Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (original stereo vinyl release) 12" Vinyl 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CS 9363
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (US mono version) 12" Vinyl 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CL 2563
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (mono) 12" Vinyl 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CL 2563 [none]
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme Reel-to-reel 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CQ 1017 [none]
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme CD 12 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CDCBS 62825
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme CD 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CK 9363 074640936326
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme CD 14 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 495082 2 5099749508224
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (club edition?) CD 14 Bertelsmann Club, Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 495082 2, 4950822000, CB0322305, COL CB0322305 0322305
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme CD 14 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Legacy (Legacy Recordings) CK 66001 074646600122
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme 12" Vinyl 12 Sundazed Music LP 5232 090771523211
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme CD 14 Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified) 886976188122
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme HDCD 12 Audio Fidelity AFZ 075 780014207526
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme Digital Media 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme CD 12 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CDCBS 62825 [none]
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme CD 12 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) CDCBS 32031 5099703203127

Relationships

included in: 3 Original Album Classics by Simon & Garfunkel
The Columbia Studio Recordings 1964–1970 by Simon & Garfunkel
The Complete Albums Collection by Simon & Garfunkel
part of: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2005 edition)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 202)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000191849 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/27785 [info]
Wikidata: Q747405 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Simon_And_Garfunkel:Parsley,_Sage,_Rosemary_And_Thyme_(1966) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/simon_and_garfunkel/parsley__sage__rosemary_and_thyme/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/b2n8 [info]

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Forged in a crucible of dizzying change, Simon and Garfunkel's second album reflected the social upheaval of the mid-60s while playing as substantial a part in folk rock's evolution as Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde. Where Dylan was climbing into higher musical stratospheres to free himself from folk's gravitational pull, Simon and Garfunkel were gently pulling it away from its finger-in-the-ear past, a less unpalatable option for traditionalist gatekeepers than Dylan's electric revolution.

Not that the duo had any less to say about the modern world, with Parsley, Sage… marking Simon and Garfunkel out as counter-cultural spokesmen. Traditional opening track Scarborough Fair/Canticle, The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine and The 59th Street Song (Feelin' Groovy) may seem slight on the surface, but their joy at merely being alive reflected the optimism of youth in a time of crisis.

On the flipside, with the Vietnam War rapidly escalating and the civil rights movement boiling over into raging confrontation, closing track 7 O'Clock News/Silent Night's juxtaposition of the Christmas peace hymn with an increasingly grim newscast - announcing the overdose of comedian Lenny Bruce, student demonstrations, Martin Luther King's move into Chicago, Richard Nixon's claim that anti-war sentiment was the biggest hindrance to winning quickly in 'Nam - made their thoughts on America's woes implacable.

The Dylan-mocking A Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert McNamara'd Into Submission) is cheekily disingenuous but, like The Sound of Silence a year before it and The Boxer many after, the existential questing of Homeward Bound and its less celebrated companion Patterns adds to the album's creeping unease: within Paul Simon's homesickness and self-doubt is a tear for the loss of less confusing times.

While hardly a groovy influence to drop, Simon's craft and care helped set a template for literate, thoughtful songwriting, with a direct emotional eloquence Dylan often eschewed in pursuit of more visceral obfuscation. Art Garfunkel, meanwhile, possesses one of the most achingly beautiful voices of any genre. The talents of both haven't been lost on Elbow's Guy Garvey.

Over 40 years on, while the albums of many contemporaries (Joan Baez, Donovan, The Lovin' Spoonful) seem like museum pieces, the boldest themes of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme are still worryingly pertinent today.