Offered for sale is a still sealed original stereo pressing of Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel, including the original poster.
About this copy: This copy of Bookends is a still sealed stereo pressing from the late 1960s that should feature the original “two-eye” or “360° Sound” label.
There is also an original price sticker on the back that has a price that might have been in line with late 1960s pricing.
First pressings of this LP had a paper hype sticker that said, “Featuring their complete version of their hit “Mrs. Robinson.” Later pressings had a clear plastic sticker, or no sticker at all.
This LP has the paper sticker hyping “Mrs. Robinson.”
There is also a second clear plastic sticker includes the album title, catalog number, and a blurb about how the album includes a “special bonus full color poster.”
As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
The shrink wrap is fully intact, with no rips, tears or holes. There are minor bends on three corners.
The album is thick and heavy, so the poster is definitely inside.
A nice copy of a terrific record and our favorite Simon and Garfunkel album, and the only sealed original pressing we’ve ever seen.
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.