October 26, 2013

101 Reel-To-Reel Tapes 13: Simon & Garfunkel - Sounds of Silence

Simon & Garfunkel ~ Sounds of Silence

album cover detail
cover photo by Guy Webster
detail photo by Styrous®

In addition to my vinyl collection I'm selling, I have hundreds of reel-to-reel, pre-recorded tapes I'm selling. This is an entry about one of them that was for sale on eBay (see link below for others). I have the vinyl LP version as well. Interested? Contact me by email, please, not by a comment.

Simon & Garfunkel ~ Sounds of Silence
reel-to-reel box cover front
cover photo by Guy Webster
photo of box by Styrous®

I remember I was in my mid 20's when I heard the first album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., by Simon & Garfunkel. The song I liked the most from that album was, The Sound of Silence. I recall thinking, what an incredible feat to relate such an intensely emotional appraisal of the state of our world at that time, yet still remain quietly beautiful. I was even more delighted by their follow up album, Sounds of Silence, because the title song had been reworked. It was done without the knowledge or consent by neither Simon nor Garfunkel. They had broken up as a duo. When the two found the song was a top 40 hit, they reunited to go on to record three more albums after Silence before breaking up again. Although the new version sounded better than the acoustic version, I still liked the quiet declaration of the acoustic one. Near the bottom of this post there are links to the two versions on YouTube so you can hear them for yourself, if you'd like.


 Simon & Garfunkel ~ Sounds of Silence
reel-to-reel box cover back
photo by Styrous®


Simon & Garfunkel ~ Sounds of Silence 
reel-to-reel box cover back detail
detail photo by Styrous®



 Simon & Garfunkel ~ Sounds of Silence
reel-to-reel
photo by Styrous®


Simon & Garfunkel ~ Sounds of Silence
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detail photo by Styrous®

 Tracklist:

All songs written and composed by Paul Simon except where noted.    

Side one    
   
1. The Sound of Silence – 3:08
    Recorded: March 10, 1964 and June 15, 1965
2. Leaves That Are Green – 2:23
    Recorded: December 13, 1965
3. Blessed – 3:16
    Recorded: December 21, 1965
4. Kathy's Song – 3:21
    Recorded: December 21, 1965
5. Somewhere They Can't Find Me – 2:37
    Recorded: April 5, 1965
6. Anji (Davey Graham) – 2:17
    Recorded: December 13, 1965

Side two    
   
1. Richard Cory – 2:57
    Recorded: December 14, 1965
2. A Most Peculiar Man – 2:34
    Recorded: December 22, 1965
3. April Come She Will – 1:51
    Recorded: December 21, 1965
4. We've Got a Groovy Thing Goin' – 2:00
    Recorded: April 5, 1965
5. I Am a Rock – 2:50
    Recorded: December 14, 1965


Personnel:

Paul Simon: lead vocals, guitar
Art Garfunkel: lead vocals
Fred Carter, Jr.: guitar
Larry Knechtel: keyboards
Joe South: guitar
Hal Blaine: drums

Sounds of Silence was recorded in December 1965 at CBS studios in Nashville, Tennessee, and Los Angeles, California. It was released in January 1966. The album was produced by Bob Johnston.

Music links:

The Sound of Silence (1964 original version) on YouTube
The Sound of Silence (1966 version) on YouTube

Simon & Garfunkel discography


reel-to-reel listings on eBay

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