Jason: This album has some good classic tracks on it.
Brad: Yeah, the high points are really high on this one. Some of the most-covered songs in music history.
Jason: There aren’t really any low-points but some of the songs aren’t up the same caliber as the title track or “The Boxer”. Not that they are bad but they seem like B-sides.
Brad: I agree. The one weird choice for me is that they included a cover of “Bye Bye Love”. I’m not so much bothered by including that song but the fact that they included a live version with an audience. It seems like something that would be a B-side or tacked on as the last song on an album.
Jason: Yes, that one in particular sticks out and I read a lot of the original critic reviews point that out as well.
Brad: The title song still gives me chills even though I’ve heard it a thousand times. I’ve never seen Simon & Garfunkel live but I’ve seen Paul several times. “The Boxer” and “The Only Living Boy in New York” are two of my favorites to see him perform live.
Jason: I think my favorite on this album is “The Boxer” were I to choose one. I am going to guess yours is “Cecilia”.
Brad: “Cecilia” was one of my favorite songs as a child. I can totally hear 7 year old me singing ” Making love in the afternoon with Cecilia
Up in my bedroom…making love!” and not really knowing what I was singing but loving it. I still love that song but I think I grew to love other S&G songs more as I got older.
Jason: This was their last record together and I guess they knew they were breaking up because Simon says “So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright” is about Garfunkel and his way of saying goodbye.
Brad: They always seemed to have a rocky relationship but I guess I didn’t realize until reading their bio that one of the reasons they drifted apart was because Art was pursuing an acting career.
Jason: Yes, although I don’t think that went the way he anticipated. By the way “The Only Living Boy In New York” (which was about Simon feeling lonely after Garfunkel left to film “Catch-22”) reminds me of Belle & Sebastian.
Brad: Now that you mention it, it does! Garfunkel seems like the the Andrew Ridgeley of this duo.
Jason: Oof! Or the John Oates? Simon & Garfunkel are much loved though and Paul Simon has had such a great career since. I know Garfunkel still records but I don’t think I know any of his solo stuff.
Brad: I’ve tried to get into Garfunkel’s solo stuff but it doesn’t have the magic that S&G does. Meanwhile, Paul’s solo career has been incredible. So many high points in every decade since they broke up.
Jason: So Art WAS the rock (weighing Paul down.)
Brad: Yikes. I think they made great music together but Paul is my favorite of the two.
Jason: Had you listened to this album in its entirety before?
Brad: Yeah, I’ve listened to all of their studio albums. I got a cd box-set of all their albums at least 20 years ago.
Jason: This album is pretty short but it’s such a nice listen. A good coffee-shop-and-crossword-puzzle-by-the-fire album. Well, sudoku for you.
Brad: I agree. What grade would you give this one?
Jason: Hmmm. I am going with an A- because it has some iconic, beautiful songs and despite a few not-as-great ones, which are still pretty good, it’s a venerable album.
Brad: I’m between A- & B+ but I think I might go with a B+ for similar reasons.
Below is the scratch-off artwork from the 100 Bucket List poster.