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Dear all, here we are with volume seven in our discussion of the best AAA outtakes. This week it's Simon and Garfunkel's turn under the spotlight. Now compared to last week's discussion of unreleased Neil Young there really aren't that many completely unreleased songs out there. What we do have, though, is plenty of alternate takes (especially from the 'Bookends' era and the unfinished 'joint' version of what became the 'Hearts and Bones' LP in 1983) and lots of songs that were released but are very very rare (especially at the beginning of the duo's career!) We're hoping to do a full feature on Simon and Garfunkel's days as Tom and Jerry sometime in the future but there's still plenty of songs the pair did separately in the late 1950s and early 1960s so we've plumped for what we consider the best of their 50 or so A and B-sides pre-'Wednesday Morning 3 AM'. As with the last few reviews we've gone for a '33 and a third' track compilation, to get a bit of equality (Neil Young's outtakes alone would account for 100 songs easy!) with the 'third' coming from a 'hidden' bonus track of speech:
I'm here in the studio to talk about something that's very
important to me. You know, a lot of people feel that when
an important recording group, such as…
PS: Let me interrupt you a minute. It's not quite serious
sounding enough. Try to make it a little bit more, uhh, grave.
AG: Okay. This is Arthur Garfunkel, once of Simon and Garfunkel.
One of the things that's disturbed me through the years has
been people's reaction to The Breakup of Simon and Garfunkel.
PS: Artie? Try and play a little bit more on…emphasize the word
AG: One of the things that has disturbed me through the years
has been people's reaction to The Breakup of Simon and Garfunkel.
You know, a lot of people have taken it as a comic event and have
not realized that only with deep, real feelings of separate
commitment can such…
PS: I like that. I like that part about the "separate commitment."
AG: …can such a breakup actually take place. Only by two,
separate individuals pursuing their own individual paths and
following, what to they is, the God of their own choice can two
people who were once so close end up…
PS: Art? Art, try and work it in that I'll be doing a major college tour
AG: …who were once so close, follow two paths which are so divergent.
Whereby, I, for example, record material that I feel expresses my soul, and
you, Paul, who are doing a major college tour this fall…(laughs)