Art Garfunkel, Watermark (1977)
I found it rather odd rediscovering a bunch of Art Garfunkel solo albums. I mean, who listens to them? I reckon there’s some people out there with the Garfunkel-surname that haven’t even bothered checking them out. I’ve seen Art Garfunkel live twice – once as a solo act and once as part of Simon & Garfunkel. As a solo act he was surprisingly excellent – helped that he had a shit-hot band. A few years on with Paul Simon he tried hard but sounded ghastly. That voice – all thin and ethereal – is just a wisp now. A fragment of a wisp even. It’s gone. That’s the news. Anyway, I had never heard Watermark – I bought it for a buck and then just tossed it in the pile and never got to it. I’m don’t even know that I’m pleased to report that it’s a pretty good/listenable album. Crucially, I played it in the study where the old/shitty turntable is. And it is just perfect, as I have discussed, for Jackson Browne and Cat Stevens and Carole King and James Taylor and Richie Havens. And now Art Garfunkel. Helps that Jimmy Webb wrote most of these songs too I guess. (I did always like this cover though, for some reason. Very Art Garfunkel).
Sample Track: All My Love’s Laughter
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