Bookends Studio album by Simon & Garfunkel Released April 3, 1968 Recorded September 1966, January 1967, June 1967, October 1967 - February 1968 Genre Folk rock Length 29:51 Label Columbia Producer Simon & Garfunkel
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The songs of the first side of the album follow a unified concept, exploring a life journey from childhood to old age, while the second side contained unused songs intended for The Graduate soundtrack.
Bookends was a #1 hit on Billboard's (North America) Pop Albums chart, as well as in the UK. Four singles charted: "A Hazy Shade of Winter", "At the Zoo", "Fakin' It" and "Mrs Robinson," which peaked at #13, #16 and #23 and #1, respectively.
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- LP: Columbia KCL-2729 (mono)/KCS 9529 (stereo) - This was the last Simon and Garfunkel album to be released in both mono and stereo. The mono version was pressed in a limited quantity and is considered a rare item amongst record collectors. The mono release also has many sonic differences, most noticeably Paul Simon's trailing echo on "Fakin' It". The song has been released on the 1999 CD compilation The Best of Simon and Garfunkel.
- CD: Columbia CK 09529; Remastered CD: Columbia 66003
- The album was also released on the MFSL Ultradisc CD series.
The album begins softly with the song "Bookends Theme", but takes a heavier turn with the second track, "Save the Life of My Child", which uses the sounds of a distorted synthesizer and is a noted departure from the softer sound that was the signature of the duo. "Save the Life of My Child" also features a sample from their single "The Sounds of Silence", and includes a bass synthesizer sound personally set up by Bob Moog himself. The album also features the single "Mrs. Robinson", which was famous for its inclusion in the film The Graduate.
"Overs", "Punky's Dilemma", and "A Hazy Shade of Winter" were also written by Simon for The Graduate soundtrack, but the film's producers rejected them. They spent over 50 studio hours recording "Punky's Dilemma."
Side One of the Bookends album follows a life journey, beginning with soft instrumentals ("Bookends Theme") giving rise to a mother's cries to save her own child's innocence ("Save the Life of My Child"). The search for a place to find acceptance is captured in "America", leading to the struggle with possible estrangement in "Overs". "Voices of Old People" is a haunting realization of aging, giving rise to "Old Friends", with the bookends tunes serving as literal bookends to the life cycle.
A 2001 CD reissue of the album includes two bonus tracks: "You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies" (originally issued as a B-side to the "Fakin' It" single) and a demo version of "Old Friends."
The "Bookends Theme" was featured during the opening scene of the film Girl, Interrupted, and "Bookends" in the denouement of the film 500 Days of Summer. The song was also included on the Stacey Kent album The Boy Next Door (2003).
All songs written and composed by Paul Simon, except where noted.
Side One No. Title Length 1. "Bookends Theme" 0:32 2. "Save the Life of My Child" 2:49 3. "America" 3:34 4. "Overs" 2:14 5. "Voices of Old People" (Paul Simon/Art Garfunkel) 2:36 6. "Old Friends" 2:36 7. "Bookends" 1:16 Side Two No. Title Length 1. "Fakin' It" 3:14 2. "Punky's Dilemma" 2:10 3. "Mrs. Robinson" 4:02 4. "A Hazy Shade of Winter" 2:17 5. "At the Zoo" 2:21 Bonus Tracks (2001 CD reissue) No. Title Length 13. "You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies" 2:19 14. "Old Friends (Demo)" 2:11
Chart (1968) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 3 French Album Charts 3 German Album Charts 40 UK Album Charts 1 US Album Charts 1
- Paul Simon - Vocals, Guitar, Producer
- Art Garfunkel - Vocals, Producer
- Hal Blaine - Drums, Percussion
- Joe Osborn - Bass
- Larry Knechtel - Piano, Keyboards
- John Simon - Production Assistant
- Roy Halee - Producer, Engineer
- Jimmie Haskell - Arranger, Arrangement Preparation
- Bob Johnston - Production Assistant
- Richard Avedon - Cover Photography
- ^ [dead link]
- ^ Rolling Stone Review
- ^ Allmusic Review
- ^ Blender (magazine) Review
- ^ Trevor Pinch, Frank Trocco. Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer. Harvard University Press, 2004.]
- ^ Universal Audio Webzine | UA Heritage
- ^ Simon & Garfunkel interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969).
- ^ "Chart Stats - Simon & Garfunkel - Bookends". chartstats.com. http://www.chartstats.com/release.php?release=36633. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
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