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Great series of articles on Forbes.com by Jim Clash.
Here is Part 1 on "Where Have You Gone, Mike Nichols? Art Garfunkel Gives Perspective On The Late Director"
Here is Part 2 on "Art Garfunkel On The Tune That Changed His Life: Sound of Silence"
Here is Part 3 on "Garfunkel On Relationship With Simon: 'Love' And 'Like Weather In Slow Motion"
Here is Part 4 on "Art Garfunkel Explains Song Lyrics, How Terribly Strange To Be In His 70s"
Here is Part 5 on "Art Garfunkel: How Ferguson Decision And 'Poem On The Underground Wall' Intersect"
Here is Part 6 the last installment on "Art Garfunkel On Hats, Pizza And Harmonies With James Taylor"
NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, released Simon & Garfunkel - The Complete Albums Collection on Monday, November 24. Available at amazon.com
The most comprehensive Simon & Garfunkel library anthology ever assembled, The Complete Albums Collection includes the duo's five studio masterpieces (first released between 1964 and 1970), newly remastered from first generation analog sources, and first-time remasters of The Graduate (the groundbreaking motion picture soundtrack album released in 1968) and the long out-of-print The Concert in Central Park (recorded in 1981).
Simon & Garfunkel The Complete Albums Collection features four live concert albums, including two performances from the 1960s, the 1981 Central Park reunion concert (which drew more than half a million fans) and the Old Friends Live On Stage album, originally released in 2004.
Each of the discs housed in the Simon & Garfunkel Complete Albums Collection comes in its own album facsimile sleeve, replicating the original artwork, while the box itself include a book premiering new liner notes penned by noted rock scribe and historian Bud Scoppa.
These are the recordings which defined Simon & Garfunkel's distinctive harmonic sound and Paul Simon's probing lyrical sensibilities for generations coming-of-age listening to the duo's culturally transformative music.
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, each born in 1941, grew up three blocks away from each other in Kew Garden Hills, Queens, New York and met in grade school in 1953 when they were both cast in the same school play. Simon, a guitarist and aspiring songwriter, and Garfunkel, an extraordinary singer with a pure tenor range and uncanny intonation, began performing together as "Tom and Jerry" in the mid-1950s, releasing their first professional recording in 1957.
The duo's original sound, first influenced by the harmonies of the Everly Brothers and the insistent rockin' rhythms and poetic swing of Chuck Berry, evolved during the Greenwich Village folk music scene of the early 1960s. Paul Simon's songwriting was developing along provocative and topical lines and the pair recorded Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., their first album as "Simon & Garfunkel" and their first for Columbia Records, in 1964.
Though S&G's debut album reached only a small audience when first released, one of its tracks, "The Sound of Silence"--a haunting acoustic recording illuminated by the signature solo and harmony vocal blends S&G invented and perfected--had been overdubbed with electric instruments and released to radio, unbeknownst to either Simon or Garfunkel. The electrified version of "The Sound of Silence" became a massive hit, one of the archetypal anthems of an emerging folk-rock movement. Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. was re-released in January 1966, alongside Simon & Garfunkel's second studio album, Sounds of Silence, which included the electric hit single version of the song.
"The Sound of Silence" launched a long unbroken chain of hits and album successes for Simon & Garfunkel. "I Am a Rock," a song that first appeared on The Paul Simon Songbook, became an enormous smash in its Simon & Garfunkel incarnation.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, S&G's third studio album, was released in October 1966 and generated five singles.
"Mrs. Robinson," another anthemic Paul Simon composition, became the centerpiece for the soundtrack to "The Graduate," the iconic generational film directed by Mike Nichols.
"Mrs. Robinson" was also included on Simon & Garfunkel's fourth studio album, Bookends, which hit #1 in the US and the UK, becoming the pair's first #1 album. Simon and Garfunkel upped the ante once again with Bridge Over Troubled Water, an album that hit #1 all over the world following its release in January 1970. Their fifth, and last full studio album, Bridge Over Troubled Water featured a title track that ranks with the most beautiful songs ever written, made unforgettable through one of the most emotionally uplifting vocal performances ever recorded. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" brought the two partners' gifts to their highest expression. The album has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.
Going out on the high note of Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel broke up their musical partnership to pursue their own musical, artistic and personal directions. Each has had successful solo recordings and notable careers in film (Paul Simon in "One Trick Pony" and Woody Allen's "Annie Hall"; Art Garfunkel in Nicolas Roeg's "Bad Timing" and Mike Nichols' "Catch 22" and "Carnal Knowledge").
Simon and Garfunkel have reunited periodically for special musical events, notably a free concert in New York's Central Park in 1981, captured in The Concert in Central Park (included in the Complete Albums Collection) and a select series of "Old Friends" shows in 2004.
Simon & Garfunkel created one of pop music's most distinctive vocal harmony signature sounds and their biggest hits--including "The Sound of Silence" (1964), "I Am a Rock" (1965), "Homeward Bound" (1965), "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" (1966), "A Hazy Shade of Winter" (1966), "Mrs. Robinson" (1968), "Bridge over Troubled Water" (1969), "The Boxer" (1969), and "Cecilia" (1969)--have topped the charts all over the world. Simon & Garfunkel are the recipients of several Grammy Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
Simon & Garfunkel The Complete Albums Collection
Wednesday Morning, 3.A.M. (originally released October 19, 1964, Columbia Records)
Sounds Of Silence (originally released January 17, 1966, Columbia Records)
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme (originally released October 10, 1966, Columbia Records)
The Graduate (soundtrack) (originally released February 21, 1968, Columbia Masterworks)
Bookends (originally released April 3, 1968, Columbia Records)
Bridge Over Trouble Water (originally released January 26, 1970, Columbia Records)
Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits (originally released June 14, 1972, Columbia Records)
The Concert in Central Park (recorded September 19, 1981; originally released February 16, 1982, Warner Bros.)
Old Friends Live On Stage (originally released December 7, 2004, Columbia Records)
Live From New York City 1967 (recorded January 22, 1967; originally released July 16, 2002, Columbia/Legacy Recordings)
Live 1969 (recorded various venues 1967; originally released March 25, 2008, Columbia/Legacy Recordings)
Additions added for November 2013 through June 2014.
In mid-February 2015, Art will visit South Korea and perform 3 or 4 shows (details to follow).
In March 2015, he will return to Europe for shows in Ireland, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany and Denmark.
Fall 2015, 12-14 shows in UK and Europe. Royal Albert Hall on September 21st.
Art may tour with his son, Arthur, Jr. in Europe, 2015.
Art Garfunkel/Jimmy Webb have just started rehearsing for a show.
In November Art toured in California and then in December he headed to Japan for six dates.
On October 3, 2014, Art received the prestigious Steiger Award in Dortmund, Germany.
In September, Art returned to touring with guitarist Tab Laven. He brought his two-man show to venues across the U.K., beginning in Manchester, England and wrapping up at London's Royal Festival Hall. His live set encompasses his solo hits, Simon & Garfunkel songs, cuts from his favorite songwriters--Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman, A.C. Jobim and Paul Simon--parts of his new book, and Q&A.
In August Art completed his walk across Europe! Starting in western Ireland in May 1998, he reached Istanbul, Turkey. Art first traversed Japan on foot, and then the U.S. between '83 and '97 which was celebrated with the live Across America concert film, and he began the European trek the next year. "I walk for the exercise, for the spiritual flush," says Art. "I sing, I write, I try to connect with the wonder of it all. It's been a beautiful, healthy, and fine madness."
In a review of a July Los Angeles-area concert, Daily Variety said he " ...connects emotionally with several songs from his post S&G career, including a remarkably powerful '99 Miles From L.A.' and 'Corcovado,' which he described as a 'mature love song'...Part of the show's appeal is Garfunkel's laser-like focus on the theme of love's redemptive powers and there's nary a moment in the show when he strays from a yearning idealism and emotional purity that would seem too precious in hands less sure and a spirit less seasoned...Other tales are closer to home for Garfunkel and packed with emotional resonance, such as his appreciation for his late father, who he credits with bringing Caruso records to their home in Queens back in his youth, thus setting him on his career path...Since he also leads his audience through beautifully rendered valleys and delicate side-streets, the combination makes for a richly rewarding, unique evening."
Art sang "God Bless America" with Tab off third base at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia in the 7th inning stretch of a Phillies day game on Sunday, June 15th.
"ART GARFUNKEL is back in love with being on stage, and is adding more dates to an already busy summer. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member is touring the U.S. throughout the next few months and has booked a week-long string of September dates in the U.K. The revered singer had taken time off to recover from a vocal ailment before returning to the stage this year. "I feel like 26," Garfunkel recently told the New Haven Register before a few Connecticut shows. "I worked to get the voice back…I have been singing since I was five; it's my best friend. I'm married to singing and its problems." He adds, "The voice left me and now that it's back, I am so grateful." Read more
On the evening of Thursday, April 10th, Brooklyn's Barclays Center had witnessed a long evening full of miraculous moments only possible at the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Art inducted Cat Stevens, who now goes by the name Yusuf Islam. "If Paul and I hadn't split up around 1970 there'd be no room on the charts for Cat Stevens to take over," he said. "'Bridge Over Troubled Water had to go away so that Tea for the Tillerman could arrive."Full transcript of Art's speech. Ceremony will air May 31 on HBO.
Read Art's interview with RockCellar magazine.
More detail on how the top ten influenced Art.
(in chronological order)
1. Enrico Caruso-- Aria from The Pearl Fishers
2. The Andre Sisters-- "Drinkin' Rum and Coca Cola"
3. Nat King Cole-- "Too Young"
4. Nat King Cole-- "Nature Boy"
5. "Carousel," the show album ("If I Loved You")
6. Bing Crosby--"White Christmas"
7. The Crewcuts-- "Sh-Boom"
8. Lonny Donigan-- "Rock Island Line
9. Frankie Ford-- "Sea Cruise"
10. Huey Piano Smith-- "Don't You Just Know It?"
11. Sam Cooke-- "You Send Me"
12. The Everly Brothers-- "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us," the lp
13. Johnny Mathis-- "It's Not For Me to Say"
14. Ike and Tina Turner-- "River Deep, Mountain High"
15. The Righteous Brothers-- "Ol' Man River"
16. The Beatles-- "Here, There, and Everywhere"
17. The Beach Boys-- "Good Vibrations"
18. The Swingle Singers-- "Jazz Sebastian Bach," the lp
19. The Hi Los-- lp
20. My own (S&G)-- "Scarborough Fair"
21. Joan Baez-- her first lp (with "Silver Dagger)
22. J.S. Bach-- "The Christmas Oratorio," three lps
23. Lenny Bruce-- "American" with the bit, "Frank Dell at the London Palladium"
24. Nichols and May-- "Nichols and May Examine Doctors" lp
25. Steve Reich-- "Music for 18 Musicians" lp
26. Chet Baker-- any vocal
Art has signed a book deal with Alfred A. Knopf, a New York publishing house which is part of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group at Random House.
September 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of Art's first solo album, Angel Clare (U.S. #5). Jimmy Webb's "All I Know" showcased Art's pure vocals and became a Top 10 hit. The album was co-produced with Roy Halee and went on to yield two more singles: Van Morrison's "I Shall Sing" (US #38) and Paul Williams' "Traveling Boy." The album was named after a character in Thomas Hardy's novel "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" (which Art had just read in July '73). In addition to Roy Halee, two other old friends show up on the album, Paul Simon and Larry Knechtel (pianist on "Bridge Over Troubled Water"). Jerry Garcia from the Grateful Deal plays lead guitar on "Down in the Willow Garden."
Still Within the Sound of My Voice, the new album from Jimmy Webb, features vocal performances from singers who have recorded his songs over the last 45 years. Art and Jimmy have been friends for four decades and have worked together since 1973 ("All I Know"). Art joins Jimmy on "Shattered," which they recorded in early 2013 and is one of Art's favorite Jimmy Webb songs. Other featured artists include; Carly Simon, Brian Wilson, America, Marc Cohn, Amy Grant, Lyle Lovett, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Joe Cocker and others.
You can order the CD now.
In a New York Post interview, Art talks about one of his favorite subjects - architecture.
The Official UK Album Chart (Top 100) for the week ending 27 October 2012 has The Singer at #10. That's the highest he has been on the chart since 1979's Fate For Breakfast which peaked at number 2.
Four part Art Garfunkel podcast series features "the singer" looking back on his favorite moments as a solo artist, with Paul Simon and other harmony partners. The host is David Dye (World Cafe).
Part Four Podcast
Part Three Podcast
Part Two Podcast
Part One Podcast
Rolling Stone Magazine gives The Singer 4 & 1/2 stars.
"The Singer" has debuted on Billboards Folk Chart at #7!
The Singer – a brand new compilation of songs personally selected by Art Garfunkel from his life's work. It has 34 songs on two CDs (1/4 S&G; ¾ AG) including two brand new cuts, "Long Way Home" and "Lena" which Art recently recorded in Los Angeles with Maia Sharp. Matt Craig, a "brilliant engineer," according to Art, "should be credited with helping put it together (cross fades, etc.)." Art said "the selections are are deep favorites of mine, like; "The Promise," "All I Know," stripped down to just Jimmy Webb and me, "Perfect Moment," Jobim's "Waters of March," a stage recording of "Kathy's Song" from the Old Friends tour 8 years ago, "Skywriter" my bio from Jimmy Webb, "The Decree," from "The Animal's Christmas," "The Thread" which I co-wrote."
Art wrote insightful liner notes for each of the 34 songs. On the back cover of the cd, there is a photo of Art and his wife, Kathryn , semi-clad, on a swing in a primeval garden! You can order the CD now. Press Release.
Article from the LA Times Music Blog
Canadian Press article where Art discusses performing after his illness.
In a Montreal Gazette article, Art relates his experience back in the recording studio.
Article from AARP.com which explores Art's famous walks and the music he listens to while walking.
Great article from Rolling Stone with a sample song from the new cd.
Article from Spinner with Art talking about "The Singer" as his Swan Song.
Interesting article from MusicRadar with Art's perspective of his new cd.
Ever wonder where the photo of Art and Paul was taken for the cover of their BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER album?
In 1969, Art and Paul were working with Charles Grodin on the production of the CBS special, "Songs of America." Taking a flight out of Los Angeles Airport (LAX), Art and Paul were in the famous Oval Hub standing on one of the moving walkways used in many large airports. One of the photographers from the "Songs of America" crew was standing in front of them and quite spontaneously took their picture. No one at the time knew that this would become the cover photo for one of the most popular albums in history.
Questions were submitted to Art by his fans. Here are the anwswers.
50 Top Artists Reveal their favorites. Art Garfunkel's included:
'This kicked me in the ass," Garfunkel says of the rock & roll he discovered as a teen, listening to the radio with his pal Paul Simon. "It woke me up”.
- "Oh, What a Night" by The Dells, 1956
We used to dance the Fish to this: a slow backbeat with a bump and grind in the hips.
- "Gee"by The Crows, 1953
- "'Earth Angel" by The Penguins, 1954
The Penguins said it best here. Some records are hot and percussive and it's like they're red-orange. This one's midnight-blue, for me.
- "Soldier Boy"by The Four Fellows, 1955
- "Killer Joe" by The Rocky Fellers, 1963
"Be My Baby" by The Ronettes, 1963
Phil Spector wrote the bible on this one
- "Let It Be Me"by The Everly Brothers, 1960
It made everything else sound toneless
- "Help Me, Rhonda" by The Beach Boys, 1965
Paul and I were always jealous of their hits.
- "Baby Come Back" by Player, 1977
- "Have You Seen Her" by The Chi-Lites, 1971
I love that lead line. It's moody as all hell.