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(YouTube) Video 50 years ago today, Simon and Garfunkel record 'The Sounds Of Silence' as an acoustic duo. Here's the original version, before record company producers added electric guitar, bass and drums, without their knowledge   (youtube.com) divider line 91
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2014-03-10 03:34:48 AM
After reading the story accompanying the video, I'd say the producers did them quite the favor.
 
2014-03-10 03:44:09 AM
The version in the link is the only one I can ever remember hearing. I had to hit youtube to search for the other one . . . which is horrible, especially when the drums kick in.
 
2014-03-10 06:19:55 AM
Art Garfunkle puts the perfect in pitch perfect.
 
2014-03-10 06:30:00 AM

HotWingAgenda: The version in the link is the only one I can ever remember hearing. I had to hit youtube to search for the other one . . . which is horrible, especially when the drums kick in.


It's like you're not even trying anymore.
 
2014-03-10 06:44:08 AM

HotWingAgenda: The version in the link is the only one I can ever remember hearing. I had to hit youtube to search for the other one . . . which is horrible, especially when the drums kick in.


Heh, here's Art Garfunkel being interviewed about that.

Basically he says "yeah, fine with me, I wanted to get airplay!"
 
2014-03-10 06:45:51 AM
50 years ago?
Jesus.
Great song, anyway.
 
2014-03-10 06:48:35 AM
This is such a sweet composition and it seems timeless, meaning it doesn't feature crinoline or a bow-tie or gabardine or Kodachrome or cigarettes or Joltin' Joe or the candidates' debate.
 
2014-03-10 06:50:27 AM
So they made radio mix? Whoopty <silent> doo
 
2014-03-10 06:55:27 AM
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I can't say Matt Damon w/o saying it a la Team America, and I can't hear that song w/o thinking about Kingpin.
 
2014-03-10 06:58:15 AM

VelcroFez: This is such a sweet composition and it seems timeless, meaning it doesn't feature crinoline or a bow-tie or gabardine or Kodachrome or cigarettes or Joltin' Joe or the candidates' debate.


LEONARD BERNSTEIN!
 
2014-03-10 07:08:32 AM
The record company did them a favor.

In fact, the song not becoming a hit until the electric mix says it all.
 
2014-03-10 07:15:26 AM

DemonEater: HotWingAgenda: The version in the link is the only one I can ever remember hearing. I had to hit youtube to search for the other one . . . which is horrible, especially when the drums kick in.

Heh, here's Art Garfunkel being interviewed about that.

Basically he says "yeah, fine with me, I wanted to get airplay!"


Hadn't seen that, thanks. Always good to see an artist that has both talent and an understanding of that fact that they are in a business.
 
2014-03-10 07:15:42 AM
Dylan went electric at Newport the following year ('65), before the radio remix came out.  I guess the times, they were a changin'.
 
2014-03-10 07:30:54 AM
It galls me to be in agreement with record company suits, but I gotta say I think the record company's decision was a good one in this case.
 
2014-03-10 07:34:22 AM
So... wait, which version was in The Graduate?
 
2014-03-10 07:43:15 AM
So beautiful. The true test of a song in my opinion is if it stands up stripped down.
 
2014-03-10 07:52:13 AM
Compare this to the utter ear-rape that comes from the likes of Justin Beiber, and know how far our nation has fallen.
 
2014-03-10 07:59:35 AM
pinkie.ponychan.net

"Excuse me, but that's MY wife you're trying to shtupp!"
 
2014-03-10 08:00:31 AM
The electric version was a good concept and the arrangement was nice, but they did a sloppy job of it. The tempo's all over the place, and whoever mixed it for stereo had no concept of staging.
 
2014-03-10 08:00:56 AM
But it was never better than being played on a Peruvian pan flute.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoeIYDkMPYw

That. CHANGED. EVERYTHING.
 
2014-03-10 08:01:56 AM

toejam: So beautiful. The true test of a song in my opinion is if it stands up stripped down.


concur.
 
2014-03-10 08:10:26 AM
 
2014-03-10 08:12:36 AM
I won't know which version I enjoy more until I listen to it on my Pono™.
 
2014-03-10 08:12:41 AM

riverwalk barfly: toejam: So beautiful. The true test of a song in my opinion is if it stands up stripped down.

concur.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONCY0xnefAE

Even crummy techno sounds better stripped down
 
2014-03-10 08:18:20 AM
That's the only version I know (or remember). Well, that and the Central Park rendition.
 
2014-03-10 08:19:10 AM
Nice way to start my day.
 
2014-03-10 08:30:08 AM
Wow, that's weird. I just listened to that song last night.
 
2014-03-10 08:38:35 AM
I miss watching Joltin' Joe step up to the plate and swing away.
 
2014-03-10 09:17:07 AM
Just saw Paul Simon in concert last night, getting a kick, etc.

/didn't play that song
 
2014-03-10 09:27:32 AM
Didn't know there was a version other than this one.  Not a fan of the electric version.
 
2014-03-10 09:39:47 AM
I suppose some of you farkers also prefer the pathetic unplugged version of Layla.

You'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes.
 
2014-03-10 09:48:07 AM

No Catchy Nickname: 50 years ago?
Jesus.
Great song, anyway.


Word.
 
2014-03-10 09:51:03 AM

Geriatric Goodman Brown: I suppose some of you farkers also prefer the pathetic unplugged version of Layla.

You'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes.


The unplugged version of Layla is very good for getting to sleep. Of course, that's only because you've beaten your head against a wall until you're unconscious because of how utterly horrible that version of the song is.
 
2014-03-10 09:59:18 AM

FirstNationalBastard: Geriatric Goodman Brown: I suppose some of you farkers also prefer the pathetic unplugged version of Layla.

You'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes.

The unplugged version of Layla is very good for getting to sleep. Of course, that's only because you've beaten your head against a wall until you're unconscious because of how utterly horrible that version of the song is.


You shall be a general in my army.
 
2014-03-10 10:02:39 AM

seenonradio: So... wait, which version was in The Graduate?


http://vimeo.com/72933804
 
2014-03-10 10:05:43 AM
Reminder of what a good guitarist Paul Simon was before he hurt his hand.
 
2014-03-10 10:11:01 AM

yakmans_dad: Reminder of what a good guitarist Paul Simon was before he hurt his hand.


It could have been worse.

He could have skied into a tree.
 
2014-03-10 10:11:15 AM

Fano: riverwalk barfly: toejam: So beautiful. The true test of a song in my opinion is if it stands up stripped down.

concur.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONCY0xnefAE

Even crummy techno house sounds better stripped down


FFS
/Don't know genre - use EDM

/
Link/Link
Link/Link
Link/Link
 
2014-03-10 10:11:48 AM
Excellent listening through headphones because of the separation between the vocals.
 
2014-03-10 10:14:48 AM

Tyrone Slothrop: seenonradio: So... wait, which version was in The Graduate?

http://vimeo.com/72933804


That's a three minute lesson in acting, without saying a word.
 
2014-03-10 10:24:22 AM
One thing has always puzzled me about this song. When Garfunkel (I think it's Garfunkel) sings the line, "Ten thousand people, maybe more", there is an odd quiver or tremolo in his voice when he hits the word "more". I don't hear that anywhere else in the song, and I've always wondered why that happened at that particular spot.
 
2014-03-10 10:43:08 AM

Cybernetic: I don't hear that anywhere else in the song, and I've always wondered why that happened at that particular spot.


Pinching off an enormous fart on what had up to that point had been a perfect take?
 
2014-03-10 10:50:06 AM
CSB time:

My dad had Bridge over Troubled Water on QUAD 8-Track in his Mercury Montego..
 
2014-03-10 11:05:48 AM

markie_farkie: CSB time:

My dad had Bridge over Troubled Water on QUAD 8-Track in his Mercury Montego..


Like a bridge over...... Clunk  ...troubled waters
 
2014-03-10 11:14:22 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Like a bridge over...... Clunk  ...troubled waters


My first car had a factory 8-track.. The head alignment was off slightly, so it would bleed over other tracks, unless you wedged a pack of rolling papers just so under the cartridge..

Oh wait, did I say rolling papers??  I meant "carefully folded business cards"
 
2014-03-10 11:16:59 AM
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2014-03-10 11:29:05 AM

Cybernetic: One thing has always puzzled me about this song. When Garfunkel (I think it's Garfunkel) sings the line, "Ten thousand people, maybe more", there is an odd quiver or tremolo in his voice when he hits the word "more". I don't hear that anywhere else in the song, and I've always wondered why that happened at that particular spot.


actually, it seems he does it a lot as the song goes on.

Not that I had ever noticed it before.

\\ good version
 
2014-03-10 11:35:12 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Like a bridge over...... Clunk ...troubled waters


I always remember it as

Like a bridge over troubled....CLUNK....over troubled waters

/little bit of a fade out and back in
 
2014-03-10 11:36:24 AM

markie_farkie: Oh wait, did I say rolling papers?? I meant "carefully folded business cards"


I used a book of matches

/could still hear songs from other tracks in the background
 
2014-03-10 11:43:59 AM
Beautiful before and after. Why can't today's music be as good?
 
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