In their earliest recordings, Simon and Garfunkel offered a great debt to The Everly Brothers. Then they grew up.
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SIMON & GARFUNKEL
Tom And Jerry: Complete Recordings [Purple Chick PC 53/54, 2CD]
Out-of-print recordings by Simon and Garfunkel compiled by fan collective, Purple Chick, in 2008. Ex SBD stereo.
Before Simon and Garfunkel, the duo was known as Tom and Jerry. They released many singles that disappeared under a torrent of wannabe pop acts trying to be the next Everly Brothers. Then in 2000, a UK label, Burning Airlines, released Two Can Dream Alone, a single disc attempt to make some sense of Simon And Garfunkel’s earliest recordings. But due to misidentifying two tracks as Simon and Garfunkel recordings, that release was allowed to go out-of-print.
Then in 2002, a label that specialised in live albums released Tom & Jerry, an abridged version of the Burning Airlines CD less the two tracks that had nothing to do with Simon or Garfunkel. That album has also become out-of-print.
Simon & Garfunkel fans are not getting younger. October saw the release of yet another Paul Simon hits album. It doesn’t seem like the duo’s early recordings or their Tom & Jerry singles are ever going to get another release.
Thankfully, the Purple Chick collective have assembled a comprehensive two volume release of early works by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. The songs are by no means essential but they do show the duo’s folk rock influences especially their attempts at mimicking The Everly Brothers.
Here’s a description by William Ruhlmann of the duo’s early recordings:
“The music bears little resemblance to Simon & Garfunkel’s folk-rock recordings of 1964-1970. Hey, Schoolgirl, originally released on Big Records, is in an Everly Brothers/Buddy Holly mold, and the duo’s unsuccessful follow-ups, Our Song and That’s My Story, are in that style, too, while Simon’s first solo single, True or False, released under the name True Taylor, finds him aping the hiccupping rockabilly sound of Holly and Elvis Presley.
“On songs like Shy and Just a Boy, released on either side of a Warwick Records single in 1960, Simon clearly was aspiring to be another Frankie Avalon. In keeping with the more gimmicky sound of the early ’60s, he moved on to up-tempo novelties like The Lone Teen Ranger, which actually made the charts in early 1963.
“The material on this album is likely to fascinate as well as flabbergast fans of Simon & Garfunkel’s later recordings. No small part of the fascination will be that Garfunkel wrote a lot of this material as well as singing it, since he dropped out of songwriting later on. It would be nice to have a complete collection of Simon & Garfunkel’s juvenilia sequenced in chronological order, but this partial selection may be the best to be expected, and the duo’s fans may enjoy hearing their youthful efforts, as long as they don’t buy it expecting work of the caliber of The Sound of Silence.”
Ruhlmann was reviewing Superior’s Tom & Jerry compilation. We reckon Purple Chick’s two disc set is far more comprehensive and the sonic quality certainly helps.
- The Little Chicken
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Disc 1 (TT: 70:55m)
Track 101. The Girl For Me (2.6MB)
Track 102. Hey Schoolgirl (3.0MB)
Track 103. Dancin’ Wild (3.1MB)
Track 104. True Or False (2.9MB)
Track 105. Teenage Fool (3.8MB)
Track 106. Our Song (2.6MB)
Track 107. Two Teenagers (3.2MB)
Track 108. That’s My Story (3.3MB)
Track 109. (Pretty Baby) Don’t Say Goodbye (2.7MB)
Track 110. Baby Talk (2.8MB)
Track 111. Lookin’ At You (2.6MB)
Track 112. I’m Lonesome (2.7MB)
Track 113. Anna Belle (2.7MB)
Track 114. Loneliness (3.1MB)
Track 115. Beat Love (2.8MB)
Track 116. Dream Alone (3.1MB)
Track 117. Just A Boy (2.9MB)
Track 118. Shy (3.3MB)
Track 119. I’d Like To Be (2.9MB)
Track 120. Play Me A Sad Song (3.1MB)
Track 121. It Means A Lot To Them (2.9MB)
Track 122. Private World (3.9MB)
Track 123. Please Forgive Me (3.5MB)
Track 124. I’m Lonely (3.0MB)
Track 125. I Wish I Weren’t In Love (2.7MB)
Track 126. Surrender, Please Surrender (2.9MB)
Track 127. Fightin’ Mad (2.8MB)
Track 128. The Lone Teen Ranger (3.1MB)
Track 129. Lisa (2.7MB)
Track 130. Carlos Dominguez (3.8MB)
Track 131. He Was My Brother (4.1MB)
Disc 2 (TT: 71.23m)
Track 201. Just To Be With You (3.6MB)
Track 202. Ask Me Why (2.6MB)
Track 203. All Through The Night (3.4MB)
Track 204. (I Begin) To Think Again Of You (3.2MB)
Track 205. Let Me Steal Your Heart Away (3.0MB)
Track 206. Motorcycle (2.8MB)
Track 207. I Don’t Believe Them (3.5MB)
Track 208. Express Train (3.0MB)
Track 209. Wildflower (3.5MB)
Track 210. Cry Little Boy Cry (3.5MB)
Track 211. Get Up And Do The Wobble (3.3MB)
Track 212. Cards Of Love (3.0MB)
Track 213. Noise (2.7MB)
Track 214. Tijuana Blues (3.3MB)
Track 215. Simon Says (3.5MB)
Track 216. Flame (3.1MB)
Track 217. Beat Love (No Harmony) (2.9MB)
Track 218. Dreams Can Come True (3.4MB)
Track 219. Up And Down The Stairs (2.6MB)
Track 220. Back Seat Driver (2.7MB)
Track 221. Wow Cha Cha Cha (2.5MB)
Track 222. A Charmed Life (5.6MB)
Track 223. Sleepy, Sleepy Baby #1 (3.3MB)
Track 224. Sleepy, Sleepy Baby #2 (3.3MB)
Track 225. That Forever Kind Of Love (3.4MB)
Track 226. Lighthouse Point #1 (4.0MB)
Track 227. Lighthouse Point #2 (3.7MB)
Track 228. Aeroplane Of Silver Steel (2.5MB)
Track 229. Bingo (2.0MB)
Track 230. Forever And After (3.4MB)
Every time Simon & Garfunkel release a compilation, it’s yet another greatest hits selection. But we’ve always been partial to their first Greatest Hits album released in 1972. You can still buy a copy here.