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Published: 2012/02/15

Art Garfunkel’s The Singer Retrospective Album

Art Garfunkel will hand-pick 40 songs for a new retrospective album titled The Singer. Spanning the years from the Simon & Garfunkel debut album, Wednesday Morning, 3AM, in 1964 up through 2007’s Some Enchanted Evening, the two-CD retrospective album will be available April 10 through Columbia/Legacy.

“We didn’t push for exaggerating one’s contribution…There are many songs where I am a shadow.” Garfunkel explains to Esquire. “Many songs, I was a silvery edge around Paul Simon’s coffee-brown lead front part. As the record emerged, you go, ‘That’s what it is. Those are the two personalities. That’s what’s happening.’ And the sound is lovely as long as the composite works.”

In addition to curating The Singer, Garfunkel will also provide personal track-by-track annotations, which appear in the booklet in his own handwriting. For example, he writes of “Cecilia”:

“‘Car!’ we called in Queens. Then we stopped the game and stepped aside. I grew up where the brick houses were semi-attached with driveways in between. Punchball was king. Somehow the yelling we did as street kids found its way to ‘Cecilia.’ We shouted the song over a track we made from a tape loop of rhythmic hand clapping onto our blue jeans.”

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