Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme – Simon & Garfunkel (1966)

Album no. 71/1001

The first album named after a herb garden, and the first appearance of our boys Simmo and G-funk. It’s acoustic and relaxed and very different from the Rolling Stones.

This is the lad’s third album, and it’s the first  one where they had a chance to really take their time and get the arrangements the way they wanted. You can tell too, all the vocals and instrumentation are intricately interwoven. Must have taken them ages.

Have you listened to this album before?

CL: I’m trying to think… I don’t think I’ve listened to this album in full. Maybe once. I had a pretty comprehensive compilation album, so I think I probably just know the big songs. I only started listening to them about 4 years ago.

NK: I’m about the same. Have heard the greatest hits, ‘Sounds of Silence’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. I know a couple of tracks off this, but not the majority of them.

Standout track

CL: I’m such a sucker for ‘Scarborough Fair/Canticle’ – I love it. Maybe it’s the xylophone? Actually no, it’s the vocal arrangements. They kill me. It’s great.

NK: ‘Homeward Bound’ is my favourite. It’s quiet and melancholy with a nice melody that picks up for the chorus. I really like the slight echo on the vocals when they sing the chorus. Get into it.

CL: I also LOVE ‘The Dangling Conversation’. The strings! Oh and the pretty obvious dig at Bob Dylan on ‘A Simple Desultory Phillipic (Or How I Was McNamara’d Into Submission)’. I liked that. A lot.

NK: That’s nobel prize winner Bob Dylan to you. It makes sense that you’d enjoy that, given your documented dislike of my man Bobby D, but I think that’s pretty comfortably the worst track on the album.

When would be the best time to listen to this?

CL: On rainy day. When you want to go full contemplation mode.

NK: When you’ve got a terrible hangover. Nothing too jarring.

Why has this album been included on the list?

CL: For some of this album, I was only listening with one earbud in – and I tell you what – the vocals alone are enough to sell me. It’s such a well-produced album. It’s understated but super affecting. Love it.

NK: Buy some new headphones mate. Seriously, sort yourself out.

CL: I was at work! I had to keep one ear out in case people were trying to talk to me. I’m very busy and important.

Will you be listening again?  

CL: Absolutely yes. I really liked it. It’s really close to being a 5 star.

NK: Maybe? I think the good stuff off this is on the best of. It’s nice though, well worth a listen.

Rating

CL: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

NK: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

Listen to Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.

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