Offered for sale is an early UK stereo pressing of the soundtrack to The Graduate, featuring five songs by Simon & Garfunkel.
This pressing likely dates from shortly after the original 1968 release, as it has no “stereo” sticker on the cover and the cover is not laminated.
About this copy: This copy of The Graduate is a late 1960s UK stereo pressing on the blue Columbia label.
The cover is VG++, with slight ring wear on the back cover.
The disc is M- on side one and VG++ on side two with a light inaudible mark though the first track.
A nice sounding copy of a often-neglected Simon & Garfunkel LP.
Background: Released in 1968, the soundtrack to The Graduate features five songs by Simon & Garfunkel along with instrumental music by Dave Grusin.
The album reached #1 on the U.S. album chart and #3 on the UK chart.
The soundtrack to Mike Nichols’ The Graduate remains a key musical document of the late ’60s, although truth be told, its impact was much less artistic than commercial (and, for that matter, more negative than positive). With the exception of its centerpiece track, the elegiac and oft-quoted “Mrs. Robinson” — which only appears here as a pair of fragments — the Simon & Garfunkel songs that comprise much of the record (a series of Dave Grusin instrumentals round it out) appeared on the duo’s two preceding LPs; Nichols’ masterstroke was to transplant those songs into his film, where they not only meshed perfectly with the story’s themes of youthful rebellion and alienation (and the inner life of the central character, Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin Braddock) but also heralded a new era in movie music centered around the appropriation of past pop hits, a marketing gimmick that grew exponentially in the years to follow. The Graduate soundtrack, then, merits the dubious honor of being the earliest and one of the most successful Hollywood repackagings of “found” pop songs, a formula essentially based around coercing fans to purchase soundtrack albums filled with material they already own in order to acquire the occasional new track or two.
|Country of origin:||UK|
|Year of Release:||1968|