Simon and Garfunkel: Forthcoming vinyl box set to be very limited


The newly announced Simon and Garfunkel six-LP Complete Columbia Albums vinyl box set will be strictly limited, Music On Vinyl have announced.

Each box will be numbered with only 1000 being produced. The set will contain newly mastered vinyl editions of Wednesday Morning, 3AM, Sounds of Silence, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, Bookends, Bridge over Troubled Water and Greatest HitsEach will be pressed on 180g vinyl and this comes with a 20-page booklet, a poster and individual download cards for each album.

The Complete Columbia Albums vinyl box is released on 3 August 2015.

Track listing

LP 1 / Wednesday Morning, 3AM

1. You Can Tell The World
2. Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream
3. Bleecker Street
4. Sparrow
5. Benedictus
6. The Sound Of Silence
7. He Was My Brother
8. Peggy-O
9. Go Tell It On The Mountain
10. The Sun Is Burning
11. The Times They Are A-Changin’
12. Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.

LP 2 / Sounds of Silence

1. The Sound Of Silence
2. Leaves That Are Green
3. Blessed
4. Kathy’s Song
5. Somewhere They Can’t Find Me
6. Anji
7. Richard Cory
8. A Most Peculiar Man
9. April Come She Will
10. We’ve Got A Groovy Thing Goin’
11. I Am A Rock

LP 3 / Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

1. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
2. Patterns
3. Cloudy
4. Homeward Bound
5. The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine
6. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)
7. The Dangling Conversation
8. Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall
9. A Simple Desultory Philippic
10. For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
11. A Poem On The Underground Wall
12. 7 O’clock News/Silent Night

LP 4 / Bookends

1. Bookends Theme
2. Save The Life Of My Child
3. America
4. Overs
5. Voices Of Old People
6. Old Friends
7. Bookends Theme
8. Fakin’ It
9. Punky’s Dilemma
10. Mrs. Robinson
11. A Hazy Shade Of Winter
12. At The Zoo

LP 5 / Bridge Over Troubled Water

1. Bridge Over Troubled Water
2. El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
3. Cecilia
4. Keep The Customer Satisfied
5. So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright
6. The Boxer
7. Baby Driver
8. The Only Living Boy In New York
9. Why Don’t You Write Me
10. Bye Bye Love
11. Song For The Asking

LP 6 / Greatest Hits

1. Mrs. Robinson
2. For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her (Live)
3. The Boxer
4. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Live)
5. The Sound Of Silence
6. I Am A Rock
7. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
8. Homeward Bound (Live)
9. Bridge Over Troubled Water
10. America
11. Kathy’s Song (Live)
12. El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
13. Bookends
14. Cecilia

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Alan Fenwick

I’ve seen 2 independent retailers that are selling this for £78.99 and £79.99 plus postage for both sites. That’s quite a difference to the Amazon price. My view is that there must be a lot of wiggle room in this release with the price. Hopefully an Amazon drop will occur shortly and maybe even the other Amazon European outlets will start stocking them with more competitive prices.

Also with HMV Store now been officially online again we could see the competition ramping back up again and some competitive price wars taking place.


I’ve ordered at £87.99 from What Records. Thanks for the prompt, Alan. Some of the best music I’ve ever heard.


Ordered. £114.74/$175.98/€155.97 including shipping to the U.S.A. Hopefully the price will drop between now and August 3rd.


S&G’s Greatest Hits contained four live recordings which were previously unavailable at the time.

Mark Hanson

Which ruined it for me.

Still, this is billed as “Complete Columbia Albums”, so they have to include it – and charge for it.


“Limited Edition” is, 99% of the time, simply a marketing exercise. The label will want to sell as many as possible, and certainly enough to cover their costs and make a little profit. You can’t really do that if you’re selling in really small numbers. In other words, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense making a strictly limited release, unless the price is very high.

In essence, everything is a limited edition. Of course stock will eventually run out, but there’ll be enough of these to go around. They’re simply trying to create an initial demand based on that 1% of doubt. Initial retail pries are generally higher than later – so they want to make the cash grab right up front. How to do that? Claim it’s “strictly limited”.


Oh yes, they will stick to it, no doubt. However, they will – if they have any sense – have an idea of how many will sell. If the proposed market for this was say, 50,000 people, they’d of aimed for a “Limited Edition” of 40,000, which satisfies the vast majority but also keeps the price high.

Also, as we’re seeing elsewhere with Jethro Tull’s Aqualung and others, THIS EDITION is limited. But you’re not going to convince me that these titles aren’t going to be eventually released individually. They are stone cold classics, and are much revered. They won’t want to leave money on the table. They release the nice, expensive box in an effort to recoup costs ASAP. Once the initial demand is satisfied, and a comfortable time has passed, and these recordings will filter out elsewhere.

Same thing happened to the Alice Cooper “Old School” set, and the Steve Earle Deluxe Edition, and also to a number of the Miles Davis Metal spine sets. In the case of Alice they took out the trinkets – the Vinyl, the hardbound book etc. – repackaged all the content on CD, and sold it at around 10% the cost of the original box. With Steve Earle and Copperhead Road, the bonus disc of a live show was eventually released as a single disc. With Miles Davis they simply reduced the metal spine boxes into a book format, and released then at half the cost of the original.

What I’m saying is – this material has mass appeal, and the idea that it’s truly “Limited” might well ring true for this specific imprint – but at the end of the day it’s the music that counts (unless you’re buying purely as an investment) and in that case there’s no need to panic and jump on this. The music will come out in a cheaper format, such as single LP releases, imo.

Presley Spigot

no to mention that all six of these albums are some of the easiest LPs to find in any 2nd hand shop in any country in the world.

CJ Feeney

The Dylan Side tracks triple LP from MoV was a limited numbered edition, but is still widely available 18mths later (reduced to £9.99 by What records recently, to clear space for this years RSD releases).

I think MoV do a good job with their re-issues of classics, but I would not be surprised to find that the individual LPs have inauthentic barcodes, as did the Neil Young vol 5-8 set and the Dire Straits box set (not from MoV, but marketed in the same way).

Also the box sets from MoV of the Dylan mono albums and the Roy Orbison albums had subsequent reissues of the individual lps, so the box will be the only thing limited. This is actually a good thing for people who don’t want all the albums in the box, as was the case with the Dylan set, and will be thebcase with this set as the inclusion of greatest hits is a bit pointless. They could have included, Live 1969, the Central Park concert or The Graduate soundtrack.


I’ve noticed a trend in these comments. People seem to point out all the negatives, but none of the positives. How tiresome.

CJ Feeney

It isn’t a common trend on this website for the comments to be negative. Their are quite a few releases where the opening comments are quite enthusiastic.


But that isn’t what a “trend” is. Over all, there are more Debbie Downers than enthusiasts.

DJ Control

I think the one thing that S&G fans want, especially if they’re going to the trouble of 180g records making it a limited edition etc are the mono mixes. These haven’t been available since the 60’s and including Greatest Hits is really dumb. I know it was a big seller but so was The Graduate soundtrack.

Mark Hanson

Still don’t understand why “Greatest Hits”. No special single versions or B-sides; only (inferior, to me) live versions of some tracks.


They have to pad it to justify the price.