By RON PAULSTEINIn the early days of the game industry, Simon and Garfunkel were two of the first bands to be signed to a major record label.
But by the late 1960s, the band was losing steam and, by the time of their last studio album, it was clear that a comeback would be a long shot.
A couple of years after the release of Simon & Garfunk’s fifth album, It’s Alright Ma, the duo were approached by a record label, Atlantic Records, which was looking to sign a few other bands.
The band were offered a deal worth more than $20 million.
The album’s title was taken from Simon & Garcia’s lyrics: ‘We’re in the woods, it’s autumnal, it rains and it snowes, it is summertime, the wind is beating, and I am drowning in it, I’m in a forest with no roof, no water, no light, no shelter.’
Simon & Garfield were not the first band to have a breakthrough album, but it was the first to break the barrier between rock and the mainstream.
‘The album that we did is really a classic example of us having a real sense of what we were doing and what we wanted to do,’ Simon Garfunke said.’
When we wrote it we thought it would be very easy to play it.
I think we were very excited about it.
It was one of the few records that really hit all the right notes at the time, and it still sounds good now.
We had been writing music for some time and were really happy with the results, so we just had to give it a go.’
Simon & Garf, who released three studio albums between 1966 and 1971, never hit their stride.
‘We were a band that never really really made a mark,’ Garfunkee said.
‘It wasn’t until we had this record that we really felt we had something to prove.’
After four years, Simon & Gielen signed to Columbia Records, the same label that had signed the Beatles to Columbia.
Columbia didn’t want to let Simon & Gare, who had already toured with the Beatles, go back to the studio.
So they took over Simon & Gal, and released two albums in a row: The Grapes of Wrath in 1968 and The End of the Line in 1969.
The label also signed The Rolling Stones, who recorded one album, In the Air Tonight.
But when the Stones went back to recording, Columbia signed Simon & Gasper, the second Simon & George album to hit the charts.
They were also the first Simon & Gran’s to record a live album, as well as releasing a compilation called Simon & Friends in 1972.
It’s the first time they’ve released a studio album in over 20 years.
But the studio albums were only the beginning.
The studio sessions for the first album Simon & Grammer were recorded in the studio of Peter Gabriel, who would later go on to become one of rock’s greatest rock composers.
‘I remember hearing Simon & Grover’s song ‘Brick And Mortar’ and thinking, ‘This is really interesting.
I haven’t heard this kind of stuff before.”
When I started working on it, we had no idea that it would become such a hit.
It seemed like an enormous leap.
It wasn’t just a pop song; it was very emotional and it was about Simon’s family, his friends, and his relationship with his girlfriend, Anna.’
The song is really about Simon, and that’s why I feel so honoured to have been able to record it.
We didn’t really know what we had planned, but after that first album, we didn’t need to worry.
The song had a very special place in our hearts.’
A few years after that, Simon was in London when we got our first studio album from Columbia, and we were really surprised.
We thought it was just a record, but when we were playing it in front of a crowd of friends and colleagues we were absolutely blown away.
I thought, ‘I can’t believe that people actually liked it.”
That album, for me, really became the benchmark for us.
The first record was great but I was always a little bit wary of a lot of the songs on that record, and what they were trying to say.
We knew that we weren’t just going to have one big hit, but we wanted it to be something special.
That album was really important to me, because I think that’s where I came from, and for the next 10 years, I was very much a fan of Simon.’
In the beginning of our career, it would take us about six weeks to get ready for an album, so when we recorded this record, we were just doing what we knew how to do.
We wanted to make sure that we recorded it as well.
We spent hours in the recording studio, and after