Simon and Garfunkel – Bookends 1968 stereo LP with poster


An early stereo pressing of Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel, including the poster.

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Offered for sale is an early stereo pressing of Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel, including the original poster.

About this copy: This copy of Bookends is a stereo pressing from the late 1960s on the original “two-eye” or “360° Sound” label.  While this is not a “date of release” issue, as those had paper stickers hyping “Mrs. Robinson,” it’s definitely an early pressing that predates Columbia’s mid-1970 label change.

The cover retains its original shrink wrap and still has the clear hype sticker with the title of the album and a mention of the poster that was included with the album.

The cover is VG++, with a bit of wear (possibly a factory defect) under the wrap on the back cover.  There are a couple of small tears in the wrap.

The disc is VG++, with just a few slight scuff marks from the original paper sleeve.  It has clearly had very little play and is quite close to M-.

The original poster is included and is M-.

A nice copy of a terrific record and our favorite Simon and Garfunkel album.

Background:  Bookends was the fourth album by Simon and Garfunkel, released in April, 1968.  Featuring the singles “A Hazy Shade of Winter” and “Mrs. Robinson,” the album reached #1 on the Billboard album charts.

Bookends has never really gone out of print, but finding early or original pressings of the album is quite hard, as Columbia changed their label design about two years after the release of the album.  Finding nice copies with the original label that said “360° Sound” is quite difficult today.

Early pressings of Bookends are quite desirable, as the master tapes for the Bookends have reportedly been lost, which is why we’ve never seen a high quality audiophile reissue of the album.  All recent reissues have been made from tapes that are copies of copies.

The sound on these early pressings is exceptional. gave Bookends a rare 5 star review:

Simon & Garfunkel quietly slipped Bookends, their fourth album, into the bins with a whisper in March 1968. They are equal collaborators with producer/engineer Roy Halee in a multivalently layered song cycle observing the confusion of those seeking an elusive American Dream, wistfully reflecting on innocence lost forever to the cold winds of change. … Bookends’ problematic, disillusioned themes, sometimes disguised in wry humor, striking arrangements, and augmented orchestral instrumentation, portray the sounds of people in an American life that they no longer understand, or understands them. Simon & Garfunkel never overstate; instead they observe, almost journalistically, enormous life and cultural questions in the process of them being asked. In just over 29 minutes, Bookends is stunning in its vision of a bewildered America in search of itself.


Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
KCS 9529
Year of Release: 1968
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 28 oz
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 1 in
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