfunkel 3:30
  84. 11 Kathy's Song Simon & Garfunkel 3:19
  85. 12 El Condor Pasa (If I Could) Simon & Garfunkel 3:4
  86. 13 Bookends Simon & Garfunkel 1:18
  87. 14 Cecilia Simon & Garfunkel 2:46
  88. 1 Mrs. Robinson Simon & Garfunkel 4:3
  89. 2 Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel 4:22
  90. 3 America Simon & Garfunkel 4:56
  91. 4 Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard Simon & Garfunkel 3:47
  92. 5 Scarborough Fair Simon & Garfunkel 3:51
  93. 6 April Come She Will Simon & Garfunkel 2:37
  94. 7 Wake Up Little Susie Simon & Garfunkel 2:18
  95. 8 Still Crazy After All These Years Simon & Garfunkel 3:53
  96. 9 American Tune Simon & Garfunkel 4:35
  97. 10 Late in the Evening Simon & Garfunkel 4:7
  98. 11 Slip Slidin' Away Simon & Garfunkel 4:42
  99. 12 A Heart in New York Simon & Garfunkel 3:1
  100. 13 Kodachrome/Maybellene Simon & Garfunkel 5:49
  101. 14 Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel 4:44
  102. 15 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover Simon & Garfunkel 4:49
  103. 16 The Boxer Simon & Garfunkel 6:2
  104. 17 Old Friends Simon & Garfunkel 2:50
  105. 18 The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) Simon & Garfunkel 3:11
  106. 19 The Sounds of Silence Simon & Garfunkel 4:16
  107. 1 Old Friends/Bookends Simon & Garfunkel 3:33
  108. 2 A Hazy Shade of Winter Simon & Garfunkel 3:33
  109. 3 I Am a Rock Simon & Garfunkel 4:23
  110. 4 America Simon & Garfunkel 4:53
  111. 5 At the Zoo Simon & Garfunkel 1:33
  112. 6 Baby Driver Simon & Garfunkel 2:58
  113. 7 Kathy's Song Simon & Garfunkel 3:58
  114. 8 Tom and Jerry Story Simon & Garfunkel 2:14
  115. 9 Hey, Schoolgirl Simon & Garfunkel 0:45
  116. 10 The Everly Brothers Intro Simon & Garfunkel 1:42
  117. 11 Bye Bye Love Simon & Garfunkel 3:0
  118. 12 Scarborough Fair Simon & Garfunkel 3:50
  119. 13 Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel 5:41
  120. 14 The Sound of Silence Simon & Garfunkel 5:2
  121. 1 Mrs. Robinson Simon & Garfunkel 4:32
  122. 2 Slip Slidin' Away Simon & Garfunkel 4:59
  123. 3 El Condor Pasa Simon & Garfunkel 3:34
  124. 4 The Only Living Boy in New York Simon & Garfunkel 4:3
  125. 5 American Tune Simon & Garfunkel 4:40
  126. 6 My Little Town Simon & Garfunkel 4:35
  127. 7 Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel 6:11
  128. 8 Cecilia Simon & Garfunkel 4:25
  129. 9 The Boxer Simon & Garfunkel 5:7
  130. 10 Leaves That Are Green Simon & Garfunkel 3:22
  131. 11 Citizen of the Planet Simon & Garfunkel 3:14
  132. 1 He Was My Brother Simon & Garfunkel 3:20
  133. 2 Leaves That Are Green Simon & Garfunkel 2:57
  134. 3 Sparrow Simon & Garfunkel 3:6
  135. 4 Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel 2:39
  136. 5 You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies Simon & Garfunkel 2:6
  137. 6 A Most Peculiar Man Simon & Garfunkel 2:59
  138. 7 The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) Simon & Garfunkel 1:49
  139. 8 The Dangling Conversation Simon & Garfunkel 3:1
  140. 9 Richard Cory Simon & Garfunkel 3:23
  141. 10 A Hazy Shade of Winter Simon & Garfunkel 2:37
  142. 11 Benedictus Simon & Garfunkel 2:55
  143. 12 Blessed Simon & Garfunkel 3:45
  144. 13 A Poem on the Underground Wall Simon & Garfunkel 4:45
  145. 14 Anji Simon & Garfunkel 2:28
  146. 15 I Am a Rock Simon & Garfunkel 2:57
  147. 16 The Sound of Silence Simon & Garfunkel 3:25
  148. 17 For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her Simon & Garfunkel 2:40
  149. 18 A Church Is Burning Simon & Garfunkel 3:43
  150. 19 Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. Simon & Garfunkel 3:35
  151. 1 Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel 3:4
  152. 2 At the Zoo Simon & Garfunkel 2:7
  153. 3 The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) Simon & Garfunkel 1:55
  154. 4 Song for the Asking Simon & Garfunkel 2:28
  155. 5 For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her Simon & Garfunkel 2:37
  156. 6 Scarborough Fair/Canticle Simon & Garfunkel 3:56
  157. 7 Mrs. Robinson Simon & Garfunkel 4:44
  158. 8 The Boxer Simon & Garfunkel 4:46
  159. 9 Why Don't You Write Me Simon & Garfunkel 2:56
  160. 10 So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright Simon & Garfunkel 3:55
  161. 11 That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine Simon & Garfunkel 3:11
  162. 12 Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel 5:24
  163. 13 The Sound of Silence Simon & Garfunkel 3:52
  164. 14 I Am a Rock Simon & Garfunkel 3:36
  165. 15 Old Friends/Bookends Theme Simon & Garfunkel 3:22
  166. 16 Leaves That Are Green Simon & Garfunkel 3:23
  167. 17 Kathy's Song Simon & Garfunkel 3:53

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