Simon & Garfunkel - The Graduate : OST - 180g LP


Simon & Garfunkel - The Graduate : OST - 180g LP

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Simon & Garfunkel - The Graduate : OST - 180g LP
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AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head

Speakers Corner / Columbia OS 3180  - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl 

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Its a audiophile treat worth indulging - Stereophile 

"Packaged with Speakers Corner's usual attention to authenticity and quality, the sound is vintage analog, dynamically lively with a wonderful sense of depth to the band orchestrations." - Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound

This reissue by Speakers Corner Records on 180-gram vinyl has excellent surfaces and outshines my original Columbia recording. Soundstaging, bass extension, clarity, and harmonic richness are all significantly improved. The soundtrack was skillfully assembled from mostly remixed and edited successful pop tracks, with the best coming from Simon & Garfunkel, but I don’t think you’ll find better reproductions of my favorites, “Scarborough Fair” and “The Sound of Silence”, anywhere. The producer, Teo Macero, was also on board for some of Miles’ best albums and Dave Brubeck’s Time Out. - TAS 10 greatest Soundtracks

The soundtrack to Mike Nichols' 1967 masterpiece, The Graduate, alternates between Paul Simon's songs and pieces of Dave Grusin's deliberately naff Swingin' Sixties score. All of the former, with the exception of "Mrs. Robinson" and a negligible solo acoustic guitar rendition of "Scarborough Fair/Canticle," are available on Simon and Garfunkel's earlier albums.

Similar to Nelson Riddle's self-parodic work on Stanley Kubrick's Lolita, Grusin's instrumentals have a satiric edge that comments on the film's action.

"Packaged with Speakers Corner's usual attention to authenticity and quality, the sound is vintage analog, dynamically lively with a wonderful sense of depth to the band orchestrations." - Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound,

The soundtrack to this Oscar and Golden Globe winning film was put together from already existent, successful pop numbers. No words are really necessary about the music, since numbers such as "Sound of Silence," "Mrs. Robinson" and "Scarborough Fair" have entered into the annals of musical culture ever since they were used in the film.

It is astounding to note how seamlessly the various works fit snugly into the film's context, as though they had been specially written for the scenes. It catapulted Simon & Garfunkel right to the top of the list of ballad singers, and it also includes instrumental insertion numbers by Dave Grusin, who virtually fell into oblivion after all the hype about this provocative movie.

It,s a audiophile treat worth indulging - TheAbsoluteSound 

The soundtrack to Mike Nichols' The Graduate remains a key musical document of the late '60s, although truth be told, its impact was much less artistic than commercial (and, for that matter, more negative than positive). With the exception of its centerpiece track, the elegiac and oft-quoted "Mrs. Robinson" -- which only appears here as a pair of fragments -- the Simon & Garfunkel songs that comprise much of the record (a series of Dave Grusin instrumentals round it out) appeared on the duo's two preceding LPs; Nichols' masterstroke was to transplant those songs into his film, where they not only meshed perfectly with the story's themes of youthful rebellion and alienation (and the inner life of the central character, Dustin Hoffman's Benjamin Braddock) but also heralded a new era in movie music centered around the appropriation of past pop hits, a marketing gimmick that grew exponentially in the years to follow.
 
The Graduate soundtrack, then, merits the dubious honor of being the earliest and one of the most successful Hollywood repackagings of "found" pop songs, a formula essentially based around coercing fans to purchase soundtrack albums filled with material they already own in order to acquire the occasional new track or two.
 
The album began its life because of Nichols' enthusiasm for the duo's music, and Columbia Records chief Clive Davis' ability to persuade the pair of the importance of a soundtrack LP. Davis turned the actual making of the album over to producer Teo Macero, who approached it with skepticism -- Paul Simon and Mike Nichols had discovered that they really weren't on the same page, with Nichols rejecting "Overs" and "Punky's Dilemma," songs that ended up as highlights of the Bookends album, issued two months after The Graduate soundtrack. Thus, there wasn't enough Simon & Garfunkel material to fill even one LP side, and only about eight minutes of that were "new" recordings, and barely a quarter of that (the "Mrs. Robinson" fragments) new song material. And there also wasn't enough of David Grusin's instrumental music (none of which meshed with the duo's work) for an album. Macero combined this material into a musically awkward LP that somehow did its job -- which, in Davis' eyes, was to introduce Simon & Garfunkel's music to the parents of their existing audience (topping the charts in the bargain, and turning Grusin's "Sunporch Cha-Cha-Cha" into a favorite of easy listening stations). Fans of Simon & Garfunkel likely felt cheated by the presence of the "Mrs. Robinson" fragments, as well as repeats of the 1966-vintage "The Sound of Silence" and "April Come She Will," and an edited extension of "Scarborough Fair/Canticle."
 
But there were two curiosities for the completist -- a high-wattage, edited rendition of "The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine" (in a style seemingly parodying the sound of Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited); and a gentle, subdued acoustic reprise of "The Sound of Silence," which was possibly the best studio rendition the duo ever gave of the song.
 
"Packaged with Speakers Corner's usual attention to authenticity and quality, the sound is vintage analog, dynamically lively with a wonderful sense of depth to the band orchestrations." - Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound
 

1. The Sounds Of Silence - Simon And Garfunkel

2. The Singleman Party Foxtrot - David Grusin

3. Mrs. Robinson - Simon And Garfunkel

4. Sunporch Cha-Cha-Cha - David Grusin

5. Scarborough Fair / Canticle (Interlude) - Simon And Garfunkel

6. On The Strip - David Grusin

7. April Come She Will - Simon And Garfunkel

8. The Folks - David Grusin

9. Scarborough Fair / Canticle - Simon And Garfunkel

10. A Great Effect - David Grusin

11. The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine - Simon And Garfunkel

12. Whew - David Grusin

13. Mrs. Robinson - Simon And Garfunkel

14. The Sounds Of Silence - Simon And Garfunkel

Simon & Garfunkel - The Graduate OST - 180g LP

 

 

                 
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