Listening to Now: Simon and Garfunkel – “Bleecker Street” (1964)

“Bleecker Street” is from Simon & Garfunkel’s first post Tom & Jerry album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.

Unfortunately the album suffered from bad timing as it was released on October 19, 1964, perfectly placed to get blown away by the Beatles’ arrival.

The album was re-released in January 1966 with a remixed version of “The Sound of Silence,” which by then was becoming a hit as a single and helped to launch their career.

I’ve always liked “Bleecker Street,” which was written by Paul Simon, though it’s mostly been overlooked. Other cuts on the album include Ed McCurdy’s “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream,” Paul Kane’s “He Was My Brother,” and Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.”

Albums like this are why people became folkies in the first place.

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