Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound Of Silence

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258 – Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound Of Silence (1965)
Written by Paul Simon
Produced by Tom Wilson
Label – Columbia

One of Simon & Garfunkel’s most enduring songs may have passed us all by if not for the inspired intervention of Bob Dylan’s producer Tom Wilson. Originally released as a purely acoustic number the previous year on the duets’ debut long player (“Wednesday Morning 3 A.M.”) the song and indeed the album failed to make any commercial impression, leading to the temporary break up of the pair. The original has its merits, but Walton’s remix, with added drums and electric guitar changed the tempo and depth beyond all recognition and created one of THE quintessential folk rock songs.

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