My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Parsley, Sage… was recorded in a nine month period from December of 1965 to August of 1966 and was released in October of 1966. Some of the songs on this album first appeared on Simon’s UK only debut solo album which was released in 1965.
What I think: I’ve always been a little bit of a fan of Simon and Garfunkel, but never enough to listen to an album. So when it came to this one, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I’m not really big on the dreamy songs like “Scarborough Fair” or “Cloudy”, but those with more of a definitive beat are great. “Homeward Bound” and “The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine” are perfect examples of this. I’m really impressed by how modern they still sound, they would fit right in with acoustic rocks sounds of the last ten years. My favorites here are aforementioned “Homeward Bound”, the Dylan parody of “A Simple Desultory Philippic” and the final track “7 O’Clock News/ Silent Night” which is a brilliant take on the Christmas Carol that starts in its traditional form and then fades in the news from August 3, 1966 (Death of Lenny Bruce, Anti-Vietnam Protests, Serial killer Richard Speck and the Civil Right Movement) which slowly takes over in volume. It’s a startling juxtaposition and really enforces the turbulence of the era from a viewpoint nearly fifty years later.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? This is a no doubter.
Rating (Out of 5): 4
Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (56/74)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 76%