“Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits”

THE TOP OF THE POPPERS – “Sing & Play Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits” (Hallmark SHM 783) 1972

Sleeve notes:
Following the outstanding success of our Hallmark L.P. “The Top of the Poppers present the Beatles’ Golden Hits,” our brilliant London-Based group of session musicians and singers, “The Top of the Poppers” present another selection of all-time hits made famous by, perhaps, the greatest duo in Pop music to-day, Simon & Garfunkel.

Their “Bridge over Troubled Water” will remain a classic of its kind for ever; for in this soulful, plaintive, haunting melody is the distilled essence of Man’s tribulations.

Great composers automatically attract attention wherever and whenever their music is performed and in the case of Simon and Garfunkel there can scarcely be a territory in the world that hasn’t heard one at least of their classics. And classics they are, rightfully taking their place in the musical library of the day as songs that are a reflection of our times and the creation of two finely-tuned musical minds.

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel don’t write or appear together very much these days; like many teams they’ve separated in order to pursue other activities in show business. But their partnership, particularly during the late 1960’s gave us some superb songs and you’ll find most of them on this album.

“The Sound Of Silence”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “The Boxer”, “Cecilia” are songs that future generations of entertainers will sing with the same delight that the Top of the Poppers give them. They’ll sing them and enjoy singing them simply because they contain just about every ingredient needed for a performer to feel confident; the lyrics make sense and have a feel that is lasting and the melody has real strength.

If that’s what success in popular music is all about then Simon and Garfunkel capture it – and capture it truly. All that’s needed is an appreciative audience and you alone can provide that.

I am very impressed with the quality on show with this recreation of Simon & Garfunkel’s greatest hits. The music is played beautifully, the production and studio arrangements are exceptional and the blended vocal harmonies are wonderful.

I have learned a valuable lesson by buying this album from a charity shop the other day. I no longer have ANY need to be a music snob. I’m now full of admiration for the old guard of musicians and performers. At least I’ve discovered that there is a lot more to discover out there.

My ’60s garage punk blinkers have been removed. Of course, to me, there is nothing more beautiful than hearing teenagers Rickenbacker jangle their way to oblivion or pounding their souls with unadulterated fuzztones.

However, I’m now at an age where discovery and some kind of open-minded approach / acknowledgment is a requirement. Hopefully, the charity shops I visit will still be a fruitful destination for cheap second-hand records.

I could have picked any track off this album to show-case, they’re all strong contenders but I’ll go for “Scarborough Fair” – no one can possibly fail to be full of admiration for this 1972 remake.

Side 1  

  • The Sound Of Silence
    New recording
  • The 59th St Bridge Song (Feelin Groovy)
    New recording
  • I Am A Rock
    New recording
  • Mrs Robinson
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water 
  • Scarborough Fair
    New recording

Side 2  

  • Homeward Bound
    New recording 
  • El Condor Pasa
    New recording
  • America
    New recording
  • The Boxer
  • Bookends
    New recording
  • Cecilia
    New recording

charity shop purchase @ £1

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