Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits, 14 tracks of folk rock music which speaks of themes of broken love, alienation, aching paranoia, and tender mercies, is now available in MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.00 as part of their monthly deals. (If youâ€™d like a physical copy of the album, the CD is available for $5.99and is an AutoRip, which means with the CD purchase youâ€™ll also get a FREE MP3 download of the entire album.)
The duo of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel has been in the collective consciousness of the music universe for almost 50 years now. Most of their songs, which for the most part simply contain the wonderfully contrasting vocals by the pair and Simonâ€™s assured yet emotionally rabble rousing songcrafting and acoustical guitar, are considered hallmarks of the great American songbook. This Simon and Garfunkel hits collection, originally released in 1972, while not 100 percent complete for the purist, for sure will please any fan weaned on the band via the radio, cover versions, or by motion pictures or other visual and aural minutiae that have showcased these songs now and then. The body of work here will always harken back to a younger time in one’s generation when this kind of music played major parts in most peopleâ€™s emotional and life growths and in some cases, still do for a lot of people. Paul Simonâ€™s lyrics and his music, on tracks like â€œI Am A Rock,â€ â€œThe Boxer,â€ â€œScarborough Fair,â€ â€œThe Sounds of Silence,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and many more included on the record, some performances even done live, have the sonic duality of cutting through to the bone, but applying an if you will spiritual tourniquet and gauze to the listeners soul, too. Also, there’s even songs of social commentary, like “Mrs. Robinson” and “America,” which offer reflection, gently applied cynicism and ideologies that remain personal yet universal.
The staying power of Simon and Garfunkel rests on the laurels of being at once delicate and intense, itâ€™s like standing out in a field of Marigolds while a rainstorm of glass rages above. There is beauty in the most helpless form of fragility, and no one arguably sticks that sonic adhesive to the listener quite like Simon and Garfunkel do.
Browse over 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each!
1. Mrs. Robinson
2. For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her (Live)
3. The Boxer
4. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)
5. The Sounds Of Silence (Live)
6. I Am A Rock
7. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
8. Homeward Bound
9. Bridge Over Troubled Water
11. Kathy’s Song (Live)
12. El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
MP3 Purchases: When you purchase MP3s through Amazon, it stores your purchases to Amazonâ€™s Cloud Drive; from there you can stream the music right from their online player. Also, if you have a Kindle Fire, your MP3 purchases will automatically be available for you to stream on your device. All your purchases are backed up and available for you to download at any time. You can download the files to your computer to load to an MP3 device and to your iTunes account if you have one. If youâ€™d like to gift these MP3 purchases, you can â€“ just click the â€œGive album or song as giftâ€ button on the right on the product page. From there you enter the recipientâ€™s email address and then select either specific songs to gift or the entire album.
CD AutoRip Purchases: After you complete a purchase of an AutoRip CD, a free MP3 version of that album will be added to your Amazon Cloud Player library and will be available on your PC/Mac, Kindle Fire, Android phone, iPhone & iPod Touch, and iPad. Albums eligible for this offer are marked on Amazon.com with an AutoRip logo. If you do not yet have a Cloud Player account, you can activate one for free. Available to U.S. customers only.