Simon & Garfunkel's Best Album Has Just Gotten Better!
Frederick Baptist | Singapore | 09/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While "Bookends" had many great tracks, this album for me is the better one in that it is much more coherent and flows better from track to track and has the bigger hits. The title track is simply one of the best songs ever written while "The Boxer" is very good as well. No fillers on this great album except for the live version of "Bye Bye Love" which I really wish was left out but in keeping with the larger theme of giving hints as to the duo's imminent breakup, I guess they had to have that track somewhere on the album. "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" is so obvious a message to Art Garfunkel, an architecture student, that Paul Simon wanted out that it's just a priceless track on this album and is one of my favourites.
There are two bonus tracks here which are actually very good and unlike in most albums where the bonus tracks either do little or even take away from the overall enjoyment of the disc, this is not the case here as we get a very nice track: "Feuilles-O" in French and a very good demo version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water." The remastering job is quite good too resulting in a good sound quality recording as well.
Now this version of the album comes in a mini-lp sleeve replica with thin and not so good quality cardboard which is strange given the quality of the "Bookends" version is far superior and you would think it a simple matter to do at least the same with this album. It also includes a 20-page booklet printed on glossy paper with all the lyrics and a 10-page booklet with all the lyrics in Japanese as well. As far as mlps designs go, this one isn't all that great but I've seen even worse. Okay packaging, good sound quality makes this good value as well.
Highly recommended for Simon & Garfunkel fans and definitely worth the "upgrade"!"