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Bridge Over Troubled Water

Simon & GarfunkelMiniDisc
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)

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  • MiniDisc
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0000024UZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,854,618 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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100 of 103 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Simon and Garfunkel's fifth and final studio album marked their commercial peak. Though many fans find the previous album, Bookends, to be the apex of the duo's artistic creativity, it's hard to think of another pop act that exited with a success comparable to this album and its title track. Despite Garfunkel's initial reservation, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" made good on Simon's feeling that it was the best song he'd ever written, topping the Hot 100 for six weeks and winning Grammy awards for song and record of the year. Though the recording is deeply tied to Garfunkel's brilliant vocal performance, the composition spawned dozens of successful covers, including Aretha Franklin's Grammy-winning R&B chart-topper and Buck Owens' Top 10 single. In the 1970s it became a staple in Elvis Presley's stage show, and cover versions continue to be recorded to this day, with a live version from the 2010 Grammys having charted, and the television show Glee having featured the song the same year.

But the title song is far from the album's only jewel. With Garfunkel away for the better part of 1969 filming Catch 22, Simon was left to work alone, and apparently consider a post-Garfunkel career. "The Only Living Boy in New York City" and "Why Don't You Write Me" are easily heard to be contemplations of Simon's isolation, while "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" includes the telling lyric "so long Frank Lloyd Wright, all of the nights we harmonized `til dawn," an allusion seemingly tied to Garfunkel's study of architecture at Columbia.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 21st Century Bridge March 12, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Normally, I am not a fan of landmark "anniversary" reissues since most suffer badly from the desperation of artists and record companies seeking one last profit squeeze from their old catalog. The formula is simple - remaster the music but lard up the offering with decrepit video and audio outtakes that should have remained untaken and out.

While that motivation may be in play here, the reissue of BOTW is done with extreme care - the re-mastering is superb and the companion DVD feels less like a cobble of random video and more like a well thought out expansion of artistic vision.

The video is terrific but when you get right down to it - these releases are always about the music. "Bridge" remains an extraordinary recording, providing S&G's generations of fans a compelling reason to rediscover its many virtues. It should come as no shock that with vastly improved production clarity, the stature of the title track - IMHO the single best vocal performance(s) in popular recording history - is only enhanced, however, to my ear the shimmering soundscape of The Only Living Boy In New York remains the emotional centerpiece of the album.

A vital addition to any collection.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A time of confidences March 23, 2011
Format:Audio CD
If you were alive and aware in 1969, you know it was anything but a time of confidences. I remember being 15 and getting tear-gassed at the Washington Monument in the middle of an angry war protest on the Fourth of July among 250,000 people ... and I was just there to see Bob Hope and the Beach Boys. Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King were assassinated the year before. Cities burned down during the riots afterward. The daily news was a parade of body count numbers from Vietnam. The country was torn between Nixon supporters, anti-war protestors, hippies, Black Panther radicals, John Birch conservatives, poverty, racism, and migrant and other abused workers struggling for decent working conditions through collective bargaining (oops, bye bye). But in total counterpoint to the chaos came a sound as pure and serene and ... confident as humanly possible. Two friends who had been singing together since they were 11 year-old pups were just now hitting their peak with "Bridge Over Troubled Water;" an album that captured lyrical, vocal and engineering mastery beyond measure.

There is no fill on the album. Nothing mediocre. It launches you into the stratosphere on the opening title cut and never lets up. It's one sustained mood of mixed emotions brilliantly recorded after another. No mere "Greatest Hits" album by the same duo could ever match the level of sustained inspiration woven here. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel knew it. They split up after this. How could it ever by topped?
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fine album--BRAVO, SIMON AND GARFUNKEL !!! April 22, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Bridge Over Troubled Water is an outstanding, classic rock album from Simon and Garfunkel. These guys knew music and they played and sang so well that they remain very famous even after their split so many years ago. The sound quality is excellent and the artwork is very thoughtfully done.

The CD starts with the title track, "Bridge Over Troubled Water." They sing this beautifully and there is such a soothing quality to this rock ballad that you just can't resist it! "Bridge Over Troubled water" has an especially fine arrangement for the piano and this helps the melody along quite a bit. "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)" has another very pretty melody for this considerably shorter ballad; Paul Simon sings this flawlessly and the flute is gorgeous on "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)." Great!

"Cecilia" rocks! This tune gives us Simon and Garfunkel singing out loud about a girl who can break a man's heart and not feel terribly bad at all about it. The beat is quite good for this song and it all holds its own very well. "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" is a lesser known ballad but it's really very well done; and the use of both major and minor keys enhances the natural beauty of this ballad.

"The Boxer" is one of their greatest hits ever--I always enjoy this even if I know there may be hidden meanings in the lyrics that I still don't understand. Simon and Garfunkel harmonize to perfection and the percussion helps to mark the best very well. I predict that you'll enjoy "The Boxer" very much if you haven't heard it already.

"The Only Living Boy In New York" puzzles me because despite its beauty it's not a song that gets the full; recognition it deserves.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This brings back memories from years gone. My brother ...
This brings back memories from years gone. My brother he listen to these guys as a teenager. I now listen to remember my brother. Music with meaning.....
Published 6 days ago by maxowl
3.0 out of 5 stars I had issues...
I love S&G, but this two-disk package was somewhat poor. First the paper packaging is bad, as the included booklet slides out BOTH sides; the outer edge should be sealed to keep... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Charles Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
i like this cd
Published 8 days ago by gary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 11 days ago by Weaklink
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one ever
This review is a no brainer. I love S&G, and, IMHO, this is their best album ever. I am so happy to have it back in my collection again. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Sheila M. Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars Replaced Lost Album
This was a replacement for an album I gave my wife 43 years ago. The album was destroyed and never replaced. Read more
Published 1 month ago by partspharm
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Edition!!
Purchased this for myself and another person.
I loved this and so did my friends. Showes the whole
make-up of the artists.
Published 1 month ago by Robert STJACQUES
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical history!
Bridge demonstrates an impressive array of musical styles, punctuated by individual pieces that have stood the test of time. Also $2 less than same album on Google play.
Published 1 month ago by P. Firth
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Recording!
I have this original Simon & Garfunkel album, which I have loved for over 4 decades. Even with a few minor scratches, it sounds so much better than this CD. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A N Varner
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music!
Reminds the record we had before (when the music was still beautiful)
I would advise all people to listen to it at least once. Hard not to like it!
Published 1 month ago by Me
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