This is a brief follow up to my post about who mixed or didn’t mix Simon and Garfunkel’s Sounds of Silence single and album, and to reiterate to a few who shouted sour grapes. Since there were so many people who read and responded to my post, I was compelled to continue with my research and found others who apparently cashed in on taking credit on this single and album. I was really shocked to find so many others who have stepped up and put their name on the credits. My take on this is just that I believe each and every one of us are entitled to be proud of all of our accomplishments and if nothing else, we want our grandchildren and beyond to know of our achievements, awards, and honors.
But in this case, I have missed out on the Grammys, the RIAA awards and any other hoopla that goes with the success of a person or persons. And 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.” But of at least five or six who have now claimed credit, we wonder which mix was it? And, is it important? Your damn right it is important. This is another event that my grandchildren might like to read and boast about if my name was on it. It’s just a little more history to add for any interested descendants.
More research reveals that certain writers and journalists have carelessly taken the distorted information and written about it again and again as “gospel” obviously assuming that it must be the truth if it was in print and so and so said it. In my next post I will be writing about yet another character, who stepped in attempting to set himself up by putting down everyone around him and dragging in yet, and giving another false credit to another character.
But the real shocker came last night when I surfed on YouTube and found about eight or ten audio renditions of different mixes on Sounds of Silence by S and G. No master or album numbers, nor producer-engineer credits were posted but there were two that totally shocked me about the incompetence and total lack of musicianship displayed in the mix or remix. Totally unbelievable that over fourteen million people have been subjected to a mix that features the harmony voice out in front with the lead voice buried. One, called “Original version from 1964” can be heard at HERE was heard by 10,607,164 people. Another at HERE was heard by 3,722,014 people.
Knowing that this, or any mix must come from the original tapes, I’m sorry to say that this screw-up is totally inexcusable by those who may have overstepped the line in their quest for stardom in the music-recording business. There is more to be told on this which I will continue in my nest post.
Lastly, let me say that I was the first to cover the song as an artist for the Columbia Record Club in 1965, right after Simon and Garfunkel’s record became a hit. Regretfully, it can’t be published on YouTube without the permission of the copyright holder and Sony.