Label: Columbia - WPCT-9529 Format: Cassette Album, Reissue CrO, Dolby System Country: Canada Genre: Rock, Pop, Stage Screen Style: Folk Rock, Soft Rock, Pop Rock, Vocal
Reviews of Bookends upon its release in were largely positive. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. All Moods. Wenner Media LLC Harvard University Press. During the sessions for Parsleythe duo cut " A Hazy Shade of Winter " and decided to release it as a single then, where it peaked at number 13 on the national charts.
The album was recorded gradually over the period of a year, with production speeding up around the later months of Initial sales for Bookends were substantial in the US, and the album produced the number-one single " Mrs. Robinson ". The album sold best in the US and in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number one.
Bookends was considered a breakthrough for the duo, placing them on the same level as artists such as the Beatles , Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones at the forefront of the cultural movement in the s. The album has continued to receive critical acclaim. Following another release, Sounds of Silence , the duo recorded and released Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme , which brought new critical and commercial success to the duo. Simon, then 25, felt he had finally "made it" into an upper echelon of rock and roll, while most importantly retaining artistic integrity "making him spiritually closer to Bob Dylan than to, say, Bobby Darin ", wrote biographer Marc Eliot.
During the sessions for Parsley , the duo cut " A Hazy Shade of Winter " and decided to release it as a single then, where it peaked at number 13 on the national charts.
Davis viewed it as a perfect fit and envisioned a best-selling soundtrack album. However, after meeting Nichols and becoming impressed by his wit and the script, he agreed to write at least one or two new songs for the film. The duo offered another new song, which later became " Mrs.
Robinson ", that was not as developed. Nichols loved it. Bookends was recorded in fits and starts from to Time passes. Too much time. Too little headway [ The " Bookends Theme " that opens and closes side one is played on the acoustic guitar , with no additional instruments.
The song "America" explores the search of meaning in the life of a young adult. Horns and other instruments are added when the duo cease singing, creating a turbulence that builds to a single high, sustained note on the strings. Side two consists of miscellaneous unrelated songs unused for The Graduate , with many possessing a more rock-based sound than the unified folk songs that precede it. Robinson " opens with an "instantly recognizable" pop rock guitar hook that carries throughout the track.
The first verse consists only of syllables—"dee-dee-dee" and "doo-doo-doo"—that form stable harmonic foundation. Pepper was notable for sonically colorful, psychedelic shapes, Bookends is starkly contrasted by moody, "black-and-white and gray" sounds. He felt the drug had a negative effect and caused him to "retreat more into myself. He attributed "the pain that comes out in some of the songs is due to the exaggeration of being high.
I want the early ones to be about youth and the last song to be about old age, and I want the feel of each song to fit. According to James Bennighof, the song "deals with individual crises in crowded urban settings, along with references to larger societal forces and at least a hint of some transcendent perspective". It improbably takes an "abrupt left turn" in its third verse, when the singer begins to fantasize himself an admired soldier.
Robinson " collects wide-ranging images to address social milieu, with a constant reassurance that Jesus loves the eponymous character, God will bless her, and heaven will welcome her. The song follows a hopeless poet, with "manuscripts of unpublished rhyme", unsure of his achievements in life.
The song cycle also describes the life and death of the romantic ideal of the American Dream. Prior to the release of the album, the band helped put together, and performed at, the Monterey Pop Festival , which signaled the beginning of the Summer of Love on the West Coast.
In January , the duo appeared on a Kraft Music Hall special, Three for Tonight , performing ten songs largely culled from their third album.
Bookends was released by Columbia Records on April 3, It fed off the buzz created by the release of The Graduate soundtrack album ten weeks earlier, creating an initial combined sales figure of over five million units.
According to biographer Marc Eliot, Davis was "offended by what he perceived as their lack of gratitude for what he believed was his role in turning them into superstars".
Reviews of Bookends upon its release in were largely positive. Allen Evans of the British publication New Musical Express NME gave the record four out of five stars and called it "inspiring, descriptive music," while noting the album is "Imaginative and at times confusing to know what the composer is getting at, if anything. It is nice enough, and I admit to liking it, but it exudes a sense of process, and it is slick, and nothing too much happens.
Later reviews were more positive. Deusner called Bookends the moment in which the duo "were settling into themselves, losing their folk revival pretensions and emphasizing quirky production techniques to match their soaring vocals".
In , a line from the song "America"—"All gone to look for America"—began appearing spray-painted on vacant buildings and abandoned factories in the town of Saginaw , Michigan , which is mentioned in the song.
The mono mix was released as a promo issue to radio stations and given a very limited run for commercial sale. It was out-of-print very soon after release, and as of January has yet to see a digital re-release. Credits for Bookends adapted from AllMusic. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. September January and June October — February November " At the Zoo " Released: August " Mrs. Robinson " Released: April " America " Released: It was highly spirited.
It was kids at play. It was just a wonder that you were allowed to do this, that two middle-class kids can sign a contract, rehearse and get their talent into the studio, and then find that the entire distribution network is waiting to put out their products. It was wonderfully simple, sincere, and uncynical. The song makes use of an orchestra, which builds in intensity over the course of the song.
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