Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. (exciting new sounds in the folk tradition) is the debut album by folk duo Simon & Garfunkel, released October 19, 1964. It was produced by Tom Wilson and engineered by Roy Halee.
The album was initially a flop, having been released in the shadow of The Beatles having just landed with their music. This resulted in Paul Simon moving to England and Art Garfunkel resuming his university studies at Columbia University in New York City, each going different directions.
Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. was re-released in January 1966 to capitalize on their newly found radio success with a later re-mixed electric/acoustic version of The Sounds of Silence, and so the album reached #30 on the Billboard pop charts. It is perhaps best known for the acoustic version of "The Sound of Silence".
In several concerts, Art Garfunkel related that during the photo sessions for the album cover, several hundred pictures were taken that were unusable due to the "all-familiar suggestion" on the wall in the background, which inspired the song "A Poem on the Underground Wall".
Bonus tracks (2001 CD reissue)
* Paul Kane is one of the aliases used by Paul Simon.
Released as part of the box set Simon & Garfunkel Collected Works, on both LP and CD. Columbia Records LP CL-9049 (mono), CS-9049 (stereo), CD CK 9049. Also as CBS LP 63370 (CL 2249) (UK).
- Paul Simon: Acoustic guitar, vocals.
- Art Garfunkel: Vocals.
- Barry Kornfeld: Acoustic Guitar.
- Bill Lee: Stand-up bass
- Uncredited musician: Banjo on "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream" (Chris Charlesworth says that this is "probably [Paul] Simon").
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