The first truly modern and mature Simon & Garfunkel album.
Simon and Garfunkel were among the most popular recording artists of the 1960s;
their breakthrough 1966 album, "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme" played a substantial part in folk rock’s evolution. The duo's album about youthful exuberance and alienation proved popular among older, more thoughtful high-school students and legions of college audiences.
The album coherently and convincingly reveals Paul Simon's broadening horizons as a writer and the duo's emerging studio perfectionism. A timeless clarity and sincerity that few of their contemporaries and equally few artists since then have mastered.
The chemistry between Paul's warm, low tenor and Art's high, airy, etheral tenor was an unrivaled mix, creating a precise harmonic exchange that lent itself perfectly to Paul's well-crafted songs, the complexity and superb metering of their lyrics and the often stunningly beautiful singing - captured at its finest in Art Garfunkel's breathtaking solo piece, "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her."
This album contains songs that have become part of the American musical lexicon: the multi-layered poetry of "Dangling Conversation", and the U.S. Top 5 chart tracks, "Scarborough Fair/Canticle", an English folk song from the 16th century (#4) and "Homeward Bound" (#5.)
While the albums of many contemporaries seem like museum pieces, the boldest themes of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme are still worryingly pertinent today.
Mastered by Kevin Gray