Simon & Garfunkel – Wednesday Morning, 3AM

ARTIST: Simon & Garfunkel        Simon_&_Garfunkel,_Wednesday_Morning,_3_A.M._(1964)

TITLE:  Wednesday Morning, 3AM

YEAR RELEASED: 1964

CHART ACTION: #30 US, #24 UK

SINGLES: They didn’t release a single from this.

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The Sound of Silence (acoustic version), some folk covers.

LINEUP: Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Folk album originally released to crickets except in the hard-core folkie community, and then hit big when the producer electrified one famous song.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Many of you know the story: “The Sound of Silence” was a pleasant acoustic number, and producer Tom Wilson added a band behind it without telling the band after they dispersed to parts hither and yon, and well, there’s your hit and career.

The original album that the song came from is a pleasant 60’s folk exercise. There’s nothing particularly special about it. Simon’s original songs are OK, but he’s definitely got some Dylan-aping going on. There’s a religious overtone in some of the songs (they cover “Go Tell it on the Mountain”).

I don’t think many listening in 1964 to this album would have predicted the magnitude of success this duo had, especially since Simon only wrote four of the 12 songs. They sing nicely together, though, and that was enough for Wilson to take a chance.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: When the duo started to hit, Garfunkel was back at Columbia and Simon was in London trodding the folk singer circuit threre.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A demo and alternate takes.

GRADE: B-:  A nicely sung competent folkie album.

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