Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. stereo pressing of Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel, including the original poster.
Note: This copy has a paper hype sticker promoting “Mrs. Robinson;” it may be an original 360° Sound label pressing.
About this copy: This copy of Bookends is a still sealed U.S. stereo pressing on the Columbia label.
As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
The label variation is unknown. However, first pressings had a paper sticker on the wrap that said, “Featuring their complete version of their hit “Mrs. Robinson.” Later pressings used a clear plastic sticker.
That means that this copy likely has the original “two-eye” or “360° Sound” label, though we cannot guarantee that.
The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes. This copy does not include the clear plastic sticker that featured the album’s title and catalog number. There is a very tiny corner bend in the upper right hand corner of the cover.
This copy should include a poster. (See photo.)
A beautiful copy of a classic LP that is often found with cover wear.
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.
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.
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