Sounds of Silence

Greatly Appreciated

Sounds of Silence  is the second studio album by Simon & Garfunkel, released on January 17, 1966.  The album’s title is a slight modification of the title of the duo’s first major hit, “The Sounds of Silence”.  Many of the songs in the album had been written by Paul Simon while he lived in London during 1965.  On March 22, 2013, it was announced that the album will be preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry, calling it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.  (More from Wikipedia)

For the flip side of the single, Tom Wilson added a song that Simon and Garfunkel had recorded a few months earlier when they were trying for a more “contemporary” sound.  “We’ve Got a Groovey Thing Goin’” wasn’t anything like the serious-natured hit song on the “A” side; when the Sounds of Silence album was rushed to the stores after the success of the newly electrified single, the liner notes about this song said simply:  “Just for fun”.  


(June 2013/2)


Last edited: March 22, 2021