From 1964's spare Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. to 1970's ornate Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel's catalog serves as a touchstone for the popular music of the '60s. The Queens-bred pair evolved from a folk-savvy version of the Everly Brothers to arguably the most significant American pop act of that era
On June 26 those albums along with the 1966 albums Sounds of Silence and Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme and 1968's Bookends will be reissued. The new editions will include bonus tracks including previously unreleased demos, alternate takes and released singles not attached to any album, according to a spokesperson for the Columbia/Legacy label. Lyrics and elements of each album's original packaging will be included as well.
Although the pair had recorded the Everly Brothers-esque "Hey, Schoolgirl" in 1957 as Tom and Jerry, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. marked the recording debut of Simon and Garfunkel. Consisting of the pair's vocals accompanied only by Simon's acoustic guitar, the album contained an acoustic version of the #1 single "The Sounds of Silence." The new edition includes a previously unreleased demo version of "Bleecker Street" and alternate takes of "He Was My Brother" and Ian Campbell's folk standard "The Sun Is Burning."
Sounds of Silence found Simon and Garfunkel delving into folk-rock stylings redolent of the Byrds. Their new version of the song boasted full band backing, as did "I Am a Rock." Among the new additions is the completed but unused track "Blues Run the Game" (included in the 1997 box set Old Friends) and demos for the heretofore unreleased trad-folk tunes "Barbriallen," "The Roving Gambler" and "Rose of Aberdeen."
Only two additional tracks the demos for "Patterns" and "A Poem on the Underground Wall" have been added to Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, which took its name from a verse in "Scarborough Fair," an Elizabethan carol the duo adapted.
Bookends found the pair coming into their own. Simon harnessed the contemporary recording studio's potential on such songs as "Save the Life of My Child" and "America." The 1968 single "You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies" and a demo of Bookends' "Old Friends" are the extras here.
The chart-topping, Grammy-winning Bridge Over Troubled Water also marked the partnership's end. A demo of the title cut (by any reckoning a standard) will appear for the first time on the new edition. "Feuilles-O," a traditional tune released on Old Friends, will be included as well.