3 thoughts on “Simon & Garfunkel – Overs”

  1. I listened to Bookends a lot as a pre-teen to teenager.
    "Save the Life of My Child" is so cool. I just now realized that the album could be a lot of why I have been so unimpressed by the Beatles. So much of their cool studio tricks were also on Bookends.
    Except, where the Beatles finish out an album with cacophany, S&G just come out with out it. Little acoustic intro jarred by heavy noise.
    Oh, and "Voices of Old People" isn't much different than "Revolution #9", only thankfully much shorter.

    It was one of the first LPs my dad transferred to cassette once we bought the minivan (1986 Ford Aerostar, Two-toned: Brown and Tan), which had a tape deck.
    I remember the afternoon that we spent at G&G R's house taping that album, a Roy Orbison collection, Jimi Hendrix's Smash Hits, Moody Blues' To Our Children's Children's Children, Cat Stevens' Teaser and Firecat, and a Gene Pitney collection.
    Dad did not bother to put "Voices of Old People" on the tape.

    I didn't really get much into other S&G, but I was somewhat familiar with most of their albums, and Simon's self-titled.
    "Baby Driver" made an impression... it had the word "sex" in it, and in a different way than "What's my sex? What's my name?" on Cat Stevens' "Tuesday's Dead".

    1. "Voices of Old People" isn't much different than "Revolution #9", only thankfully much shorter.

      Heh, I never looked at it that way, but I can definitely see it. Both were often skipped ("VoOP" much more so).

      Nice musings on the album. This album was the year after high school for me, and looking back on it, I suppose it deserves more recognition than I give it. "America" probably has my favorite lyric of Simon's. Side Two is solid from top to bottom. "Punky's Dilemma" and "At The Zoo" are fun, quirky tunes, the latter of which always gets stuck in my head at the zoo.

      1. I really don't know "VoOP" because it wasn't on the tape Dad made.
        So I've kindof skipped it every time I've listened to the album.
        But I've only listened to The Beatles as an album two or three times. I returned to some favorite songs ("Happiness") more than that, but the album feels like a chore to me, even without #9.

        Related: I made a tape of Pearl Jam's Vitalogy (from CD, not 12" Vinyl) to play in the very same minivan's tape deck.
        "hey foxymophandlemama, that's me (stupid mop)" was never added to the tape. (Scotch made some 45-minute cassettes that were great.)

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