Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of Wednesday Morning, 3 AM by Simon & Garfunkel, featuring a gatefold cover and the original “cap” obi.
This 1969 pressing was the first release of this album in Japan to feature the original title and cover art; the album had been released in 1966 under the title, Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream.
About this copy: This copy of Wednesday Morning, 3 AM is a 1969 pressing on the CBS label of an album that was originally released in the U.S. in 1964, but which wasn’t released in Japan until 1966.
The cover is VG+, with a bit of “spotting” on the front cover and slight foxing on the inside of the cover.
The obi is VG+ with no tears, but with a bit of fading on one edge. The lyric insert is VG+, with a bit of fading.
The disc is M- and looks like it may have been played once. Clean disc!
A nice copy of an album that’s quite hard to find complete.
Background: Released in 1964, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM was the first album by Simon & Garfunkel.
The original release sold poorly, but the album eventually reached #30 on the U.S. charts after the success of their Sounds of Silence LP.
Wednesday Morning, 3 AM doesn’t resemble any other Simon & Garfunkel album, mostly because their sound here was fundamentally different from that of the chart-topping duo that emerged a year later. Their first record together since their days as the teen harmony duo Tom & Jerry, the album was cut in March 1964, at a time when both Simon and Garfunkel were under the spell of folk music. As it had in 1957 with “Hey, Schoolgirl,” their harmonizing here came out of the Everly Brothers’ playbook, but some new wrinkles had developed — Paul Simon was just spreading his wings as a serious songwriter and shares space with other contemporary composers. …. The record didn’t sell on its original release, however, appearing too late in the folk revival to attract much attention — Bob Dylan was already taking that audience to new places by adding electric instruments to his sound. But the seeds of the duo’s future success were planted when, months after the album had been given up for dead — and the duo had split up — the all-acoustic rendition of “The Sound of Silence” started getting radio play on its own in some key markets, which possessed to producer Wilson to try and adapt it to the new sound, overdubbing an electric band.
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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1969|