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Bridge Over Troubled Water [Box set, CD+DVD]

Simon & Garfunkel Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
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The most successful folk-rock duo of the 1960s, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel crafted a series of memorable hit albums and singles featuring their choirboy harmonies, ringing acoustic and electric guitars, and Simon's acute, finely wrought songwriting. The pair always inhabited the more polished end of the folk-rock spectrum and was sometimes criticized ... Read more in Amazon's Simon & Garfunkel Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD
  • Label: Sony CMG
  • ASIN: B004EVNPGW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,372 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Bridge Over Troubled Water
2. El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
3. Cecilia
4. Keep The Customer Satisfied
5. So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright
6. The Boxer
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Homeward Bound
2. At The Zoo
3. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
4. Song For The Asking
5. For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
6. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Intro
2. Act 1
3. America (LP version, background)
4. Cuba Si, Nixon No (Performance in studio)
5. So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright (Performance in studio)
6. Frank Lloyd Wright (LP version)
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Bridge Over Troubled Water has sold over 25-million copies worldwide  and was one of the biggest-selling albums of its decade, topping the charts world-wide including 33 weeks at #1 and six years in the chart in the UK alone. Perhaps the most delicately textured album to close out the 1960s from any major rock act, Bridge Over Troubled Water, at its most ambitious and bold, was a quietly reassuring album; at other times, it was personal yet soothing; and at other times still, it was just plain fun. It was certainly their most musically ambitious, with "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "The Boxer" employing thundering drums and tasteful orchestration, and "Cecilia" marking one of Simon's first forays into world music rhythms. It also caught the confused, reflective tenor of the times better than almost any other popular release of 1970. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of this remarkable record, this is a brand new 2CD/DVD configuration. On the DVD is Songs Of America (originally broadcast on CBS, this TV special is comprised of footage of the 1969 tour. Songs of America has never before been commercially available since it’s 1969 broadcast which TV sponsors refused to endorse because of its distinct anti- Vietnam War message) and a brand new documentary about the making of Bridge Over Troubled Water, featuring new 2010 interviews with Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Roy Halee and more key principles involved with making of the album.

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 2 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
Leaving aside the fact that the 40th anniversary was actually last year,this is a fine package.
It comes with an excellent 24 page booklet,a second disc of concert performances plus a DVD that includes a brand-new documentary. Please note the live disc has been previously released before as "Live 1969".
The documentary was originally banned in many states in the US because of its references to The Vietnam War. Its well worth seeing.
The original Album is of course a classic. Its beautifully remastered and sounds as melodic as ever. A must-have Album for any true lover of beautifully crafted pop music. Paul and Art were never better. No wonder it topped the UK charts for a total of 33 weeks !
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Classic-Hugely Alive!! 20 Oct 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is, of course, the pinnacle of Simon and Garfunkels creative genius.Arguably the best album ever released it contains the cream of Simons songwriting in classic tracks such as 'The Boxer' and 'El Condor Pasa'.I first bought this album in the early seventies and as with the previous reviewer I seem to know it off by heart.This may not be a bad thing as I seem to notice something new on every listen.This, as in the other S&G remasters is top quality and a very good buy at this price.
Returning to the album it contains my favourite Simon composition in 'The Only Living Boy In New York', this remaining my favourite even afer buying all other Simon albums in the intervening years.Buy this if you are one of the few that don't already have it!You will never regret it!!
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon's Behemoth 4 Jun 2003
By Touring Mars VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It goes without saying that this album is one of the classic albums of all time, with almost every track a household name. 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' was one of the biggest (if not the biggest) selling albums of the 1970's, and still outsells many of its peers to this day. Paul Simon created a behemoth of an album when he set about trying to outdo his achievements on 'Bookends', and the resulting album cost Simon and Garfunkel their creative (and personal) partnership.
The tracks on this album are as varied as they are original, probably the main reason for the album's hugely broad and enduring appeal. Garfunkel's musical contribution (by this stage) was largely as backing vocalist to Simon's all-encompassing talent, but ironically it is Garfunkel who stole the show with what must rank as his greatest achievement, being the tour-de-force vocal on the opening title track. Aside from that, and 'So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright', you don't hear much from him again. Even 'Why Don't You Write Me' has Simon doing his own backing vocals...
But Simon's contribution to this album is not just in the writing, but in the performance as well. The timeless classic 'The Boxer' (a song that has kept millions of buskers in business) ranks as one of his greatest tracks, and rivals (or surpasses in my opinion) anything that Bob Dylan ever penned. With a rivetting narrative and thrilling climax (akin to the likes of The Beatles 'Hey Jude'), this song more than any other stands out as the true lead track of the album. 'The Only Living Boy In New York' sees what Simon and Garfunkel (used to) do best... vocal harmonies. The sense of loneliness described in the lyric is emphasised brilliantly through the airy, choral sound of the harmonies in this song.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Classic Swansong 12 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
Easily their classiest album and such a great swansong too. Paul Simon was to go onto a remarkable solo career after this and that whole chapter is worth an entirely separate discussion. Here he and Garfunkel get together one last time and produce a masterpiece.
The album from 1970 is so choc-a-bloc full of classics that it is hard to know where to begin. Well, with the title track of course. A gorgeous piano-based ballad with a tune to match and a truly uplifting lyric. Paul Simon has said he was forced into writing a third verse but it doesn’t show, in fact the build up towards the end of the song with rousing harmonies and then Garfunkel’s passionate closing vocal is just sublime. How many singers can reach those notes? No wonder you can count the cover versions of this classic on one hand. El Condor Pasa again carries an infectious and beautiful tune and uses the South American pipes nicely, something Simon would expolore more on his first solo album two years later.
’Cecilia’ is a joyful romp with a levity which belies the sad lyric about infedility and loss. The next track ’Keep The Customer Satisfied’ is a minor masterpiece, with an amusing lyric and a fun tune. On any other album of theirs it would be a stand out. Here there so many classics (see how they shine!) that it’s a lot harder. The closing number on Side 1 (vinyl) is a remarkable tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright. It is beautiful. Garfunkel sings the lead perfectly and is perfectly complimented by Simon for the ’architects may come and architects may go’ section.
Then we come to The Boxer which is a bona fide classic in anyone’s book. OK so maybe the lai le lai section goes on a tad too long? Controversial I know.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Keep The Customer Satisfied 29 July 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is such a great reissue from Sony Legacy.Simon & Garfunkel's classic album from 1970 given the full deluxe treatment and what a treat it is!There's a major difference between this EU release and it's stateside cousin.The USA issue is only two discs.The remastered album and a dvd with the controversial tv special "Songs Of America",and a new 2010 documentary,"The Harmony Game",featuring interviews and reminiscing from all persons involved in creating this landmark album.Whilst the tv special is vintage and has been restored from the two best available tape sources,it definitely belongs in 1970.The documentary,on the other hand,is a fascinating insight into the working and sometimes fractured relationship that Simon & Garfunkel lived through to create the most timeless music in recent pop history.I love hearing about the recording process and this doco doesn't disappoint.So what's different between the two editions?

The real bonus of this EU release is the inclusion of the previously unreleased cd "Live 1969".Whilst this title has been available in the USA for a couple of years (exclusively through a coffee shop chain for the first year),it makes it's rest of the world debut in this set.Recorded at a variety of shows while they were recording the "Bridge Over.." album,it's a fascinating snapshot of how the group would've sounded had they continued after BOTW's release.It is the first time some of these songs have been heard by the audience and the first tour to feature backing musicians.If you want to hear how S&G sounded prior to this tour have a listen to "Live From New York City, 1967".
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