is the first Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits compilation album from Simon & Garfunkel, released on June 14, 1972, two years after the duo had split.
Overview [ edit ]
The album was a mix of original studio recordings and four previously unreleased live recordings. The album's minimalist packaging does not specifically date the latter; however, the live versions of "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her" and "
Kathy's Song" included on Greatest Hits were also included on the 2008 album . The Live 1969 liner notes to Live 1969 state that these two songs were both recorded at a November 1969 concert in St. Louis, Missouri. According to the liner notes from , however, the version of "Kathy's Song" was taken from a 1968 concert in Collected Works Vermont.
In a 1975
BBC Radio 1 interview, Roy Halee identified this version of "The 59th Street Bridge Song" as being from Simon & Garfunkel's 1970 performance at Carnegie Hall, "the last concert they did together" (prior to their disbanding later in 1970). A live version of "Homeward Bound" was also included on the album.
The remaining ten studio songs comprise nine singles released between 1965 and 1972, "
America" being issued as a single several years after its appearance as a track on the album, and one album track, " Bookends Bookends" (without its parent song "Old Friends").
All the singles included, except "America," "
El Condor Pasa (If I Could)," and " Scarborough Fair/Canticle" made the Top Ten, with the latter peaking at #11, and " Mrs. Robinson" topped the chart aided by its appearance in Mike Nichols' hit movie . " The Graduate The Sound of Silence" and " Bridge over Troubled Water" both peaked at #1 as singles in their studio versions, and "The Boxer" peaked as a single at #7.
Reception [ edit ]
Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits peaked on the U.S. albums chart at #5. On the UK Album Chart, it was a #2 hit. The album has proven a long and durable seller, currently being certified for 14 million units sold in the U.S. alone. It is easily their best-selling album in the U.S., and holds the record in the U.S. for the best-selling album by a duo.
In 2003, the album was ranked number 293 on
magazine's list of Rolling Stone the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs composed by
Paul Simon unless otherwise noted.
Side one [ edit ]
Mrs. Robinson" – 3:51 "
For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her" (live) – 2:25 "
The Boxer" – 5:10 "
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" (live) – 1:50 "
The Sound of Silence" – 3:05 "
I Am a Rock" – 2:52 "
Scarborough Fair/Canticle" (Traditional; arranged by Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel) – 3:09
Side two [ edit ]
Homeward Bound" (live) – 2:42 "
Bridge over Troubled Water" – 4:52 "
America" – 3:33 "
Kathy's Song" (live) – 3:23 "
El Condor Pasa (If I Could)" ( Daniel Alomía Robles; English lyrics by Paul Simon, arranged by Jorge Milchberg) – 3:07 "
Bookends" – 1:20 "
Cecilia" – 2:53
Charts and certifications [ edit ]
Peak positions [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Certifications [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Allmusic Review
^ Rolling Stone Review
^ Kent, David (1993). . Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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^ a b Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
^ "charts.org.nz Simon & Garfunkel - Greatest Hits" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand . Retrieved . 2014-01-10
^ "norwegiancharts.com Simon & Garfunkel - Greatest Hits" (ASP) . Retrieved . 2014-01-10
^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
^ "Swedish Charts 1969–1972 / Kvällstoppen – Listresultaten vecka för vecka > Augusti 1972 > 15 Augusti" (PDF) (in Swedish). hitsallertijden.nl . Retrieved . 2014-04-29 Note: Kvällstoppen combined sales for albums and singles in the one chart. Greatest Hits peaked at the number-four on the hit parade, next to two singles — "Sister Jane" by New World and "Beautiful Sunday" by Daniel Boone.
^ "Simon & Garfunkel > Artists > Official Charts". UK Albums Chart . Retrieved . 2014-01-10
^ "allmusic ((( . allmusic.com Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))" . Retrieved . 2014-01-11
^ "Dutch charts jaaroverzichten 1972" (ASP) (in Dutch) . Retrieved . April 1, 2014
^ "The Official UK Charts Company : ALBUM CHART HISTORY". 2007-12-17. Archived from the original on 2011-10-03 . Retrieved . 2014-04-19
^ "Top Pop Albums of 1972". billboard.biz. Archived from the original on 2010-12-06 . Retrieved . 2012-02-10
^ "Canadian album certifications – Simon and Garfunkel – Greatest Hits". Music Canada.
^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
^ "French album certifications – Simon & Garfunkel – Greatest Hits" (in French). InfoDisc. Select SIMON & GARFUNKEL and click OK
^ "Italian album certifications – Simon & Garfunkel – Greatest Hits" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Select Album e Compilation in the field Sezione . Enter Simon & Garfunkel in the field Filtra . The certification will load automatically
^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Simon & Garfunkel; 'Greatest Hits')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
^ "Gold Disc Award 1979". IFPI . Retrieved . 2012-08-17
^ "Gold Disc Award Criteria". IFPI. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-15 . Retrieved . 2012-08-17
^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Simon & Garfunkel; 'Greatest Hits')". Hung Medien.
^ "British album certifications – Simon & Garfunkel – Greatest Hits". British Phonographic Industry. Enter Greatest Hits in the field Keywords . Select Title in the field Search by . Select album in the field By Format . Select Platinum in the field By Award . Click Search
^ "American album certifications – Simon & Garfunkel – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced , then click Format , then select Album , then click SEARCH