Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends Japan LP with obi and poster


A 1978 Japanese pressing of Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel, including the original obi and poster.

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Offered for sale is a scarce Japanese pressing of Simon & Garfunkel’s LP, Bookends, complete with the obi, lyric insert and poster.

About this copy: This copy of Bookends is a 1973 Japanese pressing of an album that was originally released in 1968.

The cover is M- and still has the original shrink wrap.  The obi is M-.  The insert and poster are M-.

The disc is M- on aide one and VG++ on side two, where there are two tiny inaudible marks.  The disc has clearly only been played a couple of times.

This is a particularly nice sounding copy of this album, which is significant, since the master tapes for this album disappeared from the Columbia vaults years ago and all current reissues have been mastered from lower quality tapes.

Background: While Simon & Garfunkel sold a lot of albums in the United States and the UK, they weren’t that popular in Japan.  Most of the S&G albums issued in Japan were compilations; the original LPs didn’t sell well and don’t turn up very often. 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: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Columbia
Catalog Number:
SOPM 103
Year of Release: 1973
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in