Simon & Garfunkel – Sounds of Silence Japan LP with cap obi


Free U.S. shipping!  A 1969 Japanese pressing of Sounds of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel, including the original cap obi.

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Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of Sounds of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel, including the rare “cap” obi.

Unlike the U.S. pressing, this copy has a gatefold cover.  The back cover photo is different from the U.S. issue.

About this copy: This copy of Sounds of Silence is a 1969 Japanese pressing on the CBS label of an album that was originally released in 1965.

The gatefold cover is VG++, with slight foxing on the inside of the cover.  The “cap” obi is VG, with slight wear at the edges.

The lyric insert is VG++ with slight foxing.

The disc is M-, with a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.

A nice copy of a terrific LP and one that’s hard to find as a complete 1960s pressing.

Background: Released in 1965, Sounds of Silence was the second studio album by Simon & Garfunkel.

The album reached #21 on the U.S. charts and #13 in the UK. gave Sounds of Silence a 3 1/2 star review:

Simon & Garfunkel’s second album, Sounds of Silence, was recorded 18 months after their debut long-player, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM — but even though the two albums shared one song (actually, one-and-a-half songs) in common, the sound here seemed a million miles away from the gentle harmonizing and unassuming acoustic accompaniment on the first record. In between, there had been a minor earthquake in the pop/rock world called “folk-rock,” which resulted in the transformation of their acoustic rendition of “The Sound of Silence” into a classic of the new genre, complete with jangling electric guitars and an amplified beat that helped carry it to the top of the charts.

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: CBS
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 14 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in